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The first real week of the kids being back in school. How much harder it is to photograph meaningful moments when your kids aren’t around.

Just one meaningful image per day.

Here is week 2.

Jan 8 - Baby itPINIMAGE

Jan 8 – Baby it’s cold outside. Gramma, we need hot chocolate – stat! And whipping cream shots too of course.

Jan 9 - typicalPINIMAGE

Jan 9 – typical

Jan 10 - Why bother with a fork? Apparently hands are better anyway.PINIMAGE

Jan 10 – Why bother with a fork? Apparently hands are better anyway.

Jan 11 - Have you Bean Boozled yet???PINIMAGE

Jan 11 – Have you Bean Boozled yet???

Jan 12 - Why is it every night AFTER their teeth are brushed and are completely read for bed, do they decide they are STARVING and cannot, by any means, wait until breakfast??PINIMAGE

Jan 12 – Why is it every night AFTER their teeth are brushed and are completely read for bed, do they decide they are STARVING and cannot, by any means, wait until breakfast??

Jan 13 - My middle, my free spiritPINIMAGE

Jan 13 – My middle, my free spirit

Jan 13 - Bedtime dragon snuggles (Yea! Daddy is home!)PINIMAGE

Jan 13 – Bedtime dragon snuggles (Yea! Daddy is home!)

 

Jan 14 - Mama look at my picture in the window!!! Oh yea!!PINIMAGE

Jan 14 – Mama look at my picture in the window!!! Oh yea!!

 

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Documenting life makes my heart sing. I would also love to document a day in your life – Right now, at this imperfect moment in time. Get in touch with me right here. Don’t let the days turn into years and the coulds turn into should haves.  

 

 

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It’s that time again.  Time when the resolutions, the goals, the ideas, – they all start flowing in anticipation of the upcoming New Year.  So this year, when I had the idea to start, and actually complete, a 365 photo-a-day project, I decided I might as well start on that day.  Sooner is better than never, right?

So how does one start a personal photography project?

It’s really easy – you just start. And you don’t stop.

Now, that doesn’t mean you can forget about it and only snap a photo of your kids after they’ve gone to bed (well, maybe a few times…).  There’s a couple things I like to remember here:  1) Kids are repetitive, so if they do something once, it’s likely they are going to do it again.  If I miss something super cool, I just save it away for another day.  2) I have the entire year to fully document what our daily life looks like.  So I don’t need to photograph every moment every day.

What should you photograph for your 365 day photo project?

Anything your little heart desires.  Personally, I want to work on my photojournalism and photo-documentary skills.  I’m working on photographing moments.  So that is what I’m focused on.  I don’t want to photograph just for the sake of photographing. (You’ll never see me doing a “here are January’s photo prompts” kind of photo project – I just don’t see the point.)  But you can photograph whatever draws you in.  Take a self portrait every day.  Photograph your cat every day.  Find beautiful light every day.  Just have a purpose.

What will you do with the images you take?

Mine are going into a 365 photo book.  I probably won’t have just one image per page – it’ll depend on the image and if I want to write any stories.  But while I’m building the book and as I’m taking the pictures, I want to share them with you, so every week, you’ll see a new post from me with that week’s images. (Or something along those lines…just to keep me accountable!)  I’m also part of a 365 group, where we are all helping each other to succeed!

I started December 20th and these are the images I chose to represent each day until December 31.

Documenting life makes my heart sing. I would also love to document a day in your life – Right now, at this imperfect moment in time. Get in touch with me right here. Don’t let the days turn into years and the coulds turn into should haves.  

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It’s that time of year when resolutions start forming in my mind and the promises of 2017 begin to peak over the horizon. My journal, that starts off so amazing every year but ends up full of to-do lists by October, is opened to a fresh page and the words start flowing.

Every year I try a variation of a 365 project. Every year (for the past three anyway) I fizzle out around June. This year my goal was just to photograph personally at least once a month. (Yea me!). But I remember that my year of greatest personal growth, photographically speaking, was in 2013 when I actually photographed every single day. And so again I try.

I decided to start today. Who needs to wait for January 1 anyway? Of course, one photo a day?  How can you choose?

This little life of mine. I really like it. It’s really important to me. I don’t want to forget.
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Today was a kicker of a day.  It started two days ago when I “accidentally’ didn’t go to bed until 12:30am and was then unfortunately woken up about 4:30 by a little someone scared of shadows in her bedroom…and on and on and on.  Yesterday I was grumpy.  Today I was downright bipolar.

Woke up and immediately started arguing with the middle child about how she cannot have a kitty face drawn on her face before she goes to school and then, when she realized it was a school day, why she had to go to school when really she just wanted to stay home so I would take her to the store to buy her presents.  (Where do these ideas come from???)

On the flip side, she did make both her and her brothers’ lunches…

Nobody listening, having to yell, resulting in crying and whining all the way to school.

Not eating properly…Trying some new vitamins that probably made me feel sick…or maybe it was the Dairy Queen burger and blizzard combo…

Kids immediately wanting to go to the bakery after school but having not eaten all their lunches….saying no…arguing…saying yes to thrift store shopping and becoming irritated when they can’t find anything but still need to buy SOMEthing…just because we are there.

Wanting to cry on the way home when they realize I won’t take them to the bakery and the “you’re the worst mom ever” starts again (I hear that multiple times a day)…

Freaking out when one trips over a cord that I’d already explained twice to be careful for and knocks over the newly acquired crayon melter-maker thing…not really spilling anything major (thank goodness) but being exasperated all the same.

Telling them I need just 10 minutes to lay down but the minute I do, I have a bum to wipe and an argument to settle.

Having one beg to use his computer but instead convincing him to read only to find him downstairs watching mindless cartoons 5 minutes later.

Letting them have hot chocolate and then having to wipe up the spills.  Arguments over who gets which cup and can I please get them straws to drink their “lukewarm” chocolate with…and spoons…and bring it to the table for me…

Not having anything planned for dinner nor feeling like making anything remotely healthy but remembering I fed them Alphaghettis last night and knowing I’d better come up with something better today.

Running upstairs to grab the computer only to be “mommed” halfway up…

Fighting with the oldest who is complaining about the lasagna I pulled out of the freezer…and it being the fourth time we’ve had pasta this week so he’s not eating it and will instead have a popsicle.

In the midst of it all, trying to find what to be thankful for….

Kids enjoying the new items they bought at the Thrift Store…being able to rest while the older two were at school and the younger played on the iPad for a bit.

Having them watch TV just so it was quiet enough to enjoy a small glass of wine.  Having two hours of amazing conversations this morning with good friends.

The beautiful sunshine that allowed us to go coat free most of the day.  The littlest happily joining me on our errands of mail and groceries and not complaining at all.  Receiving photos in the mail.

Having frozen lasagna in the freezer and finding it early enough to make a dinner out of it.  Having wine on hand…getting three things crossed off my 10 item to-do list.   Receiving multiple compliments on client images.

Two different ways to approach the day.  I try not to let my life and feelings be dictated by the first version.  I try to focus on the second.

I remind myself that every story has two sides and there is always a different way to view any given situation.

And so today, when I feel I’m failing as a parent and trying to decide between homeschooling or running away to a deserted tropical island, I simply choose to sigh, sit down and have a glass of red wine, remembering tomorrow is another day and God is full of grace.

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