Project 52: 52 Weeks of Life With My Daughter | Bay Area Family Photographer

Hi friends! I hope you all had a fabulous winter break and spent some much needed down time with friends and family, and recharged for the new year. I spend two weeks traveling with my family and we got home this past Friday, just in time to sneak in a photo for a personal challenge I'm doing. You may (or may not) have heard of a project 365 where you take a photo a day for a whole year, this is a slightly less ambitious version where you focus on taking one photo a week for a year. 

Since taking photos is kind of my job, I've decided to give myself a specific subject for this project: life with my daughter. As a photographer, I tend to be the person behind the camera so most of our pictures are of my daughter alone, or of my daughter and my husband. I also don't always look my best (shocking, I know) and hesitate to get in front of the camera. I know a lot of moms can relate (see this hilarious sketch by The BreakWomb, and this great article on the importance of capturing memories with your kids). While I've gotten better about taking selfies with my kiddo (thanks snapchat filters!), I want to take more pictures focusing on our life together, documenting our favorite things to do together, and capturing experiences we have together. 

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I want to do this for my clients. How I want to document their life to preserve memories for themselves and for their kids. And over our vacation I was thinking about how I want that for my family as well. I have tons of photos of my daughter, but I want her to remember how we read together, how we did art projects, and took walks, and looked at snails, and went hiking, and cooked dinner, and played dress up. Because she's in Kindergarten and soon she'll be in first grade, then third, then in middle school, high school, then college. And I most likely won't be able to slide into her bed when she's had a bad dream, or snuggle on the couch watching a movie on a rainy day, or having an impromptu dance party. 

So this year, I'm taking the time to be in the picture. They may not be perfect, but neither is life. And I'm ok with that.

documenting life with kids bay area

I have a few photographer friends who are doing their own Project 52s this year. See what they're working on:

Ewa Kuc of Ewa Samples Photography

Ania Gajda of Ania Gajda Photography

Hailey Williams of Archer Inspired