200 Days of Memories

Well it's been awhile since I've blogged...and things have changed a bit around here!

Its been a busy few months in life and photographically for me. Here's just a little bit of what has been going on!

I was lucky enough to snag a mentoring spot with one of my favourite family documentary photographers, Kirsten Lewis. She has a photo journalistic approach to family photography that I am so drawn to. She captures the every day life, mess, craziness, flaws and all. The funny moments, the silly faces, the connections between family and loved ones. It was a challenging mentorship with much work, an overwhelming amount of information, lots of critique and growth in my personal work. I'm hoping to mentor under her again in the very near future!

But in the meantime...

I decided to embark on a 365 photography project. That means I take a photo every single day. I then edit and share that photo. Seems simple enough but since I decided to focus the project on my beautiful wee daughter its been more difficult than I thought. Trying to think of new and creative ways to document her explorations in life, which maintaining the admittedly sometimes monotonous routines of toddler-hood is daunting! 

That being said, with great challenge can come great reward and though I'm not finished with the project yet, I am already feeling so happy with the progress I've made with my technical ability but also, and more importantly to me, storytelling. I enjoy taking photos of people, but what I love the very most, is taking photos ABOUT people. About the the little bits and pieces of them, that tell their story. 

Every image I have taken may not be technically perfect or mind blowing, but they are all so important to me. They are little bits and pieces of my daughter's story. The story of her. My favourite story. 

I certainly can't sit here and post all 200 of the images I have taken so far, but here are just a few to give you a little taste of the past 200 days.

This was the very first photograph I took of my sweet girl....I think we were both feeling a bit uncomfortable at the start!

This was the very first photograph I took of my sweet girl....I think we were both feeling a bit uncomfortable at the start!

We love music in our family, so seeing Elizabeth enjoy her daddy playing guitar still pulls at my heart strings.

We love music in our family, so seeing Elizabeth enjoy her daddy playing guitar still pulls at my heart strings.

The way her two little toes curl...just like mine.

The way her two little toes curl...just like mine.

This photo of her and my dad...he, so happy to hold her and she giggling away. Gives me all the feels.

This photo of her and my dad...he, so happy to hold her and she giggling away. Gives me all the feels.

I tried hopping in the frame with her too. To show what our days were like together. Here sharing my favourite meal...soup and toast!...with my favourite girl. Also shows that she cares for me just like I care for her. 

I tried hopping in the frame with her too. To show what our days were like together. Here sharing my favourite meal...soup and toast!...with my favourite girl. Also shows that she cares for me just like I care for her. 

This photo took me by surprise. She just loves bath time, and I love playing around with her curls while I wash her hair. I was aiming for a silly shot...but caught this beautiful moment instead. It still makes my breath catch and my heart skip. Probably one of my absolute favourites...so far!

This photo took me by surprise. She just loves bath time, and I love playing around with her curls while I wash her hair. I was aiming for a silly shot...but caught this beautiful moment instead. It still makes my breath catch and my heart skip. Probably one of my absolute favourites...so far!

Gardening at the cottage with her Grandma. My sweet girl loves plants and my mum has always had a bit of a green thumb. I will likely write about this...the resulting photos of this are so important to me. 

Gardening at the cottage with her Grandma. My sweet girl loves plants and my mum has always had a bit of a green thumb. I will likely write about this...the resulting photos of this are so important to me. 

This makes me smile. It was taken just after the wedding ceremony of my sister-in-law and her lovely husband. My girl, off on an adventure. 

This makes me smile. It was taken just after the wedding ceremony of my sister-in-law and her lovely husband. My girl, off on an adventure. 

My girl loves her food...its written all over her face! 

My girl loves her food...its written all over her face! 

My girl's first train ride...she was so excited and so intent on watching the world rush by.

My girl's first train ride...she was so excited and so intent on watching the world rush by.

This one still makes me teary. It was my last day of maternity leave...I returned to work the next morning. I cried so much in the days before...and after...this night. 

This one still makes me teary. It was my last day of maternity leave...I returned to work the next morning. I cried so much in the days before...and after...this night. 

And here is day 200. Its a true reflection of life with my girl. She loves to eat...but...she's still pretty messy about it. And I just love how the light from our backdoor illuminates the mess I get to clean up after our meal.

And here is day 200. Its a true reflection of life with my girl. She loves to eat...but...she's still pretty messy about it. And I just love how the light from our backdoor illuminates the mess I get to clean up after our meal.

Even going through and picking my favourites was so difficult! I could have easily posted so so many more. But...I'll leave some of them for another post!

Thanks for stopping by and catching up with me. I promise not to be gone again so long.

~Much Love~