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our project ten: may 2013


So I didn’t get out my big camera until the end of the day when I went to get the kids from their after school running program.  It was the last day before the 5K this weekend.  We went for treats at Sonic to celebrate.  It was the kind of afternoon when there’s just not enough caffeine in the world to convince me I should be awake.

Lulu hadn’t napped.  She was actually asleep standing up here, I think.

But that’s not something that would keep her from trying to keep up with her brother & sister.  Yes, she’s barefoot.

My eyes, my eyes!  They’re stinging from the awkwardness.  Not so much the awkward that’s already there but the glimpse of what’s to come.  Ouch.Downhill slide to bedtime.  In my under-caffienated stupor, I told them it was going to storm that night & if they were asleep by 7:30, they could sleep in the basement.  We tried.

Manual focus fail.It was closer to 8:30 but we slept down there.  It went well except for Lulu getting the “sniffs” in the middle of the night.  sniff sniiiiiffff sniffsniffsniff whiiiinnneeee sniffsniffAnd when I finally went to get these pics loaded, I caught her playing so nicely this morning.  She deemed that the sniffs were a serious enough illness & that she would skip ballet.  I went along with it.  She’s playing, we’re listening to records & maybe I’ll finish up the laundry.  Then I think yesterday is proof enough that we should both take a nap today!

Please keep browsing our blog circle to see my friend Alpana’s images.  She is one of my new favorites and I can pretty much promise she was 100% conscious when she was shooting because she’s brilliant:

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alpana - you have such a gorgeous family, Nancy! Thank you for a peek into your lives. I love the family photo… focused or not!

Kirsty - So glad that even without caffine you managed to shoot a day in your lives – not sure I could manage it without coffee – so fab to see you in one too – even with the blurriness 😀

kati - Love this Nancy. Sonic use to be a favorite stop for my kids. But they closed here in Eau Claire. Such a crime. Basement sleeping sounds fun! Looking forward to your adventures next month. :)

Kay Pickens - Love these, even the not quite focused one…good for you for getting in the photo. Hope you got your nap in. Hate those “never enough caffiene” days! (your kids are growing up so quickly!!!)

Lynet Witty - Haha! I loved your son’s “awkwardness” photo! I’m glad you said it because I think it all the time with my younger siblings!

our project ten: april

Spring break!  It sounded like a good idea at the time, right?  It was actually a great break.  We took it easy.  Slept in.  Ate out.  And then when they went back to school I realized I had gone 10 days without a kid-free hour.  People are starting to count down to summer which is great and all but we might just need a nanny to get through this summer!

We started it off right by visiting a really fab bookstore attached to a really cool record store.  My friend Amy of momadvice.com had done a book signing there & sent pictures.  It’s such a cool space.  Then we went down the street to a soda shoppe, lunch counter place, Olympia Candy Kitchen.  It was such a fun little trip.  I had a sitter already lined up for Lulu when we made the plans so it worked out that we were able to take the 5 kids and still fit in one van.  One of us is going to have to buy a Honda Odyssey with that extra seat…or sell a kid!


Check out my friend Kati’s day.  Have you ever gotten gas in your jammies or forgotten the all-important beach day at school?  I sure have.  http://kathrynroseimages.com/blog/10-10-april-project-kathryn-rose-images-eau-claire-natural-light-photographer/

Kirsty - Looks like such a great fun yet chilled out day just hanging out and doing fun stuff 😀 the perfect kind of day to document x

film fridays [sixth]

I am proudly exercising some restraint and making due with the film gear I have.  My Elan is shot.  And I have yet to correctly load and rewind a roll in the A-1 in the last 4 months.  I’m going to focus on making the A-1 work for now though.  I know it slows me down and makes me focus.  I also love the way it looks and feels.  So if I can get a full roll developed from it without exposing 1/2 of it, that would really rock.

I was so disappointed when I opened the back of the A-1 with our ski trip pictures on the roll to see I had exposed most of them.  But the image of Lulu in her gear with a silly face survived and really, that was the point of the trip.  That Lulu is old enough to gear up and ski.  It was a fantastic trip and I have a few film shots and a few phone shots to remember it by.  I won’t be sorry when I go back to cull and print, will I?

I also shot a little film at a session and wow, so pretty!

I’m part of a “Film Fridays” group with other photographers.  Please check out my Katuisca’s post from an amazing workshop: http://www.katiuscaguzman.com/film-fridays-march-edition-film-is-not-dead-katiusca-guzman-nj-film-and-portrait-photographer/

Jenny Owens - I’m so glad that shot of Lulu was saved too and the family session pics look fantastic. It is worth persevering with your A-1!

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Katiusca - Lovely photos! I have the same issue with my AE-1. Sometimes I don’t even get one shot! Keep trying. :)

karyn - So proud of your restraint…mine is lost somewhere! These are awesome though! I am not good at loading the A1 either. I always seem to do something wrong or I’ve just been spoiled by auto loading point and shoots in the past. Love the snow on Lulu’s hat and precious capture.

heidi - Fun! These came out great! What happened to the elan!

Michelle C. - I think you are rocking what you have for now girl! I love that skiing shot…. so adorable!

our project 10: march


I’m so excited to have done another project 10 post after not having done it since November.  November!!  I’ve been wanting to do a typical Saturday morning post for a while & was happy to have a typical Saturday morning yesterday.  Brian always gets up early and gets in a super-intense workout at the gym.  Sometimes he texts and asks if I want coffee.  I usually say no & ask for a diet soda instead.  But yesterday I took coffee & he brought muffins for the kids.  I try my best to stay in bed until he gets home at 9.  No lie.

So I got up to this sight.  Messy table.  Joking around.  Muffins.  Coffee.

This one in her ballet leotard.  Looking more like a four-year-old than a baby.

This one gets bored & gets sent to his room at least 5 times on a “typical Saturday”.  He always finds something to do in there.  This time it’s the Nintendo DS he got for his birthday but rarely plays.

Getting ready for a “game”.  There’s so much imaginative, pretend play that goes on.

“Fashion lady” and “her friend” going “out”.

Creative, imaginative play alternated with periods of mindless Disney channel.

She is always into something.  And she is always spilling something.  This time it was the watercolor water.  She cleaned it up on her own though.

It’s my honor to link to Val of The Red Balloon Photography & encourage you to view her amazingly beautiful girls & equally as stunning images:  http://www.theredballoonphotography.com/blog/our-project-ten-march-2013/

Kirsty - yay, you’re back!!!! So lovely to see you and your littles hanging out – love the concentration while painting 😀

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Nana - Thank GOD you are back. If you don’t do this every month you will regret it. Just sayin…..

kati - Hi Nancy. I’m Kati…a newbie in the group. What a lovely family you have! I also have a Bryan for a husband. :)

Val Spring - Yaaay so happy that you are back and love seeing your typical Saturday (sans the diet coke 😉
Your kids are getting so big and I have a feeling that Lola and your son would get along pretty well 😉
The last picture of Lulu (third to last) made me swoon big time. Please post again next month, It’s so great to have you in this project!

Efi Panagoula - Nancy welcome back!! loved your day and family picture!! loved 2nd image, such a lifestyle photo!