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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Challenge #49

This week's assignment:

Find faces/facial expressions in inanimate objects.

Submit 1-5 photos

Tweaking allowed.

Have Fun!!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Challenge #48

When I was in third grade our teacher, Miss Garfield, sent us all home with a simple assignment. We were to imagine that in class the next day a martian would be visiting who wanted to learn how to make a peanut butter sandwich. It was our job to write down instructions for said martian. We had no idea that Miss G was going to be our martian and that she would be following our instructions EXACTLY. All of us did our best, reading out loud what we had written, but in the end, what she had before her did not resemble, in any way, a peanut butter sandwich. Oh and there was peanut butter just about everywhere! It didn't take us long to realize why she'd been wearing gloves.

So with that inspiration this week's challenge is going to be a little more involved.

The Challenge:

Do a Photo Demo

1.) Feel free to demo any normal thing that you do throughout your day, or if your adventurous you can do an activity for the sole purpose of using it for this challenge. (Hint for those of us with children: if this seems a bit overwhelming just capture something you do with your kid..or for your kids.)
2.) Please try to limit the images to no more than 10.
3.) Tweaking is fine if you'd like to display the images differently.
4.) Have fun!
5.) MckLinky will be open for approximately three weeks.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Challenge #47

So sorry everyone for getting this up so late! My husband and I have been house hunting and I really haven't been on the computer that much in the last few days. For this week's challenge I think I'm going to "borrow" an challenge from another site since my brain is clearly else where.

This week's challenge:


(hint: for a little help check out what this guy had to say.)

No rules, just do your thing and tweak if you'd like! And post as many or few photos as you'd like!

MckLinky will stay open for three weeks!

Have fun!


Saturday, January 9, 2010


Hey everyone! I've seen in some of the comments left on people's photos that many of you are seeking to learn more about your camera and how to better control settings and such to get what you want. I found a great link (to the Digital Photography School website) that has articles on a whole bunch of basic stuff. I'm in the process of reading through them myself.

It never hurts to go back to the basics. I always find something I either didn't know, or forgot about.

So go take a peek!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Special Activity!

Hey Everyone! I thought since you all did a GREAT job capturing your Christmas memories I thought we'd do something a little fun.

Along with the photo challenge this week (see entry below this one) you'll all have an opportunity to share with everyone your favorite journal entry from Challenge #45.

Here's the deal, when you enter your MckLinky Link put your name in but then for the link have it be the link to the entry you liked the most! And feel free to post your top two if you'd like!

Have fun!


Monday, January 4, 2010

challenge 46

Happy New Year, everyone!
It was really a joy to see everyone's Christmas and holiday activities and traditions- looks like fun was had by all! And, I think I speak for everyone here, but a special congratulations to go out to Erica! If you aren't sure what I am talking about, take a look through her entries from the last challenge :)

This week's challenge is:

a Self-portrait featuring a physical attribute that you find endearing or beautiful about yourself- something that you feel makes you uniquely "you".
Submit one photo.
This photo can be color or black and white.
Go ahead and "tweak" it if you feel like it!
Entries due by Sunday, January 10.
MckLinky will stay up for 3 weeks from today (January 4)

And, as always, have fun, fellow shutterbugs!