March 19, 2016

Three Weeks

It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks since I last picked up my camera. Four if you only count photos I took of the girls.

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Hummingbird tests the limits of my camera.
50% cropped.

Everyone always says there are fewer photos the second time around. I was determined that would not be the case for us. Taking relatively few photos of Nicole during her first couple of months was something I deeply regret. I didn’t want to have the same regret twice, not if I could help it. I made a concerted effort to take more photos of both the girls.

Once Alexis approached the one year mark, the pressure to capture the first year started to dissipate. I had been taking so many photos that I began to feel a little burned out from photography. It was the holidays, and I was determined to keep up the pace through Christmas and a little beyond. (I always have a few holiday photos that were taken post holiday.)

I took a few park photos in February, and then just kind of stopped.

Whenever I realize it’s been a few weeks since I’ve last taken photos I start to get a little anxious. Most of our family lives so far away, photos of the girls is how they watch them grow up. The only cure for that anxious feeling is to pick up the camera again, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes over the weekend.

Photography is a skill, and when not practiced I start to lose it.

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