This summer I started a little project. It began one evening when my daughter and husband were playing in the pool. I had just gotten home and had my camera handy so, I started to click away as he tossed her up in the air. She was SO happy and so was he.
When I sat down at my computer and began to view the photos, I realized how incredibly special they were. These were those moments that one day I would look back and realize had just passed us right by. Those little in between the big stuff moments. That is when I decided to document our 95 days of summer. Within these 95 days I knew our daughter would turn three years old, we would visit Colorado, North Carolina, and wherever else our summer took us, or didn’t take us at all.
As summer is coming to an end, I have been reflecting on what this project has meant to me. It has meant much more than I could have initially imagined. Although I always try to take life in and be present, there were moments that I did not realize I would one day miss. Like the way she drops every single book on the floor while choosing the right one to read, or the way she prefers to sleep on the floor most nights and gets upset when the dog tries to steal her blanket, the pictures on her blue bedroom walls that I chose because I thought they would make her feel happy, how we spent every rainy day outside, and how I realized she rarely wears more than underwear every… single… day. These little things matter to me, I want to remember them!
So, I wanted to share this project and hopefully just inspire someone else to try, even if just for 10 days. Train yourself to stop what you are doing and just snap a quick shot of whatever is happening. It could be calm or complete chaos. Some of these photos today may seem boring or uneventful. But, I promise one day they will mean the most.
Here are a just a few photos from our summer days for inspiration. I would love to hear and SEE feedback from others in the comments section!
Once you have finished your project, be sure to print your photos! Ours will be turning into a coffee table book to create a time capsule of summer 2016.
Born, raised, and remains in Orlando, Joanna is a true Florida girl. She currently lives in Dr. Phillips with her husband and daughter. Joanna spent many years working in the marketing field helping promote local tourism attractions. After the birth of her daughter, she began feeling motivated and eventually decided to follow her passion for photography and leave her original career behind. The biggest joy she finds in photography would be the happiness she gets to deliver to her clients. Joanna specializes in family, children, maternity and birth documentary photography. Joanna Moore Photography