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 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 January 2012.
After putting in just the right amount of stuffing into your bear, it was time to add the best part .. the heart. You were asked to give it a kiss and make a special wish.
You were also asked to rub it on your forehead to make him smart, jump up and down 3 times to make him strong, and place it over your heart to show him how much he is loved.
The next stop was a quick bath and a scrub.
It took you about 2 seconds to pick out the Darth Vader costume for your sweet bear.
On the morning of the sleepover, you raced into my room, at 5:30, and exclaimed… I can’t believe this day is finally here. I’m so excited!
One of the best parts of the day was making ‘bear bread’.
At the end of the day, Darth Vader was happily tucked in and given lots of goodnight kisses.
When you were out at running club, I walked into the classroom the next morning and discovered the bear friends were a bit naughty during their sleepover. And as you can see, Courduroy (from your K teacher’s class, Mrs. S) had joined the party and had a duel with Darth. I thought he looked great in his Jedi robe.
I couldn’t wait for you to find him.
After looking through your own room for your Darth, you finally came into mine. This set is absolutely priceless to me. It is all about the true magic of first grade.
You paraded through the classrooms in your PJs and cuddling your bear before you sat down to enjoy the Teddy Bear picnic.
That night Corduroy came home with you and created a bit more mischief with Darth. Before you went to bed, you set all of your pets up to play school. You planned for a busy night filled with math and writing.
The next morning, you woke up at 5:30 again to this mess! You came running and bouncing into my room shouting for me to come see what Corduroy and Darth did during the night. We kept the TP up for the day and you played and played in your room.
You’re growing up so fast! I’m very thankful to have this project so I could document this special time in your first grade life. I know this magic won’t last forever … but I’ll embrace it and run with it for as long as it’s here.
I love you so much and I couldn’t be more proud of you!
This month I’m so happy to continue with my talented, dear friend Nichole Van | Utah Wedding and Portrait Photographer.
I want to welcome Becky Earl and Shalonda Chaddock (of Chubbycheek Photography) to our group.
If you missed the beginning, you can catch up on…
What Responsibility Looks Like
What the Last Days of Summer Looks Like
What Almost 7 Looks Like
What Making Memories Looks Like
What December Traditions Looks Like