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mom swinging daughter by Heather Lazark

17 photos that bring us joy: the word project

2014 has seen a wonderful start to the CMteam Word Project, with almost a years worth of images and words. Each month, the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.

This month, to represent the festive season, the word Joy was chosen. It’s particularly poignant to end this years project with such a word, and it perfectly sums up what this project has meant to everyone who has participated.

The CMteam look forward to continuing the Word Project into 2015, expressing creativity and diversity through their unique styles and perspectives.(…)

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oranges by Lisa Benemelis

The Word Project: details

Each month, the CMteam is asked to interpret a different word through their own personal images.  It’s been so fun watching the different variations of each word and this months chosen word was ‘Details.’  A word that can be interpreted in so many different ways, and the team were excited to show their different variations of the word.   We think they’ve come up with some really lovely and unique images, and we hope that you enjoy them.

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picture of girl walking in water by Brittany Blake

How one photographer is embracing her inspiration

by Brittany Blake
Inspiration. (noun) “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

We’ve all felt it, right? That little spark… It can come from just about anywhere and it usually comes out of nowhere, or so it seems. I spent time over the past month overwhelmed with inspiration.

You see, I attended Click Away and spent three days with 1,000 other women who share in this medium of expression that I am absolutely addicted(…)

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sunset over Salt Lake by Oklahoma photographer April Nienhuis

The Word Project: new beginnings

It’s time for another blog post of The Word Project, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

This month was a special one, we were given the words ‘New Beginnings’ to capture and translate as we wished, all the while keeping one of our CMteam in mind. Someone who we adore and who has had(…)

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river island picture by Jayne Cho

Why I’m happy with my gear

I’ve always loved photography. Ever since I was a kid – which was a long time ago!

So long in fact, that I remember doing an “Introduction to Photography” course by correspondence. I was about 15 at the time, and living on my family’s farm in rural Australia. Each month there was an assignment, and I would mail my image that had been developed at the local pharmacy, to the instructor in Sydney. She would then record her feedback on a(…)

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child crawling through tunnel photo by Lissa Chandler

dear self: a photography letter to myself 5 years ago

Dear Twenty-Two Year Old, Wanna-Be Photographer Me,

You’re cute. Like, really cute.

I’ll be honest, I am kind of jealous of how cute you are. Right now, five years ago to this day, you have been married for two months and five days and, this very week, your husband has bought you your very first DSLR, a Canon 40d with a 50 f/1.8 and a zoom lens you found used on Amazon for $110. You’re not sure what a 50 1.8 lens(…)

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girl standing in a doorway picture by Emma Wood

the word project: forgotten

Another word project blog post from the CMteam, where we ask them to interpret a different word through their own personal images. It’s always so interesting and inspiring to see what everyone does with the different words, and these images really show how diverse and unique each photographer is.

This month’s word was ‘forgotten’. A word that conjures up so many distinct and powerful emotions, and our team perfectly displays that in their different variations that they share with us. We(…)

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freelensed Iron Man picture by Megan Dill

the word project: freelensing

Each month, the CMteam is asked to interpret a different word through their own personal images.  It’s been so fun watching the different variations of each word and this month was probably the most challenging to date.  The word chosen this month was ‘freelensing’, something that many of the team hadn’t attempted before.  Considering the extra challenge, we think they’ve come up with some really lovely and unique images, and we hope you enjoy them.

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maternity photos in San Diego by Sheila Clapperton

Photographer Shoot-Out: Sheila Clapperton & Lindsay Moeser

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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reading a book pregnancy announcement by Elena Blair

11 creative photos to announce your pregancy

You’re pregnant.  Congratulations!  Now what?

At every point in your pregnancy – through the morning sickness, excitement, fear, appointments, and changing hormones – you eventually want to let your family and friends know that a miniature you will be joining the world.  Using a picture to announce the big news is fun but it can be difficult to come up with an idea on how to execute the photo.  We’re helping you out and have tracked down 11 fun and creative(…)

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black and white beach photo by Kristin Dokoza

the word project: mysterious

Each month, the CMteam is given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  This month we were given the word Mysterious, a word that can be interpreted in so many different ways.  The dictionary itself has three different definitions for it but when we think of it photographically, the definitions are much more varied.  We always look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives and we hope you enjoy these(…)

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blades of grass photo by Sarah Vaughn

the word project: natural

The Word Project, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

This month’s word is natural and the images posted below reflect and portray what that means to each of us. We’ve interpreted the word quite differently, some of us viewing it through the natural world surrounding us and some of us viewing it through the(…)

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Jenna Reich

a new beginning: a philanthropic photo project

by Jenna Reich

‘A New Beginning’ was born from my desire to support and empower refugee women as they begin to reshape their lives and start anew.

My goal was to show the community and the world how brave and powerful these women are and how they can inspire us all. I wanted the project to be about having a voice, allowing these women to see themselves in the images with their children and focusing on their future. I felt like these(…)

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beehive photo by Caroline Jensen

the word project: brave

This is our fourth blog post, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

What does the word brave mean to you?  This month we’ve put together a collection of images that represents what the word brave means to us. We see bravery through our everyday lives, through our children, and through the world around us.(…)

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photographer shoot out pictures in California by Candice Zugich of Blissful Maven

photographer shoot-out: vironica golden and candice zugich

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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girl running through field photo by Kristin Dokoza

the word project: luminous

Each month, the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.

This month’s word, luminous which the Merriam Webster dictionary defines as “emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or glowing light”, evoked and inspired an amazing collection of light filled image.  Although our photography styles differ, this month’s word really blended our images together beautifully.

We hope you enjoy this month’s(…)

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conceptual photo session by Fayetteville Arkansas photographer Lauren Harris 7

Photographer Shoot-Out: Lissa Chandler and Lauren Harris

It’s easy to get preoccupied with what everyone else is shooting and how. What we have to do, as cliche as it sounds, is stay true to ourselves. Once you have the basics down, you have to shoot what you love and in your own way. Just because one photographer sees a subject in a certain way doesn’t mean that you have to see that same subject in the exact same way as there are many, many correct ways to(…)

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photo interview with California photographer Jason Watts

photography interview: jason watts

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with an amazing California photographer, Jason Watts!
an interview with jason watts
by Megan Dill

Hello Jason! Can you please start off by telling us a little about yourself?
I am a Southern California based photographer that specializes in Portraits and Weddings.  I have a truly amazing wife of almost ten years and two boys under four.  We live near the beach and Disneyland so we are always running from(…)

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photography interview: storm and astrophotographer Mike Mezeul II

We love photography interviews and today we are excited to bring you an interview with the incredible nature and astrophotographer Mike Mezeul II!
an interview with mike mezeul II

by Megan Dill

Your portfolio is quite diverse, ranging from weddings to live concerts to the primary subject of this interview, the skies above us.  What is it about the weather that excites you?
I was always the little kid in elementary school lying on the picnic table during recess staring up at the clouds.(…)

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Reality photographed by Megan Cieloha

the word project: reality

This is our second blog post, where members of the CMteam are given a single word and asked to interpret it through individual images.  We look forward to showing creativity and diversity through our own unique styles and perspectives.
We’re keeping it real this month.  The CMteam has dug deep with some personal and introspective images that include the bittersweet beauty, and the familiarity of their daily lives.  Our word was ‘reality’.  What started as a simple discussion between the team(…)

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