M4H P52
[A PART OF ME] 4/52

Okay, so this whole “challenge-project-thing”…if you are questioning learning more about photography, about yourself, about your creative side…really, come check out Sarah Cornish’s My Four Hens Project 52. There’s an entire community out there of artists who want to grow, inspire, and BE inspired. I waited in the wings for a while and I’m wondering how much I could have grown sooner if I had the nerve to put myself out there two years ago! Some things to note. The “challenges” aren’t “difficult” in the sense of technical photographical merit or even theme. It’s looking inside of yourself and what drives you as an artist. What draws your eye and interest to do what you love? What parts of yourself have been hidden or kept from the world, that maybe have wanted to really come out? Want to you use an iPhone? Do it! Practicing so you can take your hobby from hobby to business? Want to get inspiration from others who use various techniques and styles? There’s PLENTY to see. This week, for instance, I used a technique called freelensing. This is where the lens that I used was not actually connected to the body of my camera, but rather I held it up to the body and found a focus sweet spot and clicked the shutter. The room was dark, so the image is grainy, but there’s a nice blur and I personally think the image goes well with what I envisioned. Life with my babies…the biggest and best part of me…somewhat a blur since I’ve become a mother!

Personally, my stories and my images aren’t as “emotive” as others. If you join the group, you’ll see what I mean. I’ve always been relatively straightforward with what I share and why I share it, and truthfully my shares will usually revolve around my family…they are my everything. My driving force for how I see the world. I also see God’s beauty and my place in the world, so I think there’s a lot that I can do with all of that! We’ll see as the themes continue for the year, but as this is a personal project for me, I know I want images that I can find a meaning in, and hopefully publish this year’s “story” at the end of the year in a personal album.

So, for the theme “A Part of Me”…what better image could I have possibly taken? They’re every bit a piece of me…and my husband, and that’s EVERYTHING!

“These two. Mine. A part of me, a part of my husband. Four years apart, one girl, one boy, but best friends. This scene is so very common and pretty much always has been…they are almost always together if they can be, and waking up in some close position like this is a daily occurrence. And yes, they have their own beds and even separate rooms…but they both almost always find themselves here, often in Mommy & Daddy’s bed, snuggled together like this, and it melts me. 

With my medical and health issues, my daughter, 9, who is exactly like my husband, has become a Mommy figure to my precious son. He adores her. My son is exactly like me…a son I never knew I always wanted…I hoped for 2 girls…but he’s my mini-me, and she’s Daddy’s girl. And I can only pray that their bond stays this close through the years…and that part of me and part of my husband will always be close.”