10 on 10 | Stepping In Front of The CameraPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Mar 10, 2017 in Blog, Personal | 16 comments
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 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.
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.
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.