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Self Portrait - Reading my Bible

Self Portrait - Reading my Bible

For Christmas one of the things on my list was a tripod. My original reason for asking for a tripod was to be able to take posed pictures of Noah easier. While I prefer candid photos, there are times that I want posed pictures. Studio pictures just never seem to turn out too well with him so I’ve decided to just take my own from now on and thought a tripod would be helpful in this manner.

I did receive a tripod for Christmas. I waited until school started back up to use it and played with it on the first day Noah went back to school. I took some self portraits that day and it was fun! I went to use it again later and it broke!. I think that my camera might have been too heavy for that type of tripod.

My parents were nice enough to buy me another one and I got it last week. Since I got it, I have been taking a lot of self portraits and still haven’t used it for the purpose I had intended. I didn’t realize taking self portraits would end up being so fun!

I’m still learning and getting used to using a tripod as well as the timer on my camera that lets me be able to take self portraits. I aspire to take self portraits as creative and good as this gal’s. Although, I don’t look so hot in this picture, there’s still something about it that I like.

It feels a smidge self absorbed to take self portraits so I’ve had that song “You’re So Vain” (by Carly Simon) stuck in my head.

You’re so vain,
You probably think this song is about you.
You’re so vain,
I’ll bet you think this song is about you.
Don’t you? Don’t you?

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Update: I’m still enjoying Project 365 and taking a photo a day. I’m not burnt out yet, as we are only 2 weeks in. Hopefully, it will remain fun!

Here are the photos of Week 2:

Day 8/Thursday January 8
My fuzzy pink monkey blanket and a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup; the perfect combincation on a cold, dreary, winter day.

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Day 9/January 9
“Every boy needs a puppy and every puppy needs a boy.”

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Day 10/January 10
J is having a serious talk with Noel in this picture telling her to stop getting in Noah’s trash can. Moments later he tells me he can not fuss at her because she is too cute!
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Day 11/Sunday January 11
We left around two o’clock today and drove to my BFF’s house in Atlanta. We hadn’t seen other in person in a year!! So it was great to see her and her boys. Like always when we are together, we had to take some goofy photos.
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Day 12/Monday January 12
I saw a cornea specialist at Emory Medical Center in Atlanta today.
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Day 13/Tuesday January 13
Season 8 of American Idol started today. Love it!
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Day 14/January 14
“Thinking of you” cards from friends that arrived in the mail today. I feel so loved!
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That’s it for Week 2!

Here’s the photos from the first week of P365 along with the journaling that goes with them.  Although, I have only been doing this for a little over a week at this point, I’m really enjoying it. It’s making me appreciate the little things in life. Some days it is really hard to choose just one photo!! While being a Mom is the center of who I am, I’m really making a conscious effort to include more than just photos of Noah because I am more than just a Mom. I really want this book to end up being MY interpretation of MY world through MY lens in 2009. (which is what I”m thinking the title will end up being)

I’m still working on the first layout but probably won’t get it done till next week. I’ll share it when I do though. Some people are doing their layouts by weeks, “week one, week 2” and so on, but I think I might break mine into months and do a monthly page with a cover photo using my favorite photo from the month then simply scrap the “pics of the day” through out the month. I need to keep it simple or I won’t stick with it though! I do think I’ll try and post my photos from the previous week here on my blog every Friday….

Day 1/Thursday January 1
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The start of a New Year, a clean slate.  It’s not a fancy photo but I like what it represents. It’s a calendar that was a gift from a friend and I have a purse addiction so the calendar is very ME. It seemed a fitting photo of a new year for a new project and a clean slate for ‘09.

Day 2/Friday January 2
jan-2My boys watching the Gator Bowl on TV. Clemson lost the bowl game but my boys still look smashing in their matching jerseys.

Day 3/Saturday January 3

Noah just loves to look out that window. That’s the window in our bedroom so he has to lie on our bed to look out of it. I call him our little greeter because he will look out the window when he knows that someone is coming over and then he will get all excited yelling when they finally arrive.

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Day 4/Sunday January 4
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Although my Dad’s birthday is actually New Year’s Eve we didn’t have a chance to celebrate it as a family until today. My Dad is 58 years young.

