And so on the 10th of July we start something new. A couple of months ago we made a new friend; Courtney of Courtney Z Photography in Portland, Oregon found our website and asked if we’d be interested in an online monthly blogging project. The idea is for professional photographers to commit to a year of blogging monthly; every month on the 10th we’ll each post ten images that were taken in our personal lives on one day in the previous month. Since we’re notoriously bad at getting a chance to work on personal photos (um… anyone see our fall blog post? Last summer? Exactly) this seems like a great way to encourage ourselves to not only shoot more personal work, but to also share it with our friends and clients.
Before we go any further, please go check out the other nine photographers who are participating this year. (Go ahead, we’ll be right here for you when you come back.)
Back already? Fantastic. Not surprisingly I managed to put this project in the back of my mind repeatedly, and then lose track of the date repeatedly. (Isn’t this still May? No?) Happily I still had a number of days to choose from, as I tend to get a little trigger happy anytime I’m somewhere new and/or more interesting than my office, especially if I’m traveling or visiting with friends or family. Slightly less happily: all of these images are from my iPhone, as the only other camera I used for personal work this month was my great aunt’s Hasselblad, and that shoots film. Which I haven’t developed yet. So! I’m using this first 10 on 10 to remind myself: shoot more, shoot with direction, and shoot to tell a story. This isn’t an issue when I’m working, but with personal work? Much harder to get in the groove.
You might have already seen through Instagram
that I drove from Florida to Vermont with my sister Monica
in June. (Our wanderings in Savannah were in the running for this blog.) We also took a day trip to Boston, where she was about to move, to do a dry run of her new public transit options and to wander the upscale Newbury Street, mostly as a throwback to our teenage years when driving to Boston to go shopping was quite the excursion. (We were basically farm girls from middle-of-nowhere Vermont. Boston was pretty exciting. I’m still a big fan.)
Click the image below to see more of our sister day trip…
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