"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."
Poet: 6am on New Years Day and looking right back at me is the girl who loves so fiercely and challenges me in the wittiest of ways (ISO400, f2.8, 1/640)
Percy: Oh this boy. Seriously, he is the happiest baby I have ever met....excitable, joyous and very mischievous. And that bottom lip...it's always hiding (ISO125, f2.8, 1/250)
I'll take back what I said.
I know, I know, this was all over. I was a bit tired of the project - every week for four years is a lot of photos. But habits are hard to break and honestly, why would I want to break such a good one?
When I compiled last week's post I realised then and there that it's all worth it. It's worth those weeks in the middle of winter when everyone is sick and taking photos is the last thing I want to do. It's worth finding five minutes to take a photo even if it's at the 11th hour. It's worth running down to the beach to catch the light because...I just left all the chores behind and I'm on the sand with the kids and it wouldn't have happened otherwise.
Just looking at the clearly labelled folder on my desktop and seeing the photos in chronological order makes it all worth it.
And I hope that when my children grow up they can flick through The 52 Project and relive their childhood. And by doing so perhaps, just perhaps, they'll see how much I adore and love them and that I tried, week in and week out, to capture everything about that moment - the emotion, the gaze, the clothes, the house, the toys, the fingers, the toes, the grimace, the smile, the thoughts.
As I've said before, I'm documenting their childhood but I'm also capturing my motherhood.
If you feel like you want to jump on this photo bandwagon, please do. The key to completing this project? Just take the photo! And if you do you'll be a much better photographer by the end of the year. Of that I am sure.