 

Day 5/Monday January 5 

 

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My first self portrait using my new tripod that I got for Christmas. It took me a few minutes to get used to the tripod but once I did, it worked and I did pretty well I think. (At least for my first self portrait with a tripod photo) And while this photo isn’t that glamorous, I like it. Even though I’m in my fuzzy pink snowflake robe with wet hair and no make up at 7 am in the morning, I like it! I’m drinking my caramel truffle coffee after putting my son on the bus for his first day back from Christmas vacation. I’m basking in the solitude and silence!

Day 6/ Tuesday January 6

 

 

 

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I’ve been trying to get a photo of Noah in his hooded Cars blanket since he received it for Christmas. He finally let me as he was being a goofball tonight after his bath.

Day 7/ Wednesday January 7

 

 

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Some days it’s just about the simple things – today is one of those days. These are my favorite socks.
That’s it for week one!

 

 

I am contemplating doing Project 365 for 2009 which means I would start on New Year’s Day.

You may be wondering what Project 365 is. In a nutshell, you take a photo every single day of the year for the entire year. Of course, there will be photos of the special events in life like birthdays and holidays but even if you don’t have anything exciting going on that day, you still snap a photo of something in your life. I’ve seen other bloggers mention it before or do it before but recently read about it on a digital scrapbooking blog I frequent as Creating Keepsakes (a scrapbooking magazine) is offering a new Project 365 scrapbooking kit.

When explaining this to my BFF one of her initial questions was would I be taking photos of myself or Noah or what? Well, that’s just it – since it would be my project and my interpretation of my year then it could be photos of anything in my life; anything that has importance or matters to me at the time. It doesn’t necessarily have to be people. For example, one day I could take a photo of my favorite pair of shoes or maybe something extravagant I made for dinner.

But what’s the point of taking a photo every single day you ask? Well to each person it probably means something a little different but in the years to come it will be a great way to reflect back at this age and stage of my life. One suggestion I read was to photograph things such as a gas station displaying the current price of gas. I think something like that will be interesting to look back on from years from now to not only look back on my own small world but the world at large.
So, what do you do with these 365 photos? Some people post them on Flickr or on their personal blogs and while I may do that (if that part becomes more work or too much of a hassle then I won’t do it) My ultimate goal is to scrapbook these photos. After reading some of the ideas from other digi scrapbooking addicts like myself, I think that I will scrapbook the photos in a two page layout that will feature two weeks worth of (so that’s 14) photos. I’ll make the layouts very simple as this is more about the photos than the embellishments of the layouts. Once I do my first layout, I’ll have a template and can just use the same template over and over and just plug in different photos and journaling.
 
And you’re probably thinking that it seems a little overwhelming, eh? Well, yes, it seems big and overwhelming which is probably why I have never even considered it before but looking at it broken down into increments makes it seem much more do-able. After all it’s only one photo a day and I take a ton of photos anyways! I can manage this. From the testimonies of others it will be a very neat way to record a year and something I won’t forget.

Have you participated in Project 365 before? If so, did ya love it or hate it?

Or if you have never participated, does it sound interesting to you? Does it sound like something you might get into? Here’s a few links that I have found helpful in case you want more information….
How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way – Great explanation and breakdown of Project 365.
Taylor McKnight’s Recap – This guy did Project 365 in 2004 and 2007 and recaps his experiences.
A Free Template
 There’s a free template to digital scrapbook some of the photos from Project 365 and this designer is promising more.
List of Ideas –
This is a great list of 365 ideas to get you started and keep you going.
If you’re doing Project 365 and you are blogging about it, leave me a link to your blog so I can come cheer you on!

I’ve added some links and participants to the blogroll on the right all relating to the digital scrapbooking version of Project 365.

Updated to Add:
3/9/09 – Thus far Project 365 is going well and making me appreciate the “little things” of my everyday life.  Check out all my Project 365 pictures and posts here.

I’ve made (freebie!) templates from a few of my layouts. You can download them here.

There’s some great P365 templates here.

Is that not the cutest little baby in a Santa suit you have ever seen?

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I certainly think so but I am biased since that is MY baby in the Santa Suit. That was Noah on his very first Christmas. He’s just two months old there and didn’t even weigh 6 lbs yet! So tiny and precious.

Taken at the Halloween Carnival last weekend.

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