back to video

when i went to click away a few weeks ago, i took two classes on shooting and editing video. i’ve been wanting to get better at creating videos for awhile now, but somewhere in the chaos of homeschooling and raising three kids and moving and just life, i lost my spark. while i was in california, i could feel my creativity reigniting, and i got on the plane to come home with big ideas to create some new videos.

and then i got home, and everything just… fizzled. every time i sat down at my computer to compile any clips i had managed to take, i just felt overwhelmed and i let myself shut down. i felt frustrated and flat and i kept telling myself that if i couldn’t make something GREAT- why bother making anything at all?

here’s the thing though- that’s dumb. i read an article not too long ago about how when you start out creating something new, there’s going to be a gap between where you start out and when you’re good at it- and the only way to fill that gap is to make stuff. the bridge from new to expert is built with mediocre work that becomes progressively less mediocre the longer the bridge becomes.

so yesterday, i decided to stop overthinking and start building my bridge. video by video, i’m going to keep working on creating stories about my family that go beyond photos, so that one day i’ll be able to create stories about your families that go beyond photos as well.

a video for march

we kicked off spring up here in pennsylvania with a massive snowstorm- which meant two days off of work for my hubby, which meant i got some daytime hours to work on some things just for me :)  not only did i (finally) finish february's video project (see the post just before this one) but i also managed to shoot and film march's video for the group i'm working with.  the theme for this month was black and white- a personal favorite!- so i knew i wanted to keep it short, simple, and a little silly.  it may have cost me two lollipops to get what i was going for from my big kids, but it was definitely worth it!

february's second video

so it's march, and while i *should* be posting my first march video right now, instead i'm 3 weeks late in posting my second february video.  kid number 3 has proven to be an even bigger challenge at night than either of his brothers (didn't know that was possible), and because of that, much of my work time (ahem, all of it) has been consumed with rocking, swaying, shushing, and begging a certain 18 pound bundle of precious frustration to just.go.to.sleep.

anyway, the point is, i haven't had nearly as much time as i usually do to shoot or edit, so i've been prioritizing the best i can and unfortunately the videos i promised myself i'd be making twice a month have dropped to the bottom of the list.  still, better late than never.  the theme for february's video was "minimalism and negative space".  a little tricky as far as video is concerned, but i did my best.  enjoy!

an introduction to pears

one of my favorite phases of babyhood- and one that makes the transition from having a tiny squish to a toddling chunk- is introducing my kiddos to food.  my two bigs were ready and raring for food shortly before 6 months and took to it quickly and easily.  this little guy, however, is still a bit unsure, and even well past the 6 month mark is still testing the waters with the whole concept of eating anything that isn't straight from mom's tap.  it's taken some adjusting for me to recognize and learn how he needs to approach food- but it sure did make for a fun video :)

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.