I am excited to share again this month a very personal project called 10-on-10. I started this project last month with 9 other photographers from The Bloom Forum.
In an effort to rediscover why I fell in love with photography, I embarked on this creative journey to capture the realness of my life as it unfolds throughout the day. On the tenth of each month, the photographers in my blog circle will link their blogs together to share ten images taken over the course of ten hours in a day. I want to share how my day unfold through the lens. Whether it be the mundane of morning coffee, the harshness of a tantrum, the warm cuddles after a nap, these are moments that I want to remember and that I want to capture with my photography. For me, I want to be free of rules, not worry about the ISO or the noise, no over the top post-processing, just my honest real life.
This month, I chose September 2, to be the day that I captured. September 2nd was a day I wanted to remember. It was the last day for both of my kids at the preschool/daycare that they have attended since each of them were 4-months old. I am a working mom, so this is the preschool where I entrusted my children each day. As a family we were leaving the familiar, saying good-bye to the comfortable. New adventures await, but remembering a special place and special people is so important.
6:15 am: I want to remember packing up the Captain America cookies I made to celebrate their last day at school. This was a special request from Noah. There were a lot of tears that went into frosting these guys. I wasn’t sure I could pull it all together. But I knew I really wanted to do it for you, Noah!
7:15 am: Waking up. I want to remember your not so quiet pitter patter of your feet on the hard wood floor, and watching you peek around the corner from half darkness to see Daddy and I making breakfast. On some days you wake up in better moods than others. Today was somewhere in-between
8:15 am: I want to remember the view from my office, the San Francisco Bay on a warm September morning. My office is right on the bay, and I am quite lucky to have a bay view.
9:15 am: Group meeting on Friday’s. I think that my lab members were both entertained as well as perplexed as to why on earth I would bring my camera to group meetings. But most people these days know that my camera is really just a part of me now.
10:15 am: Still in group meeting. We have three expecting moms in our group. I want to remember how important it is to appreciate the friendships that motherhood brings together.
11:15 am: Shorter than usual day in the office. Headed to Target to purchase Thank you cards for each of the kids teachers.
1:15 pm: I want to remember sitting alone in my house, in my kitchen, tearfully trying to express my family’s gratitude for the teachers that have cared for my children for the last four years. Some teachers were better than others, but when I look at my kids smiling faces, I know that they were happy and I am thankful.
3:15 pm: The party has started. I want to remember that you chose the Venom superhero cookie that Daddy decorated for you and not any of the Captain Americas, the Hulk, or the Spidermans that I made. That is o.k. because you were thrilled and this party was for you and your friends. I still think my cookies rocked though!
4:15 pm: I want to always remember Teacher Barry. You were with him for 3 1/2 years. He loves you so much and you love him. I want to remember this goodbye.
5:15 pm: Home. Some quiet play time before dinner. I think both my kids were tired of my camera, but intrigued that I was photographing them from under the couch.
6:15 pm: Some after dinner quiet time on the Ipad. I am not sure if I am happy or mad at Nate for teaching her how to do her ABC’s on the Ipad. But I want to remember how grown up you looked sitting there learning the sound that each letter makes.
8:15 pm: Me time after a very emotional day.
That was our day. All of it, the laughter, the tears, the business of going to work, the quiet time. Thank you for taking the time to make it all the way through this post.
Don’t forget to follow the next photographer in our 10-on-10 circle, Laurie from A Favored Life.