When I was little, I held tightly to the belief that my school teachers were just teachers. They spent their days teaching us kids, they didn't have families or friends or hobbies and they slept on cots in secret rooms somewhere in the school.
Well, clearly, I learned that was the furthest thing from the truth. I now know that my grade school teachers were real people who had husbands and wives, children and grandchildren, joys and sorrows and beliefs and desires. They had homes. I now know my children's teachers are real people - friends, even. (I also know that some of these teachers were/are so dedicated to their jobs that they scarcely saw their homes. But that's another subject…)
Oh, and the irony is not lost on me that when I "grew up", I became a teacher. With a life. Now I've grown up some more and become a photographer.
So why do I tell you these inner-most thoughts of my child-self?
Because there is more to me than meets your eye. Especially if you only know me as the chic with curly hair from Stories Framed Photography. On the other side of the curtain, among other things, I spend time documenting my family's life in photos. Not photos I would sell, but photos just the same. Some are beautiful. Some are just proof. I take a picture EVERY day of the year. This, 2014, will be my fourth year participating in Project 365.
I plan to start sharing some of these pictures with you so you can see there is more to me than work. I want to offer you a peek behind the curtain, so to speak. Although, the truth is, if you know me at all, you know there is truly no curtain to peek behind. :)
This project, taking a photo each and every day, has become habit. It's rote. Even if it's an iPhone picture of my feet or my cat or my steaming coffee. I can always shoot SOMEthing to show that today... happened.
This year I want to challenge myself. I want to step outside my comfort zone. I want to put a little more effort in. I want to try new things.
Today's photo is my first effort in going above and beyond (and hey, it IS the first day of the year. I have 364 more days to slack off). I had a cute picture of the kids engrossed in some game. I had a nice wide angle shot of my husband in the kitchen - with visible evidence of our messy, real kitchen. I even had a fascinating shot of a snowflake stuck to our kitchen window. But this is the image I dreamed up. It was just a matter of DOING IT.
So I did. The (minimal) effort was worth it.