Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip The 52 Project

1/52 {The 52 Project}


Last year I signed up to a blogging photography challenge. The challenge to take a photo every week that represented to me the very essence of childhood. I loved taking part in Living Arrows, just as I love the 52 (and quite a few more) photos that I took, even if it does rather suggest that 2014 was the Year of the Swing (and that suggestion would be wholly accurate!).

I love the photos, and all the memories tied up those moments, and it was fun looking for parts of our week that seemed to be part of the timelessness of early childhood.  But I also found that I don’t really need challenging to take photos of my family; my camera lives on our dinner table, or on the end of the sofa, on the kitchen counter, or in the back pocket of the nappy bag and there’s rarely a day when I don’t pick it up, even if the results come out all blurry and oddly yellow. Recording our family life is second nature to me now, I love that and I don’t want to change it.  But I don’t want to stagnate either, to find that I’m just ticking over, taking the same pictures of the same moments in the rhythm of our lives, only with slightly bigger children.

So for 2015 I want to work on the quality of my photos, rather than the quantity, and so I’m changing things up a bit.  I’ve got something a little different planned for Living Arrows this year, but I’ll tell you more about that on Monday.  Instead for today I’m joining up with Jodi at Practicing Simplicity (one of my favourite of all the new to me blogs I discovered last year last year) for the very first of the 52 Project.

A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week for 2015.

It’s feeling like quite a big undertaking written out like that, but I’m not planning on making the children sit down for a formal portrait each week, my natural style of photography is candid and it’s that I want to hone, not try to entirely reinvent myself. I also want to force myself to edit, to choose between a handful of pictures that I like and try to work out what it is that makes the photos that I really love.   I’m also going to note down the settings for each picture. I know I’m always curious about how other people set up their cameras and I suspect I’m not the only one but I’m also interested to see what I’m using regularly, to see what I’m changing first, and to know what I would want to do differently another time.

I know there will be weeks when the light conspires against me, or the shots don’t come quite as I envisaged them but that’s all part of the learning process. Feel free to get back to me with that one when you find me sobbing in a corner in March because it’s rained solidly for a month and the children are all refusing to look at me anymore.  But I hope that at the end of the year I will have 156 portraits that I’m really proud of; a record of 2015 for each of them.

And so let us begin at the beginning:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



Kitty: her hair in four plaits because she couldn’t decide which of the new Frozen hair bobbles to use and came up with an ingenious solution. She gets taller every minute, and is always surprising me with what she can reach if she stands on tiptoes.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/125, f/2.2, ISO 320)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma: devoted mama to her birthday monkey, imaginatively named “Monkey”, she takes such care in dressing her up and giving her cuddles.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/100, f/2.2, ISO 320)


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Pip: “Clothes? and being on my tummy? Do I like this Mummy?” My beautiful son, so like your biggest sister in looks, and so very much your own little self in personality.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/200, f/2.2, ISO 320)

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  • Bron 04/01/2015 at 5:00 am

    Lovely pics…the monkey play is so cute. xx

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:21 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • lucy at dear beautiful 04/01/2015 at 8:34 am

    I loved doing a year of weekly portraits last year, so much so that I’m doing it again. It’s simple enough for photo mad mamas, but such a lovely record. I’m about to make a photo book each for my two from 2014.
    Good luck, I’ll look forward to seeing your photos each week. x

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you – I think I’m going to need it! I’m keeping folders in Lightroom for each of them as I go so I can make them a book at the end too – or at least that’s the plan!

  • Nasreen 04/01/2015 at 10:48 am

    As you’ve seen, I’m joining in this year too…only I’ve set my sights a little lower by committing to portraits of one child only…if I also manage to snap the other camera-shy two, all the better. In my huge collection of 2 lenses, the 35mm/1.8 is the one on my camera 95% of the time, I love it.

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:12 pm

      It’s the lens that lives on my camera too – I’ve got a 60mm macro lens that I absolutely love but somehow the 35mm seems to be just the right distance to take a photo and get the girls in from my usual sitting next to them distance!

  • Kim 04/01/2015 at 4:01 pm

    So happy to see you participating this year. Last year was my first time and I so enjoyed it that I am doing it again 🙂

    Lovely photos of your beautiful children.

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 7:27 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Lila 05/01/2015 at 6:22 am

    What a precious brood you have!

    • Carie 05/01/2015 at 10:33 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Chrisy@GoodNorthCoastLife 06/01/2015 at 10:40 am

    Off to a great start Carie. What beautiful children, such a blessing. xx

    • Carie 07/01/2015 at 8:23 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • sally 07/01/2015 at 4:58 pm

    Beautiful photos, all with lots of gorgeous light! And I love ‘Pip’s’ comments, perfect for the photo!

  • sally 07/01/2015 at 4:58 pm

    Beautiful photos, all with lots of gorgeous light! And I love ‘Pip’s’ comments, perfect for the photo!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 9:01 am

      thank you 🙂