One of the best things about being a photographer is connecting with other photographers, whether it's in person or via the online community.  I feel so fortunate to have become great friends with a fantastic photographer, Laura of Laura Hutchason Photography.  We met a little over two years ago in an online workshop and quickly mutually noticed how much we seemed to have in common.  Photographers, wives, mothers, mothers to 2 boys, urban dwellers.  It seemed like one of us was constantly remarking "I did that too!" when we'd recap our weekends or look at each other's images.

As 2015 began to wrap up, we started to talk about doing 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.  Over the course of 2016, we had so much fun deepening our friendship, peeking into each others lives, and we definitely had as much in common as we expected.  And we also noticed differences....some subtle, some not.  It was such a honor to explore our friendship this way, and we're back in 2017 pushing our project even further.

This year, we're exploring our parallels through emotional storytelling.  To me, the best pictures tell a story or get the viewer to feel something.  I can't wait to see how our emotional growth evolves this year through this project!

If you are new to this project, please check out last year's parallels and catch up!