The Non-Photoshoot: Tam Lontok Photography

A whirlwind friendship – that’s what Tam and I call our newfound union. After years of hearing each other’s name through mutual friends, we finally BECAME friends on our own and I feel so very blessed to know her. Aside from sharing a love of family and friends, aside from sharing a faith to which we both cling, aside from sharing a desire to be good photographers and writers, and aside from “Thank you” being our most favorite words – Tam and I just seem to share this understanding, kind of like kindred spirits.

Our most prominent shareable quality however, is probably our fear of having our pictures taken. hahaha! It’s so ridiculous the lengths with which we go through to get a proper picture of the other or avoid it. After work one day, we met up at a cute little cafe in Thousand Oaks called Chocolatine. We had our yummy macarons, some iced coffee, then headed off to Paramount Ranch for a little shoot…though we don’t like to call it that. If we’re not the ones doing the shooting, the words “photo shoot” make us nervous.

“It’s not a photo shoot,” I suggested. It’s just us walking around with our cameras, practicing…yeah, that’s it. We’re just practicing.”

So off we went with our non-photoshoot, tricking each other into poses.

“Can you stand here, I just wanna check the light,” Tam said.

“I think it’s a little too dark. Can you stand here really quick?” I said.

Lame, we know, but every photographer’s got their methods, right? =)

So happy we’ve started this new adventure together, Tam!

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