Me And Mine | 4 of 12 / by Carey

The curse of being a perfectionist is that you frequently delay starting things until the moment is just right.  Waiting until a "good time" when you can do the job at 100.0000 percent presents itself isn't wrong, necessarily.  Yet if that waiting eventually becomes never.... never, ever reaching execution... then you have so many opportunities missed.  Perfectionism paralysis has struck again.

I've been a part of many different group creative projects over the last few years.  I've enjoyed all of them, but I think the chief thing I've gained from them is that it has required regular contribution.  I don't have the luxury of waiting for the right time to present itself.  The posts are due.  The images are needed.  Some times I feel like I've given my all and they are as perfect as I'm capable of producing.  Other times they've been less.  I've been less than thrilled with the results.  But no matter what - I posted.  I've photographed what was needed.  I did it.

I am a perfectionist to the core, and it can frequently paralyze my productivity in every aspect of my life.  But now I have years of regular images.  I have a year and a half of Me and Mine images - priceless treasures of me with my kids, that otherwise wouldn't exist.  At all.  They aren't prize worthy to anyone else but me - but that's why I took them anyway.  I'm writing letters to my children each month.  This is something that I've meant to do since they arrived in the world.  But it is the regular 'due date' of my post that makes the letter actually get written.  I am so thankful.  I have a year of 10 on 10: 10 images on the 10th of the month, documenting the entirety of our days at that time of our life.  Without those due dates I would have had good intentions to do the project, but the reality is that I would have only done it a time or two.

Doing these creative projects with regular due dates, as a group with accountability, has made all the difference for me.  I strongly encourage anyone out there who is trying to better their photography or document their children's lives to find a creative project that speaks to their own heart, and to commit to doing it regularly.  Poke a hole in that illusion of perfection.  Do what you can.  Post what you can.  Be real.

Because later you will look back and smile.

Sunday afternoon in our woods with the most beautiful purple flowers that bloom every April.  I asked Shawn if he'd take my picture with the kids.  Did he do well or what?


me and mine photography lifestyle in kingsport tn

me and mine photography lifestyle in kingsport tn

me and mine photography lifestyle in kingsport tn

me and mine photography lifestyle in kingsport tn

My group continues with Christine Blacklock's Me and Mine.