“Mama, I need a picture of me playing with Lego for a project at school. Can you print one?”
Thousands of pictures started flashing through my brain as I mentally scanned every picture I could remember from my iPhone and computer, even as a sickly feeling settled in my stomach. Did I even have a photograph of him playing Lego? I must have a photograph of him playing Lego, he does it all the time.
As I sat down at the computer and began scrolling through picture after picture, all I could see were cute smiling faces, weekends away and beautifully-dressed children in sun-drenched fields – they are a photographer’s kids, after all.
Yet where were the photographs of him playing Lego in our downstairs playroom (which doesn’t get great light and I don’t like to take pictures in)? And where was the photograph of her room with the toys spread out all over the floor and her sitting right in the middle wearing her beloved princess tiara?
Does this sound like you? Join the Our Year in Photos Project – one slice of life per week that delivers an album full of childhood at the end – including all the Lego and messy toy moments you may forget to photograph.
The project is designed to be as simple as possible, with a minimal time commitment each week. One photograph a week, that’s all, but with an end result packed full of dirty, grass-speckled summer-time toes and Christmas-time favourites.
I did this project myself from July 2011 to June 2012, and saw the perfection in our life’s crazy imperfection (you can see the results here). If you’d like to join me this round you click on the Our Year in Photos image above to subscribe and receive your personal copy of the project.
Each prompt is given on a Monday. You read through the prompt at the beginning of the week, and find a way to take a single photograph that week. Each month, the project is broken down as follows:
- Week 1 – Relationships
- Week 2 – Rooms of the house
- Week 3 – Seasonal joys or times of day
- Week 4 – Forgotten-too-soon details
We will adjust our schedule around special occasions – like Christmas or the first days of school. When there are extra Mondays, we add something special!
Not all prompts will be directly applicable to every family. But no worries, you can make them all work for you. For example, on the week to photograph siblings, you might photograph your only child with their four-legged sibling or best friend. “With siblings” really just means “with their lifelong but just-beginning relationships.”
Whenever a prompt seems like it can’t be directly applied, ask yourself: what is something close to this idea that they might want to remember?
For instance, if the prompt is to photograph your little with their grandparents, and their grandparents don’t live nearby, you can still preserve the WAY they interacted with their grandparents. Maybe it will be a photo of them writing a letter to grandma, or Skyping with grandpa. You can still preserve how they maintained this beautiful relationship, even if granny and pop-pop are far away.
If you are unsure how to make a prompt work for you, I’m happy to help! Just send me a note and we’ll work together. And if you come up with an image you’re particularly proud of, send me a link so I can gush too!
Ready to get started? The Our Year in Photos project is a free gift to all those who receive monthly studio updates from Jenn Di Spirito Photography – sign up here and your pdf copy will be on it’s way!
Next week I’ll be back with some thoughts about why I was changed by this project, and what I hope it will do for you too.