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Currently, I'm a stay-at-home mum to an inquisitive and often rambunctious three year old girl and her sunny little brother. In a former life, I was a lawyer. I know which I prefer. On the odd occasion that I get some downtime, I knit, crochet, read, sew, sing badly, dance even more so, enjoy a glass of wine and watch bad TV, sometimes in varying combinations of the foregoing and not necessarily in that order of preference.

Monday, 14 January 2013

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013"

My very lovely friend Julia, who lives by the motto that you find the time to do what is important to you and who seems to cram an awe-inspiring amount of stuff into her life posted about this rather lovely project: you share one picture of your child(ren) every week for a year.  She heard about it here and it all seems to have originated here.  I couldn't help but want to give it a go too.  I know - I'm a shameless copycat but it's just too good an idea to pass up.

I take a lot of pictures and like Julia, most of mine are phone-based snapshots rather than the beautifully crafted photos on Che & Fidel or the many other gorgeous sites I have been hopping to ever since Julia posted her links last night.  Still, they very much capture my daughter's daily life and I love to share them with family and friends who don't get a chance to be as involved in her lift as they would like.  We did consciously take at least one picture of Babybird every week for her first year and I suspect if I actually looked through all of last year's pictures that there is barely a week completely unaccounted for.  So, if I set aside perfectionist ideas about what sort of pictures I will take, this challenge seems eminently doable and, more importantly rather fun.

I'm also hoping as the year progresses that it will, in fact, give me a chance to practice and improve my photography (I do have a very nice camera that I would like to get to know much better).  That would be a lovely bonus.  Even if it doesn't, I think the memory-store that the snaps will create will be more than enough reward.

I'm a little bit behind as we are already two weeks in, but as luck would have it, I've already taken quite a few pictures this year and I quickly located a couple that capture Babybird completely as I see her.

So, 1/52:

A little bit of a cheat, truth be told, as she actually took this herself with my iPhone.  However it says everything about what a cheeky little monkey she is and I love this picture, for all its a little blurry.

And 2/52:

Painting is her current obsession.  Thankfully a combination of birthday and Christmas presents have made it a pretty quick, easy and surprisingly mess-free obsession to indulge.  I love the look of concentration on her face - so serious.

I wonder what this week will hold.


  1. What a great idea - and I can't believe how big she's got!

    1. I know, it is a lovely idea isn't it? Lots of people are planning on turning the photos into a printed album at the end of the year which I think is a brilliant idea too. And yes, our little ones are not nearly so little now are they?