January 10 on 10

AND WE’RE BACK! I know, I know… I said our blog circle was done. And it is. I swear. But a couple of us were so sad to not keep it going that we decided to start a fresh blog circle project for 2018 and invited a lot of talented ladies to join! So this year, on the 10th of every month, we will all post 10 images. It might be a series shot all at once. It may be 10 images of a common theme. It may just be our favorite 10 images of the month. Who knows?! That’s the beauty of it. Each month is an adventure and it will be so fun to make this project up as we go along.

I don’t know about you, but where I live in Michigan, we have gone through an incredible cold snap of weather that has had us stuck inside since before Christmas. I’m personally getting a little cabin feverish, but I’ve decided to take this opportunity to find new light inside my home and experiment with it in different ways. These are my 10 favorite images that I took during our subzero confinement.

When you are done here, be sure to travel all the way around this amazing loop and see what they were up to this month! Next up is my talented friend, Jenny, of Sycamore Lane Photography!

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New Year’s Eve!

I’m blogging again already! Yay! I’ve been going stir crazy being stuck inside these last couple weeks. Our entire winter break we’ve had subzero temps and lots of wind. We’ve only been able to pay outside a couple of times, and when we did it was for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. So to get out of my creative funk I decided to do an hour by hour project on New Years Eve. I don’t know why my crazy brain thought it would be a good idea to shoot every hour from 9 am to midnight… I stuck to it most of the day, but the later it got, the time ran together and I don’t think I got one every hour. But regardless, I documented our lazy day at home perfectly. Here’s our New Year’s Eve!

Five Minutes of… December

I can’t believe a year has gone by so fast and this project is coming to a close. It has been so amazing collaborating with these talented ladies over the last couple of years. Sadly, this will be our last blog circle together as our lives are taking us in different directions. Some of us need to simplify things, some are trying to limit social media, and some just have different goals. No matter what, I feel so blessed to have gotten to know each of these ladies and I still look forward to following them and seeing their beautiful adventures.

For my final 5 minutes, I am going to share my daughter’s first time painting on her new easel that Santa brought her. It is her favorite gift and I know it will be mine too. I plan to shoot her a lot in this space. If you want to follow the adventures of my tiny artist, please follow me on Instagram and follow the hashtag #storiesfromoureasel.

Once you are done here, please be sure to visit my talented friend, Karen of Karen Osdieck Photography!

Five Minutes of… November

We just got back from a few days in Traverse City, Michigan to visit the Great Wolf Lodge for Charlotte’s 4th birthday! It was a blast. We love it up there. And even though the water park is tons of fun, we also love to take some breaks and get some fresh air. One of our favorite sports up there is the Old Mission Lighthouse. I love to visit it, no matter what the season. There is always something new to discover. This time, it was very cold. So we didn’t stay long. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to document my five minutes of November.

When you are done here, be sure to continue the circle and see what the other talented ladies are up to this month. Next up is the amazing, Liz of Four Dots Photography.

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Five Minutes of… October

This month I cheated a little bit. Technically, these images were taken over the course of an hour while we carved our pumpkins. However, the majority of the time I was assisting Charlotte and Maddie and preparing pumpkins seeds for roasting. Once I was done carving Charlotte’s pumpkin (according to her instructions), I picked up my camera here and there to capture our annual tradition.

Once you are done here, be sure to follow this circle of amazing artists all the way around to see what they were up to this past month. Next up is the talented Megan of The Megan Hassold Photography Co.

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Five minutes of… September

These last couple of weeks have been unseasonably warm around these parts. We’ve had warmer and more humid temps than we saw all Summer long. It’s looks like Mother Nature is confused, because we had normal Fall temps for a while and leaves started to change and fall off the trees… and now it’s miserably hot. Darn it… I want sweater weather already! Even though I’m sad I can’t comfortably bust out my Fall boots, the kids are loving it. We already drained the pool just after Labor Day when it looked like all our warm weather was done. So they are keeping cool in the evenings by playing in the sprinkler. This week, I followed them out to document it. I took a couple freelensed shots (and then I got sprayed and chickened out) and then I moved on to practicing the Ring of Fire technique for a few minutes before I headed in to finish dinner. Not sure if it was truly five minutes or not… but it wasn’t long. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow the circle all the way around to see what everyone is up to this month. Next up is my amazingly talented friend, Angee of 2B Seen Photography!

 

100 Days of Summer

I did it! I finished my 100 Days of Summer project! Not every day was a picture worthy for the wall. Some were snapshots and some were just OK. But every single day I picked up my camera and every single day I captured a memory. THAT is the most important thing to me. After failing a couple of 365 projects in the past, it is nice to find that smaller daily projects are not only achievable for me, but also an amazing tool for growth. I literally saw myself evolve over the last 100 days. I’m going to take a while off… shoot only when something moves me. But I’m looking forward to another challenge when one presents itself. Perhaps a November project of what I’m thankful for? We will see. For now, I put together this little slide show of every daily image. There were many many more images I took this Summer that I loved. Some days I took a ton of “keepers” and others I struggled to get even one mediocre shot. But each day I chose ONE as my image of the day. And here they are ❤