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I've been working on this particular blog post for a long time...a year actually. Exactly one year ago today, I thought of a resolution that I wanted to keep in 2014. On Jan. 1, 2014 I would begin to take candid, documentary style pictures of my own children. Maybe not everyday, but at least 2 times a month. I felt like the resolution would challenge me as a photographer because I knew most of the shots would be in our home, which had wonderful windows, but very little during the day did light come directly in them. Therefore, it would challenge me to shoot in low light situations, without a flash or artificial light. I felt like doing that would really defeat the spontaneous nature of the resolution because I didn't really want them looking at me or the camera. I also wanted just to capture my children's lives. I wanted to see their world through their eyes. I wanted to remember those sweet little quirky faces, pretend games, first moments, and just capture them just being them. I wanted to capture our day to day normal lives (or adventures as I like to call them).
I thought I would be worried about the dishes, the toys scattered all over the floor, the pile (ahem, mountain) of laundry helplessly waiting to be folded, or the mismatched pajamas. But no, I wasn't phased at all by that. And why should I be? This is our sometimes chaotic, loud, messy, but heartbreakingly beautiful life. I see the beauty in those dishes, I have a family to feed. The laundry is worn and played in, the towels I dry off my sweet babies every day with after their bath. The toys that are everywhere remind me that we have 2 beautiful little creatures that play with them. I have so many images in my "A Year in Pictures 2014" folder, but these below are just a snippet of some I wanted to share.
I am definitely continuing with this resolution in 2015. How could I not? I'm addicted. I love capturing these little moments that can often be over looked by the big things that happened in our year. And unfortunately I was unable to shoot about 2 of those months because I couldn't walk or bend my knee very much. So next year, I'll do it bigger and better! I'm even going to take a workshop on this exact subject. I am very excited to see how I can improve.
What are your goals for 2015? I want to know! I encourage you to pay attention to the little things in life. Slow down. Take it all in. See the beauty in everything. Be inspired.
What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations! Ps. 104: 24
First off, this is one of my favorite images that I have ever taken. EVER. I am so in love with it. It's sweet, romantic, classic, and it really happened this way. This is not a posed shot. They just newlyweds in love! You may remember this couple, they have been long time clients of mine, entrusting me with some of the most valuable moments of their life from their engagement to their wedding day. I can't wait to photograph their kids one day! But until then, I'm perfectly enamored shooting them and their furbabies.
We planned this session around a shared love of camping, s'mores, their furbabies, winter, and wine. I don't know about you, but all that sounds lovely to me. It even inspired me to tell my hubby I want to go camping. Because, it would definitely be this romantic and perfect. Right? Right.
Anyways, we played with puppies, built a cozy campfire, and got started toasting marshmallows. I think all we were missing was a vintage radio playing some awesome tunes... but then again, there's something really nice about silence and a crackling campfire. As a mother, I especially can respect that bit about silence. Ha! It is always so much fun to be around them. Here's a few images from their session. Leave a comment and tell me which was your favorite! I don't know about you, but I'm going to fix a s'more snack...maybe some hot chocolate too! Merry Christmas!
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.
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