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Lens Mama / Day 1: Routine - making lunches

Lens Mama / Day 1: Routines - driving to school

Lens Mama / Day 1: Routines - the post school-dropoff pot of coffee

It’s been a while since I took one of those email-prompt-a-day photography classes. I was kind of thinking it might be fun to do it again, and so I have jumped into Darrah Parker’s Lensmama class.

It was so much easier to take snapshots of our days when the kids were little. The “cute factor” was certainly higher back then, and I never heard, “Mom, please don’t take my picture!” or “is that going on the Internet??” like I do these days. These challenges, though, are precisely why I thought it would be a fun little exercise for me.

Capturing motherhood when you are the mom of toddlers can be hard because you are always so busy. But capturing motherhood when you are the mom of tweens and teens can be hard because they are always so busy. And they have opinions about what you should and should not be photographing. And they are not shy about expressing those opinions. Vehemently.

So for the next ten days, I plan to challenge myself to document a little bit of my days (as they relate to parenting), while still respecting the privacy of my kids. Wish me luck 🙂

The photos for this post are from today’s prompt, which is all about routines: making lunches, doing the school dropoff thing, that post-dropoff pot of coffee…

I won’t post my pictures here every day, but I’ll probably share my favorites once in a while over the course of the class!

P.S. Class started today, but it looks like you can still sign up, if you want to. (I have nothing to gain by sharing this with you, by the way – I just think it’s going to be fun!)


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  1. Good for you. I’ve done a few of these types of things, for example I did a Project 365 for 3 years! I tried to do one with prompts each week this year, but ended up dropping out when I found the themes not inspiring for me. Now, I’m trying to challenge myself to take a photo of something in my new neighborhood everyday. I feel like when I take pictures all the time, I do get to be a better photographer.

    1. I am on my fifth iteration of Project 365! I couldn’t imagine *not* doing it, at this point. The first 3 years, I followed a general theme, and I am sure that challenge made me a better photographer. The last two 365’s have had no theme, though, and I kind of miss it. It’ll be fun having somebody tell me what to do for a few days 🙂

  2. Wow, five years! That is commitment. I started to feel like I was so busy trying to photograph everything that I wasn’t enjoying actually being in the moment. There are times I miss it though.

    1. I find one photo is pretty do-able. It’s easy enough to whip out the camera and take a picture of whatever I am knitting at night, if I haven’t managed to photograph anything of interest during the day 😉

  3. I can completely relate to how difficult it becomes to photograph memories of your teens and tweens. I have the same issues. I love how you are doing it here though. I should try that. Maybe not for a class but at least for myself 🙂

    1. It’s funny, but I’ve noticed that I actually already do quite a bit of this kind of picture-taking. At least, with my 10-year-old. My 13-year-old spends much of his time behind closed doors these days. Maybe I need to take a picture of the door 😉

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