It’s My SITS Day, Part 2!

Tomorrow, (or today if you’re reading this on July 22nd) is my Featured Blogger Day on SITS Girls!

I was about to spin a poetic tale about love, loss, Cape Cod and cookies, as well as it being my birthday week and the last week of preschool camp, but then I remembered the wonderful email I got recently to tell me that July 22nd is my second SITS Day!

I must welcome readers in the proper way. To start, here is my favorite “headshot”. My daughter took it when she was four.

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And here I am, welcoming you in the best way I can welcome people. I am very smiley in person.

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You may be wondering why I’m lucky enough to have a second SITS Day, just a little over a year after my first. I am lucky enough because I am a new Community Lead for this amazing group. I write articles here. And thank you, Janine, for this badge.

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Now you may wonder what the heck a SITS Day is. SITS Girls is an online community of over 75,000 women bloggers and counting. It’s a place to support, connect with, and learn from other bloggers on the forums, through tutorials and through featured posts and featured bloggers. SITS Girls shares tips on blogging, photography, social media, SEO, vlogging, and how to make money through paid blogger opportunities. Every weekday, they feature a blogger from their (our?) huge, growing community. Today, I’m so lucky it’s ME! Again. My last SITS Day brought many of you to me, and me to you.

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And what does SITS mean to me? Well to put it mildly – a lot! When I came here, a year and a half ago now and counting, I was really ready to connect and find my tribe. Or tribes. What has followed are some of the best connections I could have imagined. (I even know SEVERAL SITS members in real life now) When I say my life is more fulfilling with the SITS community in it, I’m not being corny or exaggerating. Whether you fellow bloggers are moms, or photographers, or writers, or all three like me…or whether we have nothing in common except for blogging, well, you’re here for me. And I’m here for you.

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For a little background and history, first of all – hello! I’m Tamara, Owner/Photographer of Tamara Camera Photography.

This is me, modeling my favorite non-human thing (after photography, writing, moose and cookies) – sundresses:

I live in western Massachusetts with my husband and these two cuties. Scarlet is five and Desmond is two:

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We also have a foxy puppy named Athena, and two new kittens named Bella and Dinah. All three are rescue animals.

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We live in the woods of a small city/college town and we have four sprawling acres and a TARDIS shed.

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I’m also a writer – education-wise, semi-professionally, and with every fiber of my emotional being. It started when I was a young child and it will always be a part of me. It’s hard for me sometimes to work out the order of what I am and what I do: Mama, Photographer, Writer. No matter how you word it, those are the three most humbling and grounding elements of my life.

Thank you for visiting today! I’ve been really excited for this day.

You can find me on my Facebook page. I follow back and connect with other bloggers/photographers/businesses. You just have to tell me how to find you on FB in a message or on a post from with your fan page name or with a link and I’ll find you!

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Connect with me in these places! I always follow back and I try to say hello:

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150 Comments

  1. YAY for YOU!!!! A SECOND SITS DAY!!! Love your introduction to you, your art, your gift, your precious loves…

    SO excited that you are now a community lead! Absolutely perfect. 🙂

    Love you and can’t wait to hear about your fabulous weekend!

    1. It feels like a good fit! I had to do something with all of this blogging energy.
      Love you, my friend! It will take me a bit to catch up but you can bet there are TWO Cape Cod posts coming – one full of fun photos and one full of heady words.

  2. I concur. I met you on a sits twitter party, initially. I’m so glad that happened – I know it was meant to be because I never do those Saturday morning parties, but that time I did.

    1. It’s totally fate. I remember when you first started coming to my blog. You asked if you could have Scarlet. I said you definitely could, maybe we meant temporarily. I think?
      And you kinda had my name because I was a “Tammy” for most of my life.
      And now we eat Talenti together.. in spirit.

  3. I signed up for SITS but for the life of me I can’t figure it out. Please show me the way. My lameness is too much for me bear. You look dandy in that ladbug dress! (can I call it that?)

    1. You can call it whatever you want, because it’s you.
      As for SITS, you go to the main site every day and “check in” by commenting on the featured blogger post. Then you go to his/her site and comment there. Then you comment on 1,000 posts every day.
      Just kidding!
      Start with just the featured blogger!

    1. ha! I didn’t forget so much, because it’s in that SITS article I wrote which I linked here. I was afraid to sound too repetitive!

  4. Aww, huge congrats to you on your second SITS Day and seriously so excited for you. Love the way you welcomed all here and anytime I get to see your pretty face is a great day for me. Oh and as for the badge, I actually got it from Tracie (stole it) but just love it so 😉

    1. I’m so glad we all stole this great badge! It was much needed.
      So excited to read your article! I’ve been waiting all day to get there…

    1. Thanks! It was awesome. I seem to have zero anxiety and zero allergies there. Well, maybe not zero but barely detectable!
      I want to go back..

  5. Happy SSITS day! (That’s second SITS day, not a typo.) I have been out of the SITS loop for awhile, but In honor of your day I’m going to jump back in.

  6. Congratulations on your SITS day, Tamara! Wow, 75,000 bloggers..that is incredible! You and your family and your blog bring so much joy, happiness and smiles to SO many people. Keep doing what you are doing 🙂

  7. So happy for you Tamara! This is terrific and I’m so glad for your 2nd SITS day. I’m happy to have found SITS community too and looking forward to meet more bloggers. Love this introduction of you and can’t help but feel happy to know you! 🙂

    1. I’m so happy I accidentally posted this early, because all of my blogging friends are here first and you all know me! And I feel happy to know you back.

