I realize that it’s Saturday and I’m linking up my “Ask Away Friday” post a day late, but I had something long scheduled for Friday and I simply could not resist when Brittnei of Homemaking With Style and Get Fit, Healthy Life asked me to participate in this week’s question swap. Brittnei is a very involved and multi-talented blogger. I’m happy to have her in my blogging life.
As with all of my blogger friends, I can’t remember exactly when and how we found each other! It just happened, inevitably, and I admire her approach to blogging. She is informative and connected. We both talk about how much we appreciate comments. We respond to comments and post them on other blogs. We both agree that no matter where this blogging life takes us, that is one thing we aim to take with us wherever we go – these connections. Feedback and mutual communication.
Check out this week’s links! It’s a great way to read more from some great bloggers.
Here are my answers to Brittnei’s questions for me. Be sure to check out her answers to my questions here.
1) When did you start your blog and how did you come up with the name?
I love this question! I started my blog over three years ago because I so desperately needed an outlet for some much repressed writing. I always considered myself a writer but I was in such a terrible dry spell that I needed a place to regularly hold myself accountable. I fell in love with blogging. I didn’t initially set out to be a photo blogger (or mama blogger) but I found myself juggling three powerful identities – mama, writer and blogger, and I wanted a place to link them. The name came about after a conversation with my husband. I asked him for blogging name advice and he said he knew that it would come to me in the blink of an eye. Sure enough, I sat there and thought about my life’s nicknames and I shouted out, “Tamara like Camera!” I’ve spent most of my life correcting people’s pronunciations of my name so I’d call myself “Tamara Like Camera” when meeting new people. I even wrote it on my high school graduation roster and it flustered the teacher so much that she said it incorrectly!
2) When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I can’t remember how old I was when this moment took place, but I was on a school bus and saw the sun come in through the window and light the eyelashes of a classmate. I realized right then and there that photography was in my blood. I am the daughter, granddaughter and sister of fine artists and it took me awhile to see what my own special interest was. I collected cameras, studied photography in high school and dreamed about it for years until after college. That’s when I got my first SLR and dreaming became doing. Action. It’s been many years of study and discovery since.
3) Did you go to school for photography? If so, how long and what school?
Oh, I started to answer that above without realizing this would follow! I studied photography in high school and my work was placed in a few shows. In college, I studied writing because I wanted these two passions to be evenly matched, or close to it. After college, I was an apprentice with a photography company for a year and then started out slowly on my own. I have taken online classes and joined online forums and have also taught myself a heck of a lot of digital photography and editing.
4) How do you juggle it all? Being a wife, mom, photographer and blogger?
Well, it’s certainly no easy feat. I’d love to say I have an exact schedule that I follow but the kids are very young and that makes it unpredictable. A writer never rests. I’m constantly thinking of things to write about and dropping everything (except babies) to run and make notes for a post or a project. I do my writing in the morning when the baby is napping and my older one is in school or doing something independently. Then we do an afternoon activity together. I generally do dinner and part of bedtime and do most of my photography work at night after the kids are in bed. It’s not perfect and it’s often messy, but it always changes and there is always room for change.
5) Do you have any tips for me as a veteran blogger for me as a newbie blogger?
I’m turned off, as I’m sure many involved bloggers are, by lack of connection. I don’t need to tell you this, I think, because you exemplify it so well in your blogs, but it’s really, really important to reply to comments, to comment on other blogs, to tweet, pin and Facebook share links, and to find ways to connect. Blog hops, link parties, twitter chats. You can’t do it all, but you can pick and choose what most speaks to you. When you grow, and you WILL grow, take that with you. Eventually the balance may rest on the other side. You may be taking more than you’re giving. In the beginning, it’s give, give, give. When the taking grows, you find new and innovative ways to show appreciation and thanks. To say, “I see you. Thank you.”
6) What is the most challenging thing for you as a blogger?
That I can’t do it all! I am in love with so many blogs. I cannot comment on each one, as much as I’d like to. I try to balance these connections, with also my real-life friends, my family, my photography. Again, it’s not perfect and it’s very messy, but it’s an important challenge for me to take on.
7) What is the most challenging thing for you as a parent?
Plain and simply, it’s learning to let go and to embrace change.
8) If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
My father. He passed away suddenly when I was nearly four-years-old and I’ve spent most of my life hearing about how amazing, handsome, charismatic and funny he was. Unfortunately, I hear these things second-hand about MY father. There is no celebrity out there that comes close to being someone I’d rather have dinner with than my own father.
9) How would your friends describe you?
Hmm…good one. Anyone want to chime in here? Creative, tired, loyal, hungry, friendly, honest, unconfident, wry, intense in some ways and mellow in others, a little nutty..
10) What is your favorite food?
I can never answer this as one thing. It’s more like genres. Can I name several? I think I will!
Mashed potatoes, flavored coffee lattes with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, apples, broccoli, clam chowder, ravioli, bakery cookies, grilled salmon, thin burgers, homemade buttered popcorn, freshly picked raspberries, pasta salad, eggs, bacon, haddock, crab cakes, rotisserie chicken, and much more..
And if that seems oddly specific, I am a supertaster. I can write a whole post on that!