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Every year for the past five years I have attempted a different version of a yearly photography project. I have done the project 365 and it is HARD. A picture a day sounds simple enough but seriously there were days were I had to force myself to pick up my camera. I would be lacking energy, motivation, creativity, inspiration, or simply just wanted to be LAZY. I don't think I'll ever sign up for that one again. Unless maybe it was paid, then, who am I kidding, NEVER again. I don't ever want to feel like I hate my camera or it's a chore.

So WHY do a project at all?? Well, the idea behind them is to push yourself. To spark some sort of inner creativity and maybe photograph something wonderfully extraordinary if you are lucky. Plus, I have kids and well, I want to remember these days...the detail of how things were when they are no longer.

This year I decided I didn't want to feel forced to have my camera out at all times and I didn't want to feel forced to photograph a certain theme. While themed projects can be fun they are also very limiting. They can feel a bit like a school assignment and I hated school. So why torture myself right?!?!

So this year I am choosing a project photo a week for 52 weeks. I started a bit late so I may actually end this in 2016. Ew, did I just type 2016..yuck, I don't want to think that far ahead.  Let's pretend that didn't just happen.  

Here are my first 5 weeks worth of photos....

{1/52}The story behind the photo..."We started off the year like we ended the last....sick. This has been a rough winter on so many kids. Hoping we can soon put all of these colds and health issues behind us and start enjoying the new year. Luckily this little guy is easily pacified with his kindle and a candy cane."

 {2/52} The story behind the photo..."Ava had gone to bed and was watching a movie on her kindle. Hayden was in his room playing with his trains while I cleaned up the kitchen. I went to get him when I was done to get him ready for bed and couldn't find him. Then I spotted him up in bed with his Sissy...they were being so quiet so I ran and grabbed my camera. As well as they do get along, bed is normally battle time. They are fighting for the attention, they disagree on everything, and it's normally all we can do to get them settled in separate areas. This was a rare sight and I'm so glad I was able to catch it."

{3/52} We made the cutest bird feeders out of bird seed and gelatin. Then we used twine to hang them outside. 
{4/52}It was beautiful out on this day so after school we stayed outside. We even got out the chalk for the first time this year. Is it springtime yet? As much as I'd like a good snow I'm over the cold rain, which is all we seem to be getting this year.

{5\52} These were taken this evening on an oddly 70 degree February day.  I had forgotten how easy the evening are when we can just all be outside enjoying the evening air and not stuck inside driving each other crazy.

Now another task for this year and these slow winter months is to get caught up on all my backdated blogging.  This year I will be blogging more personal blog posts as well as my sessions/photography related stuff.  I use to have just a personal blog and I stopped posting on it when I started my business.  I miss it but I have no desire to maintain two blogs.  

To keep up with my project 52 follow me on IG or like my facebook page.  I'll be posting them weekly over on those social media platforms.  I'll try to post some on here as well.

I'm looking forward to this year and getting back to my roots of blogging.  Now I really should at least attempt to act like I'm going to go to sleep...maybe it will trick my body into thinking I'm tired.

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