  8. Yay, hooray, happy day, woohoo! SITS is awesome, and will now be awesomer (okay all your writers, I know that isn’t a word) I’m sure tomorrow will be fun and happy, which is what summer is all about anyway! ENJOY:)

  9. YAY! How exciting! This reminds me… I have to go visit some SITS posts. I haven’t made roll call for a while.

    Enjoy your SITS day I love this “intro/run down”. I’m certain everyone will love you just like I do! <3
    xoxo

    1. Awww! Thank you!
      I feel a little nervous about it, but I’m glad I posted early so all of you could come here first and help with moral support.

    1. Thanks! And funny, because I was just reading her SITS post before I came back here. It’s a great fit and I love having her has a lead too.

    1. Thank you! I’ve been thinking a lot about last July and how I had a guest for you and my SITS Day and then in August, I met you.

  10. Oh I just adore your big welcoming wave. Congrats on your SITS day number 2, you certainly deserve it and on becoming a Community Lead. Honestly you are the true meaning of community and have inspired me to connect more as a blogger. Thrilled for you.

    1. Ah, thank you! You win best comment ever to warm my heart and inspire me.
      I will forever love that photo from the wedding wave. It’s honestly how it is and how I feel here.

    1. ha! I couldn’t scare them all off with my wordiness, could I? I had to keep it short, sweet and informative. With photos, of course.
      Maybe there will be a 3rd..

  11. You’re so awesome, congrats on your 2nd SITS day and on becoming a lead! I don’t think there could be a better person for that job. Also, I feel kind of important since I “know” the blogger of the day, haha!

    She’s my friend, ya’ll! I know her, she comments on my blog! ;D

    1. ha! We’re totally friends, y’all! It’s just that dang distance in our way, or else we’d be hanging out a LOT.
      Proud to call you a friend!

    1. Thank you! I hope to have a 3rd too! Every now and then it’s so nice to meet the new wave of bloggers at SITS. It makes me feel like.. a sophomore or junior. At least.

  12. Congrats on SITS #2. You’re and inspiration to all. I’m new to the community so it’s nice to connect with like minded mama’s. I look forward to seeing more of your posts!

    1. Thank you so much! I can’t even believe I’m not new anymore. It felt that way for awhile.
      Good luck in this community – it’s wonderful!

  13. Visiting for your SITS day, congrats. My daughter and I both went “huuuuaaaahhhh” when we saw your awesome shed. I want one, I need one! I have serious shed envy!!!

    1. ha, thanks! It was just a boring old shed and my husband decided to transform it. Mind you, it was the day before my daughter’s fourth birthday party! He had big visions.

  14. Since I’m new I missed your first SITS day – so I’m happy to be here for the second! Your kids are adorable and I love your blog. Have a great day.

  15. You have such an incredibly beautiful family (not to mention gorgeous photos). Happy happy SITS Day #2; hope it’s every bit as exciting as your first. And enjoy your birthday week (and some extra cupcakes!).

    Pleasure to be here today 🙂

    1. Pleasure to have you here! I can’t wait for the cookies and cakes that are coming my way this week! And the second SITS day is as good as the first! It’s more rewarding because I keep seeing the people I met last year at this time and they still are readers.

  16. You’re my very first SITS post to read! I am so excited about joining this community. Your photos are absolutely stunning!

  17. How awesome that you are a Community Lead for SITS Girls! That is a perfect fit! The SITS Girls are an amazing community. Love all the photos as usual and especiallly the kittens since I have not seen them in a few weeks. Congrats on your second SITS day Tamara – well deserved!

    1. Thank you! I sort of feel like it’s my birthday, and my real birthday is this Friday! Last year the same thing happened. My first SITS was in July too.

  18. I like this introduction to all things Tamara! I’m also a huge fan of Scarlet’s photo of you. She has skills! And HAPPY SITS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Your pictures are SO gorgeous. And you are just too pretty, too. Love this!

    Congrats on your SITS day. Mine’s tomorrow and it’s my second one, too. My last one was AGES ago. *I’m so old!*

    1. That is so sweet – thank you so much!
      I’ll be sure to visit you tomorrow.
      And I can’t help but be happy I’m not the only one getting a second SITS Day!

  20. More gorgeous pictures! You are an amazing photographer, with a beautiful smile, but I am definitely connecting most to the mama part of your soul! Although riding in a carriage on your wedding day was pretty amazing.

    Congratulations on a second SITS day! I’m relatively new to the community, and have already found it to be such an amazing community and source of friendship. Thank you for sharing your story!

  21. We have 4 sprawling acres and a Tardis Shed…BWAHAHAHAHA. I love that. Happy SITS Day! PS. I always view your house/property as like the real life equivalent of Neverland or some other far off fairytale place.

  22. 1. None of the pictures my kids take of me look that good.

    2. Des will, someday, find a girl he will introduce himself to as “Desmond,” not “Des”, but I cannot predict whether this will be a good thing.

    3. I hoped you had a second SITS day because you knocked out another SITS girl. Or at least beat her in arm wrestling.

    1. It was not an arm wrestling, but it was a cookie eating contest. Who knew?

      You just needs Scarlet to take a picture of you!

      As for Des, one of his grandmothers calls him Desmond. I think it will go over well because it’s a handsome name. Bonus points if they are a fan of the show LOST or the man, Desmond Tutu. And really, who isn’t?

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