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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Challenge #22

Good morning all! I would like to offer a warm and hearty welcome to our newest contributor, Bschwalbz! It's really exciting to have someone new joining in the fun.

Okay onto this week's challenge! As many of you know Wedding season is upon us, which is keeping me pretty busy on the weekends. Last night I had the pleasure of attending a wedding instead of shooting it. I thought today we'd do a wedding inspired challenge based on that old little rhyme that brides often stick to when planning the details of what they will wear. I'm sure you are all familiar with it:

Something Old,
Something New,
Something Borrowed,
Something Blue.

The Rules:
1.) Four images
2.) Let's steer away from images that actually have to do with weddings, use your imagination with this one. Let's get outside the box a little.
3.) B/w or colour
4.) Photo Submissions due by Sat. July 4th.

Have fun everyone and have a great week! It was so nice to see everyone's submissions this weekend!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Challenge 21 Roundup

Fantastic Pics this week, everyone!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Photo challenge #21

Happy first (full) day of summer, everyone!
Many of us are trying desperately to stay cool now that summer has hit us- and some of the most popular ways to keep cool (at least for me :) is to hang out by the water, swim in the water, have water balloon fights, go tubing, etc......
So, you may have guessed it, this week's challenge is...


Submit 5 photos of water- in any way, shape, or form
Tweaking IS allowed.
Have submissions in by Saturday, June 27th.

I will post the submissions on Sunday, June 28th.
If you are new to the challenge, all you have to do is leave a comment with the link to THAT specific challenge entry (not just your general blog/web link). Thanks! Have fun, everyone!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Round Up #20

I can't believe it's this late in the week already! Here's the round up from over a week ago. I think perhaps it was either a challenge for everyone, or we all sort of needed a break. I really love how so many of you have been able to keep up with these challenges!

Here's the roundup:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vacation from Photo Challenges

Hi All! This past weekend was super crazy for me. I shot two weddings and am completely tapped dry. I thought that it might be a good week for all of us to take a break. I'll post the roundup for Challenge #20 when I have the time this week. I still hope to be able to finish my photos for this past challenge.

Enjoy the week off! I'll have a new challenge up Monday June 22.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Photo Challenge #20

Welcome to Challenge #20 everyone!  You should all be very proud of yourselves.  I can't believe we're at challenge #20 already!  It's been a very fast and fun journey...

For this week's challenge we're going to do something a little more abstract and perhaps move most of us out of our comfort zone.  

This week's challenge:

The Rules:

1.) B/W or Colour Photos 
2.) Please submit only 3
3.) Photos must be of nature and MUST be out of focus
4.) Photo submissions due between Friday, June 14 and Sat., June 15.
 Oh and 5.) no tweaking please!

Hint: This week's challenge is to encourage you to focus on composition instead of the subject.

Round Up #19

Well here's the round up for last week!  Enjoy checking out everyone's photos.  I hope through our own experiments and everyone else's we were able to learn a little more about natural light.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Photo Challenge #19

Hello everyone! This week we'll be doing another challenge dealing with light.

Way back when we started the challenges we had a week (photo challenge #2) where we took photos of buildings at different times of the day.  I thought we'd do something a little similar, a sort of exercise if you will.  

The challenge:

Pick an object, pick a window in your place of residence and photograph that object at different times of the day at said window.

1. Your object can be anything really, someone's head, a glass jar...whatever you'd like, just make sure it's the same thing in every photo.
2.  At the end of the week you will have to Submit 6 photos-three sets of two images.
3. Photograph your object at three different times of the day.  One photo is to be the same angle (so you'll have three total that look the same but that were taken at different times) and for the second photo of each set try and use the light available in the best possible way.
4. Please no tweaking since this is an exercise in light.
5. Submissions due between Friday, June 5 and Sat., June 6.
6. B/W or colour
7. If this is confusing leave a comment and I'll try and clarify! 

Em will probably laugh when she reads this one since she knows I love the morning light that comes in through my windows.  You'll find it's amazing what you can accomplish with just a little natural light!

Have fun!