Day 61 of our “100 Days of Summer” Challenge // Make
Do you ever intentionally create?
There are times when I pick up my camera and I just capture what I see, being guided by some innate force. And then there are times when I feel a shift, that creativity needs taking by the reigns, when I do something to make something happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here we made something together. Footage in my instastories taken unintentionally by my son. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#thephotoclubsummerchallenge2018#365notestoyou - day 190/365
We need to stop doing Street of Dreams each year because I don’t know if I can settle for a fireplace less than 30 feet tall now 😂.
4 2743 minutes ago
You be the sun,
I’ll be the moon-
just let your light
come shining through;
and when night comes,
just like the moon,
I’ll shine the light
right back to you. —
I read this poem and it made me think of this beautiful family. At one point in our session, the twin boy got up from where he was sitting and moved himself to sit right next to his twin sister. #iwasapuddle ❤️💙
still basking in the joy of calling this one my son (officially!) .. I wanted to take this time to share his adoption video that the amazing @kelseymbutler created! You will also find photos from @indieefox and @ashlandashawnphotography in there 😃 PLUS the amazing song @eddiehoagland created for this special time! What a joy. We are so grateful! ❤️❤️❤️ much love my dear followers! (link in bio)
Instagram can be both an inspiration and an insecurity-promoting curse. Sometimes, while looking at the incredibly creative work of other artists, my own work pales by comparison. At other times, I am so inspired by the artistry I see that I can’t wait to grab my camera and try to create that same kind of magic. But here’s the thing—we each have to figure out how to push our personal boundaries and vision, particularly within the contexts of our own lives. I can’t, for example, create dreamy, painterly images of forests and lakes like @meg_nlo. I can’t replicate the intensely personal and stunningly frank self-portraiture of @mayamaitri. Nor can I achieve the breathtaking, ethereal landscapes of the English countryside created by the amazing @emiliaarabella. These talented women have found a way to express their artistic visions in their own unique way, something I am working toward, but have yet to achieve.
But I’m trying. Last month on a weekend escape to La Quinta, I took out my father’s Rollieflex, finished the roll I had started in Idyllwild earlier this year, and had the film developed. These photographs are lightyears away from perfect (or even in focus!), but taking them and sharing them with you represents the start of a project that I hope will last a long (life) time. I have to admit that the insecurity that comes with not being able to digitally perfect them (and throw out the ones I don’t like) is almost paralyzing for one who has grown accustomed to hitting the shutter as often as necessary to get the shot. Of course, that’s where the courage comes in—the courage to make a mistake, to fail.
Swipe left for a few of my favorites (plus a shot of the camera itself). I’ve included all 11 images from this first roll (even the extra half-shot and my oops-I-hit-the-shutter-on-accident shot) along with a few thoughts on taking risks and finding your way creatively on my online journal [complete link in bio]. So here’s my question for you: Do you need to be more courageous, creatively or otherwise, in your life? If the answer is yes, please comment below and let us encourage you. Life is too short to be living someone else’s vision for your life. ✨✨✨✨
3 225 hours ago
Tomorrow you will officially start kindergarten. In the blink of an eye, you have gone from the itty bitty bald headed baby that I held in my arms to a spunky charismatic girl that I love to wrap my arms around.
You see, Willow, you ARE a big girl. But, to me, you will always be my baby.
You are my first born. Many sleep deprived nights of new motherhood were spent rocking you. It was us two against the world.
The first panicked call I made to the pediatrician was about you. Driving to the ER more times than I can count because you had a fever, it was just you and me kid. I didn’t know what I was doing. We got through it together. You kept me strong when my world around me was falling apart. I would cry in exhaustion and you would look at me with those big green eyes and smile. My heart would melt and I would suck it up, and wipe my tears away.
Being your mom made me accomplish so much more
than I ever thought I could. I never want to let you down. I want you to value your worth and not let jerks get to you. Be courageous and proud Willie bear. You are everything and more that I could ever want in a kiddo.
Now, as we prepare for your big day as a kindergartner, a Jaguar,
I couldn’t be happier for you.
I am so proud of you, sweetie. If you only knew how full my heart is when I think of you and all your accomplishments. Sometimes I think it may just burst!
You are headstrong and sassy, and I am so impressed as I watch you meet new challenges with determination and grace.
I know how excited you are to see all your old friends and make new ones too!
You will be awesome! Keep smiling. Try your best always – it’s okay if you get frustrated.That’s how we learn. Remember to be sweet, don’t be a tattletale, and try to listen more and talk less!
Most importantly, have fun.
6 1157 hours ago
Lucca’s face when he has to leave the party before the birthday cake comes out 👶🏼
Don’t worry..... Ma & Pa are not total meanies! he did eventually get to taste some of the sponge 🍰
Back to school
What you don’t see is the sweat running down my mustache, the tantrum that just ensued inside, the milk spewed all over my floor, the 50 outtakes before this one cute picture, the amount of dry shampoo piled in this hair, and what I’ve noticed is that you won’t see any of that stuff in ten years... and neither will your kids.
They won’t remember all the stuff. They’ll remember that you were there. That you jumped in that picture, greasy hair and unshaved legs. They’ll want to see you with them. So jump in the pictures. Document your days, because they’ll be grown before you know it. #maddoxanne#wagnersatthedoor#madandblair