When You’ve Accepted The Challenge

Every season I end it with saying it’s my busiest season, but this season? This season takes the cake. Only, there’s no time for cake. There’s no time for anything. I’m editing photos furiously like a madman so I can be done(ish) by December 1st(ish) so that I can enjoy the season! Last year I didn’t enjoy it at all. I was working three jobs and one was keeping me up at all hours. This year I’m going to try(ish) to only be working one job by the end of the first week of December. Can I do it? It’s a challenge. I accept. Speaking of accepting challenges, I totally had no plans to write this intro paragraph. For Finish the Sentence Friday, we’re sharing something previously written. Mine was about a challenge I accepted in 2012. Read on!

This is me linking as I love to do nearly every Friday with Finish The Sentence Friday. The week's topic is Share Anything Previously Written. My challenge!

My history of photography, which I will detail more vividly on my upcoming website, began very simply with a camera collection. I was a child who collected, whether it was Ken dolls or Troll dolls or tiny metal cars, or even the standard coins and stamps. As I got older, my interests got more age-adjusted, if not even a little shallow. I collected colorful socks and jeans that made my butt look good. The camera collection started with a neon-colored point-and-shoot and a Polaroid. By college, I had several point-and-shoots, a big Polaroid, a video camera, and that i-Zone mini Polaroid. As it was with most of my collections, I never used these things as much as I should. Rather I’d fold and unfold things, arrange them delicately, dust them occasionally. I pretty much kept things behind a glass case. That glass case protected them. It protected me too.

(Scarlet always hit the juicebox hard)

I just wasn’t ready.

That’s how I explain things that I fail to do at first, and then do with feverish intensity eventually. An artistic eye? Sure. My mother is one of the greatest artists in history and her father, my deceased grandfather, has been written about and spoken about on talk shows. Other than writing, it took me some time to figure out my personal outlet for the artistic expression I felt nearly boiling over inside of me. I had a few of my photos shown at the local mall’s art show. “Aha!” I thought wisely.

That was the beginning. It built slowly. A boyfriend gave me my first “serious” camera. My parents gave me my first serious lens from B&H in NYC. They sent that same boyfriend on a mission and he came back victorious. I became victorious. Lenses are really, really important. That’s why they cost the same as a kidney. I started taking photos, mostly of my boyfriend and animals. Eventually I branched out into other people and other animals. People seemed to like my work. I started to too.

I started doing it professionally – those famous group shots for class pictures. I also took time off.

Then I had Scarlet, and you kinda know the rest. I had my first digital camera and I took it out of hiding and shook off the dust the morning she was born. No lie, it was 4:00 am and I knew I was in “real” labor and I was packing my hospital bag and the camera came along. I hadn’t a clue how to use my digital camera with its pesky on-camera flash that I hadn’t learned how to shut down yet. And the whole white balance issue. It was a big WTF for me for awhile. Lenses and software and a better trained eye for color came next. I became fully comfortable with photographing Scarlet and sharing those photos.

In the last year or so, but more numerously in the last several weeks, I have finally taken on other people’s children. It’s so hard! Scarlet recently had school photos done and they weren’t in the standard of cheesy face against a weird colored background. They were more candid and in the grass. More my style. Which is ultimately why I didn’t order them – that woman had five minutes to do what I’ve been doing with Scarlet for three years! It made me more aware that I have my work cut out for me. I won’t know everyone I photograph. I haven’t. I am aware that their children (and themselves) are precious cargo who deserve to be photographed to the best of my ability. That’s what I can do. That’s what I owe the world.

The best that I can do.

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This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is Share Anything Previously Written And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE.

What would you share?

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.

Comments

When You’ve Accepted The Challenge — 10 Comments

  1. I enjoy it when you share your story. This week I’m spending all my blogging hours scrubbing my oldest son’s photos off of my blog. It’s sort of heart breaking, both that he insists on my removing them, and that kids at school would tease him about his 5-year-old photos. But it’s life and it’s respect, and it’s what I have to do this week.

  2. Really nice to read about the beginning of your photography career! I like that you decide when you’re ready but you’re open to trying new creative things. Obviously photography has been the one that shines. Love all of your photos shared here, Tamara! They’re gorgeous 🙂 Good luck getting it all done by early December.

  3. Accepting the challenge is a kind of photo opportunity all its own, and l know you will successfully see it through. All 16 of your photos in this blog are proof of that, and you know what Tamara? Your best keeps getting better!

  4. On the new challenge- good plan! I hope you take the time to enjoy this year! On the “original” challenge, your tenacity really shines through. Every photo, child or Just imagery, captures both your story and theirs. Lovely.

  5. They’re such gorgeous photos, Tamara! I wish you were closer and could take our family photo. I hope you meet your challenge too and are able to enjoy December without being too crazy busy! You’re amazing.

  6. Wow you’ve done an excellent job with other peoples kids. I imagine you hold you breath doing it though. We all want that perfect photo of our kids. And of course those school photos are just something to laugh at that you have to buy so you can laugh year after year.

    Love Scarlet going at the juice box hard.

  7. Oh, Tamara- you were BORN to capture things on camera! Truly, friend. And those pictures are SO incredible! I can only imagine how happy those precious children’s parents are when they see your work. I am just so happy you are doing what you do best and what you love most.

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