The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013
One thing I love about this project (52 project) is that it pushes me to document our everyday life. And it’s also a gateway to share a bit more about my family, so i hope you don’t mind! It used to be that I only brought my camera with me if we were going somewhere out of the ordinary…or if it was a holiday or a special occassion. But remembering that I
have want to capture a new portrait of Rylee each week, reminds me to take it with me almost everywhere. To capture not just the special moments, but the simple ones too. One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the beach. We are beach people. I’ve grown up with it, so to imagine not living near the coast is kind of uncharted territory. We love every part of it. The sun, the water, the sand….even the burn indicating you’ve stayed too long (or perhaps that’s just me). It’s one of those places that I always feel God, and where I am constantly reminded of the beauty of his creation.
As I was looking through my camera to see what I captured from our day at the beach yesterday, my heart melted all over the floor when I saw that last one of Rylee sitting on Sam’s lap. Sam’s not a regular member of this blog because he’s not big on getting his photo taken. Most of the time I wish it wasn’t the case because I think he makes for a pretty good looking subject. I might be bias, but I think he’s a babe. But it’s also something I ironically really love about him. He is simple and genuine and never wants to make life seem fabricated or contrived. Which, let’s be honest, happens a lot in the blog world. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, we show our best sides and hide the ugly parts. But i’ll tell you right now that even though I share mostly what is “pretty” here, our life is far from perfect. We face challenges just like any other couple, we fight, we make up, but most importantly, we love. At the end of the day, we know our love for each other will overcome any hurdle we face. And I don’t just love him….I really like him. There’s a difference, you know. He makes me laugh, he encourages me, and he’s my very best friend. I’m lucky he’s mine…and Rylee is lucky she’s his. There is nothing sweeter to me that seeing the two of them together. It’s no secret she’s a daddy’s girl through and through.