It's been months since I've posted here! I can't believe it. So of course I think I'll start a new series based on a little quote I thought of the other day:

"perfection is not a requirement of beauty."

That just popped into my head as I was editing and came across this photo that was a hot mess in terms of the "rules" of photography, but it was a favorite from the day. 

as we are, with you

new year. new project with this talented group of friends. i'd like my kids to see me in a few pictures someday. among the thousands i have of them, there are very few of me.

a nice shot by my son, Maxwell. (and i'd say he did pretty amazing for using BBF!) it's a simple snapshot really, but what i see is this: it feels like usually one of us can only be in focus at a time in this triad of brother, sister and mother. in this shot it was me which i feel like never happens. that girl putting some snack-food item in her mouth is usually the focal point. heck, she's always the focal point right now. she'll be two a month from today. she requires way too much of my attention most days. and Maxwell, poor kid is always out of the picture, out of shot, behind the scenes. he's off doing something alone. he's still the only child in many ways. man oh man it makes me feel bad. i know i shouldn't feel bad, but i do. i know that as parents we can't do it all for all of our kids all of the time, but i totally would if i could some days.

we'd all be right there in front of the lens: fast shutter speed - no blur, low ISO - no graininess, stopped way down - so we were each clearly seen for who we are.

living a life

Instructions for living a life.

Pay attention.

Be astonished.

Tell about it.

-Mary Oliver-

A few friends and I are setting out on a new project this year. We decided to use the above quote as a sort of guide for our posts. The message in this quote is so simple, and quite clear. So we will gather together once a month and tell about our lives with pictures. I hope you'll join us on this journey.


Please take a few minutes to see how my lovely friends are "living a life."







five on five.

i can't believe it's already November. how did that happen?! it's time for another five on five.

five little moments of one little missy who has yet to learn to get up on those little knees of hers if she's going to crawl. she got some help from Opa this time around. she will crawling before i know it, i'm sure.

why don't you go check out Rhonda's five on five while you're sitting there at your computer. ;)

6 on 6.

Because we had a grand old time celebrating on the Fourth of July, I completely forgot to post on 5 on 5. So you get 6 on 6. :)

{no beer was consumed by erin in the making of these photos. though she may have gotten just a bit on her dress...}


Now go see what my friend, Rhonda, is up to! I think she may be on holiday, but go take a peek and check out her lovely blog.


the blur of motherhood.

"Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest."

- debra ginsberg


I'm still here...a little blurry around the edges, but happily so. Little Miss Erin keeps my hands full with cat-naps and frequent feedings and lots of crying. Well, actually it's more like screaming. She may be little, but she is already making her voice heard in the world. 

5 on 5.

A group of fellow photographers and I decided to start a little blog circle. You've probably seen the 10 on 10 blog circles - well, this is like that but we decided to do something shorter since we are all busy gals. 

So I chose these photos of Max all dressed-up in his armor. He saved his money and waited patiently to get this after seeing it in the gift shop at the Portland Children's Museum. Yes, we are perhaps past the gift shop meltdown stage in life! (At least with Max...)

My mom was in town and so I actually had my hands free to take some pictures while she held Erin.


Now head on over to see Rhonda's 5 on 5...

Happy weekend, friends.