A Personal Project

Who can relate with starting a project and not finishing it!  I'm totally guilty of this, almost every year!  The one thing I have learned from year to year and many unfinished projects is...

A; I have either not given myself realistic expectations or goals to hit, or

B; I really just wasn't into it in the first place!

It could be a combination of both, but I'm guessing it's usually I've put too much stress on what the project is suppose to look like and perfection has taken over instead of completion.  I recently had a conversation with my mother about this.  I don't remember the exact conversation or how it started, but the bottom line was, I found out my mother is a perfectionist and that has stopped her from starting and/or finishing many things in her life.

Perfection can be a real bitch.  I personal find perfection comes from comparison and in this social media age, especially with things like Pinterest, you can go completely mad with how something is suppose to look like.

So I was hesitate to start yet another project that I might potential fail out.  But at the same time I'm very determined to see where this one goes because I feel so passionate about the message it will send.

The photography world today is filled with a photo a day or week projects, there are self-portrait projects, black & white projects, monthly prompts, the list can go on and on... but the trend I kept seeing in my own life was that I still wasn't getting in the frame, consistently.  I have LOTS of photos of my kids and that's great, but I wanted them to see that I was there too, not just holding the phone or camera, but actually participating in whatever activities we were doing.

This is why I started the, Mama Was Here Project!  I even made an Instagram account to keep me accountable to post every single day.  You can follow me here, Mama_was_here and you can use the #mama_was_here to follow along or post your own photo of YOU getting in the frame!

I almost sabotaged my project by waiting to start on January 1st, but the goal of this project isn't to start on a certain day or about posting pretty photos or even photos just from my camera, it's about my girls... I want them each to have something of me to have for when I'm gone.  At least a book of 365 photos of me somewhere in the photo, telling them, YES, I was there too and it was great (99% of the time!)

My goals for this project are:

- to snap a photo each day (either with my iPhone or Camera)

- Post it once a day

- I MUST be in the photo (somewhere), any body part counts

- I need to snap a few portraits of just me

- have at least 1 photo with each girl

- have at least 1 photo with hubby

- bonus: try to get shots with each family member (close to us)

Easy peasy... so head over and keep me accountable!!!  I would also love to keep you accountable, starting a 365 a photo a day project or something else, shoot me a message and I would love to follow your journey!

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Lauren Bodwell