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a blog is born


I spoke to my mother yesterday and shared with her some details about Shutter Sisters. I commented that the project has been swimming in my head now for almost a year. “Time to birth it,” she said calmly.


So, here I am, writing a birth announcement for this baby that has grown and evolved more in the last few months than I could have ever imagined. Who knew that when I registered the domain name and shot the collection of photographs of my daughter and the Brownie on a whim that this collaborative photo blog would come to fruition as it is now? I feel like the quintessential proud parent.

It could have never come to be if it wasn’t for the help of ten women, all of whom have worked by my side in one way or another, like my own community of doulas; dedicated, attentive, encouraging, focused, kind and creative. Two of these women played hard-core advocates, never wavering in their support. Hello Jen and Myriam. The other eight are the contributors you will find here who day in and day out have provided rich content, ideas, artwork, html code and above all else, beautiful photographs. And then there’s all of you. I am so happy to have you here for the big debut. The site is still in its infancy so there are surely kinks to iron out but we are all eager to hear your thoughts and get your input.

I am so grateful for all of you...the community of creative women that have helped birth what is now Shutter Sisters and I look forward to what the future holds. They say it takes a village and I believe them.

Reader Comments (34)

Congratulations on a job well-done. I look forward to enjoying the beauty, the sisterhood, the knowledge...the everything of SS.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelody

congratulations, tracey and company!!! you all have done amazing work and i'm so proud to see this baby in the world. she's beautiful!!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen lemen

Tracey and friends, I am so excited for this launch. I can't wait to see everything SS has to offer. I have already been enjoying the amazing photos in the Flickr group. Congratulations on a very exciting and anticipated birth.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBunny

Yay! Congrats!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Woo Hoo! (Breaking open the champagne!) Yeah for you! Happy Birthday Shutter Sisters! You have some amazing shutter sisters, I'm loving all of their work & their words.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

This is so very exciting! And beautiful!

Congratulations. She's a beautiful, baby. :-)

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterY

Quick question. I registered and received an email with an URL to visit and verify my account. The URL does not work, therefore, I am unverified and cannot login.

Is anyone else having an issue? TIA.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelody

congratulations, tracey! the site looks great. i'm excited for what lies ahead.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrunchy domestic goddess

thanks everyone for the kind words! yes, melody, the registration is wacky...we're working on it. stay tuned! : )

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertracey

Dear Sisters...I am so proud.
Welcome to the newest baby in the family!
I'm glad you're here and we will be so patient while raising you.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHappyHourMom

Dear Sisters...I am so proud.
Welcome to the newest baby in the family!
I'm glad you're here and we will be so patient while raising you.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHappyHourMom

a very exciting day, indeed! looking forward to much inspiration here!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

So inspiring! I cannot wait to see more!!!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

Welcome to the world Shutter Sisters!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

Oh! I am so very excited about this site! Congrats, ladies!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngella

i LOVE this idea. can't wait, it's exactly what i need right now as i try to push my photography forward into a business. congrats you guys.

when will the site be live on domain?

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarcomical

oops i meant

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarcomical

Congrats, Tracey! Every since you mentioned this idea to me at BlogHer I've been waiting to see it come to life! So thrilled to see the group of gals you've assembled here and I can't wait to see the photos you all bring to life.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrazedparent

Horray~ some of my favorite bloggers all in one gorgeous place!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAshlea

Aw, she looks just like her mommas! Can't wait to see more.

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelody A.

Tracey and company, congrats on the launch of your new site!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

It's my third time today browsing through this beautiful baby.

Thank you for this great gift!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermyriam

BEAUTY...pure beauty. Congratulations to all of you!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDelia

How very exciting to see this launch. Happy Birthday to Shutter Sisters!

I look forward to what lies ahead!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Looks like a great site! Happy birthday!

January 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa's Chaos
I found your site through one of your contributors, Kate. Lovely pics!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLuAnn
Yay! I'm so glad I found this site (thanks Kate). I really want to get back into my photography and find great photos! Thanks for the inspiration!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKrista
So glad I found you guys! I enjoy photography very much and am really loving the inspiration of other people's work. I look forward to coming back for more!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Beautiful and inspirational. I have been quietly watching many of your blogs for a while. I love this idea.

Happy Birthday! :)
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterheather
I am so excited for this I can't even stand it. What a wonderful, inspiring, and lovely project!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlm
I'm already smitten!

ps: Any plans for adding RSS feeds? I find it so hard to keep up without them.
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKung Foodie
This is all so amazing. Can't wait to see what you guys have in store for us!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
This is wonderful! I'm already inspired!!! Can't wait to see what transpires. :o)
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShalet
This is an absolutely beautiful piece of work and an amazing group... I can't wait to experience the community here. Congratulations Tracey and all. Happy Birthday Baby!
January 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

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