Perfectly Imperfect

Dear Alister,

By the time this post goes live, you will have been in this world for exactly 365 days.

The fastest 365 days of my life.

Had I blinked I may have missed each one of them. 

You – my angel – amaze, delight and fascinate me to no end. I hope you continue to smile easily, put that fearless demeanor to good use, and love life as much as you do at this moment in time.

Happy first birthday baby. Mommy loves you.

Amidst the whirlwind of the past year I’d often take mental notes about how I wanted to document Alister’s first year of life. I had visions of using my *fancy* camera to capture this moment in time in the most beautiful of ways: perfectly exposed frames… dreamy images highlighting the minute details… only my very best shots allowed on my blog posting…

Being a photographer, friends often remark about how I must have the most gorgeous photographs of my children; as if it’s one perfectly styled photoshoot around here 24/7. But when you look at the collage above, it’s pretty obvious that I reserved my fancy camera for my clients.

While the iPhone camera is pretty sweet and no doubt convenient, I’ve had to accept the fact that some of my memories are a little blurry. A touch over or under exposed. Not exactly representative of a professional.

But then again, maybe I have it all wrong. Perhaps these photographs really do represent my idea of the very best in life.

They’re perfectly imperfect. And that’s okay with me.

Round-Up: 30-Day Photography Challenge

I’ve always thought about doing a “365” or 52-week photo challenge but that’s as far as it’s gone. My biggest issues have been – a) how am I ever going to find something new to shoot every single day? and b) how the heck will I ever stay motivated to keep going?

So, when the 30-Day Photography Challenge came around – topics handily predetermined by White Peach Photography – I figured this was a great way to test out my commitment before jumping in with both feet.

The 30 days project was loads of fun; shooting random subjects that someone else had already selected forced me to look at everyday objects in a new and interesting way. And that’s a very good thing for any photographer.

Thanks to all who rallied behind me on this. I can honestly say that you were my motivation – I’m so glad you enjoyed the series!!

xo M