It's been awhile since I have participated in the I Heart Faces Photo Challenges, but I was excited to start back up again when I saw the theme for this week: A Slice of Life. I love all types of photography, but lifestyle photography is what I am really passionate about. Like all of us, I get busy with my four kids and I go through stretches where my camera never makes its way out of the bag unless I have a client shoot. I am constantly trying to take more shots that document real life; the good and the bad.
It was so fun for me to look back through my photos to decide which one to enter. I found shots that brought back so many memories and emotions. It helped me to re-commit myself to taking the camera out more often to document what really matters: the everyday moments. It is the little, seemingly insignificant, everyday moments that make us who we are.
This photo of my youngest daughter was taken when she was in the stage of life where she wanted to dress herself, and she wanted to continue to change clothes all. day. long. It made us both crazy at times. I felt like all I did was laundry. Not only would I wash all of the many outfits that she wore and soiled each day, but then I would have to refold or hang the ones she threw on the floor when she couldn't find what she was looking for. In this particular picture she was looking for a ballerina outfit that her aunt had given her earlier that month. She had worn the tutu every single day since it was purchased, so at the time of this picture the outfit was being laundered.
When I walked into the room I had the choice to either break down in tears of frustration or take a picture. I chose the latter, and I am so glad that I did! Not only did it diffuse my emotion at the time, but now I have an adorable memory captured. Every time I look at this picture I smile. Oh how I love that little girl, even when she is being a pill.
Now head on over to I Heart Faces to check out more of the entries for this week and to find your own inspiration to pull out your camera more and capture the everyday moments.