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THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 11 PROUD

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.”– Jane Austen

Thank you all for such lovely images submitted for this week’s theme!  Our guest judge, Kate Densmore definitely had her work cut out for her…here are the Top Ten that she selected, along with this week’s winner! 🙂

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https://www.facebook.com/CourtneyMayPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/KRJ-Photography-LLC/258619804182520

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https://www.facebook.com/ErinnLettsPhotography

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Kari Lockett

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Bee-Photography/202923676457278

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Act-Naturally-Photography/149530258482528

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https://www.facebook.com/LindseyBergPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicola-Stewart-Photography/691213830919176

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https://www.facebook.com/rockpaperlenses

And this week’s winner is: April Kraus Photography! 🙂

Kate says, “The expression on her face is just the perfect combination of love, joy, and being proud. I know exactly how this sweet mama feels, as the two things in this world I am most proud of are my girls. Mama pride is amongst the sweetest, most humbling form of pride out there. I also really love the use of light, and the black and white conversion is very nicely done!”

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The Inner Lens Guest Judge Artist Feature | Kate Densmore Photography

Please welcome our very first Guest Judge, Kate Densmore Photography! 🙂  I am very excited to introduce you to Kate’s work, and to explore how she uses emotion to enhance her photography journey. <3

Hi Kate, please tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m a fine art and documentary photographer living in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I am 45 minutes from the nearest grocery store, but 45 seconds from the beach. I’m married to a park ranger, and I’m the mother of two girls. I can’t ever manage to say no to chocolate chip cookies.

How do you incorporate emotion into your photography work?

I use light and the moment to bring emotion into my photography, as well as my fondness for black and white conversions. I see the world through eyes that are often in awe of that around me, be it the delicate strands of my daughter’s hair, the immense rugged beauty I live in, or the way the light falls on a discarded mitten. Sometimes I want to cry, for fear that I won’t be able to hold on to it all.

What has photography taught you about your own emotions?

Photography has given me a way to explore my feelings towards motherhood, and my place as a woman in this world. I am very reserved, but not in my love for certain things, and those things are what taught me to be an emotive photographer.

Has photography ever provided a healing outlet for you during a difficult time?

Not a difficult time, but a life changing time. Becoming a mother, especially for the second time, was overwhelming in the best, yet most consuming, way. Photography gives me an outlet, something that is purely for me, and it gives me a way to preserve for my family my love for them and our surroundings.

Please share five favorite images with emotional meaning for you.

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This image is a visual representation of that feeling at the end of the day, of being completely “touched out” after having two little beings crawl all over me all day, but yet still missing them the moment I close their doors.

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I’m not sure why, but there is something about my daughters’ hair that I can’t get enough of. I think its a connection to all the nights I spent snuggling their soft heads in the wee hours of the night while nursing. I can’t stop touching it, playing with it, and photographing it.

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I took this image one evening when my oldest daughter and I needed some alone time together. We just needed a break from the baby and dad, and we needed to recharge in nature. This image is a literal portrait of her, but a figurative portrait of me.

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A beautiful reminder of how preciously, beautifully ordinary our days are. We laugh, we play, we enjoy each other, and we love each other fiercely. We were pink tutus in the kitchen, and life is just really simple and really sweet for us.

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Is there anything sweeter than a baby sleeping? This image is emotional for me because she is my last, and although I have tried to hold onto her babyness, she has insisted on doing things quicker than I like – such as falling asleep in her own bed.

 

Thank you so much for joining us this week, Kate!  I love your soulful work and you have such a great eye for creating emotional images with creativity and intention. <3  To see more of Kate’s inspiring work, please follow her on Facebook or visit her website, www.katedensmore.com.  Kate also teaches an amazing workshop over at In Beauty and Chaos, called Voice and Visual Intent.

THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 10 CALM

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” – Willa Cather


Such a lovely gallery of both color and black and white images this week!  Thank you for sharing your “Calm” images!

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https://www.facebook.com/AprilKrausPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/TerriCollinsPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/sharoncovertphotography?fref=nf

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https://www.facebook.com/kapuschinskyphotography

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https://www.facebook.com/AliceChePhotography?fref=nf

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https://www.facebook.com/MyLightMyLoveMyOwn

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https://www.facebook.com/Malisa.Phillips.Photography

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Jayne Cho

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https://www.facebook.com/JoniBurttPhotography?fref=nf

 

And this week’s winner, for her amazingly still chicken (and that gorgeous color, bokeh, and light!), is Tiffany Walensky Photography!  Thank you for sharing such a sweet, calm moment with us!

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THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 9 ANNOYED

“I don’t have pet peeves like some people. I have whole kennels of irritation.” ― Whoopi Goldberg

I love that this project is encouraging so many people to explore the whole spectrum of emotions.  Annoyance might not be an emotion that we photograph regularly, but when we do it can really create such an interesting story!  Here are this week’s Top Ten for “Annoyed”.

