Last summer, I found myself with a rare afternoon alone. I had decided since we were nearing the half year mark, it was a good time to sift through some images on my computer to use later for my year end family yearbook.
As I sat down and moved through folders and dropped them into my external hard drive, it was hard not to notice how many images were not of my family. The ones I had taken were left unedited to make room for time to edit client’s images. I had been warned by friends that were also photographers about never finding the time to shoot for themselves or edit their own work but I had dismissed their warnings and pledged to myself that I’d never stop the priceless documentation of my family. Here I was 6 months into my business, faced with the stark reality that that is exactly what I had done. I had become complacent with the documentation of my family. It hurt and it made my overwhelmingly sad; I felt like a trader. I was stuck in reverse.
After much thought, some inspiration and a long hot bath, I decided there was a way to be a mom and an artist. After all, separating the two was not doing me any favors. With some big help from friends, a tiny project appropriately named “10 on 10” was conceived. The premise of our 10 on 10 project is to choose one day of the month and document it from morning to night. We choose our favorite 10 images that tell the story of our day best and post on the 10th of each month in a blog circle. The images dedicated to this project are not technically perfect like you may expect from a group of photographers. Instead, its a walk through our imperfect days finding beauty in the simplest with our families, friends or simply ourselves.
Forward to almost one year later, 10 has branched out and been adopted by many photographers, both hobbyists and pros. It seems that many of us out there were equally troubled with the loss of the everyday storytelling of our families. I have since stopped shooting professionally to spend more time with my three wee ones and I credit the 10 on 10 project for keeping the relationship with me and photography alive. Given my Type A personality, “scheduling” an entire day focused on the perfect blend of family and photography has made me even more committed to my craft. I now have enough images for my year end family book and then some. Every one of the photos from my 10 project is a treasure to me and had I not designated this day to bring my camera literally everywhere, I would have probably missed them.
We would love you to come check out our last few blog circles to see the different takes on the project. Just click the links below and follow the link to the next project at the bottom of the post. If you participate in this project or plan to, please leave your link below in the comments section so we can follow along!