You may have noticed a bit of a shift in my work recently. My heart has always been with birth photography, I've enjoyed it more than any other genre. This really got me to thinking about why is it that I love birth so, so much? Besides the obvious emotion and extreme beauty of the moments available for me to capture, theres more. I love capturing moments as they happen, I'm not telling anyone what to do, my subjects are simply doing what they do. Real moments.
Posed shoots are often a creation of moments, perfect, pretty, matchy moments that look great on a Christmas card, but those moments are not reality. Those "perfect" moments are often preceded by planning the perfect outfits, scrambling to get everyone ready and prepared. Chasing, bribing and pleading with your children for the love of God, please, PLEASE just let us get one good picture and you can have all the treats you want! Choosing the best location and praying over the weather. While I love your beautiful shining faces strung upon my wall during the holidays, this is not the type of work I have such passion for. If I could be there as you madly prepare for your shoot, capture all the realness of how your family is now, I would be doing what I truly love.
As I work hard to make this change to my business, I crave a growing of my work. I want to improve my skill and my eye. The best way for me to do this is to pick up my camera EVERY SINGLE DAY. So I have started my own 366 day project. I will capture everyday occurrences with my own family, tell my own story. I was so inspired by Ashley Marston, a wonderful fellow birth photographer, when she did her 366 project. I loved being able to see into her families beautiful moments, I loved watching her skill grow big time. I can now recognize her style without even seeing her watermark, her work is inspiring.
So I chose my birthday as a starting point and have brought my camera with me everywhere I went. I will share some of those images and words below. I can't wait to see this year unfold.