Photo Challenge: Get In The Picture

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Image via Mindi Stavish

In 2o13, I completed my first Project 365. If you are not familiar with Project 365, it's a photography challenge in which you take one photo each day for an entire year. While some people that participate in the challenge choose a certain theme for the year, others may stick with a certain subject such as their child. When I began my project on January 1, 2013, I decided that I would not limit myself to a particular theme or subject. I felt that it would deter me from actually completing the project. 

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The year went on, and I captured everything from everyday moments to life-changing moments. For 365 days straight, I documented something from each and every day. At the end of the year, it was amazing to see the changes that my kids went through. I enjoyed watching the seasons change from blooming flowers to winter snow storms.

Childhood goes by in a flash and when my children are grown, I want them to remember their mom in the everyday moments from washing the dishes to walking them to the playground. I want to capture these moments with all of us in them. After all, we are a family, and we are creating memories together.

On New Year's Day, when I compiled the photos into a slide show, I was saddened to see just how few photos my husband and I were in with the boys. Two summers ago, we made an effort to take a family photo at every big outing or sporting event we went to. This past year, we hardly took any family photos, the only exception being on the holidays. Of course, our holiday family photos always turn out horrible because they are forced, and my boys are restless when we try to take a quick photo. 

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This year, I decided to do a second year of Project 365, and I partnered up with two other bloggers for a weekly link up and Facebook group. My two main goals for my personal project this year are to take at least one photo a week of myself (with at least one of my children) and a photo of the three of them together. If I succeed, I will have 52 photos of myself with the boys—a pretty great accomplishment considering they are all under the age of five.

I can come up with a million reasons not to be in a photo with my children—bad hair day, no makeup, too tired, uncooperative child, etc. Yet these excuses shouldn't be obstacles. Childhood goes by in a flash and when my children are grown, I want them to remember their mom in the everyday moments from washing the dishes to walking them to the playground. I want to capture these moments with all of us in them. After all, we are a family, and we are creating memories together. So this year, I challenge you to join me in stepping in front of the camera instead of being behind it. It doesn't matter how often you do it, just be sure to do it.

Do you find you are often behind the camera rather than in front of it? Will you join me in this challenge of getting in the picture? 

What do you think?

Photo Challenge: Get In The Picture

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I’d love too! Whew! I can still have a fresh start for this month! I only have few shots from last month! I’d like to have a family picture. We are only 3 for now. It is either husband in the picture with baby or mommy&baby alone, and lots of baby solos! Let’s see my progress next month 🙂

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