Happy Brand New Year, Friends!
A year ago I shared this personal project with you guys via this post. Little did I know, this personal project that means so much to me, would turn into something much more than I imagined. But, I am so glad it has. What it has turned into is a project than many friends have also started. I get emails all the time about it. And, I even had the honor of sharing this project with several attendees at the AH Inspired workshop a few months back. It’s a personal project that I love to share the story behind because it truly has helped change the way I see things. Photography is so important on so many different levels, but for me it’s always been about capturing life so others may cherish the memories forever. It’s capturing REAL LIFE. It’s being able to look back at a time with your kids and hear them say “mom, that was such a fun day!”.
But, while I was capturing everyone else’s lives I realized I had the most important family as an after thought….my own. When my grandma passed that’s where it all changed.
When my grandma passed 3 years ago I remember everyone looking to me for photographs. But, guess who didn’t have any? Guess who thought her grandma would live forever so what was so important about taking photographs (even snapshots)? She was going to live until she was 100, so I had time. Time is what we didn’t have and I was too late. Sure, I have photographs but not nearly the amount I would love to have. I remember sitting in her living room with my Bopa and going through old photographs. And, you know what I found? Beautiful LIFE portraits. It wasn’t a highlight reel of their life. There were tons of beautiful posed photos but there were so much more of LIFE. My grandpa didn’t have to say a word and I knew exactly what kind of life they lived together. I could tell you when life was sweet. I could tell you when life was tough. But, I can also tell you that they got through it all together. At that moment I knew “that’s the kind of photographer I want to be”!
Personal projects are just that : PERSONAL. I only share this one with you because I do believe printing your photos is so very important. I have people say to me “why don’t you just do books?”. I like to hold a 4×4 photograph in my hand. I like to be able to pull it out of my albums and place in a tabletop frame if I want. I like to be able to go back to a moment, pull it out of the sleeve and give it to a friend when they need it most.
I take photos of what’s most important to me, but I know will mean SO MUCH to my kiddos later in life. I take pictures of their art. I take pictures of scripture. I take pictures of quotes. I take photos of sunsets. I take photos of silly and absolutely ridiculous things that would mean nothing to you, but they mean everything to me. I take photos with my girlfriends. I take photos with my husband. I take a million and one selfies with my kids while we eat ice cream because it’s our most favorite treat. I’m capturing our life, but importantly I am retelling our life story back in photographs so if anything were to ever happen to me……(tears)…..they’d have all these beautiful memories to hang onto forever.
I always think videos help, so here is our annual flipagram video with some of our favorites from the year. Maybe this little video will encourage you to CAPTURE YOUR LIFE in 2015 because it sure as heck makes me all misty eyed and emotional but so excited about the memories on the way : SRP CAPTURE LIFE 2014
Y’all, it’s easy.
Here’s what you will need : 12×12 album, photo sleeves, dividers, phone camera, social print studios ap
Here’s how I do it : I take photos and load them to instagram. (you don’t need IG for this project, but I love it so it’s what I use). I take a photo of my calendar at the beginning of every month so I know when it starts. At the end of that month I print all of my photos (through Social Print Studios in 4×4**). They will show up about a week later! I place them in my album and we all smile as we look back on the memories. It gets really fun when you get a few months in.
**This personal project has expanded into gifts and here’s how… If we spend the day with someone and I take a photo, that photo goes in 2 places : 1) in the album and 2) in a card to that person with a small note “thanks for such a fun day”! If I have pictures with dear friends, they get copies. Spend the day with grandparents, they get copies. It’s not just a special holiday gift anymore. These photographs have become a “just because, but we are so grateful for you” gift. Can I tell you that my grandma’s fridge is COVERED with pictures of her with my boys? Can I also tell you that in that mix are tons of photos of me with her? Do you know how much those photos will mean to me when she’s no longer here?
So, moms…get in the photos. Dads, you, too! Print them, share them, enjoy your life. It’s a gift! Every single day. Every single moment. All gifts.
I am just an email away if you have any questions. XO
p.s. Big thank you to the sweet Callie Davis for a few of these shots of my project!
Maybe this little video will encourage you to CAPTURE YOUR LIFE in 2015 : SRP CAPTURE LIFE 2014