Monthly Archives: February 2014

Memories are memories!  It doesn’t matter how they are catpured, whether it be a top of the line DSLR or my iphone!  Here’s our life lately according to my iphone!

Life is happening in crazy spurts these days!  There is little time for much other than play and eat and bath and sleep!  Can’t say that’s a bad life though!

Coming up on Friday… a peek inside some of the house projects I’m working on!

Let’s talk about time and how it relates to photography!

1.5 hours is the time it takes usually for me to shoot a session (give a little more padding on the half hour side of that sometimes)

3 days to 7 days depending on the length and nature of the session is the amount of time for your gallery link to be sent to you

Never ending time it takes to master the art of photography (which is amazing and what I love most!)

Zero amount of time to actually savor the moments as they are happening… unless we capture them in the camera!

I know I’ve been writing about this so much lately but this is what I’m living right now!  It’s what my friends are living right now!  It’s what we are all living right now!

Our moments are just happening so incredibly fast and what’s so crazy is that they don’t feel fast!  In fact sometimes and some days they feel like they are dragging!  But then when you try to remember a moment from a month ago or just a short time ago it feels like you just can’t believe it!

For example…

This adorable little guy is my best friend’s baby!  Linc loves him like a brother and they may as well be cousins!  This was an impromptu little Valentines day sesh we did one weekend!

Now this was taken just seriously a few months back…

I mean he has changed SO MUCH in just a few months!  Now I know that newborns tend to do that and that is why pictures their first year of life are absolutely a must every few months.  It’s why my first steps package includes sessions every three months!

When you really think about it though it’s not just newborns that change so quickly… time has a way of changing everyone and everything!  Time changes all of our moments and makes them so hard to hold on to!  Our memories are fickle and they fade with time.

Photography is an important blessing and tool that we have to help us hold on to our memories, savor our moments, document our changes!

What have you noticed time changing?  What was your moment where you sat down and thought “woah… I just can’t remember a time when…”

I usually have a LOT of personal projects going on… in my head!

I want to really decorate my house.. with a cohesive theme in mind or at least make it all flow together and look decorated!  I have even enlisted my good friend Elizabeth to help me on this front (she’s a genius at decorated and within a limited budget… like a 2.00 budget!)  But that has yet to happen.

I want to paint a chalkboard wall in Linc’s playroom but that requires me to actually frame in some plywood or something like that because we have textured walls.  Who wants to draw with chalkboard on a bumpy wall… procrastination excuse HEY HEY!

I want to clean ALL my cabinets and organize them… especially my tubberware cabinet.. good gosh can we say erupting volcano each time THOSE doors are opened!

But in all my procrastination and lists of projects that will probably forever stay in my head;  I do have to stay I am pretty good about my personal projects that involve the photographs of my family!

My house is crazily decorated with prints of our moments; and I am constantly changing them out!  I have old antique windows where the glass has the images painted right on.  I have countless numbers of framed prints and several gallery walls!  My orders from my print lab just for personal use come in at least once a month!

But I think my most favorite personal project that I have completed and have started working on again is the year album I made for Linc.  I know I’ve blogged about this before, but I think it’s something that is truly worth blogging about again!

For Linc’s first year I created a leather bound album of each month.  I wanted to be able to look back and see every subtle change.  I wanted to remember everything about his exciting adventures!  I not only filled the pages with pictures but I wrote a letter to Linc describing what he was like, what he was doing and any special memories I had or feelings I was feeling!  There are some pages in his first year book that are extra special and have nothing to do with his monthly growth.  They were just extra special days we had… like his first snow day, our swim class we took together, or even how he always would nap on our laps with his bottom up in the air and one sock lost!

This album has become such a cherished item in our house!  Linc ADORES it and reads it several times a day.  He likes to kiss the pictures that have mommy and especially daddy right now!  He likes to linger on certain pages longer than others and he gets so excited when he reaches the end and see’s a whole page of JUST pictures of himself in tiny thumbnails!

This little personal project I had last year is just so beloved that I decided to do it again for his second year.  This is a way for me to remember him just the way he is in this exact moment forever and ever!  It’s a way for me to tell his story so that years from now when he can’t remember these days, he will know how he became the man he is!

These are my letters to him!

For those of you that have children, I can not begin to tell you how much FUN this is!  The process of creating the pages is FUN!  Receiving the finished product and then getting to read them with your children is FUN!  You can go online and get the templates to help you create these books and it’s really easy! You can put as much as you want into them!

For my photographer friends… this is something I am now offering my clients!  I loved my albums as a bride and now I love my albums as a mom!  I think for those of you that are working with families almost exclusively like I am.. this is a way to take the albums in the next step!  Offer a year package and create an album for your families… have them write down their most beloved memories and transfer them into bound books!  What a fantastic gift for that family!

Here are a few samples of Linc’s second year book!  I thought he grew by leaps and bounds each month his first year;  but let me tell you… this second year is INCREDIBLE!  Every single day he changes!  He learns more, says more, does more and becomes more independent!  I feel like I can’t document enough!  I want to savor every second!

Template was one I purchased initially and then adjusted to fit my own!  I use a few different book companies when I print depending on whether I want a leather bound book, hard cover portrait or just one for Linc to have!

 

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