Two years ago, frustrated by my own lack of consistency in taking pictures of my own family, I vowed to take one photo a day for the entire summer. I’m not going to lie and say it was easy. There were days when I realized long after everyone else had gone to bed that I’d yet to take a picture. The only upside to that was that there are a few self portraits in the group, since I tend to be the first person missing from the photographic history of our family’s life. Somehow, I managed to pull it off. I took a picture every day from memorial day through labor day. An even bigger miracle happened when I actually buckled down and designed a book of the summer’s photographs to give as Christmas gifts.
I did the same last year, and a tradition was born. I can’t say I was quite as on top of sifting through and picking a favorite from each day, but they are all done now. And I’m hoping to “catch up” and get the book done from last summer- hopefully as I work on the one this year!
I’m not sure if I miscounted the past years, as I swore it was 100 days of summer. I am counting 101 this year. I kicked off the season last weekend by breaking the camera out of my work bag and turning it on my family. It wasn’t quite the usual water-filled start to summer as I was feeling under the weather and mostly trying to lay low. But we’ll have plenty of time for fun.
Here are a few from last weekend:
While I am at it, I may as well share a few favorites from the summer of 2011: