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12 Days

Digital photography has put a slight damper on my printing of images. I know I am not alone in this, but I don’t think that makes it okay. I miss getting the envelope from the photo processor and popping each little 4×6 into a protective sleeve in a beautiful book.

This year, one of my challenges to myself as an artist, and parent, was to print more photographs. The hard part for me of course is not taking the photos, it is choosing which images and where to put them, or what to “do” with them.

I already have a 365 project going of Matthew’s first year (as I did with Everly’s) and at the end of the year I will make a photobook out of them. I also make photobooks for our yearly family sessions, because from each family photo session I only make one large print (20 x 24) for the wall; I never want the rest to be forgotten. I made photobooks of keepsake photos from each pregnancy as well.

So after some examining of my habits, I realize I am a photobooker. But then I needed a project that would come close to that, envelope reveal moment where you saw your everyday life frozen. Every day life. Eureka! My idea! I thought, how cool would it be to have your whole day photographed. SO there it began. The 12 day project. Each month I will photograph our entire day, from waking up to bedtime. And then at the end of the year I will have 12 days to enter into another photobook.

I did the first day on Monday January 30, 2012. Yep, almost didn’t make it the first month! Yikes. It was a hard day, and at the end of it I wasn’t sure that I would continue. But when I got to editing the images I was immediately re-inspired. I loved how our day was in front of me. I took around 700 photos and edited nearly 100. Every image might not have that “wow” factor to everyone else out there, but it does to me. I loved how I could really “see” my kids and their personalities. I saw my memories that I desperately want to hold on to. This is a project I will be keeping up.

Here is day one…



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