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It’s rare to have a consultant that is not only talented but willing to go the extra mile to make sure an organization is self-sufficient.
I hired Tara originally for her outstanding photography in challenging/remote environments around the world. We had one circumstance where we couldn’t access a location and I was particularly impressed by her ability to coach other local photographers in the toughest situations—effortlessly. No detail was overlooked and her creative assets were able to be featured in a variety of campaigns, stories, events, and media. It was only natural for me to bring in Tara to lead our organization in workshops on how to become better storytellers. She taught us how to make the most of limited resources from a real place of understanding and helped us build a larger strategy for ongoing success. Anyone would be lucky to have the chance to work and learn from Tara!
Kat (Chapman) Kimpton
Philanthropy & Communications - Search for Common Ground
Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with Tara.
She is professional, creative, and flexible. She worked around our entire organization's schedule and accommodated the specific needs and experience of each department/group to make sure that they gained the maximum benefit possible from Tara's session. Her coaching and guidance on storytelling resonated with the team and they continue to benefit from it. I would recommend Tara to any organization or company that wants to elevate its ability to share its story to a wide audience.
Deputy Chief of Party, - Chemonics International
...the growth and skills she cultivated on the team were apparent long after she ended the assignment.
Tara worked closely with the communications team on the USAID/Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities project. She really helped to build the capacity of our team to develop compelling social media content, including videos that conveyed the human impact of project activities. Even though it was a relatively brief assignment, the growth and skills she cultivated on the team were apparent long after she ended the assignment. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to build their team's capacity in visual storytelling!
Director of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting - Chemonics International
...her energy and passion for the subject alongside her extensive knowledge and field experience made for a wonderful and informative experience...
Recently, our team at the International Rescue Committee, had the privilege of working with award-winning storytelling consultant, Tara! Through workshops and one-on-one sessions coaching us on how to effectively tell an impactful story, our team members were able to take their ideas on how to tell our project’s story on Early Childhood Development in the Syrian Crisis Response region through their eyes to the next level, building up our portfolio of communication materials for a wide variety of audiences and contexts. Despite being over Zoom, her energy and passion for the subject alongside her extensive knowledge and field experience made for a wonderful and informative experience, and we now have a diverse portfolio of stories to tell from every corner of our project’s implementation! Read one of our favorites on disability inclusion efforts in Northwest Syria here: https://www.rescue.org/article/saeeds-smile-disability-should-never-be-reason-exclusion
Program Associate - International Rescue Committee
I recommend Tara highly.
Recognizing the power of our work wasn't being shared and amplified enough, our project at the International Rescue Committee's Ahlan Simsim program recognized a need to bolster our team members' skills around compelling storytelling including visual and other creative elements. We brought in Tara who led a series of workshops and 1:1 sessions generating new enthusiasm for our staff, recognition of the deep well of incredible stories we experience in our work, and skills to needed to tell those stories. All too often we in the humanitarian and development sectors forget about the power of a story, and lose sight of the storytellers in our midst - our own staff teams who work daily to impact peoples' lives. Through our experience with Tara, we've seen how professional development support can ignite the storytelling passions of a team, and ultimately bring our impact to life and into the imaginations of people around the world.
Beyond the tangible skills gained and our communications outputs, Tara was also a pleasure to work with and look forward to future engagement with her!
Senior Project Specialist - International Rescue Committee
...the work shop instruction and insight to her high level of professionalism and creative process was truly invaluable to myself and our organization.
I had the great pleasure of attending Tara's NGO Storytelling workshop at AIDEX 2021. Tara was very accessible both before and after the workshop, the work shop instruction and insight to her high level of professionalism and creative process was truly invaluable to myself and our organization. We hope to work with Tara more in the coming year and would highly recommend her to our network of NGOs working in the humanitarian space and the especially the context of anti human trafficking as she truly understands the need and importance of giving agency and respect to all individuals in front of the lens.
International Consultant - Dynamic Horizons Consulting
I highly recommend connecting with Tara, as her experience is profoundly valuable!
I participated in an amazing workshop that Tara facilitated and learned some new storytelling techniques to apply to how I market my NGO. Tara was very open and created a relaxed environment for all attendees of the workshop to feel heard and engage in knowledge-sharing activities. I highly recommend connecting with Tara, as her experience is profoundly valuable!
Managing Director - Journeyman International
Her ability to connect with the people whose story she is telling shines powerfully in her work.
I have had the pleasure to work with Tara on more than a dozen projects for my organization, Search for Common Ground, the world's largest peacebuilding NGO.
Tara is an incredible photographer and storyteller. She brings deep knowledge to all phases of the production of a story—from ideation and storyboarding to on-the-ground work to post-production and distribution.
Her ability to connect with the people whose story she is telling shines powerfully in her work. Her technical expertise is superb and shows in all of her photography (I was amazed by what she did for a gallery installation that required technically very challenging shots). Her creativity and storytelling experience shape a good narrative into a great one. And in her capacity as a consultant in digital communications and storytelling, Tara brings excellent training that I know colleagues in peace and development work who are not trained as communicators have found very useful.
I am looking forward to another opportunity to work with Tara in the near future!
Director of Communications - Search for Common Ground
The students greatly enjoyed Tara's deep and inspiring experience in photojournalism, as well as her thoughtful explanation of the story process and craft.
Tara was a guest speaker in my Global Reporting class at the School of the New York Times's Summer Academy, where she guided students (high school aged) through some of her award-winning photo essays. The students greatly enjoyed Tara's deep and inspiring experience in photojournalism, as well as her thoughtful explanation of the story process and craft.
Creative Producer - Shared Studios
For every block in the road, Tara found a work around!
Tara worked seamlessly as an extension of our team during the pandemic. She helped us navigate storytelling during lockdown when production was halted, bringing in her network to help us create digital platforms and content that communicated our impact stories in engaging and unexpected ways. For every block in the road, Tara found a work around! Tara is an expert storyteller; she will help you find the nuggets of gold in your work and build on them. Highly professional, creative, solutions focused and calm, I really look forward to working with Tara again in the near future.
Director Of Marketing & Commercial Partnerships - Girl Effect
You rarely come across a professional like Tara.
It was my and my teams' privilege to be coached by Tara in effective storytelling. Her top-notch technical expertise is accompanied with an effortless and to the point communication style. I was particularly impressed by Tara's ability to cut through the static and zero in on practical and straightforward solutions that significantly amplified our work's message. Tara was also very generous with her talent. She was genuinely looking forward to making a positive impact on her clients. Her positive attitude, technical expertise, and pay it forward style was a breath of fresh air. I look forward to cooperating with Tara on future projects.
Country Representative & LIFE Project Director - CIPE
Tara understands story telling like no other.
In particular related to impact oriented story telling. We live in a world where story telling is core to many marketing strategies and Tara knows precisely not only how to craft a good story, but also how to engage a community with this story through different channels, each with their own engagement dynamics. Tara is really a one-stop-shop for impact brands and organisations who generate meaningful content. I can highly recommend her!