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Featured O2O Member: Tamara Bowman

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Tamara Bowman is a professional photographer at Tamara Camera Photography, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at Tamara (Like) Camera, 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 books, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, Stigma Fighters Anthology, and an upcoming HerStories Project. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter and son in glorious western Massachusetts.

Favorite O2O Projects you’ve worked on:

I worked on the Firefly & REACH campaign and that made my kids incredibly happy because my son was just then old enough for his own toothbrush. They loved the cool dental products and I did too. I also adored the Curious World and the Net Nanny campaigns, because they instituted ways to help my family. You can’t beat that!

Favorite part of being an O2O Member:

There’s something so personal about the staff members – in their emails and other communications with us. They’re unique for sure, and I love how candid and positive they are about their campaigns.

Tell us how you came to be a blogger.

Oh boy – do we have ten minutes here? The name Tamara (Like) Camera came to me suddenly because my name is pronounced that way and I have spent a lot of my life telling people, “It’s Tamara.. like camera!” Since I’m a professional photographer, it seemed like a perfect double meaning name!

I studying writing in college, and did a photography apprenticeship right after college. I have only ever known a life of writing and photography, but I still tried my hand in the corporate world for a few years after graduation.

After I had my first child, my daughter, I started my blog because I was bursting to write and it was a great way to share our lives with all the grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends in our lives. After I had my second child, my son, I started my photography business because I believe it’s a gift to get to photograph people.

My two businesses go hand in hand. My blog started as 100% family-related, and then I branched out because I LOVE to talk about products, services, and lifestyles.

Name another blogger you admire and why.

Kelle Hampton – she weaves her stories with photos, and she weaves her photos with stories – and that has always been my style. She’s my inspiration.

Is there a piece of advice, quote, or mantra that you live by?

You only miss the shots you didn’t take! In photography, and in life.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Inner beauty! You can’t beat that.

What was your last best meal?

Well this afternoon I had quiche and pie at an actual Pie Bar and it was sublime.

Is there a song you can’t get enough of, listen to on repeat, know all the lyrics, obsessed with?

“Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty

What is the best thing to do where you live?

Oh boy – EAT! And just live. We are surrounded by beauty in all directions. Western Massachusetts is a gift. Come visit here and I’ll show you the best places to eat, take pictures, talk, read books, and even exercise.

Night owl or early bird?

Night owl

What is your favorite time of the year?

Summer

Three things you can’t live without (besides family/friends/faith).

  • Photography
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Blogging, of course

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