2 Jan 2015 – A trip into town…as Elsa. Day 16 – Learning to sew. Day 17 – Fog on the Long Walk Day 18 – On the way to Great Ormond Street Hospital, we stopped in Hamleys on Oxford Street. Day 19 – Homeopathic Remedies…a big part of Phoebe’s healing journey. Day 20 – Jumping on the bed before school Day 21 – It’s a dog’s life…
Day 9: Sometimes she does things that melt my heart. Day 10 – a walk with a friend. Day 11. Elsa makes art. Day 12…it was a week of walks. This time with another friend. And the dog! Day 13…ahh a frosty, foggy morning. We dashed out to be in it. Day 14 – Learning to play Othello…a childhood favourite of mine.
A new year. A new start. Or rather, a re-start…For a few years now, I have wanted to complete a 365 project. One photo every day for one year. This sounds easy: Have camera. Pick it up. Click.
But any photographer who has tried this knows that LIFE just GETS IN THE WAY. I’ve tried a 365 before. I’ve also tried a 52 week project. And both times, I had to stop to deal with the demands of my business and motherhood.
This year, I’m trying again. But on my terms. Firstly (and most importantly) my daughter has signed up with me. SHE wants to do it with me. She wants to help me remember to take our photo before the daylight gives way to darkness. And sometimes, she will dictate the subject (watch for photos of stuffed animals…I know they will be coming!) Secondly, I will not be posting every day. It was the download-and-post process that killed this project the first time. Instead, I’ll post here weekly with a set photos from that week.
Without much further ado….here we go. Our 365. Beginning 19 December 2014.
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Today, the very last day of five. Tomorrow moving to a two-handed age. How time goes by in a blink. Here she is: cheeky, loving, exuberant, thoughtful, imaginative, curious…and utterly gorgeous (says a very biased mum…)
Playing mum and baby at home (I got to be the ‘sister’.)
Delivering invitations to her party:
Conker gathering on the Long Walk.
The start of her snuggle-tooth grin. Already 3 big-girl teeth and a 4th baby one loose…
End of a lovely walk home…
Not because I get…for a small part of my day…to walk around with my camera. But because I get to be close to people and their dreams.
I’m there in those first days of a baby’s life. I’ve been present when a child first sits on its own. I see couples and families together in their love for each other…in so many different stages and ages of life.
This month, I’ve also been lucky to create portraits for people who hope to become models. This doesn’t change how I look to capture a portrait, it only changes the parameter (i.e.…headshot, full body, etc..)
And so…modelling session number 1…best of luck to you C. You’ll be awesome!
Often I’m asked, when should I photograph my child during his or her first year? Yes there are obvious milestones: 4 month (ish) portraits will capture expression. 7 month (ish) portraits will show expression and seated portraits. And the 13 month (ish…depending on the child) portraits will show all of the above with first steps.
But really, my answer is…anytime. SO much happens in that first year. And children change and change again from week to week and month to month. How nice to capture as much as possible.
And so…here is the gorgeous and engaging S…with all of her expressions.
Today. The last day of reception (kindergarden). Every Mama says this…but how did we get here…so fast? In front of me, I have a little girl growing up. Reading, writing, learning to spell. Adding numbers and counting by 10′s or backwards.
I love that the word VERY is really spelled VERE. I shall leave for her to learn this next year. And this morning…TALL was spelled TOL. That’s OK in my book. I treasure the little moments clinging to childhood and innocence. Because it all goes so very quickly.
This was a year of two different schools (before we found the right one for her), of field trip to farms, of her very first choir performance with a mix of bigger children from other schools. This year we were fascinated with Frozen and Beatrix Potter and drawing flowers and growing sunflowers from seed. This year we gained a pair of STYLING pink glasses.
And so we start our summer today. We both need a rest. But I want to remember today. How beautiful it is.
A couple of weeks ago, my sister moved back to Raleigh, NC from a year in Beijing. After the heavy, mostly grey and monotonous skies of China, she marvelled at the North Carolina-blue and cloud-punctured, summer-time skies that she was seeing. When she suggested starting a 30-day project focused on what was up over her head, I quickly jumped to match her with views from the UK. And though this project starts with us on two different continents, she will be visiting me in just over a week’s time. We will finish our 30 days together…each capturing the same sky in our own unique way.
So here you go. The first 10 days of English summer skies….