{par-al-lel: very similar and often happening at the same time}

A little over a year ago, I met a kindred spirit in an online photography workshop.  Serendipitously, we were placed in the same small group, and I was instantly drawn to Melissa of Melissa Rowley, Photographer because of her insightful and thought provoking comments, not to mention the incredible images she produced.  Shortly into the workshop, we realized just how similar our lives are.  Wives, mothers to two boys, urban dwellers (she’s in Minneapolis and I’m in Dallas).  We also noticed that we shoot similar subjects and have many shared experiences.

As 2015 was coming to a close we decided to do a photography project together and it didn’t take long for our idea to surface: test our theory that we are soul sisters leading parallel lives by getting to know each other better through a year of monthly themes to see if we have as much in common as we think.  Working together on this project we saw growth in our friendship as well as our photography.  Not wanting to end, we have decided to continue on in 2017 with a focus on emotional storytelling.  This year we will create one image each month depicting an emotion that will hopefully resonate with the viewer.

I am so thankful for our friendship that spans over 1,100 miles.  I know each month I will eagerly await seeing Melissa’s images.  And in the off-chance we end up realizing we aren’t quite as similar as we thought, I know this project will forge and even greater bond between the two of us.  What began over a shared love of photography has grown into so much more.


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won-der:  a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, orView full post »


Peaceful characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder of, relating to, orView full post »


Adoration: strong feelings of love or admiration worship; veneration deep love and respect A 29 year friendship meansView full post »


Anticipation: 1. A prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action 2. The act of looking forward;View full post »


It’s hard to believe it was a little over a year ago when Melissa and I started talking about this project.  WeView full post »


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Movement…it seemed like such a great theme when we chose it.  With two boys, we spend our days in constantView full post »


My Parallels project with Melissa continues to challenge me in so many ways.  I am so thankful to have this projectView full post »


It’s hard to believe another month of my Parallels project with my dear friend Melissa has gone by.  This month,View full post »


Every month I am so thankful for the Parallels project with my dear friend, Melissa.  It keeps me shooting even when IView full post »


Another month has flown by!  Water was the theme for this months Parallels project, and we had an abundance of it.  WeView full post »


It’s time for another installment of the Parallels project with my dear friend Melissa.  I love how this projectView full post »


April has come and gone, and so has a new theme from my Parallels project with my sweet friend, Melissa.  We areView full post »

Spring Break

March flew by!  And now it’s time for another installment of our Parallels project.  This month Melissa and IView full post »

While Dad’s Away

Is it really time for another installment of my Parallels project with my talented friend Melissa?  I hope you had aView full post »

Saturday Mornings

My sweet friend Melissa Rowley and I have embarked on a personal project of monthly themes together: Parallel.  ThisView full post »