A Style All Her Own (D187)

My mother in law was one fashionable woman. She could pull off any form of leopard print without a problem. Even her figurines and decorations in her home were stylish (see exhibit A below). She would coach me on being a little more edgy, adding some spice to my wardrobe, and even helped me along with some trendy purses.

Perhaps she learned it while living in Los Angeles… maybe she was born with it.

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Me… not so much.
My mother in law once gave me a burnt orange colored purse that I knew had to be expensive… she was not a bargain basement kind of shopper. I secretly wondered if they had it in black and whether or not I could exchange it. Black is better, goes with everything, or so I thought. When my husband actually asked her, she got me on the phone and schooled me about being more daring, trying something new, and didn’t I know that this was the latest rage in purses? I didn’t, but I kept the purse, for her.

17 Pairs of Shoes
As I pack for WPPI, I’m reading other photographers on Twitter talking about their new outfits or packing 17 pairs of shoes for 4 days (yes, I’m talking about you, Jasmine Star :-)). The only things I bought to take with me to WPPI this year are a new tube of toothpaste and some protein bars for the trip. Not very exciting, I know.

So it got me thinking about my mother in law and her style, which made me want to photograph one of her figurines. They remind me of her and for some reason I’m missing her tonight. I was browsing through pictures in iPhoto and saw some images from when she visited shortly after our son was born. So full of life, such a beautiful woman, such a tragedy that we lost her so early.

Goodnight, Dear Void…
I’m not sure where all this is going, but I’ll just end by quoting one my favorite lines from You’ve Got Mail when Meg Ryan is putting up Christmas ornaments on her tree and missing her Mom so much it hurts:

“I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So goodnight, dear void.”

What cosmic questions are going through your mind right now? Send them out into the great void… or write them down in the comments and let me know I’m not crazy.

Image Setup: On a happier note, I’m in love with my new Portable Lighting Studio. Normally I have to set up my full  light kit and white seamless background when I want to get a close up or product shot. Not anymore! This is going to significantly improve my shots and the time it takes to get them. I’ll definitely tell you more later, but today’s shot is with a 50 mm lens and the portable lighting studio which comes with two lights and a mini tripod. Post processing was just increasing contrast. Gotta love that.
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  • http://greyhoundgardensphoto.blogspot.com/ Terri Jacobson

    Wonderful post Tasra. And yes, I do send cosmic questions out there to my mom who is still living but weird family dynamics do stupid things to people. Your mother-in-law was very beautiful and this was another wonderful tribute to her.

    Have a grand time in Vegas.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      I know all about weird family dynamics… thanks so much for your kind comments.

      I'm looking forward to Vegas… should probably get off the computer and fold the four loads of laundry so I can pack!

  • http://my365daysofreality.blogspot.com/ Sandra Marek

    You just honored her memory in the best possible way. Sounds like you were lucky to have each other.

  • http://greyhoundgardensphoto.blogspot.com/ Terri Jacobson

    Wonderful post Tasra. And yes, I do send cosmic questions out there to my mom who is still living but weird family dynamics do stupid things to people. Your mother-in-law was very beautiful and this was another wonderful tribute to her.

    Have a grand time in Vegas.

  • http://tasra365.com tasra

    I know all about weird family dynamics… thanks so much for your kind comments.

    I'm looking forward to Vegas… should probably get off the computer and fold the four loads of laundry so I can pack!

  • http://my365daysofreality.blogspot.com/ Sandra Marek

    You just honored her memory in the best possible way. Sounds like you were lucky to have each other.