A Day in My Life: Year One
On February 13, 2019 just over 13 months after the my first day of shooting I completed my first Project 52/A Day In My Life/Year One. There's a real satisfaction I feel from having stuck with it.
Since becoming a mama my photography had taken a bit of a backseat and I hadn't done a personal project in way too many years and really felt that it was time to start one. I thought about it for a few weeks before committing myself to doing a weekly day in my life project, although instead of every 7 days it ended up being every 8 days since I wanted to cover a new day each week, that way being able to document the different rhythms that each day brings in our lives.
The first few months of the project I didn't write very much but then in June I decided I wanted to create a more in depth record of our day and that was when I also began my weekly narrative to my daughter Nixie and now they will be to Forrest too. That was another wonderful thing about this project: I didn't know when I started it that I would become pregnant and be welcoming a little boy into our lives! I want to create memories for them to look back on when they are older, I want to preserve moments and all the different rhythms, seasons and phases we go through as a family and maybe in doing so when they’re older and looking back they’ll gain an honest and true insight into who I am and learn a bit more about their own path and the way we raised them.
I know the sadness of not being able to have access to these early memories, my mother has Alzheimer's and she has no memories of my childhood and through her I have been reminded how important our memories truly are but also how fragile they can be and that is the biggest reason for why I decided to do this project: so that my own children will always have access to these early memories of their lives.
From the very beginning I made a promise to myself that I would never miss a day even if I really wasn't in the mood and I definitely experienced days where the last thing I wanted to do was pick up my camera! It's much harder doing a day in the life for yourself rather than for a client because on days when it was just me and Nixie it was hard to capture real moments between us. And now with Forrest in our lives towards the very end of the project made it even more challenging! I wanted to make sure I included myself in our days but I was quite limited of the kind of images I was able to get due to having to set up my tripod but what I set it all up in advance in an area I was going to be in and then just wait and see if Nixie joined me, it was easier to get real moments between us if we were doing some sort of project together. Nixie got used to me doing this project and whenever it was a shooting day she called it photo day. She has gotten so used to the camera that she makes a great subject as she doesn't react to the camera being present, at least for the most part! She has started asking me to take photos of her where she will give me a very cheesy smile. One thing that changed with the way I was shooting was that at the start of the project I photographed a lot more than I did later on in the year when I would wait and be more choosy with what I took photos of, of what memories I wanted to save. But The hardest part of the project for me was probably the culling, I decided to have 25 images per day, and on some days this was really hard so I’ve decided to share some of the outakes below:
I highly recommend doing this project, it’s been such a fulfilling experience and now I'm already at week 10 of my second year! Please visit: A Day In My Life: Year 2 to follow along!