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Photographer Tara Whitney on SoCal Living

One of our favorite Instagram moms takes over the mom.me feed this week in our inaugural InstaMom City Guide. Photographer and mom of 4, Tara Whitney loves living in Southern California "I was born and raised in Southern California where I learned to love water, music, and tacos. Picking up a camera in my early 20s and never putting it down again has been one of the most important things I've done in my life."

1. Describe yourself in 10 words.

Easily startled, mom, photographer who likes weirdos and overgrown plants.

2. What do you love about the city you call home?

I live in Orange County and I love living where there is a marine layer. I live as close to the beach as I can afford. I love that I get to go to the beach after school with my kids. I love that I am surrounded by nature in the midst of sprawling suburbia. I love the convenience of living between San Diego and Los Angeles. I love that I can get a great burrito on almost any corner.

3. How does the city affect the way you parent?

I have sometimes worried about keeping my children grounded in what is a very affluent area of California.

4. What's your favorite staycation destination?

Laguna Beach.

5. Share one secret place that makes your hometown special.

The nature trail at Caspers Wilderness Park.

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