About Tanis Justice

I am a photographer and writer. I have worked in almost every industry along the way. I shoot with a variety of both film (SLR and medium format) and digital (DSLR) cameras. I own Studio A Photography in Vancouver, WA. I do most of my work in Portland, OR.


Countless nights searching

Crawling through my dreams

Looking for you

Finding nothing but a ghost

An image of someone I didn’t know



Crying out to the Universe

Begging for a sign you were real

Walking past me daily

Hidden in plain sight

Reaching out wanting to hold me

I over looked you blinded by my own desire

and then you were there

Walking out of my dreams

and into my daylight

Moving like the clouds

Shining like a star

Give me the darkest skies

Give me the hardest rain

All I need are your blue eyes

They guide me through any storm

and guide me to your heart…


Take Your Breath Away

Your smile lights the room


Awkwardly you walk with me

Looking at me and then to the ground again

You brush your hair away

You clear your throat

“It’s ok” I say, “It’s all going to be fine”

You smile and pull close

The relief of surrender falls over you

and you awaken to a new reality

In you, the things other men have found strange

I find endearing

In you, the things other men have found challenging

I find exciting

In you, I see a wondrous woman

Searching for stars on her ceiling

Finding love in blue eyes

Awkwardly you walk

but you know you won’t walk alone


Doubt and fear fade

and your soul breathes a sigh of relief

As I take your breath away…

A Better Way

I want to kiss you for a thousand forevers

Soft and slow

Holding your face

Running my finger through your hair

Watching you from across the room

Your blonde hair bounced

and so did my heart…

Your blue eyes gleaming like stars

Your smile casting a spell on me

Healing my broken heart


Hand and hand

I’m daydreaming of you

Of us…

Come to me, my love

Find your way

Let me heal the heart that beats so quickly inside your chest

Let me kiss you for a thousand forevers

Let me show you a different way to love

A better way

On walking away

One night in early November I decided to go for a walk
It wasn’t uncommon for me to set out, but it was cold

I walked for hours looking at stars, and thinking about
all the things we’ve done and seen together

The cold crisp air cut sharply into my lungs,
and as the fog started to settle in
the clouds that hung over my brain started to fade

My heart was suddenly burdened with the painful truth
that you were never really mine, that you would always
run back to him, even though he would continually hurt you,
and that no matter how much I wish you really loved me back
I was now and always would be alone

Even sitting next to you…

So I pulled my jacket tight, and adjusted my hat
Much like a sailor adjusting his sails on the open ocean,
and I braced myself to the harsh reality of our relationship,
as if I was bracing the harsh drowning waves of the angry
unforgiving ocean

As I walked towards home I was suddenly relieved
I smiled and came to a single realization

It was time to walk away

not because I wanted to, but because it’s best for my heart

and for my happiness…

So I walked home, picked up the phone, and then slammed it down

Instead I poured a glass of wine

I didn’t matter anyway, so why waste my energy explaining why I was letting go

When you had never held on in the first place…