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.
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!
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!
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.
Day 7: my husband (the one person in line facing the camera) and I went to Costco at closing time. I went to put away the groceries while he stood in line for our dinner. I looked over and realized it would be a good opportunity to pull the camera out of my purse and get my shot! I liked the light highlighting the people versus the darkness of the evening, and it shows a very real part of life: standing in line!
As a bonus, here is the other shot that I was considering for a photo of the day. We got home and before I unloaded the haul, I pulled the camera out again.
All these photos are so dark! Maybe in the next few days I’ll actually shoot something during the day!
Oh hey! I skipped another day. But today’s image was taken at my parent’s house. We have been watching their dog while they were in California for Christmas, and late tonight they got home. We met them over there to drop the dog off, and to help unload their car, and I peeked around the corner and got this photo of my cute dad.
So I missed day 3. I intended to take my camera to Starbucks when I went there to work and write yesterday, but I left it at home. And then I didn’t feel well for the rest of the day and it just didn’t happen. Always in the past when I failed at something I had decided to do on a daily basis, I would quit completely because I had already missed a day, so it wasn’t perfect anymore. But I just finished reading Jon Acuff’s new book Finish, and it was inspiring. He tells us to slay perfectionism, and to pick up and keep going after you’ve failed. So that’s what I’m doing, and it feels great! I went into this knowing I would miss days and not be perfect, and I’m totally OK with that!
So here’s Day 4. It’s great having my camera next to me all the time, because when I was eating this apple and my mom’s dog was waiting expectantly for the core, I spotted this great shot, and reached over for the camera and was able to capture it. Just part of my daily life, through the lens of my Canon. Normally I would have taken this photo with my phone, but I wouldn’t have been able to control the depth and field to make Winston blurry in the background, and it’s much better this way!
Day 2! I’m not gonna lie, I already wanted to skip today. But instead, I had my husband turn off all the lights and play with his phone, which he was already doing, but not sitting in the dark like a bat. I’m really not a low light genius, so I figured I’d play around with that. Basically though, my camera doesn’t like to focus on areas that are too dark (like his eye), and I don’t trust my own eyes enough to do manual focus. I’m super blind. But despite the soft eye, I like the phone light in his face. I think he’s cute! Tomorrow I’ll bring my camera out into the world and see what I can find.