This past weekend was a weekend full of pictures for me. On Friday night I spent the night with 18 amazing young ladies who won the Worlds Irish Dance championship this past year in London. They dance for Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. The same school both my daughters dance for. I was truly honored to get to take their pictures. Thankfully my husband, Chad, was there to help me with the setup and tear down. Pictures to come in the future. ;)
But, then on Saturday night our dance school had a Ceili which is where all the families come together and dance and eat and just have a good time. This year I was asked if I could do a "photo booth". It is something I have never done, but I was up for the challenge. And I have to say once we figured out how to do it and purchased the software to do it. I knew it was going to be so much fun. It truly ended up being a blast for the kids. My son was one of our test shots while we were getting the backdrop and lighting setup. He is a typical pre-teen boy. He really did have fun but was over the test shots and just wanted to be swimming. LOL
This week our theme is hands. I knew exactly what I wanted to capture. My son has been a Cub Scout for several years. This year is his last year as a Cub Scout. In several weeks he will be crossing over to Boy Scouts. So, this weekend he is working on his last Pinewood Derby car. It is bittersweet. It has been something that he and my husband have thoroughly enjoyed doing together. They get all the power tools out and come up with a design. It is fun. It is something my husband never did as a kid. So, today my son took to cutting out his last pinewood derby car. So, I wanted to capture him doing that. This just felt perfect for this week's theme. His hands seem so much more grown up than I feel like they should be. My sweet little boy is all grown up using power tools. Where has the time gone....
Baby its cold outside..... I am not sure where you live, but yowza I could go for a heat wave right about now. But you know what it is what it is. We live in the Midwest and this is life every year come January. The temps plummet and hibernate into our homes and figure out ways to let the kids burn off their energy and not just sit in front a TV or computer. So, this was my humor coming out about living in the Midwest. Hopefully you have a home that is warm or a place to go to keep warm. And I hope this picture brings you some laughter as we get through the next couple cold months. :) Have a great week!
So, here we are the start of the 52 week project! Our 1st week theme is "Fresh Start". Now at first glance you may not understand how this is fits the theme, but oh the story is quite a funny one.
My youngest is a sweet girl, but can be feisty. You see since she was born we have called her Tornado Ally. Today she was in her room cleaning it after several days of refusing to. She was very upset about having to do this and the fact that she was told she could do nothing else until it was done. So, as I did other stuff my older daughter came and told me she had gotten a suitcase out and was packing.
Well, my first instinct was to grab my camera and capture this moment because never had any of my kids done this. So, to me this was my daughter saying she wanted a "Fresh Start". She was not happy and I am sure she is saying to herself why does my mom have to be a photographer. But she will love this when we look back on it years from now. After this moment we had a fresh start to the new year and her room did get clean!
So, as many of my friends and clients know this past year I did a 365 project. This was where I documented our year by taking at least one picture every day for the entire year. It was an incredible learning experience for me. And actually pretty empowering knowing that I could do it and be successful. And in the end some of my most favorite images from the year were ones that I took for that project. It taught me to experiment more with my camera which was great, as well as, taking different views when snapping pictures. When looking at my pictures throughout the year it is incredible to see the difference in them.
So, now we jump forward to 2015. I tossed around whether to do the 365 again and what is funny is I have continued to take pictures each day. I guess it has become a habit. Which is not a bad thing! But, this year I wanted to try something different, so I am following a friend and some other photography groups who are doing 52 week Projects. They create different themes for each week and you work on that theme for the week and come up with your image. I think it will be very interesting and another fun way of learning and keeping my growth going. So, each week I will be posting my image here on my blog for you to follow along on my journey. I hope you enjoy it! And who knows you may just see your own pictures here if we have a session going on that meets one of the themes I am working on.
Cheers to an amazing 2015!