Documenting Life

As some of you may know already or if you read My Story, I'm a wedding and portrait photographer.  I make my living documenting milestone events and moments in the lives of others.  It is my dream job.  Being able to capture these special moments for people is amazing.  As a photographer, I strive to not just tell people where to stand and how to pose, but to capture how they are as a person, as a couple, as a family.  I think these photos, with the real smiles, real expressions, and real moments are the ones that tell the story.  These photos will tell future generations who we really were.  What we were about.  What and who we loved. How we lived and what mattered to us most.  

So, why am I telling you all of this?  Because for the past few years I have gotten away from documenting my own family's life.  Business is going great.  I am capturing some great moments for my clients, but when it comes to my own family, I am slacking.  I realized I never take out my "fancy" camera unless it's for work.  I got lazy. That's the bottom line.  It's just so easy to take  a snap shot with my iphone, I mean, I carry it with me everywhere I go anyhow.  I was also finding that with my pro camera in hand, I missed out on a lot of the fun and I worried about keeping my camera protected too, especially if we were outdoors like at the beach or something.  So, a year or so ago we purchased a nice high end digital rangefinder camera that is small and convenient, so we've been using that for our trips and leaving our pro cameras at home. And although I love the convenience and ease of the smaller camera, I feel like something is missing.  There is something about my professional DSLR camera that I can't capture in the smaller camera.  

The other problem I have with documenting life is that photos rarely live outside of a screen.  With sharing on Instagram, facebook, this blog, or my photography blog, I'm not getting photos printed.  I remember being a kid and getting so excited when we'd develop a roll of film and eagerly flipping through the photos, careful not to get any fingerprints on them.  Or as I got older, making scrapbooks and putting the pictures in albums or small "brag books".  Remember those? I want that for my kids.  I want them to be able to sit down and open a book and look through the images and remember all the fun we had on a certain vacation, hiking our favorite trails, or just on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  

After giving this much thought, I've come up with a plan.  Because, come on, you know me, there is always a plan!  First of all, I've got to be realistic.  I know that I won't carry my pro camera everywhere.  It's just not who I am.  So, there will still be lots of documenting with my iphone on instagram.  However, I'm excited to check out Chat Books.  They are small 6x6 60 page books where every photo you shear to Instagram creats a page in your book series.  The best part is that you can easily remove photos and add captions to create perfect book each time.  Because come on, I post a lot of photos of food and running that probably don't need to be printed each time.  The best part is that each book is only $6 and they also offer subscription plans.  I can't wait to try them out and let you know how they are!  

My days of scrapbooking are over.  Who has time for that?!? But, I do love the photo books from My Publisher.  I made one for our 2013 summer vacation and the kiddos love looking through it!   I know I said I had a plan, but I'm honestly not sure how I want to go about these books, yet.  Ideally, I would love to make books for each season of the year or at least from each of our family vacations. Any ideas? Please share them in the comments!  

Lastly, like I said, I know I won't take my pro camera with me everywhere we go.  But, I will make it a point to take it on longer vacations and periodically on hikes and stuff.  I want to document, not just the special occasions, but pieces of everyday life too.  Because it's the everyday adventures and shenanigans that make up our life.  It's the forts made out of sheets in Elysee's room, the cool kendama tricks Diego does daily, the family game nights, the bbq's with friends.  It's these moments that make up our life.  It's these moments that are worth documenting. 


Bonus:  In an effort to keep up with documenting our lives, I ask that you join me too! I know I am not the only one struggling to take out the camera, be it the point and shoot, camera phone, or DSLR.  I challenge you to document your life for the month of August.  Let's see how much we can photograph and document in one month.  I'll be sharing my favorite moments here on my blog and if you are also a blogger, I'd love to have you share your favorite photos on your blog.  Maybe this could even become a monthly or weekly blog swap!  Who's in? We may be surprised to see that the ordinary moments are the ones that make life extraordinary.  


Half Marathon Training Recap | Week 5

Ok, I admit that I have been slacking with my half marathon training!  I'm pretty behind on my milage and really hoping to start racking up the milage here soon!  Saturday, I ran my last race (Badass Dash) until Bryce Canyon Half so I'll be focusing on just training from now until July 12th!  I'll be blogging about the Badass Dash tomorrow so stay tuned!   

Monday:  REST

Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill then some stretches & ab work at the gym

Wednesday:  Unscheduled rest day - my inner thigh was feeling sore and I didn't want to push myself too hard since I had the Badass Dash on Saturday.  I iced, stretched, rolled, and taped my thigh.  

Thursday: Awesome Strength Training Session with Personal Trainer

Friday:  - REST 

Saturday: Bad Ass Dash - 4.5 mile obstacle course race + 2 mile hike with family at Red Rock 

Sunday: RECOVERY DAY

Total Miles:  10.5 miles


Let's Stop Comparing.

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Did anyone else watch the NYC Marathon on TV this past Sunday? I watched bits of it and was so inspired.  I know I will never-ever-ever run as fast as the top female finisher! She ran 26.2 miles in 02:25:07.  Amazing!  To put things into perspective, I'm hoping to finish my first half marathon, 13.1 miles, in around 2:30.  Of course, running is her life, not a hobby.  She's an elite athlete and to compare myself to her, for any one of us to compare ourselves to her, would be wrong.  It's unrealistic and not healthy.  So, why do we still do it?  We may not compare ourselves to top athletes, but we compare ourselves to other women.  We're bombarded by stories on social media about all these amazing success stories and we start to feel bad about ourselves.  We start to second guess ourselves, second guess our own progress.  I know it happens to me.  I'll be like, "It only took her 3 months to lose 30 lbs, it took me a year!  What's wrong with me?" "She can do how many pull ups? I just want to do 1!" I could go on and on, but you get the point.  

Let's stop comparing ourselves to others.  The only person we should compare ourselves to, is ourselves. Let's focus on becoming better than we were, not better than so and so.  We are all at different stages in our lives and journeys, so why compare our middle, with someone else's end.  How do I know what it took for that lady to lose 30 lbs in 3 months! Maybe it was hard for her, maybe it was easy for her.  I don't know.  I only know that it was her journey, her story, her moment.  Not mine.  It took me over a year to lose 30 lbs and I'm ok with that.  Why? Because it's my story, my journey.  

Let's look back at who we were last year, last month, last week, and be proud of the progress we've made, the goals we've reach, and the hurdles we've overcome.  Not just in fitness, but in life too.  That is much more rewarding and much more realistic.  Let's be happy with ourselves.  Let's live our life fully and wholeheartedly.  Let's promise to stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on ourselves this week! Write down 5 things you've done this year that you are proud of and start feeling good about yourself.  Deal? Deal! 

Let's stop this and start living our own life! 

Let's stop this and start living our own life!