Second installment of our collaborative project with these two Kristin and Lesli. I must say I almost squealed when I saw these images together. It's cool how they work so well together, but we had no idea what the other was taking.
This is the cutest little valentine I got from one of my preschoolers. Couldn't pass up taking a quick shot of the heart. I had visions of my little loves whom I love together in a shot, it just didn't pan out. It was quite the busy month.
March's word is create.
Can't wait to see what comes together towards the end of the month.
First installment of our collaborative photo project. The word was calm. I'm participating with these wonderful ladies: Kristin and Lesli
I am most grateful for peace and calm that comes through daily prayer. It is a gift to know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me and is aware of me and my strengths and weaknesses. That I can feel His overwhelming love for me and guidance and direction in my life as I trust in Him and go to Him in prayer. Life has been hard lately. Lots of unknowns and questions. He knows where I need to go and what I need to do and what challenges/trials I need to face and overcome in order to become better. Even when it feels like things are too hard or too much to bear, I've always felt a sense of calm, that things will be ok.
Most recently prayers have been answered. Not by a voice, but by feelings. Calm, quiet feelings that comfort my soul.
This weeks assignment is to take a photo of your immediate family.
This may not seem like such a difficult task, but it IS.
Sunday seems to be the only day that we are all together without some interruption. Even though it's not the most creative shot, it's us together, and we don't have nearly enough of those. So I'll happily take it, grainy and all.
We bribed the kids with cinnamon rolls, I corraled them on to the couch, we intervened in a couple of spats in a two minute time span, got all the settings right on my camera, then the sun went behind a cloud, boo! My battery ran out in my keyless remote, so I had to use the trusty self timer. I had two frames, that's all they'd give me.
I love each one of them. I'm lucky they are a part of my life.
I am such a wimp. I sleep with a heater, must have my hoodie on during the day while inside the house, will grab any pair of socks when my feet get cold, including the husbands, have multiple blankets on my bed and we don't even live where it's really cold.
Next week, I'll figure out how to link to all the other fabulous photographers that are taking this challenge. Spent the afternoon editing, and my brain needs a break:)
Planning to participate in 3 challenges this year.
As much as I LOVE the photo a day, I'm a little burnt out, and frankly it's not super challenging.
So, I am going to do a year of weekly photos with a theme. I'm following along with some wonderful photographer friends.
Week One is: Newness
Here's my take:
I seriously cannot stand wearing my jeans. It's a new year, new fitness goals. I plan to move more and eat less and fit more comforably in those jeans....soon. Workouts at least 3 times a week. Daily green smoothies back in the mix. Hopefully a new and improved me will emerge. I want to feel healthier and stronger and tone up a bit.
Second challenge I copied from Jenn. Such a perfect, wonderful idea. I fell instantly in love and knew that it was something that would challenge me to still record my family and our everyday life without feeling the burden of shooting something every.single.day.
So the first prompt was in the car.
This is after the garage sale on Saturday. I love that I got Kade with his blanket. And that you can see the bite marks in the door from when Kyle was little. Everyday details that got in there. I couldn't choose just one. So here's the set
They are so cooperative!
Finally one on top of the car. Brandon found a very interesting dinosaur book that was donated for the garage sale and paused to look at it while climbing on top of the car. It is a daily thing for him to be ON the car.
Lastly, I will be posting a collaborative photo project with Kristin and Lesli once a month. Super excited about that. We have one word a month to convey in one photo, then we will collage them together to show our various takes on it. Coming soon. Next Friday to be exact :)
Got a little challenge to shoot an image a day before 10am. It was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get rolling again on my 365 project. I won't have all 365, but I'd like most of the days so I get a pretty good representation of our lives for this year.
It was hard! Especially since we are busy, busy in the mornings. I'm super glad it's Oct. 31, maybe I'll do a month of evenings next? Hmmm....
If you're interested in viewing my morning photos, check it out here: Month of Mornings
All this editing of other families, made me sad that I didn't have great pictures to hang on my walls. Sure, I've got lots of candids of the everyday that I LOVE. Totally tells a story of who we are right now. But, we have been lacking in the wall portrait department. I must confess, I dread taking my little crew out alone. Simply because I am concentrating on my camera and trying to corral kids at the same time. It was a day off of school and I took advantage. I was pleasantly surprised. They were all pretty cooperative and excited to have their own session. It was quick, cold and windy......but I love, love. love what I got. It's so them.
My mom and dad bought me a canvas for my birthday. I have the perfect photo for it now. What do you think?
(click on it, it's sharper. It looks so pixelly here. That bugs)