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Project 10 | March 2017

March 26, 2017

I’d had these images ready to go on the 3rd. I’d uploaded them here and just never wrote anything out. The 10th passed and well, it’s now the 26th and I’m finally getting around to it. Obviously, I was struggling to write. Writing is the very hardest part of all of this. I don’t want to always just post quick blurbs of generic “stuff” on here. I want to be real and raw sometimes, like the images that I try to capture. There is time for pretty, and joyful, and fun, and also not so fun. And most of the times, the words don’t come. But right now they do, so I’m writing.

This photography thing, it’s a blessing and a curse. It comes and goes in waves of joy, excitement, learning, practice, feeling small, trying to keep up, feeling not good enough, trying to not lose that innate voice inside that is inside me while being completely surrounded everywhere I look with other’s work, and then back again. There are few things that bring me as much joy, and pain, as photography. I think that’s why I value it though. Anything that truly matters in life is work. It’s putting in the effort, day-to-day, when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Those hard times make it even more valuable when you have the good.

Capturing my own family’s story, in 10 images, (which for me are often not part of one specific day, but little moments scattered though a month that mattered to me, even if they’re not the very best images I’ve ever taken) is so hard sometimes. I don’t know why. Or maybe I do. I shoot images of them all month long. But then I analyze what to share, what looks good, what will the other people in the group think of my work. When it comes down to it though, in this project, for me, it’s about whatever images mean the most to me that month. It won’t necessarily be something anyone else understands, but this is for me. I want to be able to do a search for Project 10 and see 120 images from each year that really meant something to me and my family. Little moments of my children’s lives that I’m capturing however I can, even if not the most beautifully, or perfectly, but that I’m not missing. And that’s why photography is everything to me, and hopefully someday, this work is everything to them too.

Project Ten is made up of a group of talented photographers who are determined to document their own lives and not just the lives of their clients. Ten photos from our everyday lives on the tenth of every month. Check back monthly and be sure to check out all the other extremely talented women below!

My fellow Project Ten participants:

Katie Hall

Cait Jensen

Parker Slaton

Kaylene Bain

Kelly Lapp

Laura Burkholder

Rae Barnes

Carolyn Woods

Maui | Feb 2017

March 2, 2017

I attended a conference in Maui in January 2016 and created friendships with many awesome photographers here in Hawaii. We decided we needed another meet-up this year, so I went to Maui for a weekend in February. Being able to talk with other ladies that are here on the islands and know the ups and downs of this business is helpful. I left refreshed and inspired. I was also really happy that we were able to make a little time to shoot around Maui, since I wasn’t able to see much of it last year. It was still pretty quick since the first couple of days were raining, but I got a rainbow and explored downtown Wailuku with lots of cute little shops, signs and one seriously mind-blowing, amazing mural.

M Family | Poipu Photographer

February 16, 2017

I love this family. My husband and I have worked out with them at our CrossFit gym for years. We saw them with their middle guy as a baby and now they have their newest little man. Watching families grow is such a special thing to witness.

This session was a blast. I have a special place in my heart for a bunch of little boys since I have three younger, crazy brothers. There’s something special about brothers. And mamas loving on their babies. I love capturing that more than just about anything else.

Kauai Family Photographer

C Ohana

February 12, 2017

I actually know E from our old neighborhood. Such a sweet mom with the cutest little boys.

We decided that we should start the session at Wishing Well Shave Ice and then make our way over to Hanalei for their family photos Kauai. We just wanted a fun, relaxed, session focusing on their love and connection. Being able to capture all the little details along the way and just the little moments that make up their family was awesome.

Check this gorgeous family out!
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Project 10-February 2017

February 10, 2017

I’m having a lot of fun playing with light lately and even a new camera for this month’s Project 10. I bought a Rolleiflex, which is the camera Vivian Maier used, made in the 1950’s. I’ve been pretty obsessed with it after watching her documentary, and then we had our family photos taken by the amazing Jonathan Canlas, who also shoots with one. I was hooked after that. It’s such a unique camera and look, and it also shoots in square format so it’s been cool to try to frame my photos differently than I’m used to.

I also have photos of my whole family too, so I am so excited. That is not something that happens often for me with this project. It’s the everyday type of stuff; random bits of life, with sleep, work, and play, even our cute dog in pretty light.

Project Ten is made up of a group of talented photographers who are determined to document their own lives and not just the lives of their clients. Ten photos from our everyday lives on the tenth of every month. Check back monthly and be sure to check out all the other extremely talented women below!

My fellow Project Ten participants:

Katie Hall

Cait Jensen

Parker Slaton

Kaylene Bain

Kelly Lapp

Laura Burkholder

Rae Barnes

Carolyn Woods

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