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10 on 10 | February 2018

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am a family photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Michigan is well known for it's the Great Lakes and has become a summer hot spot for many due to it's endless beaches and beautiful landscape. When summer ends, autumn puts on it's usual firework show bursting with colorful leaves - the grand finale of Michigan weather before winter sets in. As a child, fall was my favorite season. As an adult, I know that fall means winter "schlepping" (my least favorite verb) and color + light will go into hibernation.

The picture on the left is actually not black and white. Look closely and you will see some brown on the tree trunk outside our window. We have been getting dumped on with snow for days, have had multiple snow days and school closures due to illnesses. Our family has also battled the flu for weeks. So, as a Michigander, it comes down to two choices; 1) Become depressed and burry your head in the sand (or pile of warm blankets) OR....#2...

Turn lemons into lemonade (or lemon bars in this case). See, here is the thing...winter isn't going way soon and the sun has taken a hiatus from the mitten state for awhile. Rather than letting that get me down this year, I am determined to find my own color and light.

Because, despite the darkest of days, there will always be light if you look hard enough.

Sometimes you will have to add your own color...

and use your hands to create expressions of love...

to share with those you love.

Because amongst the darkness and chaos, there will always opportunities for love and light. No matter how small that glimmer of light may be, I promise it is there if you look for it.

Next up on the blog circle...head on over to Breanna Peterson's blog for her 10 on 10. Breanna is an incredibly talented lifestyle photographer in Alaska.

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