when photos aren't enough

in case you haven't noticed, i really love taking photos.  i take them of my kids, my husband, myself, my family, and my friends.  i take photos of interesting light or pretty plants.  i take photos of the rain and the snow and the sunshine.  honestly, there's not much i won't take photos of because i enjoy creating them and i think they have a lot of value (even if i'm the only one who sees it).  

but sometimes, no matter how hard i try, a photo can't quite capture the memory i want to preserve.  photos bring so many amazing memories flooding back, but they can't record my kids' sweet little squeaky/raspy/babbly voices.  they can't show how quickly expressions morph from angry to sad to giggly.  and that's why i decided to start learning how to create videos as well as photos.

my goal for this year is to make at least 2 videos per month of something- whether it's my kids or myself or my kids and myself or what a gorgeous day it is outside or whatever.  i want to learn how to take videos that capture just a little bit more than a photo is able to.

so here it is- video one of the year- a short and sweet little film of my kiddos doing what they do best.

third baby blues

you may think, based on the title, that this post is going to be all about how sad i am that i've had my third baby and am now done having babies, especially since this one seems to be growing up 10,000x faster than his brothers did.

but you'd be wrong.  i won't be emotionally capable of writing that post for another 6 months or so (insert winky face here).

no, this post is just a brief observation of the hardships of being the third kid.

day 10|365.4:

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he wants to play with them.  so badly.  he watches their every move.  he has started reaching for them.  he cries when they walk away.  but all he can do is sit, quietly taking all of it in (and sometimes, not so quietly), so that one day he is ready.

i don't think i ever will be, but i'm looking forward to it just the same.

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on trying again

i just wrote a big long blog post that was very well thought out and carefully constructed and heartfelt and just lovely in every way.

sort of.

but anyway, then the internet ate it, and i'm angry about that and still feeling a little grouchy about the bad hair cut i got this afternoon, and the baby could wake up at any moment, so instead of attempting to re-write it, i'm going to give you the cliff notes:

- it's been a long time since i blogged

- a lot has changed since i first started photography (and the corresponding blog) in 2015

- i want to try blogging again but i need to be realistic about how much time it takes and how much time i have

- i'm going to start to blog again as often as i can about a random variety of things including, but not limited to: my daily photo, my daily photo plus bonus photos and/or stories, things relevant to photography, photos other people pay me to take

sorry this wasn't a more eloquent return to my little corner of the internet.  hopefully in the not too distant future, i'll be able to write and then actually share a well written post without it disappearing into nothingness.  until then, here is today's image (and a few extra) as a thank you for joining me here in this little space i call my own.

day 6|365.4: what happens when you leave your 5 year old "in charge" for 30 seconds 

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i can assure you, no babies were harmed in the taking of these photos.  he actually thought it was pretty hilarious.

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