Tanya Gale Velardo has been telling stories most her life. 

Raised in Boston, Tanya was surrounded by centuries of history.

While walking the steps of Yawkey Way, her father taught her about baseball legends and memories of the Green Monster. As she walked the cobblestone paths of places like the North End, she was reminded of the day when Paul Revere rode into town. As a graduate of the Boston public school system, she met classmates whose families are full of stories of perseverance, defying the odds, starting new lives in the United States, and coming from nations full of difficult circumstances and consequences.

Tanya served with an international children’s mission organization, and came to know, appreciate and love the people she worked with from around the world. In 2003, her full-time work took her to the country of Moldova in Eastern Europe. The nation quickly became home.

Tanya was deeply impacted by the stories that were told, the circumstances she found herself aware of and the God given potential that exists in the life of every Moldovan child. 

There were stories to tell of lives that were changed because of the work of the ministry and there were lives of those who listened, ready to be changed by the details of each storyline.

As the people welcomed her into the narrative of their lives, she began to find her own story. And, her camera became her constant companion. 

She went on new adventures, and was introduced to new customs and traditions. She surrounded herself with people who became life-long friends. Along the way, Tanya discovered she had the ability to tell a story through a lens. The stories surrounding Tanya have shaped her life. They have transformed her into the woman and photographer she is today. 

For nearly 10 years Tanya made Eastern Europe and the Midwest of the U.S. home. In 2012, Tanya returned home to her family and joined the NYC narrative. 

Children continue to be born, seniors continue to graduate from high school, families continue to desire to capture moments, weddings continue to be celebrated, and people are impacting people every day. 

Your story has the ability to reach into someone else's life -- for the reader to be changed as you are changed in the midst of your own journey. 

Your story has significance. Your story has power. It belongs to no one else. Your story is yours. 

Your story can stand still, on film, long enough to be heard and to reach beyond anything you could dream or imagine.

Allow Tanya to capture your story. 

 

Languages: English & Russian