Ho-Hum Housekeeping & A Cell Phone Dump

January is creeping to an end and as I consider if I have anything blog-worthy to share, I get a mental shrug in reply.  Of course we are busy–the kids began rec basketball, Emmy  is flourishing in Ballet I, Hannah is taking a sweet little clay class–but nothing worth devoting to cyber paper.  Actually, I have set each of the big kids up with a blog, which has been incredibly fascinating to watch as both a blogger and a mother, but those are not for public consumption so even though they are entertaining us all, we will keep that to ourselves.  Emmy’s is dedicated to her artwork and she bravely shared it with her class yesterday.  Jackson’s is just his musings, all in writing, very much like his mother. So all is well but still ho-hum, yet another cold and wintry month in Vermont.

So…yeah…that’s about it.  How about some cell phone pictures to keep this post from being utterly boring?

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Looking forward to spicing things up in February, but appreciating this quiet, cozy January all the same.

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2015: A Photographic Journey

A year ago I owned who I am as a photographer, and stopped worrying about copying photographers I admire, or trying to accomplish images beyond my ability or desire as an artist.  I said no to jobs that didn’t align with my intentions, and ended up with a really lovely year of images I am proud of.  These are one of my favorite images from each of my photo shoots this year, and as I reflect on my work, I am very pleased and proud.  Enjoy and here’s to a fabulous personal and professional year!

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Here’s to another inspiring year full of beautiful families and lots of loving moments.  Cheers!

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The Beauty In The Everyday

Ever since I admitted to myself who I am as a photographer–a lifestyle photographer who captures everyday moments and who is happiest appreciating the smallest details in life–I have felt such a pleasure in developing that style and not feeling like I have to be something I am not.  In turn, my Inspired Life 365 Project has given me ample opportunity to practice this style indoors and out, in all kinds of light and with a real variety of subjects.  A lot of the time I have an idea about what type of photo I want to shoot on a given day, but some days are more difficult than others.  Looking back on the past two months’ photos, I realize I have a tried and true subject that I fall back on when nothing else jumps out at me: capturing Little H while she naps.  And I’m okay with that.

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At first I felt like I was cheating, doing the same subject more than once.  But now I realize, this is a challenge!  How many ways can I photograph the same child in the same crib in the same cluttered bedroom?  What perspectives can I shoot?  What different editing styles can I try?

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It’s actually giving me a bit more confidence as a few indoor shoots loom on the horizon in March, and it serves as a good reminder to me that parents love photos of their kids just as they are.  The way they sleep, the way they eat, their crazy smile or their tiny toes.  People want photographs to remember every stage and every child, how they were unique and especially theirs.  Like how a baby might sleep with their butt in the air.  Who would want to forget that?

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It’s not cheating to photograph the same thing over and over.  It’s finding the beauty in the everyday.

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Perspective

I knew where I wanted them to sit. I thought I knew from which angle I was going to shoot. I gave them two of my necklaces to keep them occupied but then suddenly, watching the two of them interact, all my plans when out the window. I just kept clicking as my girls giggled, talked, and admired their necklaces, and when my older daughter told the baby to look at the world through the prism of her necklace, I knew that the perspective I had been looking for was theirs.

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Evolution Of A Photographer

  As 2014 comes to an end and I reflect on the year professionally, I have found several things to be grateful for.  First of all, I’m so thankful that I have been given the opportunity dozens of times this year to photograph families and to learn and evolve in the process.  This year I think I finally see a glimpse of the photographer I would like to be, and have gained the confidence through my experiences to own that right.  I am a natural light, lifestyle photographer, capturing families and people as they are, celebrating them and their relationships.  I enjoy working with props and am happy to help a family make a dream shot a reality, but as a whole I love when families are themselves.

This year, JDubbs and I agreed that I would cut down to about one photo shoot per week to avoid the burnout I felt the year before.  This model really worked for me and I felt like I was able to prepare and give each family my undivided attention.  I have also tried to be consistent in the types of photos I take, how I edit them, and which photos I share with my clients in an attempt to formulate my true style (which, of course, is constantly evolving).  But without question the photos I am the most proud of from 2014 have been those that capture real emotion, genuine moments, and honest connection. In 2015 I hope to be confident enough to be able to own that spirit and have the courage to graciously turn down requests for photos that don’t coincide with who I am as a photographer. I am ready to own who I am and what Rebecca Whitney Photography represents, and not make apologies for it.

So, with this newfound confidence and the drive to evolve even more as a photographer, I am undertaking a 365 day project where I take a photo each day, all in the realm of the kind of photographer I want to be.  The challenge is to not cheat myself by blowing it off and taking a throw-away photo just to say I did it.  Who do I want to be, what do I want my photographs to say about me, how do I want prospective clients to view my photography?  I hope that through this daily photo diary I will solidify my art and build my confidence to say, This is what I do.  My world and my time are too important to me to do anything other than what I love.  I hope you like it, too.

With that in mind, here is a favorite photograph from every photo shoot I did this year (at least, all the ones that gave me permission to share the images on the blog).  Thanks again to all the wonderful families and here’s to a great year 2015!

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I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for my photography!  Thank you for coming along for the ride.

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Baby, It’s Gorgeous Outside

See these two little people?  They are dear to my heart.

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And when I am able to capture their sweet selves on a gorgeous autumn day, it makes me so very happy.  Especially since when my camera comes out, sometimes their smiles are hard to come by!

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Having a niece and nephew the same ages as my kids is so incredibly fun.  I can relate to them because I know exactly what they like, and it makes family get-togethers all the more memorable.

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There’s nothing better than family.

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Especially photographing mine on a beautiful day!

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Throwback To Babyhood

I just spent so much time trying to find a post that should have been written last spring, only to discover, I never wrote it!  I can’t believe I never shared these photos of my three babies when Little H was just so new and such a wonder to us all.  Looking back on them has been a lovely break from a busy day.  It’s the small, simple blessings that make me grateful for these three, watching them learn to love each other and the joy of watching the big kids grow into new, big sibling shoes.  A year has passed since I took these, but it only serves to remind me of how we have all grown, literally and as a family.

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Counting my blessings.

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One, two, three.

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