Part of doing a photo-a-day project is just capturing life as it happens. Yesterday, Day 36, happened to include a 9-hour long trip to the ER for my husband. He sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was 19, and as a result, he has spasticity. What that means for him is that his right side tenses up and won’t relax, his arm stays up in the air, his hip hurts, walking is more difficult, etc. Because of this, he has an intrathecal baclofen pump in his stomach, that pumps a small amount of baclofen through his system all the time. The baclofen allows his body to relax and have more movement. It makes life a lot easier for him, and a lot more comfortable.
Yesterday he started to experience withdrawal symptoms, so to the ER we went.
Today was the Super Bowl, and I thought for sure I would get an action shot of my husband cheering. Instead, I was in the kitchen making homemade chicken and dumplings during the whole game, but before I got started cooking, I was making our guests (my parents) comfortable, and my mom got cold. So I made sure she was covered adequately and then cracked up, took this photo, and went on my merry, dinner-making way.
Oh man. Day 34 was so cool! I’m not a scenery photographer by any means, but the photos I took today are definitely getting printed and going up on my walls! My husband, my parents, and I went to the San Xavier del Bac Mission on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation near Tucson, and the sky was an absolutely stunning clear blue. The white building against that background was simply exquisite! I just might have to go find some more cool buildings!
Today, my mom called me up as I was finishing work and asked me if I wanted to come get her car smog-checked with her, because there was a cool place she wanted to show me. I made sure my camera was in my purse, and drove over to her house. When we got to the Sweetwater Wetlands, I realized I had forgotten to put my memory card back in my camera, so I was gonna have to miss out on photos from this beautiful place! However, my mom had her camera with her too (like she always does. I come by this photography passion honestly. My brother is a photographer too.), and she had the kind of memory card I needed! We ended doing a multi-location mini session of my mom, and we had a blast! More importantly, I found some really great places for future photoshoots!
When I showed my mom her little slideshow, I titled it, “Karin in the wild.”
Day 30: I got to meet this sweet family, and their little girl was a big fan of my kitten! You don’t get much cuter than that!
The parents apologized for the lopsided pony tails, but to me, they were perfect. They fit her! Her hair is as full of character as she is. I don’t want to take photos of polished and perfect lives. I want to capture the essence of who you are! I want to portray in a lasting and tangible way that sassy look, the belly laugh that is contagious and gets everyone else in the room going, and that expression that those closest you to love because it’s so “you.” This, to me, is the reason for photography, and this is why I’m here.
Day 22 of my photo-a-day project was so much fun! I only had one light to use instead of two, because my kitten knocked one over and broke it, and the replacement light bulb will come from Amazon today, but figuring out all kinds of different lighting situations is a big part of what I’m doing here! I’m comfortable with outdoor natural light, but this is a whole different ballgame!
Today is my favorite day of my photo-a-day project so far!! Not only did I get to photograph this cute mama and kiddos, but I also got to play with my indoor lighting setup, AND I got to catch up with an old friend that I haven’t seen in 13 years! Being back in Tucson is proving to be pretty fun for me!
This is my official Day 18 photo, but I couldn’t leave the others out! These kids are absolutely delightful!
Day 15: the look of a cat who has been caught playing with wires she knows she shouldn’t play with.
I have some things in the works for some photos that will vary pretty soon here, so I don’t have to keep posting cat pictures. I probably just should have called this the cat project!
I liked doing a post with multiple days in it, so I think that’s probably how I’ll do this going forward.
Day 11: The sunsets in Tucson are amazing, and we almost missed this one! On my way to my parents’ house last night, I pulled into a church parking lot to get this photo, and wished I had a longer lens, but I never carry that around!
Day 12: Tonight I went to an Oils of the Bible class to learn about Essential oils and how they were used in Bible times. Such a cool class! This girl knows her stuff! And she looks beautiful while she’s at it!
Sometimes when you get no sleep one night and then 13 hours the next night, and you also get your kitten spayed in that time, while also working full time and working on your business on the side, some days pass and you don’t get a chance to post, even though you take your photos each day. So after that super long sentence, I will now post the photos from days 8, 9, and 10!
Day 8: I was scooping all the dog poop in the back yard from having my mom’s dog here, when Tim locked me out as a joke. I happened to have my purse with me, and my camera was inside. Even though it’s making my purse as heavy as if it were filled with bricks, I am LOVING having my camera with me wherever I go, because I can actually capture those moments I usually see and have to let go because I don’t have quick camera access. Being a photographer has seriously made me look at the world differently, and I constantly see beautiful moments that I want to document. Or just really cute ones of my kitten:
Day 9: Driving back from the vet with my newly spayed kitten in the front seat with me, I had my camera out to see what I could capture at the stop lights. The mountains and clouds looked beautiful, and I really wanted to get a good shot of that, but I could only see the view while I was in the middle of the road driving, and every parking lot I pulled into had buildings that blocked the view. But then at a light around the corner from my house, I looked away from the mountains and saw these trees. I like the way the tops blend together and rise and fall, kind of like a mountain peak of a different kind:
Day 10: My poor kitten! Newly spayed and in pain. I hate doing this to my cats! You can’t explain why you’ve just tortured them. Luckily, she seems to be bouncing back pretty quickly.