I’ve been looking forward to this post all week.
I organized a blogging meetup on Twitter. I have also half-joked on Twitter about having a giant Tamara Camera Blog Camp on our four acres of land, tents not included, unless you love neon pink Disney tents. Once Scarlet made a friend at the local co-op and I noticed that her nearby mother looked familiar. Turns out? We had previously had many conversations on..you guessed it..Twitter. I love Twitter. In fact, follow me there! I will never unfollow you unless you unfollow me. I’m petty like that.
Last week I realized I hadn’t set up any bloggers for Ask Away Fridays in April, so I put a call out on Twitter and got back four fabulous replies. The first one was Tracie of From Tracie. Tracie is a thoughtful, deep, radiant, exquisite writer and I love her deep-thinking posts, as well as her posts about life in Orlando. She gets a lot of fun blogger opportunities, and shares her stories.
To see who else is participating or to learn how to join the fun, head over to visit hosts: Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County, Amber from The Bold Fab Mom, Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter and Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings. #AskAwayFriday is their beautiful and ever-growing creation! And contact me if you want to swap some time!
To see Tracie answer my questions, go HERE. And now my answers to her questions:
1. Is there something you are particularly looking forward to doing with your kids when they get older?
Oh, that’s such a good question! Today Scarlet asked me about photography and if I could one day teach her. I would love to do that! And I can’t wait to have more adult conversations about life and dreams, tolerance, acceptance, joy and pain. I want to read “Harry Potter” with them. I want to watch “Doctor Who” with them. More road trips, more moose and wolves, whale watching, sunsets and sunrises over the ocean. Over different oceans. I want to go back to Disney World, time and time again.
2. Your photography always amazes me. When you are doing a session for a client, do you prefer to go somewhere special, or to work at their house? And how do you find and choose those special places for sessions (the place with the random outdoor mirror comes to mind)?
Another good one! I find that most sessions are outdoors at a place we both can easily get to – Smith College, local parks, Connecticut River banks, forests, mountains, beaches, etc. I have definitely done professional sessions at my own home:
Of course I want it in the place the client most wants their session. I offer suggestions based on experience or I ask for ideas from the local photography referral network. Obviously I’m most comfortable at places I’ve been (or live at) because with new places, I don’t know how to anticipate lighting and timing as easily, but I catch on. I studied this for 15 years for a reason!
Your backup plans need backup plans in photography..
3. From reading your blog, I know you are a super taster, so you have a special relationship with food and tastes. Are you a cooking person?
No, I’m pretty bad at cooking. It’s more of a lack of interest thing. I have no doubt that if I really put my mind to it, as with anything, I could be fiercely competitive and innovative and all that good stuff. That said, I’m too paranoid to cook meat and have never really even touched raw meat. (not a vegetarian, though) And there was the time I made sweet potato fries, following the recipe to a “T”, only to have used already baked sweet potatoes instead of raw ones! So they came out limp and burnt. I can bake, though, and I once whipped up these Tardis cookies for Cassidy’s birthday. They were toffee stuffed inside brownies stuffed inside chocolate chip cookies. Nice, right? If you’re awesome, I’ll make you some.
4. Do you have a quote or message that sums up the way you live your life?
Someone asked me this recently and I gave up this Wayne Gretzky quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
5. I know you love the song Safe and Sound, because reading about it in your blog is the reason it is on one of my playlists right now. What other songs do you love, and do you turn to different songs when you are in different moods or places in your life?
I definitely do. Some constant favorites/soothers/inspirers (or all three) are:
“Learning to Fly” – Tom Petty
“Ten Years Gone” – Led Zeppelin
“Song H” – Bruce Hornsby
“Cloud on my Tongue” – Tori Amos
“Live To Tell” – Madonna
“Layla” – Eric Clapton
And a LOT more. These are all on my desert island mix. They’re all the things I want to remember.
6. Where do you find peace?
Often, within my own head, if there’s nothing else I can reach for. I find peace while typing/connecting in front of a computer, behind the lens, with the kids, when I’m laughing, with the songs mentioned above, and in the woods on our property.
7. What is something you look back on and think, “I can’t believe I did that, but I wouldn’t go back and change it!”
Funny, because I have that thought ALL OF THE TIME! Saucy things I’ve said and done. Trips I’ve taken. Strengths I didn’t know I had.. A few years ago, I quit an office job with a note that said, “You are verbally abusive to me. I want to cry all of the time. Goodbye.” (and this wasn’t the same place I referenced earlier in which I left in the middle of the day with a banana in a desk drawer). Once, Cassidy and I snuck illegally but accidentally into a safari, but we were caught after the giraffe ratted us out:
I fulfilled a life dream to go to Yosemite, but I missed most of it because I was with a cute boy. (TMI?)
8. How do you approach social media, and what is your favorite platform?
Genuine and inoffensive. Connected. Connective. With photographic evidence! Getting conversations started. Showing family and friends the zaniness of our lives. And of course, trying to make money with writing and photography. My favorite is Facebook (despite my above outpouring of love for Twitter). I just like how we’re all in the same place at the same time. So many walks of life! Blows my mind. Imagine if we were all in a room together. Well, it just won’t happen. So we have Facebook.
9. What is one word or phrase that you say a lot?
“Really?? It’s said in a certain sarcastic way that needs a soundbite. I don’t know how to do that! Just watch this video, starting around a minute. It’s more the way Seth says it, and not as much the way Amy says it:
10. I snuck in a couple of double questions up there, so this last one will be less of a question and more of a request: I remember you writing about your fun sock collection. I love fun socks. Can we see more of your socks?
Yes, you can! Here’s today’s gems:
These socks are my absolute favorites and I wear them when I really need them..
These funny ones were given to me by Dion of Fire and the Romance..when I was 30. Not 50.:
Here are some more favorites:
Thanks, Tracie! You really got me with those. I love being really gotten!