amidst the rush
of holiday mini-session (25 families!) and many full sessions with families and moms-to-be, I’ve managed to carry my camera with me more on personal outings, as part of my on-going “360 Project”. (Read more here about what the heck a 360 Project is, and what other fun I’ve had…)
My almost 4-year old little boy had a day off from school recently and we headed to Little Loft in Takoma Park to while away a couple of hours being creative. Del, with paint, sand, clay and blocks. Me, with my new camera and favorite 35 mm Sigma ART series lens. My goal was to simply and beautifully document his time, with as little interruption to his play as possible. Which, it turns out, is a really lovely thing to do.
With the year coming to a close, looking back on the photos I’ve called my 360 project, my takeaway (so far) is this: as you well know, daily life is a series of long and short moments. Some of them are hard, messy, sucky, wearing. And in between, here and there, funny, joyful, beautiful – those moments are what keep us going, what keep us happy. They’re the moments we call to mind when we post 30 days of gratitude on Facebook in November. They’re the moments we think of as our children turn a year older and we’re taken aback by how quickly yet another passed, they’re the moments we text to our mothers, and laugh about with our partners before falling asleep at night. Photographing these moments has made me more aware of them, more attuned to them. Even without a camera in front of my face, I see them more often now. What a gift.