If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from this project so far it’s that it’s easy to commit to taking family photos when it’s sunny outside, when the daylight lasts long on into golden sunsets, and when you’re all spending heaps of time outside anyway.
It is not so easy to keep taking the pictures when despite all your high hopes the sunny days and the days that you’re all together do not coincide, when you’re struggling to think of anything more exciting than simply plonking the family in front of the camera, pressing the shutter and calling it quits.
But inspiration or no inspiration, sunshine or no sunshine, they’re the pictures that matter. It’s easy to add a family shot into the mix when you’ve got a camera out anyway, just as it’s easy to remember to take group shots at all the high days and holidays. It’s the pictures in between that complete the story, that tell our ordinary moments, the little changes month to month that we’re only going to see when we look back, the ones that I will be glad I took, even though it took a bit of effort at the time.
And anyway, as soon as I get the camera all set up and retrieve the magical remote trigger from it’s super top secret hiding place (to Kitty’s very evident delight) the faff and effort melts away and it’s just plain fun.
February has been the month of snow and rainbows, of Sunday lunches followed by apple pie as I try to bake my way through a new recipe book, of a crocheted Octopus, of trips to the park and to run up and down hockey pitches, of visits from Gran and Grandad and texts from Grandpa sending a mini-postcard each day of his holiday in Venice and the Dolomites. There have been days of crazy cabin fever and days that were light and easy. Days that were stomach-knottingly stressful, and days that were full of joy. And some of them were the same day.
And there were pictures, always pictures.
Now we’re on the cusp of Spring and I am determined to take next month’s pictures outside. Even if we have to resort to umbrellas – again!
So here we are, my little family, in February.