Join me as I take one photo a week for the next year,
each one capturing a specific aspect of our family life and my kid’s
childhood that I want remembered. You can read the introduction post here, an FAQ post here and all related posts here.
The third week of the month is either for taking a seasonal photograph or photographing part of our daily routine. Today we’re going to start photographing our daily routine.
Assignment 7: Photograph your child sleeping.
Is sleeping part of the daily routine? I’d say so.
I love how each child sleeps so differently. Gracie used to sleep on her stomach with her bum up in the air and, even with all the photographs I take in a day, I don’t think I have a photograph of that. So it’s especially important to me to get a photograph of them sleeping today.
I had wanted to get one of her facing me but she woke up when she heard my camera clicking away. I decided I love this one anyway – the way she’s totally stretched out with her right hand tucked up by her neck.
So then I snuck into his room to take his photograph sleeping. Except I remembered he had asked if he could nap in our bed today. He never asks so of course I said yes. He tried to give up his nap but every time he starts reading for his quiet time he falls asleep. I was going to retake this photograph in his own bed but he always sleeps this way which, in his room, means he’s facing the wall. So I decided instead to be thankful he chose to sleep in our bed on the day I was taking the sleeping photographs.
And I specifically chose to do the sleeping photo while we still have long daylight hours. So if your kids are too old to nap (thank goodness mine still do!) you can photograph them first thing in the morning or at night before you crawl into bed.
If there’s not enough light outside, turn on the hallway light and open up their door. Hopefully so the light hits their face. The orange colour of the light shining on them with the dark shadows in the rest of the room will really give a cool night-time sleeping feel.