10 on 10 | Stepping In Front of The Camera

I get the value of documenting our lives.

I get the value of getting in front of the camera.

I’ve written about it.

I’ve prompted many of you to do it.

I still don’t like it.

But in an effort to capture this moment, this time while Ian still reaches out to hold my hand and my chin still can rest on the top of his head (kind of), I knew I needed to do something about my infrequent visits to the glassy side of the lens.

So I did.

On a gorgeous Saturday I met Tara Whitney in San Francisco. It was one of those days when everyone in the city was outside gathering up the sun’s rays before they disappeared.

I was nervous.

I cried.

I lamented over clothing until the moment we left our house running back inside to grab a “just in case” shirt.

I tried to ignore that gnawing internal beast telling me to conform to the norm. You know, do something with my hair, wear makeup, blah, blah, blah.

I picked Tara because after stalking her for at least 12 years i know her photos are all about showing up authentically. Unapologetically.

So I did.

No makeup.


Thrift store jeans.

I showed up. Me. Unapologetically.

Tara showed up.  WOW, did she show up.

She is a master of her craft.

She is a master at being human.

She is a master at connecting.

She worked us without making it feel like work. She made me laugh naturally and whole heatedly. In two hours she created photos that hold story and emotion and a view of my family at this very moment.

She knew what I meant when I described the fleeting moment that is Ian’s childhood. And she recorded it.

The look.

The glance.

The lean.

She remembered the details I’d mentioned. And found beautiful angles to record them.

And, dang, can she put emotion into a frame.

I knew I’d love this photo as I watched her set it up. These two know how to be in front of the camera.

And this laugh?

It’s the real deal when you ask me to whisper in Shea’s ear. That’s not the guy he is and when I laughed hysterically she was ready. This may be the best visual description of our relationship ever recorded.

But then she caught this moment. I have no words.

And like a true friend, she knew when the boy needed ice cream. As we stood in the median waiting to cross the street I forgot for a moment we were there to take pictures. We were just friends being goofy and recording the moments.

And there you have it.

My 10 on 10.

Not my photography, but my photographs. My family. My moment in front of the camera.

Thank you for stopping by and THANK YOU  Tara for working your magic.

Visit my friend Kathleen next for her take 10 on 10 view this month.


  1. Nicky hurt

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nikki Bradbery

    I love these photos Katrina and all the emotion that was captured by Tara.
    What a beautiful family!

  3. Martha Schlesselman

    Somehow I missed this blog post when it first went up, but I’ve read it twice now, teary-eyed both times at the beauty in it. The images are incredible of course, and Tara has captured the beauty of your family, well, beautifully. But the beauty that jumps out at me is you, Ian and Shea. I’ve never met you personally but I’ve enjoyed observing your family through your images these last 3+ yrs and love, connectedness and authenticity shine through every time. From those images you’ve given me the courage to step in front of the lens (albeit not often enough!) and to take real pictures that often mean something only to me. Because you have given so much, it’s wonderful and touching to see what Tara has given you with these images. They are real treasures indeed, just as are you and your family. What a wonderful day this must have been!

  4. Rhadonda

    These photos are epic! And girl you are so beautiful. You have the sweetest family and Tara nailed it!! Thanks for sharing a peak into you!

  5. Kathleen

    These are so wonderful, without your words I would have no idea that this was difficult for you. You look relaxed, at ease and beautiful.

    That last shot is pure gold, I can feel the love 🙂

  6. Oh my, tears. I heard your voice. And Shea’s. And Ian’s. What a wonderful job Tara did capturing your family. LOVE!

  7. I love everything about this Katrina! Thank you for sharing. You and your family are beautiful!

  8. Bonnie Jakobsen-Martin

    These are beautiful. Your friend, Tara, did indeed do a great job to make these more than just family portraits. And to get out in front of the camera is so important–I do the same thing as you: I know it is a good idea, but don’t like it so much.

  9. Beautiful photos and beautiful peopleeee! Love these so very much!

  10. I love the photo’s and I love your words. You are telling it like it is and it reminds me of the writing class with Meghan at Firefly’s. Fabulous moments captured for eternity.

  11. Oh, Katrina. I must admit my eyeballs got a little moist from seeing these photos and reading how you felt about them. What an absolute treasure for you and your family. Kudos to your friend, Tara!

  12. These are gorgeous photos and I am so glad that you got in front of the camera. I love the connection and love that Tara captured. It’s authentic and real and a true treasure.

  13. You are so brave, these images are so real and so awesome. Thank you for sharing, your fear, your family, your moments, your story. Great to get to know you 🙂

    Lots of Love from Trini in Norway

  14. Amy Jordan

    Oh my Katrina these are beyond beautiful – i know you will treasure these in years to come!!

  15. Susan L Kvale

    These are totally awesome!

  16. Well hello, Beautiful! Tara really did an amazing job of capturing your family! Your joy, your closeness, your amazing personalities–all here.

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