Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014"

Trois :: Back in the swing of things

Ever since Avienne really started walking, she hasn't been much interested in swinging as she has been in sliding and climbing and running and jumping. A couple of weeks ago, though, Gui set her in the swing and she was happy as a clam to just sit there and be pushed for a good 20 minutes. The weather's been so nice that I've been taking her out to swing for a bit each day, and she just smiles so big, stares into the blue sky or points at a rustling branch in the tree. I love seeing her take it all in. And it's nice to have a moment to just hang outside together without chasing after my little daring explorer. 

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project


Monday, January 13, 2014

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2014"

Deux :: Mama's little model

We have so many new, exciting and stressful projects brewing chez nous, including the recent opening of my little Etsy shop of hand-knit goods. I have a few new items to add to it, so this past week, we took advantage of the perfect weather and staged a little photoshoot. Avienne has a pretty good grasp of how the camera works (she better, since she has me for a mama!), and her favorite thing is to have her picture taken and then run up to the camera to see it displayed while she points and says "ça!" We have a little Sardinia that she also loves to play with, and for Christmas, we got her a wooden camera of her own, but she seems to prefer the real deal (of course). I know I couldn't ask for a sweeter girl to be both my model and my mini-assistant. 

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


Monday, January 6, 2014

"A portrait once a week, every week, in 2014."

Un :: In the backyard with a handful of friends on the first day of a new year

It was so hard to choose between this picture and another (both taken by Gui) to start off a new year of Project 52. Eventually, I chose this one because it so curiously caught Avienne mid-expression, perhaps in the middle of a conversation with her papa. I also chose it because it shows her face so clearly (the other contending photo was a full-body shot from further away), and I think I'll appreciate looking back at this at the end of the year to see how much my girl will have changed in these next 12 months. It's pretty astounding how different this photo is from the one taken just one year ago (where did my chubby baby go?!).

Linking up with Jodi for Project 52.

52 Project 2013 recap

Sunday, January 5, 2014

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013"

Project 52 was such a fun and motivating goal to have for the year. Initially, I hoped to have 52 pictures to look back on at the end of the year that kind of told a story of a week in the life of Avienne. I had also hoped that having a bit of pressure to deliver a photograph each week might encourage me to pull out my real camera more often and be a little more present on this blog. There were definitely weeks that went by when I didn't give myself the time to sit down and reflect on the week's picture, instead, making myself play catch-up a week later. But, somehow, I managed to have a picture of my girl every single week. (My iPhone certainly came in handy on those "off" weeks.)

I'll be keeping up once again with the 52 Project for 2014. I thought about getting in front of the camera with Avienne, or forcing a family photo each week (it's not as easy at it sounds, really!), but I'm just going to stick with capturing a weekly moment of Avienne. I can honestly look back at every single one of the pictures above and tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing and feeling, and I sure do treasure having those visual reminders. This year, I really do hope to enhance my camera skills, and I am going to make every effort to use my real camera every week. Fingers crossed...
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