Sunday, July 10, 2011

on STRANGER tides-

Several months ago my lovely daughter Karlee happened upon an opportunity to enter a contest. She wrote a short comment about mothers and daughters and submitted it to Justin Hackworth's 30 Strangers Project along with hundreds of other contestants. Initially, her entry was not selected as a winner, but a few days later Justin contacted her to let her know that due to a scheduling conflict one of original participants had to back out and she had been selected to take their place.
IN THE BEGINNING, I had never heard of Justin Hackworth or 30 Strangers so I had no idea what an honor it would be to be part of this awesome project.
On our scheduled day in April (day 27 to be precise) me, my mom, and Kar arrived at Justin's studio for our photo shoot (Shay tagged along to witness the spectacle we were sure to make of ourselves). I have to admit, having a camera snap away inches from your face is a wee bit intimidating. I found myself giggling like a school girl without any ability to stop myself! Like most every family, we have had professional pictures taken, but aside from that the only camera I've had that close to my face is my own. We can entertain ourselves for hours taking pictures like these!

HOLY CRAP! That is terrible...oh. my.

WOW, I can't believe I am posting that picture....I may have lost my mind temporarily.
Okay, back to Justin and 30 Strangers. What a wonderful way to raise funds and awareness for the Center For Women And Children In Crisis. I so admire Justin and the inspiration he had to start such a project.
We have always been told we are strange, but to be STRANGERS! Now THAT is truly awesome.
We had such a great time with Justin. He is a FANTABULOUS photo maker and taker. I will always remember my small part as one of the 30 Strangers. I'm so very excited to attend the opening reception on July 15th, I can't wait to see which of our portraits he selected for the exhibit. I hope everyone will come check out the exhibit at The Harold B Lee Library Auditorium Gallery at BYU. The exhibit runs through August 1st.

And again, a BIG thanks to Justin Hackworth. Dude, you rock.

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