The 52 portrait project was so worth it. I plan to continue this into 2015 but I'd like to get better at telling the story behind the photo both through the photo itself and with words.
This was the shot that was to capture the typical post-Christmas morning chaos but I ended up using this photo because of the story it tells about E. Here he is surrounded by new toys and movies and video games but what's he doing? He faces away from it all and settles down with his new journal to write.
I love this portrait. It's one of my very favorites but it bugs me that it's the only one from the whole year that is taken vertically. (I know, OCD but I'm trying to let it go!) This year she has really gotten into cooking. We baked together almost every Friday (that would have been an awesome blog series but I just realized that!) Her toy foods are the ones we have to put away every night because that's what she plays every single day. So what better present for Santa to bring than a little play kitchen with apron and chef's hat? Little as in too short. This girl is so tall that we're looking for a way raise this kitchen up about a foot.
And then the story of their first Christmas exchanging gifts to each other. This is the first year that they chose a gift for each other and wrapped it themselves (with a little help). I loved watching how excited they got about the giving and how special it was for each of them.
I bought the gifts for them and I didn't even talk about how much they could spend, etc. They both chose gifts that cost about $6. He chose a car for her because he accidentally broke the door off of the car she got in her stocking last year. She chose Spirit Animals book #4 as that's the next book in the series that he's currently into right now. Those two moments above made my Christmas.
In 2015 I plan to not only continue the 52 portrait project but take lots more pictures in general. I feel like I kinda got out of the habit for several months this year and I miss it. I want to notice the light more and take the photos that will help me remember the moments along with the story.