Have you ever gotten an idea so crazy that you know you need to tell someone about it before you chicken out? Yeah, that's what I'm doing here today. Telling you so that I don't chicken out.
But I'm also telling you about this idea because as a mom, you MIGHT want to join me in it. Wait… what? Crazy idea and I want you to join me? Heck, yes! Crazy ideas become fun journeys when done with friends.
So here's the story.
The other day I was sitting in bed after another wonderful day of vacationing with my family. I was reading one of my photography magazines, business book open beside it, pouring over my planner, trying to glean new ideas about my business from all of these sources. Our bed looked like a library cubby desk! But there I was, surrounded by all of these resources, and then I saw it.
It was a photo in the magazine. But it wasn't the photo that got me, it was the caption. The caption described the photographer as a mom who had rediscovered the joy of photography by documenting her family in a 365 day portrait project.
Usually, I would read something like that, roll my eyes, and think, "That's insane!" In fact, I bet that's exactly what you just did there, too. Perhaps. But this time, something struck me. I was sitting there surrounded by books on business, pages of beautiful photography, working hard to bring my readers and clients (who are mainly moms) the gift of their children and family. And perhaps headed away from capturing mine in the process.
But this. This could offer so much.
Yes, it could drive my kids insane, and yes it could fall flat in less than 10 days, but what if?
What if, for 365 days, I just commit to documenting my favorite people, the loves of my life, with my camera. NOT WITH MY PHONE. With my camera. Nothing fancy, no need to set the stage. If that feels fun that day, great. But maybe just a morning at breakfast. Maybe under low light. Maybe exploring new angles. Maybe just to be with them.
I'd have my camera in my hand every single day, and not for work, but for play, for exploring, for experimenting. And I'd be documenting the most important people in my life. Not for holiday cards, not for family portraits, but just to capture who we are day to day.
How could I not try? And so I'm going for it.
I decided to start on July 1 because well, that's sort of halfway through the year, and if I wait for January 1, well, we all know that's not gonna happen. So July 1 was Day 1. And I'm going for it.
OK, so it's not like I've decided to go jump out of a plane, but this feels crazy to me, and that's exactly why I'm doing it. As a professional photographer, photographing my family everyday should not seem crazy. But it's gotten that way. Sure, I capture them all the time on my phone. But I rarely take everyday snapshots of them with my camera.
So THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE DAYS it is. CAMERA PHOTOS. Not the phone. Daily shots of my loves.
And I'm telling you so that I'm held accountable and encouraged not to quit.
Now… who's with me?