Monday, April 26, 2010
Photography Week: reflections
1. Wew. I'm glad that's over with.
2. It was more work that I thought it would be. I ended up taking between 200-300 photos a day. Then every night I uploaded, edited and printed the photos and assembled that day's page. I'm glad I did it that way because I think if I had to face 2000 photos this week and sort them all out I would jump ship and abandon the project. And I think I work better with one big intense push...knowing the light is at the end of the tunnel.
3. I am so, so, so, so, so glad I did it. So glad. I love seeing the two page spread with a paragraph about each person on that page. There is something so powerful about that for me. It makes me feel so family when I look at those pages. I like that we all get the same amount of space and that we each get a daily shout out.
4. I wish there was more Dave in there. I wish I had stuff about his commute, the building he works in, the seltzer he drinks, the crazy things he says.
5. For months I had resigned myself to accepting that I am not that pretty. I decided that I just needed to stop being vain about the whole thing, accept that I am not that pretty and stop deleting photos of myself. It will be important to Andrew and Isaac that I am in the photos. Let go of it. But I took a lot of photos of myself this week. A lot. And of course there are ones that I look terrible in, but it ended up being really good for me to see me in all these photos. Turns out, in my perspective at least, I'm really not that bad after all. Funny little victory there.
6. I posted here my favorite shots of the week. My favorite, favorite, favorite is the one above. It wins the "Photography Week Awesome Shot" contest. I love the light, love the expressions, love the angle.
7. I love this one too. I think it's just lovely. I love the profile (ahem, MY profile), the glowing light on the sheet, the mundane every-ness becomes something downright lovely. That was something I kept thinking over and over. That everyday stuff is so lovely. My teapot: lovely. Andrew's drawings: lovely. Isaac's fuzzy diapers even: lovely.
8. I love this one because it is so stinkin' cute. I think he looks edibly adorable here as he works on his new skill. I love how he's lit too. All soft and sweet. Ack!
9. I don't get a whole lot of photos with both kids...and I rarely get shots with both of them looking oh-so-cute. Dang my kids are cute.
10. Oh. My. Lord. I wish it was better lit, I wish it wasn't so orange-brown...but I still love it love it love it.
11. I see people do this whole rear view mirror thing all the time and my attempts have always flopped. I love this one. This is one of the "wait! I look pretty here!" photos.
12. I included a lot of photos in the book that were not well lit or were fuzzy or that had something wrong with them because I wanted to include that part of the story. I think that process was good for me too. It's thrilling to see a photograph I took that I LOVE. But it's also really nice to see a photo that's not going win any prizes, but has its own value in the story it tells.
13. Will I do this again? Sure thing. Just not for a while.