I was inspired and encouraged to begin this project by a good friend and am excited to embrace all that I will learn through it all. My goal is to take one picture each day for a year in hopes of growing my photography skills and capturing the details that bring meaning to life’s sweetest moments. Let the photography begin!
I began my project on December 1st and was happy to capture one of my favorite times of the year. These were a few of my personal lessons and favorite pictures.
My Camera and Lens: I purchased a Canon 2Ti last December and spent the year experimenting with different angles and shots. Somewhere in the midst of it all, I was encouraged to buy a 50mm 1.8 lens for even crisper shots that allowed me to have a more blurred background and range. I saved up for it, and the difference in the quality of the pictures was really significant and worth the investment for me. I have a lot to learn about my camera, but I’m having fun practicing along the way.
What I learned about Photography: As I ventured into the month, I knew a little bit about working with my manual settings, so I was comfortable with adjusting my aperture, shutter speed, and ISO (in that order) to let in just enough light and get the blurred background (bokeh) that I really loved.
What I struggled with, however, was adjusting my settings indoors when the lighting wasn’t as favorable. I learned that I could increase the ISO setting to as high as 6400 and still end up with a good picture as long as I balanced my settings closer to zero. I still need quite a bit of practice in this area, but it’s getting a little easier.
What I learned about Life: Taking a picture everyday inspired me to notice the details in life. I paid attention more and soaked in the beauty of the moment. I really liked the challenge of looking for my next picture and therefore, being more aware of my surroundings and experiences. It truly was a very special month.
Day 1: New Traditions
This year, my goal was to fully embrace the beauty of the Christmas season by making sure Christ was at the center of it all. For the very first time, we are celebrating Advent with “Truth in the Tinsel“. This is our Advent chain with the clues I will go over with my children as we embrace the Biblical truths for each day. Today we began with “light” because Jesus is the light of the world.
Day 2: Christmas Decorations
I absolutely love the beauty of Christmas–the sparkling lights, the glitter, the colors, the festivity of it all. Yesterday, we danced and sang to Christmas carols as we drank egg nog in mugs, decorated our tree, and filled our home with Christmas.
Day 3: Sequins
Our daughter has such an attention to detail that I had never noticed before. Yesterday, she meticulously used sequins to adorn the tips of her “tinsel” crown ornament. Today, she insisted on using them once again to decorate her Christmas cards for our upcoming caroling event. I watched as she used bits of glue at the end of her toothpick to set individual sequins in the just-right spots on each card. One by one, she worked through her cards with such patience and precision. When she was finished, her cards sparkled beautifully . . . almost as much as her eyes.
Day 7: The Farmers Market
I am so very grateful for my wonderful farmers that provide us with pesticide and herbicide-free produce at great prices. We’ll be enjoying fresh and local turnips, broccoli, kale, oranges, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red potatoes, and onions this week.
Day 12: Tia Yvonne
My sister is the queen of surprises. She makes trips from Alaska unannounced and just shows up on our doorsteps with a smile and a hug and some sort of gift. She loves making others smile, and when it comes to her niece and nephew, she can have them laughing and smiling for hours. The kids love playing with her and always look forward to the next time “Tia Yvonne” will come to visit.
Day 15: “Fall” on the Trampoline
When I see leaves all over the trampoline, I automatically think “broom” and “sweeping.”
When the kids see leaves, however, they see adventure and fun. Here’s to fall fun on the trampoline!
Day 16: The Park
We were early for my son’s homeschool zoo class this morning (apparently by a whole day) and decided to make the best of it by taking a walk through the park and visiting the zoo before heading off to practice and rehearsal.
The trees stood bare by the waterfall and stream, and the leaves covered the ground in rich reds, oranges, and yellows. It was absolutely beautiful.
Day 22: A’s 3rd Birthday
Today our baby girl turned three years old. It’s hard to believe how quickly she has grown from an infant to a “preschooler”.
She loves “doing school,” playing with her big brother, working on crafts, and jumping on the trampoline. She loves to smile and is such a happy girl. I love her so very much.
Day 23: Christmas Baking
The kids and I lounged in our pj’s and baked gingerbread cookies and other goodies for Christmas.
Day 28: New Year Planning
Seven years ago, my husband bought me my Franklin Covey planner. Since then, I have looked forward to my personal planning time, looking forward to new adventures and reflecting on past ones. Here’s to 2015!
Day 29: Nesting
The nesting phase of my pregnancy has begun. From cleaning cloth diapers to making room for all of her new things, I am so very excited about welcoming our little one in a few short months.
Day 31: The Family Dog
Rocco is the loudest, craziest dog I have ever had, but he has a heart of gold and will always be the first one to snuggle when someone’s in need of a hug.