One roll of film, one day – January 2020

It’s a new year, and I thought I’d focus on some new projects to get my creative juices flowing.  When my oldest was born, I used to do Project 365s, take one photo a day, to document her life.  That was almost 6.5 years ago.  When my second oldest was born, I got heavy into shooting film.  I was obsessed.  But I scaled back on the Project 365s.  I think I did 4 years total and then burned out. I kept shooting.  I just didn’t have any more reason to print photo books out.  I miss that.

So, this year will be different.  I have 2 years worth of printing photos.  And I thought I’d start the projects back up.  Now, I know me, I tend to go all in when I have an idea.  But sometimes those ideas are not sustainable, especially when I have a 6 month old at home.   I will do my best.  So, I have a film Project 365 that I’ve started.  I’ve also wanted to break out my studio lighting equipment and do 52 weeks of portraits.  It’s an excuse to break out the seamless paper that I bought and do fun portraits of the girls.  And even try to get a portrait of my husband and maybe even myself in the frame.  This weekend will be my third week of that project.

But I did join a Facebook group to try shooting one roll of film for one day each month.  Just document my day how I see fit.  I decided to choose January 1st, as it was a new year, new month, and it was my birthday.  But wow, what a dramatic roller coaster of a day.  It felt like the longest holiday vacation ever and the girls were off the chain.  Anika wasn’t sleeping well which meant I was not sleeping well.  And if I heard “Mommy, I’m BORED one more time…”

The highlight was that some girlfriends came over to help me celebrate my birthday….and of course I didn’t document that because I was having too much fun.  But here was our day.  All shot on the Contax N1 and pretty 50mm lens.  I used the flash in some photos where I knew I’d have trouble with low light.  All on Portra 400 rated at 400.

(A little context.  This was a pajama type day.  We had lunch with my husband at work, went for a short hike, and then was back home and chillin for the rest of the day.  I take a lot of pictures of my girls, I would like to slow down and document our environment, the house, all the supporting things in our life. )

 

To follow the circle, check out Celina Bailey’s post on her roll of film for the day here

Letters to My Children – November 2019

Dear Ariya and Asha,

We started off the month with our yearly Diwali celebration!  Nani and Nanu came to visit because they wanted to see you and Asha on stage.  So we all got dressed, and got a surprise from Akash Uncle!  Akash Uncle was driving through on his way to/from Charlottesville for an interview for a residency program (kind of like what Daddy did before getting his job) and stopped by to see us.  It’s always nice when family comes through.

You two were so awesome on stage!  You’ve done so well with Susma Didi and your bollywood dance class. It’s pretty amazing how much you both love dance, and the bollywood songs, and watching youtube videos of all of these songs.  I love watching you take it all in.  Asha, everyone was so impressed that you knew all the words to the song and was singing along as you danced.  Afterwards, you both had so much fun partying it up with your friends.  We had a hard time pulling you away, but Anika had enough and was ready to go to sleep.

We went to DC for the weekend.  That was a pretty fun adventure.  We dug for dinosaur bones and used microscopes and learned all about butterflies and insects and saw all kinds of cool stuff at the National Museum of Natural History.  We met up with friends, had dinner and went to the National Building Museum the next day.  It was pretty fun, seeing how homes were built back in the day until present day.

Thanksgiving break and Thanksgiving happened.  Auntie Anjuanette, Uncle Kashiff, Mekai, Jayden and Grandma came to visit, which was nice.  Spending time is always great with family.  You love hanging out and playing with your cousins.  And Grandma stayed to help us put up the Christmas tree and decorate it!  Yay, it’s official!  Christmas is near!!

After Grandma left, we went to go see Frozen 2.  And wow, you girls LOVED it!  It was a good movie.  The story, the songs, everything was just great. And then we went to Clearbrook Park to meet up with our friends, the Stephens family, to see the Winter Wonderland and meet Santa and Mrs. Clause.  Asha, you were so excited to tell Santa what you wanted.

You girls can’t wait Christmas!

Dear Anika,

You’re 4 months old in November.  And man, I don’t know what is going on with your sleeping.  I think I’ve read every book there is on how to get you to sleep, but you still wake up every few hours.  We’re trying to figure out a rhythm, but it is tough, especially when I have to take the girls to their activities.  We’ll figure it out.