Wednesday, April 30, 2014

17/52 - The 52 Project


It has been amazing to me, throughout the 17 weeks of this project, to realize just how different my life is from the life I had nearly 10 years ago, when I was a carefree, unencumbered college student, traipsing about our gorgeous little town (we still live here!) in bare feet, a long, flowy skirt, with my beautiful friend Abbie by my side, with our prized DSLRs jammed into our faces, taking photos of absolutely anything and everything that caught our fancy. When I was in college, I lived and breathed photography. I was never without my camera, and was constantly uploading and editing hundreds of photos. Photography was as natural as breathing back then, and it has just been an experience this year, literally forcing myself to pull out my camera on a weekly basis and to spend that time following my darling baby around, trying to capture just one somewhat respectable photograph to post. It has been harder than I ever thought it would be to commit even to a once-a-week posting, but the result, even after only 17 weeks, has been just so unbelievably worth it!

This week and last week, I have been playing around with my 50mm lens, and I'd forgotten how much delightful depth and life just changing a lens can breathe into my images. The up close and personal images of my boy are almost always my most treasured, and well, the image below is my case in point ;).

"A portrait of my son once a week, every week in 2014."

Oh, my precious boy. Today, you were fascinated by the sight of your bare little baby belly in the mirror, as you sucked it in and out, in and out. For some reason, the sight made you smile and giggle, and this mommy almost couldn't handle the cuteness. Lately, it seems your bent toward deafening tantrums and defiant pushing of all boundaries and your nonsensical commitment to wreaking havoc and destroying everything in your path has abated (at least for the moment), and the last few weeks have been delightful. Without your constant need to screech at the top of your lungs at the least provocation or disappointment, we've been given a wonderful glimpse into the little boy you're becoming, and it has been a beautiful sight. Both mommy and daddy have enjoyed taking you places and just loving your sweet (tantrum-free!) companionship. We love and adore you no matter what, but your contented, happy, precocious, chattering, singing, movie-quoting, affectionate, loving, giggling self delights us more than we ever thought possible. You're amazing, Teague Jackson. Our lives are immeasurably richer with you.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The 52 Project - 16/52


Slightly more on time this week :).

"A portrait of my son once a week, every week in 2014."

Oh my baby. I feel I have nothing to add to this photo. It's just you. Perfect, gorgeous, happy. My treasure, my precious baby boy.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The 52 Project - 15/52

Well, this is officially the latest I've ever posted a photo, but I really want to keep up with this, even if it kills me haha! This is will have to be another phone camera shot, but sometimes I feel as though I can capture more candid moments with my phone, with the pressure off me to get that perfect DSLR shot, and the pressure off my boy, as mommy's face isn't obscured by a big black camera :).

Anyway, without further ado, here is this (well, last) week's photo:

"A portrait of my son once a week, every week in 2014."

I often think how lucky and blessed we are, to live in such an absolutely gorgeous neighborhood. It is nothing short of magical, the moment we step out the door. It has been such an ongoing joy to share my beloved little town with you, sweet boy. From my daily (sometimes twice daily) walks with you wiggling in my belly, to now, watching you dance happily ahead of me on this beautiful sidewalk we've walked so many times before. I am just so grateful Spring is finally here, and we can bask in all the beauty and joy to our hearts' content once again. I can't believe how big you are, little guy. This is a shot from our first attempt at a little walk around the block *without* a stroller, and even though you listened much better than last Spring (my rule is: stay on the sidewalk at all times, and stop when the sidewalk stops), the amount of heart-attacks this mommy experienced made me think another summer in the stroller might be best for all involved! It is mind-boggling to think that I am carrying yet another wiggling baby on these walks, and before I know it, I'll be introducing another child of mine to this town I love so much. And, this time, you'll be there too, to help me show our happy outside world to your baby brother! It is almost too much joy for this mama to hold in her heart. All I can do is breathe a prayer of thanks, and soak it all in.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The 52 Project 14/52


I seem to be getting later and later with these posts, which is sad, considering this photo was taken and edited on Sunday afternoon! Oh well, I will try to do better next week :D.

"A portrait of my son once a week, every week in 2014."

My sweet little boy, I absolutely adore this photo of you delightedly watching a tiger playing on YouTube. I am also excited that I caught such a great expression at f3.2 1/20 sec!