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boy + lightsaver + cape + chocolate = therapy

I’m in a rut, I think it has something to do with the whole idea of the New Year and the intention of making changes. The New Year is a perfect start for me to really get going with my photography business, but to be honest, I am not exactly sure where I want to go. All I do know, is that I love photography and I have to let go of feeling like I am not good enough and just keep taking pictures that mean something to me and see where that takes me.

While I have more one on one time with Ari than I did with Eli & Zoe at this age, I am not so good at making sure that one on one time is fun for him. It is so much easier to run errands or get things done around the house when I only have Ari, so we don’t do nearly enough fun stuff. Last week he was really into his borrowed “lightsaver” and was asking me to take pictures. Finally on Friday, we put on his cape, grabbed his lightsaver and my camera and went out on a walk. I decided I was going to shoot away even though the sun was a little too bright for me. The time with Ari was priceless, he kills me a this age.  He told the same joke over and over again that Eli & Zoe have been saying and laughed and laughed even though he doesn’t have any idea what it means. He told me about all the people he loved, we looked for lizards and talked about him missing Mackey. He looked at me with those big blue eyes and melted my heart. It was well worth the price of a piece of chocolate don’t you think.

I came home from our walk and when he napped later, I deleted more then half of them and spent one hour editing them. They may not be perfect to anyone else but me and that is ok with me. I even made a quick slideshow so I could share them with Todd. You can see the slideshow here. Todd asked me why I picked such a sad song, I couldn’t help it..it was in my head our walk.

He soon ditched the cape and lightsaver and tried to be cool with his hand in his pockets. He pulls cool off pretty well and looks way too old in these pictures.

Lucky for me, all I have to do is look at him from above at the long eyelashes and chubby cheeks and I can still see my baby.

I originally deleted this one because it was not sharp, but went and fished it out of my trash reminding myself that I need to shoot and keep what is meaningful to me. I’m not sure what it is about this one, but I LOVE it.

January 19, 2011 - 11:48 am

michelle's mom - Michelle
thanks for sharing such wonderfull pictures of Ari. loved all of the pictures. they all were just great. loved the song. so very proud of you. love to all
Bubbie

January 21, 2011 - 5:52 pm

christine - Oh these are more than perfect! He is beautiful.

January 24, 2011 - 11:38 pm

Angie - I do that with my photos too. I think something about a blurry shot sort of matches the memory in our head, if that makes any sense? Puts the nostalgia right there in front of us. These are all so sweet.

Project 52 – Santa Cruz Click Chicks

I am so lucky to be part of an amazing group of local photographers. Some are moms who just love taking pictures, some are starting businesses, and for some, photography is their career. It is so nice to be able to get together every month and talk about our passion, do shoots together and help each other out when we need a hand.  When they decided to do a project 52, I was so excited to participate. While the other project 52 I am doing holds me accountable by other people linking to my blog, this one holds me accountable when I see my friends around town and they ask me if I took my weekly picture yet.

This weeks theme was “Winter” and it is a good thing I got to this before we got lucky with a few days of spring like weather. Be sure to check out our blog to see the other ladies take on the theme.

I’m lazy when it comes to everyday footwear. It is hard enough to get out of the house with shoes and socks on three kids, let alone myself. If I can wear flip flops, I will. We have had really cold mornings lately, but since it was not wet out earlier this week I went with flip flops. When I got home with my cold feet, I quickly put on my warm cozy socks. If these don’t scream winter, I don’t know what does!

Project 52 – self portrait – around the web

I have commitment issues. Only a few weeks into my project 150ish and I already feel like I am failing. So what do I do when I feel like I am failing with one thing I “committed” to..take more things on of course; ). My project 150ish is still something I am doing and am using it more not to just take pictures of my kids everyday, but to make sure that when I do take photos, I tell the stories that go along with them. Since I do a much better job at staying on track when I am held accountable, I am participating in 2 other projects to help get my creative juices flowing. I’ll tell you about one of them today and the other one on Monday.

20 other photographers and I are doing a project together to not only treat all of our blog readers, but to keep us honest and on track. We have a list of 52 “ideas or themes”  that we will shoot each week for the year. And since we’re getting started a week late, I’ll roll it over into the first week of 2012. I will take a picture of our theme for the week, the way I interpret it, and post it on my site. Then under my post, I will link another photographer who is part of the project for you to see her interpretation of the theme. After you see hers, you will notice a different link under her picture that will then take you to the next photographer’s website. If you continue to click on the link under each picture, in the end you should see 20 other pictures and eventually make it back to my site. When I say there is some AMAZING talent in this group, I am not lying, you will definitely want to check out everyone’s pictures!

This week’s assignment was a self portrait. These self portrait pictures will allow you to see the photographers who are doing this project and put a face to a name. Self portraits are definitely not every one’s forte, but it forces us to be on the other side of the camera and remind ourselves what our clients go through!

