Week 52 | 2016

We said goodbye to Meadow this week. I am happy that we had a chance to spend some time with her and say goodbye, and that she was mostly comfortable. We are still in shock that she is gone. Sometimes we think we see her, or hear the sounds of her tags. For two days in a row, we have forgotten to turn off our house alarm in the morning- we have always turned it off when we would let her out to go to the bathroom.

We had Christmas, and now we are heading into our New Year’s Eve celebration with kids- lots of garbage food from Trader Joe’s, board games, staying up to watch the ball drop. Like pretty much everyone else I know, we are ready to move on from 2016. Seems like it wasn’t a great year for most people. I am relieved and happy to be done with the obligation of daily shooting, and incredibly excited to start all of the new things I have planned.

Here are more than seven photos from the last week. I wanted to include more of Meadow, since as soon as I publish this I will be printing my entire Wordpress blog into a book and moving to Squarespace. Yes, Lida has makeup on in the photo where she is reading to Meadow. She had been playing dress up earlier in the day. Lida learned how to make coffee this week, and Milena learned how to make tea. They ask us over and over all day if they can get us a cup of either. The answer is usually yes.

Love and light for 2017…

Week 51 | 366.2016

One. More. Week. I can't wait to be finished with this project.

Week 51 in photos... We have a very sick dog, who at the time of this writing is still holding on but not getting better. I imagine that my photos in the near future will feature her much more than usual. We are grateful that she was home with us and comfortable over the holiday. 

Week 50 | 366.2016

As I just posted on Facebook, I am totally over the Project 365 thing. I am really looking forward to the end of the year (as I am sure most of us are- this year has been... suck). 2017 means that I can move on to my new planned personal project. I have chosen 52 books, and I am going to read one book a week. Each week I will write a blog post related to the book, and add at least one photo that was inspired by the book that I read for that week. I think that a 365 project is something that will allow you to grow quickly as a photographer, but that is not what I need to do anymore. Where I am right now, I feel like I am taking a photo every day, arbitrarily. My time would be better served by choosing a technique, shooting with that technique in mind, and reading and watching educational resources related to that technique. So there you have it! I will push through, since the end is in sight, but after this project is done, I will be printing a book and changing my game. I hope you will follow along. 

The other thing that I am so fortunate to be able to focus on now are the clients I am going to be shooting in the coming year. At this time last year, I was thinking that maybe I would try out a photography business. After the years spent investing my heart and soul and what is left of my unoccupied brain space in all things photography, I owed it to myself to see if it would be something that would work for me. It is a way to serve other families, in addition to contributing financially to my own family. I did not expect to love photographing other people so much. I have no regrets that I am on this path, and I wish I would have been brave enough, or would have had enough insight, to start sooner. Until next week (only two more weeks to go!), the photos.