Ali Edward's Week in the Life is scheduled for August 17 - August 23 this year. 'Week in the Life' is a annual seven day documentary project which serves as an opportunity to capture simple details of your everyday life with photos and words.
This will be my 3rd consecutive year documenting my week with Ali.
Here are my truths: It is exhausting. It is intense. Putting together the album is time consuming. By the end of the week, I am truly tired of taking pictures - is that possible?!?!
But I love it.
I love capturing our routine. We are at the point in our lives where my daughters are young and each year looks different. Each year, our routine changes. Each year, there are things that I forget. I look back on past albums and I see things about our lives that I am proud of, and things about our days that I would like to change.
I love noticing details that I would never spend much time thinking about. Most of all, I love being in the album myself! This is probably the one time all year that I actually set the timer on my digital camera and actually get in the pictures that I am taking.
In preparation for Week In Life next month, I wanted to take a look back and share bits and pieces of my completed albums from 2013 and 2014. These albums are so special to me and capture such raw and honest moments of my life.
The beginning of my album from September, 2013. I love setting my camera on the ground with the timer just to see what I can get - love how it focused on the grass in this shot, with us blurred in the background.
This moment is so special to me. I would have never captured this moment had it not been for Week In the Life - prepping dinner, holding my youngest daughter who was a newborn at the time.
It strikes me how much things have changed - how these little legs have grown.
And a few captures from my 2014 album.
A few tips that have helped me document the week:
- Let your family and friends know that you are documenting the week. It helps when they are prepared and know that you will be capturing your everyday moments.
- Use your smartphone AND your digital camera. Whatever you have - it doesn't matter as long as you are documenting those moments.
- Journal at the end of each day. While it's great to document what happened, I like to dig a bit deeper and write down my feelings, what I am grateful for, and the challenges of the day. This comes in handy when documenting the week in my album.
- It's ok not take photos of every little thing. I always aim to capture what feels right at the time.
- Make sure you know how to use the self timer on your camera. This is important for me because this is the one time I want to capture my life with *me* in it.
I'm definitely looking forward to documenting our week again this year!