where stories are told
I promised a while back on Facebook that I would blog about my personal 365 Project. I've spent the last few weeks mulling over pictures in my project and trying put into words how important this is to me. I've come to the conclusion that I can't possibly convey what it means to me in mere words, because it's just too much. As a human being, we are equipped with the most awe inspiring capacity to love. And sometimes, words just fail us.
I set out on my journey as a photographer searching for the beautiful. The perfect light. The perfect pose. The perfect setting. But what I found was that in those really mundane days, I could find beauty too. In those hectic days, I found beauty. In the overwhelming days, I found beauty. I have pushed myself to focus on this project, but as you can imagine, it's hard being the mom AND the photographer. In those really hectic moments, it's hard for me to capture the shots and tell the story because...well... I'm being the referee! I'm doing damage control. I'm wiping tears and kissing boo boos.
So trust me when I say, you will NOT regret hiring someone to do a documentary style Day in the Life session with you. I will strive to capture more of those moments in my own family because they are important to the story of our family.
Looking back on the images that I chose to describe our year, I am so thankful that I decided to embark on this journey. I am reminded of a song by one of my very favorite artists (Darius Rucker- we refer to him as Hootie) "It Won't Be Like This For Long". Have you heard it? There's a line in there that says:
He lays down there beside her 'til her eyes are finally closed
And just watching her, it breaks his heart 'cause he already knows
It won't be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be all grown up and gone
And this phase is gonna fly by, so he's trying to hold on
'Cause it won't be like this for long
Wow. Has there ever been truer words spoken or sung? I know it's coming. I know growing up happens, but I just want to cling to these moments forever. I want to cling to that mischievous grin. I want to cling to the sound of a one sided conversation behind closed doors. I want to cling to the feeling of them wrapped around my leg and sloppy kisses on my cheek. That right there is my whole entire motivation for this project. I want to have these memories tucked safely away so that I can cling on to them forever. And one day, they will be passed down to my children and from my children to theirs. My hope is to convey our story and to convey the emotion that I feel in a single image. There's going to come a day when she won't play pretend in costumes. And there's going to be a day when he won't play with his beloved Rocket anymore.
This year, I dive further into this project and attempt to be in the pictures. I am committed to pushing myself as a photographer and embracing the beautiful mess of life. In my next blog post, I will formally introduce Day in the Life sessions and why it is important to book at least one in your life. I will leave you with images from our 2015.
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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