photography & films tara fletcher

Summer of Real | ONE Blog Circle | Kalamazoo Lifestyle Photographer

Last summer, I took on a personal photography project to shoot one image a week for 12 weeks during the summer.  It went great. I have lots of images I love from our summer and it ended up being the first personal project I ever actually completed.  This summer, I decided to try another weekly photo project, but with less pressure.  My summer of real.  No pressure to find great light or nail the perfect composition.  I am giving myself permission to make plenty of mistakes and just capture our memories quickly so I can put the camera away and enjoy my time with my kids. I recently invested in a mirrorless camera that is so tiny and light, it almost looks like a point and shoot. It’s great for throwing in my bag and grabbing quality shots on the fly.  I am hoping it will help me capture the memories while staying more present in the moment with my kids.  It’s such a hard balance to find!

My oldest will be completing 2nd grade in the next couple of weeks and leaving the early elementary building that I currently teach at.  He’s been in my music class since kindergarten.  That was the fastest three years, and I am in total shock that I blinked and it’s over.  Next year, he’ll be a third grader in the Later Elementary.  It’s on the same campus as my building, so I don’t know why I’m such a wreck about it.  I cannot imagine what high school graduation is going to look like for us!

Anyway, this is my Week 1, Summer of Real.  We kicked off summer with a wonderful Memorial Day weekend spending time together, hanging out in the yard.  Isaac and Daddy shooting hoops.  These are the memories I want to keep in my heart.

Up next in our June blog circle is the talented Family Photographer in Suwanne, GA Amanda from Crank Creek Photography. Be sure to click all the way around the circle to see the beautiful collection of images shared this month.

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