On January 5, 2018 I began my 365 Project. I have done others before, but they weren't true 365 projects- where I've committed to take a photo every single day for a year. Sometimes I would take one a week, sometimes a few a week, I know during a particularly hard month, only 1-3 pictures made it into the project for the month (client work isn't counted in this). This year, I've stuck to it. One photo for the project every day. And I'm halfway there.
I thought I would post a few of my favorites thus far and take a look back on the past 6 months of our journey- and talk about why they made it into the project, why I love them, and what they mean to me.
Are you part of The Brave Storyteller group on Facebook? Have you been doing a 365 project? I'd love to hear about it if you have been! Feel free to post pictures, share your stories, and share with us.
The photo above is from a freak snow we got in March. The kids obviously were delighted, but our boxer pictured in mid bounce steals the show in this shot. He loves snow, he loves children, and he loves to play. It was a perfect day for him!
This one just makes my heart melt. I love the way the light highlights his beautiful features. He's sleeping so peacefully and I just absolutely love a good profile shot.
On day 41, we went to a petting zoo and had all kinds of fun. I love this shot because it takes me back to that one warm day we had in February. Just when you've had so much of winter you think you can't stand it anymore, God blesses us with a slightly warmer day that makes us want to get outside, stretch our legs, and eases off the cabin fever a bit. Goats, peacocks, beautiful soft lighting, and the girl. Does it get any better? Nope.
We had an enormous tree fall in our yard. We spent 2 weeks almost on cleanup duty to get our yard back in ship-shape. We have such amazing dreams for our yard, but we've got to take it one day at a time. On the plus side, we will have firewood for years. Ha!
These are just a few of the images that I have captured thus far. I can't wait to see where this project takes us and I am so excited to assemble them into our family yearbook at the end of the year. So far, this project has taught me so much about taking the time to focus on our family. Be present in everyday. Love every day. Cherish every minute, even the hard ones. Even the hard ones are a blessing.
To schedule your own storytelling session with me, use the contact tab above. Let's chat. I can promise you will never regret documenting those truly meaningful moments in life. Also, moms- this one is for you- a friendly reminder to GET IN THE PICTURE. Your kids don't care what you look like or that you think you need to lose 10 lbs or that your hair is in a messy bun. They want to just see you in the picture. They love you. They want to play with you. Do this for THEM.
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.