Personal photography projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone. And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?! In this series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project. Today we are excited to have Ginger Unzueta here to talk about her project, Kids Were Here!
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What is/was your personal project and what inspired you to start it?
In April 2013 I began a personal project with 24 other photographers called Kids Were Here. We are a group of passionate photographers who are setting out to document details of evidence that Kids Were Here. The idea was introduced by the talented and creative Ketti Photography.
Are there any challenges or ruts you faced during your project and how did you overcome them and keep a creative eye?
It is easy to find evidence that kids were here throughout my home on any given day. As I started this project I was challenged to capture the realities of our home, but also include beautiful lighting and/or an interesting setting. This made me learn to really look at life within my home in a more creative way when using my camera. It also really helped me grow as a photographer.
As the months have passed, I have accepted that sometimes the images will not have the most glorious light or setting and that is also okay. It is the story behind these images that makes them so special to me as the photographer and mother. This story and the memories attached to the images; that is what this project is essentially all about.
What have you learned through your process with your personal project?
When I first began this project, I thought it would be fun to document the everyday messes my children make. As the weeks have passed, this project has really become so much more than that.
It’s not really about messes at all, but about the stories they tell. It’s about traces of childhood I see throughout my home on a daily basis. It’s about the love we share together. It’s about living and being…creating, making, learning and trying. This project leaves me a beautiful story each month of the reminders that Kids are here now…and the time, well, it’s all too fleeting, isn’t it? We all need to embrace these moments and just live them too; because they really are the best moments of life.
Is there anything additional about your project that readers may find interesting?
As mentioned above, I work on this project monthly with 24 other fabulous ladies and mothers. You can find all of their work on our collaborated blog.
Ginger Unzueta, Florida
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I am Ginger Unzueta, a natural light, lifestyle photographer living in Central Florida. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend. I am a lover and seeker of light and I long to capture the love and connections of the people I am with. i want to capture the stories of today to be retold tomorrow. I yearn to capture the beauty of the imperfect and the details of everything around me. I strive to find my way to give back to this world; for I have been blessed in immeasurable ways. I look for God’s direction in all of this, with hopes to fulfill His purpose for my life.