Friday, April 26, 2013

Are you up for a challenge?


So, I have a friend. She, like me, is a small "p" professional photographer. We were talking about the challenges we are facing this year each with a toddler running around (at least I have five others to chase after mine). Picking up our cameras on a regular basis, aside from taking kid pics, is rare.

We decided to do a photo challenge. Since we started four weeks ago, a few others have joined in. So, no matter where you are or when you read this, feel free to jump in with both feet and join the challenge. If you want to share your challenge picture, feel free to email me a link to your post and I will add it to my picture post. I love being inspired by others' interpretation, so I hope you will share.

SO, what is a photo challenge?
A challenge can be defined as "to dare somebody to do something" or "to stimulate intellect". I think these fit well with the object of this challenge in stimulating your creativity and daring you to take a picture that defines the WORD.

In this challenge, I have chosen a word for each week and will post it on the blog. The object is to capture a picture that expresses that idea or theme. There is no right answer. For some a photo challenge is endeavoring to improve their photography skill, for others it is to enrich their creativity. For me, the challenge is to record our year in pictures and the tiny anecdotes that accompany. Since I choose random words, I too have to think outside of the box and often document things that I may not have noted otherwise.

For example, last year a challenge word was "Flowers"


My little man brought me my first flowers of the season that week. How could I resist capturing the love poured out in a dandelion bouquet? I had to drop everything to get them in water and snap a picture because everone knows dandelions wither rather quickly.

Another challenge was "Shadows"


My oldest son and I were walking each morning, rain or shine and through the dead of winter. We would bundle up and walk our loop through the neighbourhood and along the nature path. I'm not sure that either of us "loved" walking but we did get some exercise and some time together. Even when we weren't talking, I enjoyed my time with him. I keep thinking I should start up again.....but that would require getting up earlier and I am definately NOT a morning person!

Lastly, the weekly challenge was "books"


I decided to document all of the books that were important to me during that season. School books, reading club books, my favorite cook book, my journal, devotional and of course, my Bible. My life in books -from a-z!

As you can see, these are not flawless compositionally, nor are they perfect technically but they are mine and they capture the beauty of my real life moments. They are treasures for me to cherish.

Well, I hope I have encouraged you or inspired you! maybe to join us?

The weeks of challenge are:

Week 1   Light                         Week 16 Home                       

Week 2   Green                        Week 17 Summer

Week 3   Time                         Week 18 Music

Week 4   Circle                        Week 19 Diagonal Lines

Week 5   Hands                        Week 20 Celebrate

Week 6   Joy

Week 7   Sweet

Week 8   Still

Week 9   Contrast

Week 10  New

Week 11  Heritage

Week 12  Flora

Week 13  Architecture

Week 14  Blue

Week 15  Three

Ready? Set? GO!!!

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I am the very blessed wife of my best friend. The humble mother of five precious children. Walking a life-road that is more amazing than I could ever imagine.
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