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10 on 10 September

One of my favorite types of photography is lifestyle – which is basically telling a story with your images.  I have joined up with a group of 10 VERY talented photographers with the 10 on 10 project inspired by Shannon Harrison.  Once a month, we take a 10 consecutive hours and document with our cameras a photo from each hour.  This was my first time trying something like this – there are the 365 day projects and the 52 week project, but right now, I’m not comfortable committing to one of those projects b/c of time/schedule conflicts.  However, I know many photographer friends have told me how it has really helped develop their skills and creativity – you have a deadline – so you are always thinking creatively and more important, documenting the moments in your life that you will always treasure.  I do plan to do one of those types of projects in the future – just not now.  However – once a month – I can handle, so when this opportunity came up – I jumped on it!

We will be posting our images from the day we choose on the 10th of each month.

I chose labor day – I woke up early, had some energy and my husband to help me with the kids all day.  Was a very lazy day – so great to take out the camera and document!

Labor Day – September 5th, 2011.  6am – After letting the dogs out for their potty break and feeding them, it was quite apparent that the kitchen floor needed a sweep.  (this was the ‘after’ the ‘before’ was too embarrassing to post – lol)


Ok – so I’m just starting a project to help my magazine clutter – Of course I got the idea from Pinterest – but this PIN that linked to THIS blog post – Take out anything that interests you and you want to look at again and put it in a notebook.  Therefore you can discard (recycle) the rest of the magazine (that you don’t need) and know where to look at those articles/items/tips/etc that intrigued you in one place to look at your convenience without searching through magazines.   You can always replace items that you no longer need – so One notebook should be enough – (however I do have a separate notebook for photography inspirations. )


8AM – family still asleep – one doggie awake and resting…..

PINIMAGEok – so it’s 9am (ish) and I go upstairs to find this guy standing over and protecting the playroom……

(go ahead and ignore the dirty window – or just call it ‘art’ – that works for me!)


Ok -Dad and our two boys just woke up – hanging out watching TV.


Boys upstairs playing quietly…..


Shower Time!


A few friends invited us to meet us here for a picnic lunch.  I was so happy not only that the weather was actually tolerable (has been over 100 degrees for 50 plus days! crazy) and that we were going to see friends that we haven’t seen in awhile….


An hour later – Kids were playing on the play structure….


We went to my Mother-in-law’s house just after the park and Chris just wanted to veg in front of TV.  He was tired….


Dessert is always a hit.  Mikey wanted to take the sprinkles off first.


Now head on over my talented friend,  Kit Womble to see what her day was like!

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  • Krista Lund - these are fantastic. love your composition and perspective.

  • NIcki B - Oh my gosh, that shower shot is so awesome! love it!

  • egle b - Would like to try 10 on 10 for myself, much better that 365 🙂 Love the shower shot – stunning!

  • shannon harrison - love that shower shot! i knew id love your series Mary! 🙂 your colors are TDF always,

  • Dana Cubbage - I love love love the processing of your images. I always love the soft, dreamy processing of other photographers since my style is so different and bold. Maybe I’ll have to try the soft processing sometime… it’s GORGEOUS and I just love all of your images this month 🙂 Great job!!

  • jules - such a wonderful day spent with those you love. my favorite is the cupcake … delish!

  • kit womble - I too love the shower one! These are great images, the composition is spectacular 🙂

  • Ana - very nice! I like your light and love the pic of the toy in the window!

  • Melissa - Gorgeous! My favorite is the shower image. Thanks for the magazine tip!

  • Pam (P Squared Studios) - Love your post-processing!! Colors are great!! My favorite shot was your little boy in the shower. Such fun!!

  • Heather Humphreys - I really enjoyed seeing your images, Mary. You have some great compositions. I loved the shower one – such a priceless expression and the movement of the water was perfect! And the cupcake image is darling. Nice bokeh. Makes me hungry.

  • Melinda - Beautiful job Mary! Love seeing your day with your family. I think the last shot is my fav!

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