Molly from our recent shoot for the Reclaimed Series

Annnnddd exhale. Wow has this year started with a bang. So far, 2011 has been a year of craziness! In addition to school school school and work work work work, I’ve started shooting for the Reclaimed Series. Thank you once again to all the fabulous people who have been volunteering to sit for me or to help in other capacities. I need you for this project to happen, so I really appreciate all the kind words and the help along the way! I told myself I wouldn’t show any of the images from the shoots, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Many people have asked me what the Reclaimed Project is all about. To answer: I have no idea. I really don’t. You see, I have a little dream in my mind for quite some time that I would create a body of work to show publicly that was just for me, over the past several years I’ve gotten so bogged down with trying to come up with some grand theme or over-the-top scenarios to play out, that I’ve become overwhelmed by the idea of taking on this project. What makes me qualified to do fine art? Do I even know what fine art is anyway? I’m just a wedding photographer, and that’s all I can ever be. This kind of negative self talk is the stuff we all put ourselves through everyday, and it’s the perfect way to ruin dreams. Would it be enough to say that I just want to take pictures that I like of people that interest me and see where that leads us?

I don’t have any grand plans anymore, I don’t have time to complicate my life with the worries of over-calculating my every move to make sure things come out perfect, but the point is that I’m not paralyzing myself anymore. If this project only gets an inch off the ground and then crashes to a fiery death at least it went somewhere, and that’s so much better than the coulda shoulda woulda of nowhere. We all have dreams of one kind or another, and the difference between possible and impossible starts with one step. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

As for me, I might be a little overworked at the moment, there may be days when I’m hanging by a thread and several dozen to-do lists, but I am no longer teetering on the edge, I’m moving, how about you?