Every Picture Tells a Story

For your viewing pleasure.

Sadly, I’m not listening to this one right now. For one, everyone in my house goes to bed 17 years earlier than I do. For another, it’s one of those songs that makes all the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. And since my hair is growing down to my stomach, slowly and surely, you can imagine how that feels when it’s standing up on the back of my neck. Chills.

There’s not a really great story behind that unicorn costume and candle holder, other than that it’s a work thing, but I had to throw that one in. I’m never any good at limiting things to one or 10 or 100 photos. So finally this week, there’s a Finish the Sentence Friday prompt I can really work with – 10 phone photos. Whee! And by that way, that was a joke. I can work with ALL Finish the Sentence Friday prompts. They’re all so much in my wheelhouse that it’s almost disgusting, and then they’re almost no longer in my wheelhouse, because I obsess. This one, though. I just have to do it now. Tomorrow starts my fall foliage family photo shoot season. Say that 10 times fast. I’m “only” doing 3 this weekend. In one weekend, that’s a lot.

That’s because I put my energy into each one. The nerves. The obsessing over lack of nerves. The energy expended by pacing and fidgeting. The constant inadvertent squats and lunges and stretches. The being in the zone. Ah, I can’t wait. All of these next 10 phone photos were taken in the last couple of weeks, and all have small or large stories behind them.

Every picture tells a story, don’t it?

1 – We started decorating for Halloween, and this is my bird’s eye view, or rather desk’s eye view of the commotion. By the way, the dogs HATE that ghost. Astro gave it the middle finger, Athena ran away, and the cat just ignored it.

2 – We went to the kids’ first Bar Mitzvah and they were both mystified by the yarmulkes. I pinned this into Des’ hair and made him pose for a photo. He looks like such a good little Jewish boy! You’d never know it was his first time.

3 (and bonus) – Speaking of which, they also had their first time in a church that wasn’t being used for a piano recital. This one was warm and welcoming and the kids gave powerful “sermons” that I’d like to believe weren’t about the gas we pass.

4 – What can I say? Scarlet is truly a girl on the run. She loves getting fancy but can’t resist running.

5 – If I want to, as you know, I can create stunning and compelling phone photos. None of these really fit that mold. For one, I’m just having fun. For another, the sun hasn’t really come out in 8 weeks anyway, so it’s Astro in low light.

6 – Des eats doughnuts with true passion.

7 – This land is their land, kinda. It’s their grandparents’ land!

8 – Name that castle! I’m looking at you, Jen.

9 (and bonus) – Scarlet took a selfie (us-ie) and that made everyone in the vicinity go, “Awwwww.”

10 – We somehow found a New England themed restaurant in Silver Springs, Maryland called “All Set.” The bathroom had a random wall of toilet paper! And the server told me that no one ever uses it for anything other than decoration!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “Share 10 Photos From Your Phone.” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

Which one is your favorite?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Every Picture Tells a Story — 16 Comments

  1. I seriously want to be you when I grow up as your home decorations for any holiday, including Halloween are simply awesome! And the selfies of you and Scarlet are gorgeous, my friend <3 <3 <3

  2. I’m TOTALLY with Janine! Your home and family are SO FUN with all the decorations, the pictures and all the fun activities you do with your family!! Loved these pictures Tamara!! And I can imagine you lunging and twisting and focusing that lens perfectly capturing the joy, the light, the autumn colors beautifully with every shot you take this weekend- every photo shoot you do, actually. You are SO incredibly gifted, my friend.

    And that self/usie? I let out a big AWWWWW!!!! too. 🙂 That girl, oh my heart she’s so adorable. As is Des in his cute shots! What is Cassidy going to be this Halloween? I’m always so entertained by him. You picked a good one, friend. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. I don’t have a stock of pictures to use, so I’ll just enjoy looking at yours. That wall of toilet paper is hilarious! Some people just think outside of the box, and I love it:) What is that caste? I’ve driven by in when heading past DC, right?

  4. I with Astro and Athena on the ghost. I don’t think I’d get used it it. And I can’t even imagine it with the house dark. That selfie is PERFECT. So I need to know what that castle thing is in New York. I’m going to go find your facebook post to see if it was explained.

  5. I love the photos! Regarding the ghost, we have one for outside but it wouldn’t fit anywhere in the house (you’re lucky with the open space there). I love Halloween decorations so much. And I think I commented on Facebook when you were in DC – that castle thing is one of the Mormon churches. Tucker thought it looked like Disney the first time he saw it too (well the first time he was aware of seeing it because we drove by it every time we went to the doctor when he was tiny). Jealous of the restaurant in MD – never did go there. Maybe one day.

  6. The unicorn costume brings out the youthful, playful Scarlet in you Tamara. Not only do your pictures tell their own individual stories, they’re filled with color, and nature, and humor, and they make us smile. That frightening, towering ghost met its match with Astro!

  7. Thanks for the shout out! I want to go there some day.

    Plus my life is now complete. I need that wall of toilet paper holders, so we will never run out again. It’s a constant problem in a family of 6!

    Happy weekending 🙂

  8. Ya’ll look so pretty in you dresses, where were you going? I didn’t link up, now I feel left out… BTW, even from a phone, you pics are stunning. Can’t believe how grown up the kids are getting.

  9. Love all the great photos. The kids are growing so fast. I find that last photo intriguing for some reason that I can’t even explain. Thanks for sharing your pics!

  10. that pic of you Scarlet is just too cute for words 💕 so sweet!

    And I love that wall of TP! Also I think a sermon about passing gas might actually convince me to go to church. Des in his yarmulke. I die.

    I love your Halloween decorations! I just got my first skeleton and I’m very excited about all these firsts. Decorating is fun!

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