Documenting your everyday

by Alaina Carr

April 13, 2017

When I picked up my first camera nearly 7 years ago I did it solely for the purpose of documenting my own family’s moments. A year or so in I decided that I wanted to continue with it and I began taking classes, soaking up information, and documenting other family’s sweet memories. But what I never let go was documenting my own family.

In December I was introduced to a 365 project by a few fellow photographers who were also going to be attempting the project. The purpose of the project is to take a photo a day, which in turn forces you to get creative, and grow through challenges. So on January 1st I started.

Of course holidays and birthdays are a given, but trying to photograph your everyday can prove to be challenging. Some days we don’t have a lot going on, with this Washington rain we have to think outside the box. My camera goes wherever I go now.

I try to include the things that mean the most to me. My kids interacting together, learning new things, and our pets. My kids adore their basset hound and kitty we recently adopted. So I try to include them in the photographs as much as possible.

I’ve learned to give myself grace through this project though. Not every day produces an image that I am absolutely in love with. Not every day is magical. And not everyday is share worthy. But I am learning and I am growing. I’m learning to work with different lighting situations. I’m learning to look at my scenes from a different angle. And for that, it makes this entire project worth it.

And then some days are magical. And I produce photographs like this that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Some days my kids drive me nuts. Some days I feel like running away. But then I look at these moments of my sweet children’s faces, and my husband’s smile, and I realize that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I love this life of mine, and documenting it all just seems second nature now.


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