A PORTRAIT OF MY CHILDREN, EVERY WEEK, FOR THE NEXT 52 WEEKS
Inspired by The 52 Project.
Finley and Sienna: You. Are exactly my kind of perfect.
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My goodness. A whole year. We made it. We finished the challenge. Fifty two portraits of my children, over the last fifty two weeks. I did it.
It’s been a funny challenge, truth be told. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed it. Some weeks, I didn’t feel much like picking up my camera at all. But knowing at the back of my head that I had set myself this challenge. It pushed me. I didn’t want to ‘not complete’ it. And some weeks, that is the only reason I picked up my camera.
And for that. Looking back through all the photos now, all those memories. Stories. Behind the scenes truths, that only I know. I am so grateful. So very grateful. I did it.
There were times when I eagerly set myself challenges, and had creative ideas of how I wanted to capture them. What props and settings I thought would be fun to try out. New angles. Different lighting. I learned that some of my favourite portraits of my kids, were the ones that captured them in their element. Quietly playing with their favourite toys. Gazing, wondering, daydreaming. Unaware of me and the camera.
Joining in with The 52 Project meant I was exposed to some incredible photographers, from all around the world, and I have thoroughly enjoyed following their stories and unique ways of capturing their children’s portraits. So inspiring.
Will I join in and continue this project for another year? Another 52 weeks. Another personal challenge. Do my kids want me to?
I’m not sure. Maybe. Probably. You (and I!) will just have to wait and see. Definitely, maybe. But for this year? I did it.
PS: Week 1. And week 10. And 20. Oh, and remember week 30? And fourty…