I’ve always been a big believer that personal projects are vital in keeping the creative juices flowing. Sadly, they are also easy to push to the back of the never-ending priority list. Thankfully, I’ve joined up with a group of fabulously talented lifestyle photographers around the country (Canada too!) to keep me accountable each month. The theme is Keepin’ it Real, and this month’s topic is Real Life.
I often wish that I had a camera implanted into my brain – one I could magically turn it on whenever I needed. It would be completely invisible because beautiful moments happen in my home every day, yet THIS is what happens as soon as I pull my camera out in front of my 4 year old. Thumbs up in front of the face every time. I was trying like a sniper to capture a sincere, snuggly moment between father and son. Sadly, it never made it past my brain camera because my son can smell my Nikon like a Bloodhound can smell a steak.
While I’m on the topic of children not cooperating, I’m finding that – in most cases – it really doesn’t matter. Take this image, for example. I was feeling ridiculously frustrated because I had an assignment due for a workshop and my children would.not.listen. Looking back, how could I blame them? It was literally the very first day of spring where it was actually warm enough to play outside without a jacket. So yeah, I never did get my golden hour backlight assignment turned in. But I got this – my kids just being my kids.
So is real life, folks. My daughter devours books. My son is a wild and crazy, iPad stealing boy who still cuddles in bed with us every morning. And I’m busy dreaming up a way to remember it all.