One of my goals for 2016 is to hone in on my skills through personal projects. So, never one to do things in a small way, I went straight for the kill and decided to tackle a 366 Project (a photo a day for 366 days in 2016). I learned quickly that I needed to decide on a guiding purpose for this project or I was going to get sucked into the vortex of trying to create something "post worthy" every day and end up quitting.
Then, as I looked back on my first few weeks and pondered the beautiful words of advice from other women who had tackled the project, I realized that I wanted to create a love letter to my family, not a portfolio. Something for us to look back on for years to come, and hopefully someday (way down the line) a meaningful insight for my sons into how I saw them as they grew up. The weight was lifted and from that point I started focusing on capturing something that would evoke memories from that specific day.
From an artistic standpoint, I have to admit some days are pretty mundane and I struggle for inspiration, while others are serendipitous with light or location or my kids being especially tolerant of my lens ... and I find myself with images leftover to fill an entire album and maybe - just maybe - even a few for the portfolio. This last weekend I had one of those days, while we were in the mountains with friends escaping a frigid day at the indoor pool and hot tub. I spotted some cool little pockets of light, the kids were having too much fun to be bothered by me and my camera, and a little magic happened.