Last weekend I asked Kent to take a few photographs of me. We were actually out to take some portraits of the kids. I’ve been wanting some large canvases of Walt and Frances for awhile, but we’ve been waiting for Walt’s hair to grow out a bit and for Frances to learn how to sit up. So why not tackle an updated head shot for the blog/Facebook/Instagram while we’re at it?
I’ve been thinking about implementing more personal posts on the blog. As a reader of a number of different blogs, I’m continually attracted to the ones that have a mixture of personal and professional posts. What’s going on around here besides shooting adorable babies and children? What have my own children been up to? What piece(s) of equipment can I not work without? Who’s the woman behind the camera and blog?
So, here’s what’s I’ve been up to all summer and what I have planned for the fall.
I STARTED RUNNING: In May, I started the Couch to 5k program. After giving birth to Frances in March, I was ready to get my butt in gear. A couple of years ago I halfheartedly tried to lose weight, but my plans fell by the wayside the minute we decided to have a second baby. After I downloaded the C25K app, I scrolled through the 9 weeks of workouts and was sweating bullets. How could I possibly run for 8, 15, 20, 30 minutes at a time without stopping? Well, after working out the kinks (what to eat, where to run, what to listen to, when to run), I found my groove. I wrapped the program in July, am still running 3 days a week, and am down 25 pounds (4 of which were baby pounds)! WHAT?! I’ve not signed up for a 5k yet because I’m pickier than I realized. My first 5k has to be a good one! The 10k training app has been downloaded, but the amount of time away from the baby has kept me from starting.
BREASTFEEDING MARATHON: All. The. Time. It’s wonderful, time consuming, convenient, the best bonding time, tiring, and a dream. Frances turns 6 months this weekend and that blows my mind! Those first months have flown by. Wasn’t I just pregnant yesterday? Most of my days and nights are arranged around breastfeeding Frances. I love it and plan to keep her going (like I did with Walt) for a little over a year.
SHOOTING FILM: While I was studying photography at UA, I strictly shot, processed, and developed black and white film. It was amazing and taught me the ins and outs of how to take a photograph and use a camera. This past mother’s day, Kent gifted me a lovely 35mm camera so that I could experiment with our family photographs. I’m still very much in the “figuring out” stages. It’s thrilling and frightening all at once. Did I get the exposure right? Was it in focus? When will the processed images be delivered? It is like riding a bike, I just need to keep my training wheels on for a little while longer. My confidence continues to grow, I’ve found a specific roll of film I prefer, and Kent’s gotten in on the action a little too. We’ve just added the unbelievable Fuji X100T to the roster and it’s blowing our minds. Obviously, the x100T isn’t film, but it sure is dreamy!
And here’s what I see for this fall:
I’M READING: Make it Happen. I picked up this book on a whim last week and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in awhile. Last summer, I happened to meet the author, Lara Casey, while in Rosemary Beach. This was shortly after suffering a miscarriage, so things were pretty dark for me. She was so kind to me and listened as I gushed about reading her blog. I’m about 3/4ths of the way through the book and I’m in major planning mode. Business wise, personally, spiritually. Lara’s book is speaking some serious life into me. Living and working intentionally is the name of the game this fall (and beyond). The book isn’t necessarily a devotional, but God’s teachings are woven throughout the book and through Lara’s words. It’s exactly what my heart’s been searching for.
WHAT I WANT TO SHOOT: After shooting some nursery and newborn portraits of Frances this spring, I came to a creative conclusion. My intentions with my photographs is to tell a story. Your story. I want something different for my family heirlooms and I want my photographs to reflect what life really looks like for us (and my clients). What the sights, sounds, emotions, and where we are in this season of our lives. I’m moving in a different direction creatively and plan to show you guys more of that soon. I want to document life with babies and children in a real, honest way.
WALT’S 3RD BIRTHDAY: Walt turns 3 in October and I’ve got some fun ideas for this year! His birthday falls on a Saturday this year, so Halloween will be a jam packed day of fun and lots of sugar. I’m also brain storming what he and Frances will dress up as for Halloween. I’m sure these little sibling costumes can only last another year or two before strong opinions dictate, so I’m shamelessly doing it while I can! There’s a classic Disney movie practically on repeat around here, so we might be heading in that directions for my two little buddies.