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Not Quite a 365 Project

It is that time of year when resolutions are made and maybe you have one to take a photo-a-day.  In October, 4 years ago I started a 365 project.  One day I noticed that I had taken a photo a day for a week.  I decided to see if I could last 30 days. After 30 days I decided to try for a year.  At the end I loved having a visual documentation of our year and continued the project.  Before 2017 ended I thought about stopping but after seeing the compilation I decided to give it another go.

At the beginning of 2018 I started to incorporate more self-portraits and I challenged myself to be in the frame more with my kids.  For the first quarter of the year I did a pretty decent job of including myself.  I would say a number of things happened that led to me not “finishing” the project.  First, I started having some severe back issues that I believe came from carrying my camera around all the time.  Specifically, I think it was the bag since I loaded it up with what I needed for the day.  Secondly, I started to get a little bored.  And, then in September our life became chaotic  I don’t think I took a single photo of the kids until the end of November, and only a few time in December.  We sold our house, bought another house and moved all within 6 weeks.  Plus I had my busiest work season since I opened and didn’t have the energy or space to focus on anything else in my life.

Over the last two weeks I spent some time reviewing the images that I did take and it has pushed me to give it another go. What I love about looking back is seeing everything that we did.  So often it feels like the year is a blur and it feels like weekends just evaporate. It is a nice reminder to see some of the moments that I forgot about.

So, if you just started a 365 project give yourself some grace if you miss a day and remember why you are doing the project.  Whether it is for yourself or to learn a new technique or to document your year just pick the camera up again.

 

 

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My mom really dislikes how fast the video is so the photos from the year are below for you to view at your own speed.

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2017 Photo-a-Day Project | Boston Family Photographers

Project 365 collage

So, I just wrapped up my photo-a-day project for 2017. This year it isn’t a true 365 project. In April, when I threw my back out, and in the process I dropped my external hard drive. It was at that moment I realized I had not setup my backups for my new computer. I lost over 4 months of personal photos (client work was fine). I was in so much physical pain and then became an emotional wreck. It was not a good week.

At some point, I came to realize the photos are just things, and it will be okay. I don’t really NEED all these images. Artistically, I feel like I still had a setback. I started the year off with a lot of inspiration and lost some motivation. But really, I’m doing this project for my kids so they have these photos of their childhood to look back on. With determination, I kept on going.

Over the last month, I managed to piece together some of that time but I’m definitely missing chunks. The recovery firm couldn’t recover anything and if they could it would have cost me over $2K. So, before you do anything else today make sure your photos are backed up.

For this year, I threw in a bunch of other photos. I think there are over 365 images but I don’t have the emotional energy to go and count and double check dates this year.

In looking back at the photos, I was pleasantly surprised to see Ezra is in quite a few. He doesn’t like having his photo taken these days. Also, I feel like Sadie grew up this year and lost most of her babyness (**tear).

When I’m in the stuck in the daily grind, it doesn’t feel like we do a whole lot but reviewing our year in less then 3 minutes, I see how much we got out and enjoyed life. It makes me think I need to slow down and savor these days a bit more.

So, if you have 2 minutes and 57 seconds take a look. My MIL always tells me the video is too fast, so I know. However, I love how it is just a quick glimpse of our lives.

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April Project 365 Boston Family Photo-a-Day

A Photo-a-Day Project: Documenting my family in Boston

I’m catching up as usual with this project 365.  During April, Sadie had her 4 year wellness check-up, my nephews visited us in Boston and there was also April vacation. With the cousins we spent a lot of time in Cambridge – visiting a playground, engaging with technology at the Science and Robot Fair, celebrating Passover, watching the Boston Marathon and celebrating the Easter holiday with an egg hunt.  The kids were pretty fascinated by the eggs since it isn’t a tradition we normally do at our house. I loved seeing how well the cousins are getting along.  It makes each trip more enjoyable and I’m happy that everyone looks forward to these visits.

This month bikes were a huge hit.  Both Ezra and Sadie learned to ride without training wheels so we spent a lot of time outside practicing.  I’m pretty amazed at how quickly they both picked it up and how much they enjoy it now. Ezra’s interest in reading has sparked.  I’ve caught him a few times reading to himself.

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May’s photo-a-day blog is here.

Beth Ann is a portrait photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston  BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS AND SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS IN THE BOSTON AREA. BE SURE TO CONTACT HER TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY OR WEDDING.

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Project 365 May | Boston Family Photographer

Gosh, it is already June although for most of the month it didn’t feel like spring.  We did get a few moments of sunshine and I know my kids are ready to hit the pool.  The activities are winding down so there will be lots of free time for unstructured play coming up.   Ezra wrapped up his after school activities, we searched for inch worms, did lots of bike riding, hiked in New Hampshire and visited family in Rochester.

The abundance of black and whites this month might be indicative of my mood.  Sun, come out, come out where every you are.

Here is a glimpse of our month.  A few extra photos snuck in the collages. 🙂

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There is more of my 365 project on the blog.

Beth Ann is a portrait photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston  BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS AND SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS IN THE BOSTON AREA. BE SURE TO CONTACT HER TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR NEWBORN, BABY, FAMILY OR WEDDING.

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