A rainy afternoon over a year ago, which turned into a sunny evening at a friend's house.
I remember thinking "I don't know what to photograph today" when I realized it was April 5th. But I toted my camera around and let the day happen. I don't remember why we were all in my bedroom. That doesn't happen very often. But we were and the kids started jumping on the bed and I'm in love with the resulting pictures, most of which ended up being just Eva sitting on the bed. We also did a science experiment on erosion later in the day.
I have one picture from this day. I spent the day at a church near Cincinnati with our church's teens. They participated in a teen talent contest. Lots of musical entries, some preaching, Bible quizzing and sword drills, artwork and stories. We have some talented teens! It was a fun day. I took my camera and snapped some shots here and there, but mostly just enjoyed being there and supporting our youth.
Well, I thought January's post was late! I'm just now getting around to posting my February pictures. I can't really say why I haven't except for life. Things get busy, I was working on other stuff, or tired, or whatever. I'm taking pictures today, as it's the 5th of April and realizing how little I've picked up my cameras in the past couple months. :( Anyway, here are my shots from February.
So.......I'm a little late with my pictures this month. But we've been a little busy - doctor's appointments, sick kids, surgery and everything else to keep up with. Don't worry, everyone's fine and we are starting to get back to a normal schedule. Eva ended up in most of my shots this month. Enjoy!
I was able to squeeze in a family shoot the Saturday before Christmas at a local Christmas tree farm. It was a bit chilly, but the kids did great and I'm pleased with our results!
December 5th was a Saturday and a busy one for us. We started our morning with a foggy drive to Home Depot for their monthly kids' workshop. All three of ours now participate in this wonderful free event as often as we can. I highly recommend it! We spent the afternoon in Piqua with friends and happened upon a Christmas parade downtown. I had to convince the boys to go, but the candy and stuffed animals made it worth it. We tried to go to Charleston Falls in the evening, but after sitting in traffic for 30 minutes, we gave up. A visit with Santa and hot chocolate with friends made for a nice evening.
I've read many blog posts and photography articles about ideas for and the importance of pursuing personal projects as a photographer. I'd try them all if I had all the time in the world. I did try the Project 365 - taking a picture every day for a year - about three times. I made it through January this year. So, for now, I've decided a more attainable goal will be to take one day a month and photograph my life that day. I've chosen the 5th of each month because my birthday is on the 5th of May.
November was the first month of this project. It was slightly more difficult than I anticipated. Once I pick up a camera and start shooting, I kind of get lost in my head and in looking through the lens. I can't really do that when I'm the only adult with my kids all day, and I'm supposed to be teaching them school. Here are the selections from November 5, 2015.
I enjoyed photographing this cute little one-year-old the other week, while the weather was still warm enough to enjoy being outside. She did a great job for me and I'm so pleased with her pictures.
3 month pictures of a sweet baby named Colton. We had a beautiful fall afternoon for pictures and he was a great baby - no tears. :)
I really enjoyed spending an afternoon photographing this family. Their little guy turned one this summer, so they wanted some shots of him and a new family picture. One-year-old boys don't stay still very long, but we still got some nice moments.
A Project 365 has become a pretty typical thing in the photography community. The goal is to take at least one picture a day for the whole year. I tried this in 2009 and made it until sometime in the summer, when I stopped completely. I tried again last year and probably made it 5 days. I just got a new camera and really would like to keep shooting when I can, so I'm going to try again this year. Ideally, I'll be able to work on different skills throughout the year with this project - but I do have three kids, I homeschool them, teach Sunday school and have a house I try to keep somewhat clean - so realistically I'll be lucky to remember to grab a shot each day. If you check in on this project, you'll probably mostly see pictures of my kids. If nothing else, I'll have a neat record of this year when it's all said and done.
I had a super fun time taking pictures of these cute kids involved in a homeschool group put together by my friend. They were all very smiley and great to work with.
I am offering short sessions done in this style through the end of October. Session fee is $25, $5 extra per additional child. Session will take place in your home or another agreed upon location. Your pictures will be uploaded to a private online gallery where you can order prints and products at special prices.
I did this session back in June for my brother and sister-in-law. Baby Jax is already over 2 months old! The summer passed by so quickly and I'm already back in school mode with my boys. Enjoy these images and stayed tuned for some newborn cuteness, hopefully in the near future.
I had the idea last summer but tossed it aside. "People won't be interested," I told myself. "I'm too busy." I had a few other lame excuses/reasons why I wasn't going to pursue the idea and left it at that.
Then at the end of may a friend asked if I would be interested in doing exactly what I had thought about last year! Of course I said yes and the next day I got to work taking sample shots and putting a plan in place.
So, what did my friend ask me to do? She has invited me to do a "back to school" picture session for her small homeschool group. And her reason for inviting me is great. School pictures provide a record of our children's growth and change from one year to the next. She realized she was missing out on that. I know my mom kept all my school pictures and it's fun to look back at them now and see my own growth and development. (I won't mention that I can also see some questionable hairstyle and clothing choices in the same pictures.)
I plan to contact several local homeschool groups to offer this to them. If any of you know any groups that would be interested, please contact me, or pass this along to them! I would also be interested in speaking to small preschools about this service.
I was thrilled to take maternity pictures for my dear friends Denver and Andrea. They are expecting twins and I am so, so happy for them. I can't wait to meet these two special babies.