ginger unzuetas personal project

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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ginger unzuetas personal project photo

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.

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

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.

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

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.

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

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 unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photo

ginger unzuetas personal project photoGinger 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.

ginger unzuetas personal project photo


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23 Responses to “ginger unzuetas personal project”

  1. Dec 13 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Beautiful images, Ginger! Love that they capture your kids so well without even having them in the frame.

    • Dec 13 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Aww, thank you Sarah, What a beautiful thing to share and take note of.

  2. Dec 13 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I love this so much, Ginger. Years from now these toys and signs of children being everywhere, will be gone and we will, I know, miss them a great deal. <3 Beautiful documentation of the story they tell. :)

    • Dec 13 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Lacey, thank you so much. This project has been a gift to me in itself in so many ways.

  3. Dec 13 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I love your work so much Ginger! You are such an inspiration to keep it real, but find the beauty in each little moment before it passes too. <3 -Sarah

  4. Chelsea
    Dec 13 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Beautiful, Ginger! I enjoy your photographs and your passion so much!

    • Dec 13 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Chelsea, thank you. I am grateful to be able to continue to share something that I feel so passionate about.

  5. Lisa
    Dec 13 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I love this! I sure wish I had discovered photography when my kids were younger. They are now 17 and almost 14 and I feel like I missed so many memories :( It’s not too late though. You’ve inspired me.

    • Dec 13 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      That is wonderful to hear you are inspired. thank you Lisa.

  6. Lindsey
    Dec 13 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    LOVE this!

  7. Katie
    Dec 13 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    What an awesome idea! I LOVE this!

  8. Dec 13 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    What a glorious project, Ginger!! :) :)

  9. Dec 14 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I loved seeing all your images from this project… so inspiring and thoughtful… it’s amazing the stories they tell. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to include more of these types of images into my own shooting.

  10. Catherine Forest
    Dec 14 2013 at 9:19 am #

    What a great personal project! Very inspiring!

  11. Dec 14 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Great project, thank you for the lovely inspiration!!

  12. Dec 14 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Your photographs tell a beautiful story!

  13. Dec 14 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    What a beautiful subject! I am inspired!

  14. Kari
    Dec 21 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    I love your project! Very inspirational to add something like this to my family photography.

  15. Linda
    Dec 27 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    I love the little piece of paper with the “Confess your faith in Jesus”. That was so precious and gave me so many ideas. Love!!! All of your photos truly inspirational! thanks for sharing!

  16. Mimi
    Jan 14 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Pictures are better than memories they are proof ! Your little ones grow so fast you can hold onto the memory – but you can go back to the moment with the picture ! Great project!

  17. Patty
    Jan 27 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    This is such an inspiring post. Why? Because my children range from 12-18 and usually don’t want to be in the frame. However, everyday there is evidence of their existence. We homeschool and so they are home with me every day. I have so often found it difficult to find things to photograph, but this I can do!

    And you for such a great project…..I believe I will try and fit your Kid’s are here theme I to my P52 and monthly blog circle posts.

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