I’ve been lucky to have met so many incredibly talented and wonderful photographers during this journey. People who share the same desire to capture their own families in a real and beautiful way. I’m teaming up with eleven of these women on a very personal and meaningful project called, “What ________ Looks Like.”
Our goal is to capture our own families in a real and beautiful way. Some people call it “lifestyle”, some call it “real life”, some call it “unposed”. No matter what you call it, our desire is to snatch the moments that represent the relationships, the dynamics, the reality, the beauty, the truth, and the life of our families and record them here on our blogs as well as in print at the end of the project.
Each month we will each choose to fill in the blank with our word of choice. Some of us may choose to use the same word all year and some may choose to change it up each month. We will each link to the next photographer until our circle of 12 is complete.
We hope this project inspires you to take more pictures of your own families so that those unique moments that make your family unique will never be lost or forgotten.~ Wendy VonSosen.
Each of us will put our own spin on this project, making it more meaningful to us. I wanted my monthly post to be in the form of a letter to Brooks. When the year is complete, I hope to compile the monthly letters and images into a book. My gift to him and to myself. Here is his story of November.
Making memories. That’s what we do every day, but many of those moments seem to slip away to be forgotten. This month, I wanted to help you remember the little things that made this month so special. We had rain or I was busy with sessions nearly every weekend so we didn’t have many outings, but we did sneak in some fun. One fun experience we shared was the ‘heritage trunk show’ that came to school. I love that our classes got to do this together. We were taken back in time to the days of 1865. Boy was life different. You were chosen to be the little boy who didn’t study and didn’t know his mathematics very well. We all laughed while you pretended to not know what 2+2 was. Poor Brooks had to wear the ‘Dunce’ cap … it was originally invented to pull knowledge into a person’s brain to make them smarter. You thought it was hysterical when the ‘teacher’ made you put your nose on the circle as your punishment for not studying.
Skyler surprised us with a visit with MomMom and Grampy. One of our jobs over the long weekend was to get things ready for Christmas. The two of you had so much fun making the tree and the house look perfect.
Just a week later we were on our way to Santa Barbara for Thanksgiving. I’ve been wanting to record time with Grampy, but it’s been hard. Grampy had a tough week while we were there. One night as we were getting ready for dinner, we walked in the room and Grampy didn’t know who we were. His disease is progressing so fast. It breaks my heart. I know you don’t remember the time the two of you spent reading, playing hide and go seek or playing catch out back when you were younger. I will always remind you of the things you used to do together so you don’t forget. Grampy wasn’t always like this. Thank you for always being there to help carry his dishes, for holding his hand as he makes his way across the room and for helping him find the news on TV. Millie and Grampy are a wonderful twosome. If she’s not with you, we can usually find her with Grampy. I know she gives him such comfort and love.
During the break MomMom and I taught you how to play solitaire. You LOVE it on the iPad but wanted to try it the ‘old fashioned way’ … with a deck of cards. It was fun to watch you think and learn this fun game.
Every. Single. Night. Millie sleeps in your bed while you’re in SB. You always have to race to get under your covers before Millie gets to the bed or else she will stretch out and take up the whole space. It melts my heart to see you two snuggled up each night.
On Thanksgiving Day we went to the beach to check out the tide pools. You raced from spot to spot to find little creatures to poke and prod … gently of course. After such a long month, watching you here finally restored my soul. It was just what I needed. We returned home the next day filled with peace and sense of calm. These were all taken with my iPhone … love that I can capture the little moments that make the memories.
Thank you for the joy you bring to me … every single day.
Now, please be sure to keep going through the circle to the incredibly talented Nichole Van | Utah Wedding and Portrait Photographer.
Thanks so much to my wonderful new group for joining me in this new project. I’ve been so inspired by them. If you missed the first months, you can catch up on What Responsibility Looks Like, What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like and What Almost 7 Looks Like.
P.S. I would love to see how you spend your ordinary days! If you posted something on your blog, please let me know with a link in the comments and I’d love to check it out!