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\10 on 10\ August

Park + Pool + Kidstock = best Saturday we’ve had in a long time…

\1\ The only benefit to waking up so early
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\2\ Digging2014-08-09_0002

\3\ Thirsty2014-08-09_0003

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\5\ Chompers2014-08-09_0005

\6\ Metamorphosis 2014-08-09_0006

\7\ Festival kid2014-08-09_0007

\8\ Big Blue
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\9\ Like no one’s watching
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\10\ Sunset over Kidstock
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I’m joined in this project by a group of amazing photographers… head on over to Christine’s blog to see a day in her life, then continue around the circle until you end up back here!

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/365/ Every Day in July

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/365/ Every Day in June

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be sharing my 365 project on a monthly basis here on the blog. (If you want to follow along during the month, be sure to like my Facebook page.) Here’s my catch up post for June…

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(Day 17 is from the kids’ bathtime, so we’ll be keeping that one private :) )

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Every Day in June: Part 2

Well, it’s almost August, so I figured I should probably finish Part 2 of this Every Day in June business. When I first wrote about this project, I mentioned that it was a HUGE epiphany for me and has impacted my shooting in ways I never expected but am extremely grateful for. At the end of the post I wrote: “So I had the ‘how’ and the ‘why’… now it was time to figure out the ‘what.’ What did I want my photos to look like, to feel like – both to myself and to other people?”

The answer lay in an unexpected place…

I’ve mentioned on here before how music is a huge part of my life. Give me a song with some guitars, banjo, a little mando, heartfelt and honest lyrics, preferably live, and I’m good. I want a song I connect to – that when I listen to it, I feel something. Music that trades polish and perfection for honesty and emotion. And that’s when the lightbulb went off… what I wanted my photos to look like is exactly how the music I love makes me feel.

Once I made that connection, everything started falling into place… my compositions, my use of light, my editing. For the first time in my 2 years of being a photographer, I knew I’d found my style. It was ME, through and through.

I continued to shoot my 5 photos every day, and found myself happier and happier with the photos I was taking…

6.15.14: safe / little charmer / “daddy, play me something on the ti-tar!” / passed out… again / watching George with George
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6.25.14: bed head / stalling getting dressed / chunky legs / pantry peekaboo / trying to flatten them out
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6.26.14: wheeee! / looking for groundhogs / Elmo / But I don’t want any of the expensive organic fruit you bought for me! / breaking point2014-06-26_0001

6.27.14: good morning! / these two… / from above / my boys / she sleeps2014-06-27_0001

6.28.14: soccer sit / reflection / a parent’s greatest struggle / hanging around / play2014-06-29_0007

6.30.14: mornings are tough / reward / Jonah sandwich / dueling humidifiers / this smile makes any work day disappear2014-06-30_0001

You’d think that I’d be super relieved to be done with this project… shooting for a set of 5 photos every day is definitely tough, but the funny thing was I missed it when it was over. Like, a lot. So I decided to keep going with a 365 project. Our everyday, every day for a whole year. I’d always felt so intimidated by doing a 365… always made excuses why I simply couldn’t do it. The primary reason being that I work full time and I feared that weekdays would be super challenging, especially during winter when it’s dark before and after school. But I’m throwing caution to the wind and telling myself I can make it work. (<– someone remind me I said that come January) Heck, I already had June done! What’s 11 more months? Ha ha.

I’ll be sharing some of my 365 photos here and there on my Facebook page, and at the beginning of every month I’ll be posting all the photos from the previous month here on the blog. I’d love to have you follow along!

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\Letters to My Children\ July

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MySweetJonah

You, my little one, have been on a huge development streak since my last letter to you! It seems like every day you’re doing something you couldn’t do the day before. Your cautious army crawl has been replaced by standing, cruising, and getting into EVERYTHING. Your absolute favorite thing in the world is to make your way over to Emma’s kitchen and enthusiastically toss all of its contents onto the floor. Sometimes you make a loud bang when you drop the pots and pans and you look over at me to see my reaction and give me the silliest grin – it’s impossible to be mad at you!

Your other favorite toys are your music table and this little pop up toy that frustrates you to no end, but you love it anyway. We’re anxiously awaiting the moment you figure out how to make the little guys pop up on your own.

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You’ve been pulling yourself up for a while now but you only recently figured out how to get back down. And it’s the funniest thing – you basically do triangle pose until you get one hand fully on the floor, then you pivot around and down into crawling position. Our little yogi!

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One thing that hasn’t changed is how well you and Emma get along. She’s always so thoughtful where you’re concerned, and you just adore her and so desperately want to be able to do everything she does. You’ll get there sooner than you know, buddy. I promise.

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Watching you two together makes my heart so happy, and while I know it won’t always be this way, I sure hope the fierce love you have for one another never fades.

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The next time I write to you, you’ll be turning 1. That gives me two more months to come to terms with the reality that you’re not going to be my little baby forever. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m certainly not one to quote Mariah Carey, but you’ll ALWAYS be my baby. ;)

LoveMama

I encourage you to head over to my lovely friend Lucy’s blog (Philadelphia Family Photographer, Lucy Baber Photography) to read her letter to her children.

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