One of the best things I've done in my personal photography was starting the annual tradition of shooting DAY IN THE LIFE projects on the birthdays of my offspring. Oak's 3rd birthday last Thursday was no exception. It has by far been the most fun birthday with him. It was simply amazing to watch him open presents, get excited, and understand what was happening. Granted, every time someone said happy birthday, he responded by saying happy Birthday, I'm still going with the idea that he had some kind of grasp on reality.
Even if you aren't a professional photographer, I HIGHLY recommend trying a DITL photography project sometime. It's a lot of work, but it's totally worth it in the end to see the entertaining and weird photos that are your real life. I shoot 3 a year (one on each birthday and one on a random day in August) because I'm just so obsessed with the final products. If you are interested in tackling one of these but have no clue where to start, I shared 8 tips to get you started over on the Click Magazine blog a few weeks ago (see that post HERE!) if you are ready to give it a whirl.
Last week, I shot just under 450 photos, culled the final collection down to 90, and am today sharing 50 with you. So, if you are into seeing what it's like to be a slightly insane kid on a his third birthday in a house full of crazies, you showed up on the right blog today.
Oh, and a few non-photography tips to share with you for good measure:
- A 3rd birthday is actually a terrible day to try to potty train for the 4th time.
- The featured overpriced sleep training toddler alarm clock does, in fact, not keep my kid in bed in the morning as promised.
- Oak doesn't have a boxspring because he's a lunatic and those few extra elevated inches are the difference between a peaceful nap time or a trip to the hospital because he played kamikaze.
Oh, and spring is totally giving me all the color editing feels.