Nora has never been particularly attached to one special blanket or toy. Instead, she rotates through her "friends" with a new one finding itself as her favorite every couple of weeks. Right now, Nora is fully and completely smitten with "Sheepy." Lucky little lamb. To see all of the other wonderful Wild images please click here.
It is hard to believe that we are already to week 11. It is also hard to believe just how much my girl loves accessories.
The song, "Sunglasses at Night" is pretty much her mantra. Rain or shine, morning, noon and night, you can most likely find her with a pair. However, for a little while by our fence, she obliged me by taking them off for a couple of frames.
Thanks, kid. You are the best. xo
There is no cute story to tell or milestone to record through my image this week. Instead, I chose to use a picture that I took a few weeks back. Of a kid just being comfortable in her own house.
I suppose that it could be considered cheating to recycle a picture from an earlier week. But, this was a difficult and bittersweet one for me. A week when I didn't really feel much like recording new memories, but sifting through my old ones. My grandma passed away after 96 beautiful years. And while these past few days have been more of a celebration of that life, the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether it was their time, can leave behind bit of a hurting in your heart. But, then I look at Nora and know that those two generations had the chance to meet many times and just try to feel lucky.
For a while now, Nora has been shedding the things of her babyhood at an alarming pace. For months, there have been no more diapers or naps. For even more months, she has been sleeping in her big girl bed after rejecting her crib in a most early and dramatic fashion. So, it was somewhat surprising to me then, that for every meal, she insisted on sitting in her high chair. That was up until the other week, when that too was finally cast aside for a proper chair at the table. Sigh.
So big and yet still so little.
We call Nora the "wild pony." On most days, she fully earns that name as she can be fierce and stubborn, with seemingly boundless energy. So, when I stumbled upon her playing quietly, playing calmly in some pretty afternoon sun, I knew that I should to capture some images of this other side to her. A beautifully complicated child that one. See all the rest of this week's Wild images here.
It is fascinating to listen to Nora's grasp of language grow. She took her sweet time to start talking, but now, well, you can hardly get a word in edgewise. I love how she is so absolutely literal at this age. When I say something silly like, "come here, sunshine" she will invariably respond, "I not sunshine, I Nora." I also love how she is picking up little turns of phrase. Her newest one is "best friend." Granted, over the course of this past week, everyone from Mama to a spoon seems to have held that title. But, most often, she'll tell me that our littlest pup, Emmett, is her very best friend. I thought that this week for Wild, I'd post something that captures those (somewhat fickle) BFFs. See the rest of this week's images here.
Oh, and don't feel too badly for our other pup as Nora has let me know that Gracie is in fact my very best friend.
When we were brainstorming about this project, we never could have anticipated how many people would relate to it. be inspired by it. follow along with it. We are feeling so very flattered and so very grateful for all of the attention our Wild project has received. And, on a personal level, I don't think that I ever could have realized how important the project would become to me. Certainly, I get frustrated sometimes trying to take portraits of perhaps the most uncooperative of toddler models. But, this project motivates me to keep trying when otherwise I might just put my camera down. Week after week, these little snippets and glimpses and moments are growing into a collection that means the world to me. both now and when she is grown.
Here are my images from the last two weeks. To see all the rest, go here.
week 4: twins.
week 5: that ever elusive nap.
This week, Nora and I went on a little trip to visit my mother and grandma. They don't live very far away, but my grandma is 96 and can no longer travel. I feel extremely grateful for these visits and this time that Nora gets to spend time with both of these lovely ladies. To see more beautiful portraits, please stop by You Are My Wild.
For a good long while, Nora has given up on napping. I will admit to being more than a little disappointed when my 2-3 hour long block of productivity in the afternoons just disappeared. But, as the days have gone on, we have adjusted pretty well to our new schedule. I still try to insist on some quiet time in the middle of the day. It tends to go something like this: lots of upheaval. doors opening. blankets being dragged into the hall. toys strewn about. puzzle pieces flung around. a bit of spying on the neighbors. more doors opening. I figured it was the perfect thing to capture for this week's you are my wild post. See everyone's portraits here.
I am pretty thrilled to be a part of a project that brings together 14 incredible photographers to capture our children over the course of this year. It is such a simple idea, but, sometimes those can be the most meaningful. A weekly portrait to document the ones that are our hearts shared together. I cannot wait to see how you are my wild unfolds. Please click on the twirling tutu to see more.
Regardless what the future holds, I am always going to be grateful for 2012. It was my first full year working as a photographer and important to me in so many ways. So much thanks to all of my clients. You have made what seemed, at times, like such a pipe dream actually come true. Thank you for opening up your homes and allowing me into your lives. Thank you so very much.
2012 was an incredible year for my business. Just incredible. But, before I post some client favorites from this past year, I thought I'd put up a few of my original muse. Some snippets from her year.
Nora is brave, feisty, smart, sweet, and, apparently, not all that modest.
I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for this girl.
Film. It is an adventure. One that both inspires and frustrates. There is so very much to learn, to digest, and to practice. It is all at once exciting and daunting and expensive.
But, I was lucky enough, early on in this adventure, to be taught by the guide of all guides, Jonathan Canlas. This October, I attended a FIND workshop in Charleston, SC. Jon is so completely accessible and his openness in turn made film photography, with all of its mind-bending technical variables, accessible to me. I left Charleston with so much knowledge, so many incredible relationships, and the confidence to go out and get better.
Shooting film makes me slow down, think, connect.
I am so happy to be finding film.