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“I went to my mother who gave me this book … called Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: ‘I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.’ And Rilke says to this guy: ‘Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf, when you wake up in the morning you can think of nothing but writing…then you’re a writer.’ I’m gonna say the same thing to you. If you wake up in the mornin’ and you can’t think of anything but singin’ first, then you’re supposed to be a singer.” Whoopi Goldberg as Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act 2

I spend a lot of time thinking about taking photos. Some mornings I do wake up thinking about it. And I believe that quote makes a lot of sense because if you spend much of your life thinking about something, you should be doing that. It’s funny, some nights I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about a photo session coming up, or an idea for photos of my kids. It’s silly, but at the same time, it’s me.

For the third year in a row, I am taking part in a Project 52, organized by the amazing Sarah Cornish from My Four Hens Photography. Sarah has been an inspiration to me since I started this project, because of her eye for beauty in the everyday. I have come to love lifestyle photography, and I believe this project has had a lot to do with it.

A project 52 is simply a challenge to take a photo every week that fits into a theme. At least, that’s what the one I’m doing is. There are lots of similar projects out there (particularly at the beginning of the year, when people have motivation to start), and they are all different. Some people choose to do a 365 day project, taking a photo a day. I have been doing that with my iPhone, to help me be always looking for inspiration.

But there’s a little more to the project 52. I love the idea of having a theme to challenge myself, thinking out of the box and force myself to really look at the things happening around me. And at the end of the year, I have a collection of photos that represent my everyday life, my world and my growth as a photographer.

So this year, I decided to post my photos on my blog. This way, I will have them all together somewhere other than Facebook. It will also let me write more about the story behind the photo, and add a few outtakes if there are any (like this week).

The theme for Week 1 was Reflective. Here’s my caption: “Sometimes when I look at my oldest daughter I see bits of myself reflected back at me. Her scowl when she doesn’t get her way, her excitement over the littlest things, the way she stares off in the distance in quiet thoughtfulness, her stubbornness.

And today, when she picked up her camera and got frustrated when she couldn’t hold it properly to get a portrait shot. She’s just learning the basics, and I am still struggling to find my voice.

I am reflecting on a wonderful year full of learning, growing, happiness, new adventures – in my photography and in my life. Here’s to another year full of the same xo”

Honestly, I had to remind Sofia that she even owned a camera (that we got her for her birthday last year). She tends to put it away and forget about it. I don’t want to push her to be like me, but I love that when I took out the camera, she remembered it and immediately wanted to take pictures of everything around her. The cool thing was that she didn’t go up close to inanimate objects like the table, the wall. She wanted me to sit next to the dog and smile. I love that I can see myself in her, but I also love that she is growing into her own personality. I love encouraging her to be herself. That’s what it means to be a parent right?

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