Color Story Orange. March 2017

I joined the Color Story Collaboration project back in June 2015 with the color blue, and I fell in love. Like most projects I started, I only lasted a few months. Back in December though, Meghan Hassold, who started the project in the first place, decided it was time to jump back in. March was interesting, and I did not realize how much orange I see in my everyday life. Also, it was a good excuse for Chinese food. Just sayin’… I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Orange!

-Jess

{{.Summer Solstice 2016.}}

The summer solstice was on June 20 this year. In our house, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. For summer, I made our mini human a flower crown made out of clovers and some little purple and white flowers that I can’t identify after a couple hours of research. (I’ll edit this post to include them when I finally identify them.)

Just before sunset, I took my mini human to the field across the street , sprayed her down with bug repellant, and let her twirl around in her new summer dress. I just adore this mini human. She’s my favorite, and one of the most amazing humans I’ve ever met.

Why I call children “mini humans”

Someone asked me the other day, why it was, that I called my daughter my “mini human”. I figure if someone that knows me in person asks, people that read this blog and follow along with my photography might be asking themselves the same thing.

Why? Well, the answer is simple. I’m a mommy. Wait, just listen before commenting..

I love my daughter. She’s the most amazing person I’ve ever met. However, she’s also her own mini human being. Full of all the emotions and stresses and moods that us adult humans have. They’re just much newer to everything, so sometimes, what we see as trivial, might actually be “the worst thing that’s ever happened”, or “the best thing that’s ever happened”. For this reason, I call her my mini human.

When I’m getting really frustrated with a situation, it helps remind me that she’s just a littler version of me, without the 30 (almost 31) years of experience. It helps give me that 2 second pause that I sometimes need. I just want to be the best mommy for my daughter, and reminding myself she’s just another human, it makes it easier for me to see through her “dramatic 8 year old” behavior and figure out what the real problem is.

I’m not going to tell you we never argue, or yell. I will tell you that it has helped me change the way I view situations. I want to teach my mini human that compassion and empathy are good qualities to have, among others. The best way to teach her, is to show her through example. Treating her like she’s another human being, who needs love and understanding when she’s feeling frustrated, and who doesn’t have as much experience with figuring out how her actions and words affect other people, will help her figure out what kind of human being she wants to be.

Mini Human - Nephew 2

“Auntie, let me eat my fruit salad.” – Nephew 2

My Mini Human

“Mom. I want to go play Minecraft now.” – My Mini Human

365 – part 1 (Day 001-012)

So it’s been a while. I’ve successfully gotten through post 12.. After going back and counting the days all over again, last night I took a few minutes and wrote the day # on all my calendar pages, so now I can just look at todays date & see what post # I’m on. I’m not going by any pre-set themes or using anything like that, these are simply pictures of my life, and occasionally my clients. So far, I’m interested to see what/who/etc I pick at the end of the day. So far, 5/12 pics have my mini human in them, 3/12 have my Love, and 4/12 are of non humans or fur babies. Equally as interesting (to me) is that Miss Mia and myself have each been part of 1/12 pics.. I am not really picking them based on anything, but I’m interested to see how far I get. I can’t guarintee that my posts will be with regularity, or with any rhyme or reason, but I’ll try to pst often!

Days 001-012:
001/365 – Our Christmas Tree (Dec. 22, 2014)
002/365 – Nativity Scene (Dec. 23, 2014)
003/365 – Miss Mia (Dec. 24, 2014)
004/365 – Christmas Morning (Dec. 25, 2014)
005/365 – Cousins (Dec. 26, 2014)
006/365 – Date Night w/new JOBY GorillaPod (Dec. 27, 2014)
007/365 – My Mini Human (Dec. 28, 2014)
008/365 – Flowers (Dec.28, 2014)
009/365 – My Dad (Dec. 30, 2014)
010/365 – New Years Eve 2014 (Dec. 31, 2014)
011/365 – Christmas with my Love’s Maternal Side (Jan. 1, 2014)
012/365 – My Love’s Birthday Dinner (Jan. 2, 2014)

Here are some links to some other people playing along:

http://clickitupanotch.com/project-365-and-project-52-link-up/  ((Courtney from Click It Up A Notch))

http://thrujohnslens.blogspot.com/  ((Through John’s Lens))

https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/80277447/  ((Jennifer MacCallum Photography))

http://mynmay365.blogspot.com/  ((Marissa aka: 365 Days of Mynmay))

Are you playing along too? Share your link in the comments! 😉

*edit: If you want to know more about my new JOBY GorilliaPod SLR-Zoom tripod (that I wrapped around a lamp post for my picture on 006/365, check it out!! It’s amazing & holds my EOS 70D without breaking a sweat! 😉