As we approached the end of the first twelve months I gave myself a little exercise and started thinking through qualities, traits and words that describe our third boy. He’s snuggly, gentle, inquisitive, wondrous, contemplative (and a little clumsy!) Yet he has a charismatic, loud feisty side to him that I know will come in highly useful over the years as the youngest of three brothers! I imagine most go through the emotions of moving out of the first year, it’s an unnerving feeling to start to let go a little as we begin to realize there is no stopping this natural process called ‘growing up.’ Yet, stepping back and seeing our littles gain a sense of independence and pride is highly rewarding.
You could even say that there is a slight parallel in this months theme; stepping into The Great Outdoors ;-) Continue reading
My present situation as I put together this blog post; to my left is a (rather large) slice of freshly-baked-and-still-warm pumpkin bread and to my right is a steeping cup of Harvest Apple Spice tea and I have the windows wide open letting in the crisp air. Autumn in Memphis, you have taken too long to get here!
There is something about Autumn that wells up childhood magic, joy and anticipation and I can quite literally smell the change in the air. I wish I could make my excitement accessible to download but something tells me that you feel the same way :-)
Capturing the first year has been about learning to appreciate the small things; what I see everyday as my baby grows, the seemingly monotonous moments. But, with such a love for all things Autumn, how could I not include this seasonal change in this year long project? My intention is NOT to produce a holiday card, however the goal is to bring a little seasonal twist in a mini series of shots in keeping with the tone of Capturing The First Year. Continue reading
Phew! I’m not gonna lie, the past month has been k-razy! Somewhere along the road we thought it would be a good idea to move house ;-)
Thinking ahead, I made sure I didn’t pack my camera, but I DID pack my imac and didn’t have a work station for a short while as well as I cannot stand to work in chaos! Tidy house = tidy mind. I’m continuing to desperately catch up with life after being somewhat off the grid for a while.
As much as I would like to have the nursery perfectly set up and decorated to shoot in, this is not going to happen any time soon so a little improvisation is needed. Packing boxes are our life right now and an experience in Mattheus’ first year to remember. Continue reading
A few months in to Capturing The First Year, quite honestly I remember questioning what I’d gotten myself committed to! I worried that I wouldn’t find the time to complete the challenge or that I would start to lack the inspiration and even motivation to continue these monthly check-ins! Raise your hand if you find you start things but rarely finish them! And I am not taking about a glass of wine here :-)
Surprisingly two things have happened…. Continue reading
As a mother, it’s important for me to be able to capture emotive detail and moments on camera. As an artist, it’s essential I integrate the creative use of light, composition and the surrounding environment. But, until recently, I’m not sure I have ever been as aware of these two elements being as deeply intertwined as I am today. One devoid of the other would only bring half of the beauty. Continue reading
During the first year of your infant’s life, there will be many firsts that you hope to capture on camera to preserve those sweet memories. Capturing the first year is not only geared to inspire you at the typical three month – six month – one year milestones but it’s also about learning to photograph the small changes and details to help you savor what you see everyday. Continue reading
Nearing six months you’ll definitely not want to miss all that your infant is able to do right now. Showing off his new found skills and doing them repeatedly as you shoot away! Admittedly I have a million and one images taken on my phone over these five months of my three boys but once a month I plan a mini styled session with the baby to really home in on the changes and hope to capture him in his everyday environment with shots that are also wall-display worthy! Continue reading
Chances are you’re in a pretty steady routine with your four month old and apart from perhaps a sneaky sleep regression, you’re feeling a little more human again as the parent! However, as we ease into our routine, I’ve realized it becomes more of a challenge to notice the subtle developments that take place from month to month and sometimes from day to day. Setting time aside to intentionally photograph these moments has become a way I can savor these changes and I look forward to looking over the first year of our little one’s life. Continue reading
Oh three months, where have you gone?!
What seems like over-night, my tiny nugget has doubled his weight and somehow it happened right in front of my eyes! Perhaps a little sad to say goodbye to any resemblance of a newborn, this is a stage that in fact I have been looking forward to after having enjoyed watching our older sons grow. By three months, so much of their personality shines through. Quirky smiles, gurgles and hands-in-mouth mark this milestone! Continue reading