10 on 10 | July 2011

All we really have is now. The present. This moment. The moment we are living right now.

I know this. I do…. But it’s easy to forget. There is a never ending supply of dishes to wash, dirty socks to launder, and toys distributed to every nook and cranny that need to be put away. And when I get a spare 5 minutes in my day, I’m often guilty of choosing to sit down and review my to-do list instead of spending those minutes being silly with my kids.

When my friend Shannon Harrison | Jack and Ruby Studios invited me to be a part of a project which entailed capturing my children being themselves as our day unfolds, I was immediately excited. I’m pretty sure I only read a few sentences into her email before I was totally committed to her idea. This project is just what I need right now. It’s all about my kids and the freedom to capture them how I want. It’s about slowing down, living in the moment, and being present with my favorite people.

I’m rediscovering, through this project and other creative endeavors, why I ever picked up a camera in the first place. It’s about capturing my kids, as they are in this moment. The images may not be technically perfect, but they’re perfect to me because they showcase my little people.

I’m embarking on this journey with nine other amazing photographers, who are also dedicated mothers. We’re capturing 10 images over 10 hours and linking our blogs together on the 10th of each month. I encourage you to make the rounds to get a glimpse into our everyday lives. You may begin with my very talented friend Sara Tegman| St. Louis Photographer | Family, Children, Newborn, Maternity Photography.

 

So here’s our day. It was a special day because it was Evan’s last day of being 5.

 

7:54am

Missy Elle is my early riser, and I have to admit it is very nice to share the early morning sunshine and the sounds the birds busying themselves with company. She had her breakfast quietly and waited for her brother and sister to wake up.

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9:20am

After the kids got up, we headed to a small strawberry patch near our house. Evan and Chloe carefully listened to the directions for finding ripe strawberries and then diligently went about their work. Ellie, on the other hand, stealthily walked behind Chloe and ate the strawberries almost as quickly as Chloe could put them in her bucket. I don’t think Chloe ever figured out what was happening. All in all, I’m pretty sure the girls ate more strawberries than they ever placed in their buckets.

St. Paul Newborn Photographer

 

9:56am

After their bellies were full and their hands were filthy, they loaded into the car and enjoyed some books as I paid for the buckets of strawberries.

Minneapolis Children

 

11:02am

Then it was home for some play time. Evan made a super cool set up and then got annoyed with me for taking pictures instead of playing with him. This is his “Enough already, Mom” look.

St. Paul Children

 

12:10pm

We had to do something creative with all those strawberries, so we dipped them in frosting and then blue sprinkles. It was quite festive. Most of these masterpieces were consumed within seconds of having been produced.

Woodbury Newborn Photographer

 

1:04pm

Bath time was a necessity after all that.

Roseville Newborn Photographer

 

1:58

Bath time was not only a necessity, but it was also entertainment.

Roseville, MN Newborn Photographer

 

3:16pm

I suggested the kids clean the playroom, and I got the typical response. Chloe left as fast as her little legs could carry her, Ellie followed at her heels, and Evan looked at me, astounded, wondering how he will ever do all that cleaning by himself.

St. Paul lifestyle photographer

 

4:01pm

As Evan and Chloe played soccer, Ellie spent a quiet moment loving her doggy. She adores dogs more than anyone I know. This is her boy.

Shoreview Newborn Photographer

 

8:06pm

Since the weather was absolutely gorgeous, we decided to go out for the evening. We drove quite a ways to a deserted historical site while the kids napped in the car. The girls obliged in letting me try something new and out of the ordinary. It’s actually quite empowering to get outside one’s photography comfort zone and do something totally different. I’ll share more of these at a later date, but here’s just one from our evening together.

St. Paul Child Photographer

 

It was just a day. But it was our day.

  • July 10, 2011 - 11:06 am

    temecula photographer | 10 on 10: the july edition » JACKANDRUBYstudios - [...] our small 10 on 10 group includes some of my most favorite photographers who i have been so ever lucky to know. after you get the chance to see my 10 on 10, please visit my very talented friends’ blogs starting with one of my favorite midwesterners, Amy Lucy | Minneapolis Photographer. [...]ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Gretchen Davis Portland Children's Photographer - Beautiful images! Love the strawberries, so perfect to mark right where you, summer and berries, love!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Wendy - Perfect everyday moments captured beautifully. Well done, Amy!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Gail Pomare - I need to be your neighbour. STAT.

    I love what you have captured from your day and the commentary accompanying. This is exactly why we ALL pick up our cameras. *nods

    love.ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 12:58 pm

    shannon - these are so ultra awesome Amy! im amazed and stuck onthat playroom shot. love your day friend.ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Ali C - Looks like a perfect day! Beautifully captured!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    molly - well goodness, these are delightful! what a gorgeous day you had! i totally laughed at the “cleaning up” picture. my daughter runs away and my son makes the same face when he realizes he is the only one obeying. :-) ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Rebecca - perfectly captured. 3 beautiful kids you have. look forward to more of the last one.ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 7:13 pm

    kelli - Bathtime looked fun for sure! The last is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    Sara T - Love the strawberries with sprinkles! And that LAST one….ahhhh!!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 9:08 pm

    Jayme Franklin - Absolutely perfect. I love that you are doing this project. So inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 9:21 pm

    Mary - LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these! So stoked to be a part of this amazing group!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - Your color in your photos is beatuiful amy! Love this!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2011 - 10:52 pm

    Carrie Terrones - What a special project….love!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2011 - 7:14 am

    Ashley Spaulding - What a fantastic lesson in how important it is to capture our kids in their everyday moments. You’ve inspired me to try this with my own kiddos, Amy. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Jules - love the bath images … so sweet with gorgeous light!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2011 - 11:39 pm

    tamara - Love this project and what a special way to document the dayReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    melissa deakin - these images are so beautiful.
    love this project so much!
    what a beautiful family you have.
    thanks for inspiring me to capture my family in such a unique way!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2011 - 11:43 pm

    Natalie Hoyle - Wow Amy! A diary of your beautiful kids in the perfect photo form!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2011 - 12:15 am

    John H - Amy, everyone of your photos evokes a pleasant emotion. Amy, you are seriously an awesome photographer!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    Alison - What a fun project!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Jennifer Jentz - Amy you are crazy inspired. I love that even the simple moments of your day can invoke emotion and convey beauty in an equally strong and subtle whisper. The last one is a moment I want to last forever. <3ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2011 - 7:52 pm

    Mary Schannen - Wow! I’m so amazed! Even your ‘documentation’ is so artistic!ReplyCancel

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