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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…

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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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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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\10 on 10\ July

Back for another 10 on 10! This month you’re looking at a Shellaway Summer Sunday…

\1\ Remote thief
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\2\ Trucks ‘n Chucks2014-07-09_0002

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\4\ Two of a kind2014-07-09_0004

\5\ Step right up2014-07-09_0005

\6\ Emma McStuffins2014-07-09_0006

\7\ Pool snack2014-07-09_0007

\8\ Making breadcrumbs2014-07-09_0008

\9\ Pre-bath raspberries2014-07-09_0009

\10\ Goodnight, sweet girl2014-07-09_0010

I’m joined in this project by a group of amazing photographers… head on over to my sweet friend Carrie’s blog to see a day in her life, then continue around the circle until you end up back here!

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\Letters to My Children\ June

I’m continuing my “Letters” project this year with a new group of my very dearest photography friends. Each month I’ll write a letter to one of my babies.  This month it’s Emma’s turn…

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This month we celebrated your 3rd birthday! It feels like just yesterday you were a fussy, wriggly little thing, and now you’re THREE.

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We kicked off your birthday festivities by skipping school and heading to the zoo with Nana. You were so excited to see all the animals, and despite it being ungodly hot out, you had a blast. You were so curious about all the animals and got such a thrill every time you found one hiding in its habitat. We ended the afternoon with ice cream (of course), and you were asleep in the car before we even turned onto Connecticut Avenue.

That night we met daddy at Cafe Bueno (“the quesadilla restaurant”) so you could get your favorite dinner, followed by the homemade peach cupcakes you requested.

The Saturday after your birthday we had a small get together so close friends and family could celebrate your big day. It was a wee bit overwhelming for you to open all your presents, but worth it in the end when you opened your big present from me and daddy – your new dollhouse! It was actually my and Titi’s dollhouse when we were little girls and I renovated it to make it a little less, well retro-tastic. I know you don’t exactly have a taste preference when it comes to design (yet!) but I figured tan floral wallpaper and green shag carpeting weren’t your thing.

Overall, it was a wonderful few days of celebrating our beloved little you, and Daddy and I are so excited to see what this coming year has in store for you – our sweet, silly, brilliant, thoughtful, fiercely independent, always-moving Emma.

lovemama

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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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Emma: Age 2

Tomorrow is Emma’s birthday, which means this is the last day of my baby girl being 2 years old. (Excuse me while I go sob in a corner.) I can’t believe how much she’s matured in the past year… she went from toddler to little girl, seemingly overnight. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite photos of our sweet, hilarious, thoughtful, curious, beloved Emma as a two year old…

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