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-Cates-Photography/219279584787115

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Amy Brownridge Photography

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https://www.facebook.com/AprilKrausPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/blueberriesandbokeh

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https://www.facebook.com/SarahDriscollPhotographyBlog?fref=nf

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https://www.facebook.com/JujujemsArtAndPhotoStudio

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Kari Lockett

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https://www.facebook.com/rebeccahealyphoto

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https://www.facebook.com/dkilgorephotography

 

And this week’s winner totally had me at the eye roll!  A true sign of a photographer’s child…the carefully selected outfit, chair placed in gorgeous directional light, and as soon as you start shooting the little one is totally over it!  Love it,  Allie Shellaway – Life, Photography, Design!

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THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 8 STRONG

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Love the variety of perspectives in this week’s Top Ten!  Strength comes in so many forms, and I am happy to be able to celebrate them! 🙂

 

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/KRJ-Photography-LLC/258619804182520

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https://www.facebook.com/sharoncovertphotography?fref=nf

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Kari Lockett

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https://www.facebook.com/blueberriesandbokeh

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https://www.facebook.com/lynzibergphotography

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https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaWaldockPhotography?fref=nf

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Bee-Photography/202923676457278

 

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https://www.facebook.com/LisaBruinsPhotography?fref=nf

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https://www.facebook.com/pixelperfectmemory

 

And this week’s winner is Nicki Bosch Photography, for the light, the faceless emotion, and the powerful center composition that all make this image so very moving and Strong!

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THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 7 ECSTATIC

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

Such a fun week filled with joy and wonder!  Here are the top ten for the theme “Ecstatic”!

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Bee-Photography/202923676457278

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https://www.facebook.com/LerinPhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/RubyleePhotography

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https://www.facebook.com/KenGehringPhotography

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Angela Reiss

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Cuenoud-Photography/200343213385654

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Elaina Borchelt

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https://www.facebook.com/melinanastaziaphotography

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Bohland-Photography/421440651212191

 

And this week’s winner, for the awesome capture of movement, light, and incredible energy is Rebecca Waldock Photogaphy!  I can’t help but smile every time I see this shot.  What a wonderful capture of the ecstatic nature of childhood!

https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaWaldockPhotography

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THE INNER LENS TOP TEN | WEEK 6 SAD

“Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.” – Dionne Warwick

Here are your Top Ten for the theme “Sad”.

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicola-Stewart-Photography/691213830919176

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/JoniBurttPhotography?fref=nf

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/CapturedMomentsBySarahJane

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/heatherearlephotos

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Image credit: Lerin White Wheeless

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Image credit: Kari Lockett

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/clickfamilyphotography

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/CarrieMorganMedia

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/elizabethjamisonphotography

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And our winner for this week’s theme is Rubylee Photography.  I love the posture, the pop of red, and the dark muted tones.  Thank you for sharing!

The Inner Lens Top Ten | Week 5 Angry

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.” – Thomas Jefferson

This week’s Top Ten may not be the happiest bunch, but they are certainly inspiring!

 

Jayne Cho

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https://www.facebook.com/melinanastaziaphotography

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https://www.facebook.com/pixelperfectmemory

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https://www.facebook.com/sharoncovertphotography?fref=nf

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Lauren Materacky

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Laura Beth Davidson

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Elaina Borchelt

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https://www.facebook.com/CarlaMaePhotography

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Connie Elmore Whitlock

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And this week’s winner is by Kari Lockett.  That pink, cloudy sky behind that stark silhouette are just so striking to me!  I see not only anger, but also rage in this image.   I hope it was cathartic to create for this week’s theme.  Thank you for sharing, Kari!

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The Inner Lens Top Ten | Week 4 Surprised

“Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other’s gaze that wins out and decides.” – Jacques Derrida

Surprises can be fun and lighthearted, or they can be deep and even heartbreaking.  There was so much talent and heart shared during this week’s challenge.  Here are this week’s Top Ten for “Surprised”.

Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/melinanastaziaphotography

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/everydayphotobliss

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/lynzibergphotography

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/JoniBurttPhotography?fref=nf

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/3CatsPhoto

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Act-Naturally-Photography/149530258482528

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/erinkonrathphotography

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/erinsouthwellphotography

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Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/OneBoyPhotography

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And this week’s very moving winner is Leigh Davis.  Thank you for your vulnerability Leigh.  This is exactly what this page is all about…opening up to parts of life that can only be best expressed through our art. <3

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The Inner Lens Top Ten | Week 3 Lonely

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” – Erma Bombeck

Thank you to everyone for your awesome submissions this week!  I’m so proud of each of you for embracing the weekly themes, and I hope that the themes are as inspiring for you as they have been for me! <3  Here are the top ten for this week’s theme of “Lonely”…

Image credit: Sarah Rickard Photography

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Image credit: Jayne Cho

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Image credit: Joni Burtt Photography

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Image credit: Jujujems Art and Portrait Studio

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Image credit: In the Eye Photography

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Image credit: Lisa Nicole Imagery

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Image credit: Emily Buerger

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Imagre credit: Blueberries and Bokeh

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Image credit: Alice Che Photography

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And this week’s winner is by Elizabeth Jamison Photography.  Thank you for sharing such a moving image, Elizabeth! <3

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