For the past few years I’ve been following along with a photo project at Practising Simplicity.
She’s a mom, writer, and photographer living in Australia. She’s either a professional photographer or just a really, really good photographer, and takes an “unportrait” of her kids every week. The goal is to capture them just as they are in the moment — caught up in play, imagination, creation. In childhood.
She isn’t continuing the project this year, which is a bummer because I’d decided to follow along in earnest. (I keep looking for the post where she announced she wasn’t doing it anymore but I can’t find it. So maybe I’m wrong and I just mis-read while scrolling through my blog reader in the middle of the night…)
Even though she isn’t going to continue, I’m going to do it anyway. A portrait of my kids, once a week, every week, in 2016.
We’ll see what happens. I might get behind on posting, or I might not have a picture of all three kids each week. It might be a ton of work. Or it might be great.
My hope is to use my camera more, to learn more about photography, light, composure. Mostly, I want to make sure I’m consistently taking pictures of each of my kids. When you have a baby it’s easy to take pictures of the baby even though your big kids are growing and changing just as quickly.
If there’s interest, and if I can figure it out, I’ll also include a link-up for anyone who wants to post something similar and leave a link to their blog. I’ll start the year Sunday, January 3.
Until then, a few photos at the art table, where there happens to be great light almost any time of day.
David — the hardest to capture, because he knows I care about the shot, so he responds with a silly face. I suppose I should just accept that the silly face is the capture.
Mary Virginia — With tousled hair and marker on her forearms. Precocious, moody, delightful and completely two; always talking, watching, wondering.
Thomas — All he wants is a safe place to play, you guys. Please, please leave the baby alone.