I totally cheated and did the whole camera in front of the face thing. It was either this or give up on the project in week one, because to be honest, the words “self portrait” make me very uneasy. This is who I am though, hiding behind my camera in my scarf and sunglasses always looking behind in my rear view mirror. Hopefully by the end of this project I’ll have gotten better at looking forward and not hiding.

What is really wonderful about this project is clicking around and meeting some other great photographers. Take a look at Meghans blog and her beautiful work. Meghan, the sessions with the girls in the earmuffs..adorable!

January 14, 2011 - 5:26 pm

delsa - like the way you pp this and bokeh was lovely.
can’t wait to see the rest of the project to see you in the front.

January 14, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Renee - That’s a pretty neat camera in front of the face photo, Michelle :)

January 14, 2011 - 6:28 pm

jeramy - this is cheating. seriously.

January 14, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Brandie - Great capture! I love rearview mirror shots too:)

January 14, 2011 - 7:26 pm

Jenn - I love this! So creative!

January 14, 2011 - 8:22 pm

Amy C - Nice! You know, at the end of this project, we should do another self portrait to see if our perception of ourselves is any different :)

January 14, 2011 - 8:32 pm

AmyMae - Ooh, I just love your scrolly backgrounds & frames, Michelle! Do you have illustrator? :) Excited to be in 52 Fridays with you!

January 14, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Jobrina Hofleit - I lov that you are being who “you” are!!!! It’s looks like rain on the window of the car??? ;-)

January 14, 2011 - 8:35 pm

michelle - Amy C – I was thinking the same thing. I sure hope my perception changes!
AmyMae – Nope, don’t have illustrator, the gal who did my logo made the swirlies.
Jeramy – I got nothing ; )

January 14, 2011 - 9:40 pm

nicole lubin - you certainly are not alone. i too prefer to be behind the camera. cute!

January 14, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Angie - Hi Michelle! The sunglasses/rvw mirror/camera thing looks very familiar to me – lol – (except I shoot Canon :)) Nice to meet you!

January 14, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Crystal K - Love your blog Mickelle and the realness (if that’s a word) of your image. So nice to ‘meet’ you!

January 14, 2011 - 10:47 pm

Crystal K - Sorry about that spelling… the k and h aren’t even that close! lol

January 15, 2011 - 12:22 am

liza - michelle, you might be hiding, but you look great, this is so creative!

January 15, 2011 - 1:20 am

Misty - Love the mirror shot! And the PP I’m so glad your part of the group!

January 15, 2011 - 1:26 am

Meghan Boyer - This is great! Sometimes the only time we really have to ourselves is in the car – perfect opportunity to take a photo! :)

January 15, 2011 - 3:21 am

Stephanie Moore - Why have I never seen this fabulous blog before? It is so cute love your header. Great SP, love it!

January 15, 2011 - 4:56 am

kasey - I love the PP. Great prospective.

January 17, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Project 52 – Santa Cruz Click Chicks » michelleriddlephoto.com - [...] we need a hand.  When they decided to do a project 52, I was so excited to participate. While the other project 52 I am doing holds me accountable by other people linking to my blog, this one holds me accountable [...]

Project 150ish..

There, I gave it a name. I figure I will be lucky if I take photos 3-4 times a week for the year, which will leave with me with 150ish photos. I had BIG plans this week, lots of things I wanted to get started on. It’s Friday, and I have not touched any of those things. I have felt pretty awful this week and have done a whole lot of nothing. I am looking forward to starting fresh next Monday.

Since I did not feel like picking up the camera much this past week, I am already cheating on my project. I did 2 days with pictures that I actually took on Christmas.

January 7, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Aimee Pool - I love this!!!
Great job Michelle.

This is not the beginning of a photo a day project…

Whatever you do, do not call this post the first of Project 365 or 52. If I say that I am going to take a photo a day or a week, I will only be setting myself up for failure. The problem is not that I don’t take enough photos  of my own kids..I take more than enough. In fact, there are 5,981 personal photos from 2010 sitting in lightroom right now. 5,981..that is about 500 photos a MONTH! The thought of sorting through those photos and deleting some is such an overwhelming task and it makes me wonder what the point is of me taking all those photos to only live on my computer. Do I really need 200 photos from the first day of school or 600 photos from the kids soccer games?! One of my goals for the next few months has to be to go through my personal photos. While I can’t change the way I managed photos in the past, I can start doing something different in the future.  For 2011, I am going to do my best to immediately go through my personal photo after I take them, delete some and then make a quick page that tells the story. Hopefully, at the end of the year, I will have a book like this that tells our family story instead of an overloaded hard drive of forgotten stories.

While I am going to try really hard not to write anything more than what I already did, I do want to add that the following beach photos were taken with our new Sony Nex-5. It is  a very cool hybrid DSLR/Point and shoot. I’m also already breaking the “rules”, as this one is more than one photo a day and spans two pages so does not look as good when I post it here.

January 7, 2011 - 5:20 pm

jeramy - this is wonderful! happy new year michelle!

January 14, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Renee - I just love how you document along with the photo. One of my projects this year is to complete (some of) my children’s photo books…I’m 5 years behind!