The Purpose, the Journey, and the Fun along the way

Here we are, two moms who love our cameras and miss our college art classes and colleagues. With a family it can be difficult to find time for the creative process. Emily and I are using this blog as a way to have fun, work on our photography, keep each other accountable, and be creative!

Each Monday one of us will post a challenge for us both to complete and post a response to by Friday that week. Over the weekend, if time permits each of us will also critique the other's work.

We hope to use this blog as a way to grow together as photographers as we continue to grow as mothers.

If you happen to stumble upon our blog, and want to join in, feel free! Just post your response, with a link to your photos in the MckLinky link for that week. Challenges stay open for three weeks after they are posted.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Photo Challenge #6 Round Up

Dear All, 

Sorry this is so late.  I took a peek at everyone's photos and it looked like you all have fun with the game.  

Here are this week's submission links!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Photo Challenge #6

Good morning all you wonderful photographers!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

This week, for the challenge, I thought we'd play a little game most of you may remember from your childhood.  For me, as a mother, many of these "games" are coming back into use.  I thought it would be fun to make a challenge out of a sweet little game called, "I Spy".  The challenge is to use your creativity to find things that you feel accurately explore or explain a word, or more specifically, an adjective.


1.) Photograph only items on the list.
2.) You may pick as many items as you'd like to photograph (there's no limit this week)
OR you can pick one item and submit as many interpretations of the item as you'd like.
3.) The photographs can be B/W or colour 
4.) Please no tweeking for this challenge.
5.) Please submit your photos, by leaving a comment with a link to your submission, in the comment section of this post.  (to read more about submitting photos click here.) Submissions due this Friday, Feb 27, 2009.


"I spy with my little eye, something that is:"

1.) round
2.) beautiful
3.) warm
4.) cute
5.) harsh
6.) reflective
7.) cold
8.) skinny
9.) wet
10.) soft
11.) old
12.) enticing 
13.) scary
14.) brilliant
15.) painful
16.) silky
17.) smelly
18.) unkempt
19.) silly
20.) curvy 

Have fun!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Photo Challenge #5 Roundup

Happy Friday everyone! We have some beautiful submissions this week. Thank you all for reading my blurb about posting.  Everyone posted their links perfectly!  It will save me a lot of time in the future.

Please feel free to visit everyone's photos and comment.  Receiving feed back is a wonderful way to learn and grow as a photographer.  Thank you everyone so far for taking an active interest in everyone's work.

Okay, here are the submission links! (Don't worry if you still need to submit photos, I'll be checking the blog and I'll post your links before I go to bed tonight.)

Bekah  (this is a flickr submission so just scroll through the photos once you follow the link there.)

Erin Jo (first five photos)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Photo Challenge #5

Before I get to our Monday challenge I'd like to address a little housekeeping issue, something I hadn't thought of before doing this blog.  It concerns posting links for the challenge.  At the end of every week either Em or I put together the round up. There are a few things you guys could do for us that would make it easier (usually it takes me a good 20 min.)  So here are some guidelines.

When you are interested in submitting photos for the current week's challenge please:

1.) Post a link to your entry (blog or gallery) in the comment section of that week's challenge.
a.) if you have a gallery, the address to that specific gallery where your photos are works out just fine (which you all have been doing correctly so far.)
b.) if you have a blog please make sure that the address you are posting is address for your entry, as opposed to the just your blog address. 

If you're not sure how to do that it's easy.  Just click on the name of your post (in most cases for me it's something like "Photography Challenge #3"), you'll then be taken to a window containing just that post.  Just copy the web address and past it in the comment section of the current week's challenge.  

Okay!  I hope that helps everyone...if you have any questions feel free to leave them here on on the FB page.

This week's challenge is brought to us by the lovely Erin Jo. She is our Guest Challenge Submitter...if that can be called an official title! 

The theme is "Anatomy and the Human Form".  

1.) Please submit between 1-5 photos exploring this theme
2.) The photos can be Colour or B/W 
3.) Tweeking is allowed

Thanks for the challenge this week Erin!

Okay guys!  Have fun shooting!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Rhythm and repitition Roundup (yay, alliteration!)

Sorry this took so long to get together- I've been having issues with my internet connection pooping out on me :(
Here are this week's entries- you can comment on each other's photos when you have the time this weekend:

Bekah:1 2 3





Melissa (click here to see last week's challenge entries by Melissa)

Hope you all had fun this week!


Monday, February 9, 2009

Photo Challenge #4

Happy Monday, Everyone!
Thanks for all the wonderful entries of "red" photos last week- very creative!
This week's theme is:

Rhythm and Repitition

Submit 2 or 3 photos that you feel represent this theme- have fun, be creative (you can use editing programs if you so choose :)

Post links to your photo entries in the comments section by Friday, Feb. 13th. You can post questions, too, if you need help or want to bounce ideas off each other.

If you know anyone who has any interest in photography and is looking for a fun outlet, please feel free to invite them to participate! We welcome anyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran~
Happy shooting!


Friday, February 6, 2009

Photo Challenge #3 Roundup

Good morning! It looks like everyone's submissions are in! Great job everyone, I love seeing all this red! We have a couple of new comers to the challenge. WELCOME Josie and Jessi! Don't be afraid to comment on their photos as well! Emily is posting the challenge for us next week.

Have a great weekend!


Erin Jo Erin's submissions are the first three photos

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Facebook Group

Hey Everyone!  This week I set up a FB group as a place for us all to talk about the challenges and anything else on our minds.  Just a little note, discussions are encouraged. Every week I will start a discussion thread for that week's challenge.  It's easier using the threads then it is to use the wall.  Just look above where the wall is and you'll see what I'm talking about, the discussion board is right there!

I hope you all have fun this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's photos!


Monday, February 2, 2009

Photo Challenge #3

Good morning everyone!

I hope we all had fun stalking our subjects last week.  Nick (my hubby) and I were talking about possible options for the challenge this week and he suggested we do something to honor the month of February.  I liked the idea so this is what I came up with:

This week's challenge is to take UP TO 3 photographs featuring the colour RED.

Rules: If you have photo editing software and would like to use it you can with this challenge but it is not required.
Photo deadline is this Friday, February 6 leave a comment with a link to your photos in the comment section of this post.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.