April 10 on 10

Here’s April’s 10 on 10 along with a confession about my process.  When I first heard about the 10 on 10 project (if you need a refresher you can read more about it here), I thought it sounded great – exactly what I needed to get motivated to shoot more candid, lifestyle images of my own family and kids doing life together – that’s the real reason I became interested in photography in the first place.  What I determined very early on in the process is that 10 images in one day really doesn’t work for me.  Photography, for me, is about capturing those little details that help me remember where we are in the moment today – the things I want to remember about myself and my kids.  The crazy outfits, favorite t-shirts, new haircuts, family outings, daily activities etc. – even the strange very imaginative tea party game where you have to have a tissue sticking out the back side of your pants (see first photo) – I like to capture them as they happen but they rarely happen 10 times in one day.  I’m a rule following type of girl and so the 10 on 10 project has been a bit of a beat down – I wanted to do it “right” but really couldn’t get inspired to shoot 10 images in one day.  It’s like the process is backwards for me – instead of shooting what I love I am searching for 10 things to shoot and at the end of the day I’m finding the process for me really doesn’t fulfill the original goal.  So, I’m finally giving myself permission to do the 10 on 10 my way – which is basically over the period of the month I will capture and share the images that speak to me about where we are as a family today.  The images that fall short for the technically minded photographer but speak volumes to a mama’s heart.  The images that I probably wouldn’t share otherwise.











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April 10, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Carey Pace - The thing that I find so beautiful about this project is that anyone can tailor it to suit their individual needs, individual bents, individual preferences. It saddens me that you’ve not enjoyed it so much before and instead just felt pressure. However, I’m thrilled to read that you’ve finally come to a happy place with it and can do it joyfully now. I’m quite the opposite of you – I always come away from 10 on 10 shoot days with 500 or more images! the last few times I’ve had to make myself STOP shooting and wait for the next hour to come around.

My favorite of these is the second to last where they are standing around the pulled out drawer. Oh how I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for that! So interesting!

April 11, 2012 - 1:49 am

Christine - I totally feel ya – I feel like I have to shoot on a day where we have a lot going on. I love that you are doing it your way. These are all gorgeous. Love the 3rd one and your self portrait. Great yellow jeans!

April 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

Laurie - I’m so sorry I’m late Melinda.. but I am so glad I got to see these photo’s! It really is wonderful getting the life images of our families. And I must say.. I am pretty partial to the yellow pants and black and white striped top Jackie Kennedy styling photo! :)

May 25, 2012 - 11:17 am

Cecilia M. - Don’t feel bad, 10 images in one day never worked for me either! I found it difficult to be in tune with both my camera and the family for one whole day. I love the moments that are just here and there but tell a story once put together :) Love the outfit too btw!

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