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#MaximusAndAdeline...A growth project.

#MaximusAndAdeline...A growth project.

Being a family photographer during the beginning of the year is kind-of the best worst thing in the world. Every year, my thought process goes a little something like this:

January 2 ... "Oh my gosh I have so much time! I'm going to get SO much done! I will organize all my receipts, do some accounting, implement some systems, take some classes. Thank the good Lord I don't have people booking!"
January 15 ... "I've done everything. I'm so accomplished. SO happy for this slow season. Maybe I will read a book or five."
January 30 ... "I'm bored. Maybe I will take a little trip." Proceeds to spend money on getaway.
Februray 12 ... "Should I offer a Valentine's Day special? I'm a family photographer. Families don't need Valentine's photos. But I would like to make some money."
February 29 ... "It's leap year day thing. Will people hire me now?"
March 1 ... "IT'S MARCH. WHERE ARE THE CLIENTS?!"
March 15 ... "I quit. This is too hard. No one will ever want photos ever again."
March 16 ... "You're better than this. Get creative."

It's at about this point in the process where I start to brainstorm. I start to think of personal projects and reach out to prospective clients. This year, I didn't have to look further than my own family.

I used to complain that photographers who were mothers had built-in content. They could just take beautiful photos of their kids all day long and never run out of things to post. This is not and was not a valid excuse. I have soooo many friends who have children. I could have been doing this same thing for years. But I didn't. I was lazy and thought I could just work when I was getting paid. 

But where is the fun in that? Where is the inspiration and creativity in that? Where is the practice in that? 

The truth is: this is slow season. It is for almost everyone. (If it's not for you, HIGH FIVE! You deserve it.) And in this season, I need to be a bunch of things: patient, calm, organized, and intentional. It's really easy to binge-watch TV shows for a few months while grumbling about the lack of work. Trust me, I've done it. But I need to find some intention, for every day.

So two weeks ago, I started a project. Just a little one. One that fit pretty easily into my everyday life. I started photographing my niece and nephew (who just moved here in February). Every time I went to my sister's house, I brought my camera. And every day, I would upload the photos onto my drive and edit just one.

This project is about patience. It's about focusing on my weaknesses and sitting in them: low light, shooting through a scene without moving, waiting for moment, capturing the reaction. There are many things I can work on as a photographer. Why not use this time to improve? 

So every day this month, I will be sharing a photo from this project. You'll see the imperfect photographs, the beautiful faces of some of my favorite little people, and hopefully growth in my work. Follow along on Facebook; I promise it will make you smile!

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