I'm sitting here, listening to it pour outside, while Here Comes the Sun plays on my Apple music. I'm looking through baby photos of Lily, thinking about her 4th birthday in September (because she's already planning a Minnie party) and wondering how it's possible my baby will be 4. I have so many pictures from her first year. People always tell me how lucky I am to be a photographer and have a photogenic child, but in all honesty, I use my iPhone more than anything these days for pictures. I used to shoot and edit on my Canon, but these days, it's all about the quickness at which you can take and post and share an image.
I need to slow down.
I need to stop sharing a picture because I feel like I need to share a picture in order to stay relevant on social media. I need to have more intention and share what speaks to my heart, not some marketing plan. Because at the heart of what I do, it's about what I'm seeing, not how pretty or beautifully edited it is. It's the quality of the content. Never the quantity.
I've started picking up the camera more. I've taken Lil out for little photo shoots. She'll always be my little muse, and what's the point if I take these photos and never print them and see them hanging on my walls? Photos aren't meant to live on a cloud.
So I've started printing more. I'm working on yearly family photo books. I'm still working on 2010, the year we got married, but I'll catch up! At this age, Lily is curious about photos. She wants to look, she picks out familiar faces and houses and places. I did the same thing growing up, always looking through family albums. The pictures never changed, but they were always a comfort to look at. They still are.
Here's our April, in photos.
We went out to a local favorite spot to do some fun Lily pics - just because the light was pretty and she's getting bigger and sassier and sweeter by the day.