Last week I discovered a website on the interwebs called You are my Wild. It is a collaborative project between 14 Mom/Photographers who wanted to force themselves to pick up their cameras to use on their own children as much as they do on their client’s children. I’m so guilty. I photograph soooooo much and when I’m not photographing, I really don’t feel like photographing… even my own daughter.. the one thing in the world I should be photographing. It just seems like such a chore sometimes – to get Evie dressed up, collect a few props or something, find a pretty spot outside, then try to photograph her by myself and not get stressed out with her running away, not sitting still, getting fussy, getting her outfit dirty, etc. etc. etc… so I don’t even try :-/
After mulling over You are my Wild, I felt so inspired by the normalcy of the images. How beautiful they were in their own element, not all fancied up, or even cleaned up in some cases. But that’s how we see our kids everyday! Those are the fleeting moments in life; those REAL moments in life that we’ll never get back. Those are the moments I imagine I’ll miss when my daughter is all grown up. Not the pretty boutique outfits she would wear twice a year for a picture. It’s the normal Saturday mornings I image I’ll miss: Evie running around in her diaper, hair a mess, house a mess… Those are the moments that we cherish and I want to work harder as a mom and as a visual artist to capture those memories.
So here are a few images from the normalest Saturday of them all! Well, we started at bath time Friday night, and picked up again Saturday morning. My house is a wreck. Evie’s hair is unkempt. She’s eating bacon and she’s not wearing pants. It don’t get much more normal than that, folks! But I love what these images represent. My daughter is incredibly happy, no matter what the house looks like, or what outfit she’s wearing.
This is my baby, the way I see her everyday:
..wearing Daddy’s flops..
..eating Daddy’s bacon..
I want to challenge all you fellow Mom-togs out there! I have a sneaky suspicion you are as guilty as I am when it comes to photographing your own babies! I challenge you to find artistic beauty in the everyday moments of your life with your children and document them! Don’t let these most important days pass by with out a photograph to remember them by. No matter what your house looks like.
Check out You are my Wild, and be inspired!
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