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Disneyland || 10 on 10

At the end of May 2013, I stood at a baggage claim carousel in LaGuardia airport, in the grand city of New York. As we watched the seemingly endless line of black luggage trudge by us on the conveyor belt, my phone pinged with the alert of a new email. The email was from Courtney Z, a photographer based in Portland. She proposed starting a collaborative photographic project she dubbed 10 on 10. Would I be interested in joining her and a few other photographers spread around the country? Well, you all know my answer.

Today marks the three-year anniversary of that inaugural post. It has been a wonderful project through which I have met a great cast of people who are all out there working every day to make their lives and businesses thrive. But, as with all things, even this good endeavor must come to an end. So today, I will be sharing with you my final 10-on-10 post. Goodness, it feels so strange to type that!

Over the past three years this monthly project has served as something of a heartbeat for my ol’ blog here. I must sheepishly admit that for some stretches, my 10 on 10 posts were the only ones to appear around these parts. The exercise of coming up with 10 photos to share with you on the 10th day of every month sometimes proved to be a challenging one, but it often gave me the push I needed to create and write and share.

To my 10-on-10 comrades: It has been a true privilege collaborating with you! You each have such talent and your drive as business owners has greatly inspired me. I am excited to continue to follow along from afar as you keep conquering new heights.

To my dear readers: Though 10 on 10 is ending for me, I’m not going anywhere. My decision to step down from this project is not indicative of a larger decision to stop posting here. There are further changes coming down the pipeline (which I have already vaguely alluded to; please bear with me, the unveiling of said changes will be here soon!), but for now, I hope you’ll keep coming back here for more posts regarding my photographic exploits. More to come, my lovelies.

For today, you know the drill. Visit these kind creatives and then take a look at my recent sibling adventure to Disneyland.

Airplane over the Rocky Mountains

Palm trees in Southern California

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California colors || 10 on 10

At the end of April, Dan and I flew out to San Francisco for a week of vacation with my family. I have spent many a week in San Francisco over the years and love it more every time I visit. I am fond of many a thing in the fair city, not least of all its rather photogenic nature. So for this month’s 10-on-10 I pulled together some of the most colorful images from the batch that I shot on this most recent trip to the bay.

First!

San Francisco colors

San Francisco colors

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birthday kidnapping || 10 on 10

To celebrate the kick-off to the last year of my twenties, my family kidnapped me. With love. My mother took the endeavor very much to heart and proclaimed I must be blindfold with a pillowcase “because that’s just how it’s done.” (Since reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for book club she has been channeling Tom Sawyer just a little bit.) I evaded said blindfolding, and with three successive rings of the door bell all the family ladies were here and off we went.

But first, the monthly shoutout to my fellow 10-on-10ers:

OK, now off we go.

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To a magic school bus. Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours is sort of a cross between the actual Magic School Bus (Ms. Frizzle, what up) and something maybe the Beatles would have rented to explore the wonders of Colorado.

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aquarium || 10 on 10

Hello, you fine folks, we are back with another new month and another 10-on-10 post. I promise there are more updates coming this way soon. Really and truly. But for today, I have to keep it short and sweet. We’ve been working hard around these parts with work and assignments and big projects and little projects and house guests, so unfortunately I don’t have too much time to chat at the moment. So here’s to business!

 

My youngest sister, Elise, is an ocean expert. In particular she loves sharks. Meanwhile, I am downright terrified of the sharks. They can have their ocean, I’ll keep to the land. The land-locked land. That is, the land of Colorado. But Elise, her dream is to go diving with her fine-finned friends. If you need an ocean fact, she has a wealth of them. So it seemed only fitting to celebrate her February birthday with a visit to the aquarium.

Downtown Aquarium Denver

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pockets || 10 on 10

We moved into our little cottage house weeks before we got married. It was in total disarray through the wedding week, then as we traveled around overseas for our honeymoon, then for most of the remaining months of 2013. Such is the chaos of a new life together in a new space. In the last two-plus years however we have made this space into our own. We got our furniture and tchotchkes, books (but still no bookshelves somehow; it’s one of my greatest failings), framed a few photos, and settled in for the adventures ahead.

I love it in this home. It’s warm, simple, we get all sorts of pretty window light, and have just enough space to have some people over for chili and Scrabble parties. But, as with all good things, eventually, one day we will head off to new horizons. The horizon that harkens a move from our sweet rental is not yet upon us, but I decided that while we’re still kicking it here I would photograph a few pockets around the house. A pocket, a still life, small scenes from our abode that one day we can look back at and recall this first home we shared.

But first, here are my fellow 10-on-10 pals.

OK, here we go.

Cottage House details

Cottage House details

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