10 on 10- October

It’s OCTOBER? When did that happen? This past week the first grade went on a field trip to the Bug Museum! Also known as BugWoods, but with the Korean translation who knows what it is really called. We are two weeks into our unit of studying mini beasts (which is any type of animal without a backbone, did you know that? from ants to starfish and spiders to octopus— those are mini beasts!). Naturally, this is my students’ favorite unit. Ewww.

But even though it’s yuck, I do love teaching it. And this is my favorite field trip of the year. I was inspired by my cousin’s new project “Cities in Color” (check them out on instagram) when taking most of these shots. Can you guess what Octobers color is?

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When you are done here make sure to check out even better photography over at my cousin’s 10 on 10.


10 on 10- September

In my defense it is still the 10th in the USA…

I went to Jakarta, Indonesia this past weekend for training. It wasn’t a vacation by any means, but on the last day after our final set of workshops we had a couple of hours before we needed to head to the airport. I grabbed my camera and did a 30 minute walk around the hotel with Anna (first picture), my good friend, and former colleague who now works at the same school we had our training at— so cool, right?!

I felt refreshed afterward this walk. My brain had been fried (in the best way) during my weekend of training in reading and writing through inquiry. After this photo walk I felt ready to take on a whole week of workshops. It’s important to let your creative side out.

Once your done here, hop on over to my cousin’s 10 on 10-— she blows me out of the water with her intimate photos. I feel like I have lived the week with her.





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10 on 10- July

I go by many names. Melody, Mel, Ms. Welton ( or “Ms. Welton! Ms. Welton! Ms. Welton!”)… but my favorite name is Auntie Melody/Auntie Dee Dee.

My 10 on 10 this month are some shots I took my first week home when all the nieces and nephews were under my parents roof. I can’t wait to spend more time with them and take more pictures!


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Cousin’s 10 on 10, check it out!

10 on 10- June [Selfie Edition]

Halfway through having dessert with a friend who is visiting Seoul (from the States) I exclaimed, “IT’S THE TENTH!” Both she and my other friend looked at me like I had gone bonkers.

With the end of the school year taking place last week and officially going into summer break and living the international lifestyle of saying goodbye to many friends I had very little time to pull out my DSLR this month for enjoyment purposes. I scanned through my iPhone photos for the month and knew right away that this post was going to be my “Selfie Edition”.


Can’t wait to head to the States for the summer!

Cousin’s 10 on 10 (check it out!)

10 on 10- May

This month you are privvy to the images captured on my iPhone. With weddings, bridal showers, and birthdays galore (it is spring after all!), I didn’t have much time to bust out the nikon, but it is fun to look at the images I have capture of daily life. Speaking of photography that documents life, check out my cousin’s 10 on 10 for May here.
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This child has grown into a young man before my eyes. Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was several feet shorter than me?

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10 on 10- March

The first two photos are were taken at a rest stop en route to Pyin Oo Luwin, Myanmar. The last photo was taken in Yangon, Myanmar. The rest were take at or very near St. Matthew’s Orphanage Center. A much longer blog post (and more pictures!) to come about my time there.

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It was incredibly hard choosing 10 shots for my March edition of this project. Now, head on over to my cousin’s page for her 10 on 10 Project, she is 14 hours behind me and she already has hers up (psshhh). She is also doing a million other photo projects this year, you should peruse. I am good with just this one. Really.

10 on 10- January

Hello! Welcome to my first 10 on 10 post. The photography project my cousin, over at Melissa Hines Photography, asked me to do with her this year. In 2013, Melissa wanted me to be her photographer accountability partner for Project 365. It was exciting when we both completed that year, though granted she was more successful than I was (posting the photos on time every day and actually focusing on the prompts). I love that she pushes me to have photography be more than just a “hobby”, she pushes me to grow as an artist.

But what I love the most is seeing Melissa’s life through pictures. I can’t wait to continue watching her three beautiful boys grow up through her creative and inspiring shots. Here is to our year of 10 on 10.

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This first 10 on 10 post is not exactly what I pictured it to be. I chose ten of my favorite shots from my brother’s wedding on December 27th. In the future my 10 on 10 could be my favorites shots I took throughout the previous month, or 10 shots I took on a day, it’s open-ended like that. I am in desperate need of a battery charger for my DSLR (not as easy as it sounds in South Korea) as mine is missing/lost/misplaced. Hopefully I will be able to get one soon so my next 10 on 10 aren’t photos from my iPhone (thought I am not entirely opposed to that… it’s about the person behind the camera, not the camera…right?).