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52 Weeks Project | Week 4 | A Moment in Time

This week's photo is all about finding the calm in the chaos. And what better way to capture that than to embrace the concept in the middle of America's midwestern city of Chicago during a work trip!

I was up there for an anniversary session with one of my past bride and grooms, who got married nearly 3 years ago, and they were wanting some updated portraits of the two of them. And I was sooo happy to see them again! Photos from their session will be up asap (so stoked to share these guys).

But instead of traveling alone up to the city for a day or two, my hubby and baby joined me along for the ride! And it made the work trip into a mini vacay. They helped me with this week's photo (mainly making sure my camera didn't get stolen haha) and we took the time to explore and test the limits of a toddler in a big city (which were suprisingly pretty amazing!)

This week's behind the scenes video has little snippets from our travels around and a more in depth look into how this photo was made. Check it out below: 

I really embraced a simple concept this week since we were on the move constantly. But I get moments while being on a constant go where I need to sit still, relax, and give my brain a minute to catch up with everything that is happening around me. Or I'll leave the situation not able to really remember what was going on at all. 

So I wanted to photograph that concept where I do that very thing while the rest of the world moves on by. Like time freezes for me and the rest of the world feels like it's moving in a fast forward motion. And so, I wanted to capture some images of various people and cars in a blur while I stood completely still. 

Since I don't have many behind the scenes photos from this week (all the ones I did have are featured in the video above) here are a few photos from our travels in Chicago over the last few days. 

 
 

52 Weeks Project| Week 2 | Wake the Warrior

 

"She needed a hero. So that's what she became."

Do not kill if you can wound. 
Do not wound if you can subdue.
And don't raise your hand at all
until you at first extended it. 

Nestled beneath the surface, a fire burns. A fire burning so deep,
the walls of kingdoms rumble. A fighter is ignited and the danger surrounding is no longer, for I became it. A danger to all that is
unjust, evil, and dark against this world. 

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

This week's image is all about unlocking your inner warrior. And embracing being that warrior. To take a stand on what you believe in and follow through with it whole-heartedly.

Being a warrior doesn't just mean fighting with your fists and physical strength, but with your mind, ideology, and mentality. That embracing your inner strength comes before any outer strength can be recognized. And making a decision on where you stand and what you are willing to fight for. 

We all have a warrior inside of us. Do you know how to unlock yours? 

Here is this weeks behind the scenes video if you want to see how this image was photographed, edited, and created.

And a few more outtakes that were considered as the final image: 

 
 

52 Weeks Project | Week 1 | A Call for Adventure

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” 
― Joseph Campbell

This week kicks off the start to my new 52 weeks project! If you are unfamiliar with what that is, it's where you take one photo every week for a whole year centered around some sort of theme. And my theme is going to be self portraiture. 

This week’s photo is actually inspired by a man named Joseph Campbell. He said that mythology and almost all story telling in general follows a basic formula he calls “The Hero’s Journey”. Which involves a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.

And although I’m not jumping on my white horse, sword in hand, ready to go out into the night and fight the evils of the world, I do hope to use this little project of mine to embrace some inner reflection and go on my own personal ‘hero’s journey’. After going through the darkest period of my life, I need to redefine myself and figure out all that I am, was, and want to be. So, my hope, at the very least, will be to create some space for myself each week to make some new art and reflect on different pieces of me to do this very thing.

Also, kind of random, but I hope to create a behind the scenes video each week during this project. And so, here is this weeks and my process for making this photo.