I am a huge fan of Instagram. Next to Pinterest, it is my favorite social media to gather inspiration from. I lay in bed at night with the lights out browsing hashtags and oohing and ahhing over so much gorgeous imagery. Photographs can be so captivating, so moving, and sometimes life-changing. That is why those forms of social media are so popular, and that is why I am drawn to photography. I am drawn to capturing everything I see around me like a visual diary, always seeking the light and magic that makes one image stand out from all the rest.
Having a child makes each captured image so much more special. You look back through albums and are suddenly surrounded by memories you forgot you had. You smile to feel it all over again. You laugh at the silly things you did back then before you really got the hang of parenting (as if we ever really do). You cry because he was so tiny then and now he is so grown up.
Last year I decided to do a weekly series of photographs of my son in the same chair with the same stuffed animals. It was amazing to see how, in the beginning, he had to be propped up and finally, in the end, he was practically jumping out of the chair and throwing the stuffed animals about. I loved taking the pictures and watching him grow in reference to those objects, but for his second year I was looking to do something new.
Back to the Instagram thing, I have been inspired by the series @fieldsofsage was working on. She was (and still is) taking a portrait a week of each of her children for a year. She is an amazing photographer and mother of two from Tasmania. Take a look through her images and blog and you will be inspired, too.
This kind of project would work so much better for my now active toddler (ack! I still can't believe he's made the transition from baby to toddler!) who is more interested in exploring the world than sitting down for a posed portrait. Yet it should still reflect the weekly gradient of his growing body and personality. Photographing life as it is is one reason why I find lifestyle photography so fascinating. LIFE does not freeze for the photographer. Instead the good photographer records moments, capturing the essence of life and preserving it in a visual medium.
So here's to another year of watching m'boy grow. Here's to capturing his essence. Here's to preserving memories of the everyday that make life so rich and wonderful.
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