Our Forever Neverland - Woodbridge, Virginia Photographer

One of the first things someone will say to me when they find out I'm a professional photographer is, "Wow, you must have so many pictures of your kids" or "They must be so used to having their picture taken!"

I politely laugh and smile, while in reality I am super embarrassed because that is not the case.

I find that because I'm a photographer by trade, I take way fewer photos of my own kids than I should. It's like working as a masseuse all day, coming home, and your spouse asking for a massage. You've gotten your fix at work - you're done. See, I'm so focused on my client's images that I forget to pick up my own camera and capture what's happening around me.

A few months ago as I was going through my personal images on my computer I realized how few images I'd taken of my son in the past few months. I was missing so much and capturing how he changes from day to day. I knew in the new year, I needed to make a change.

My first goal was a "Project 365" or "Photo-a-Day" challenge. Call it what you want, but the goal is the same: take a picture everyday, for one year. I found myself picking up the camera a lot more at home. My real camera - not my camera phone. While modern technology has made camera phones pretty spectacular, they certainly don't compare to my heavy camera I use to capture clients. I loved how I was finding more reasons to take pictures. Nothing spectacular - just my son eating breakfast or Autumn and Brody playing quietly together.

Then, something else came my way. A group of talented photographers I network with and call my friends decided to take a similar challenge - pulling out our cameras at home and capturing memories around us. Once a week we'd each submit and image and post it to a new blog, called Our Forever Neverland. It was a relief to know I wasn't the only one struggling to keep up with my own personal photos. It's been a blessing to be part of this project, and the other photographers inspire me to be more creative and really capture my kids in a candid fashion. It's amazing how much you miss when you realize you haven't really been looking.

Our Forever Neverland

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1 comment

  1. Jacquelyn BrookinsApril 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Kelli, I love your 'Our Forever Neverland'. You really capture all of the little moments that as parents we want to remember because they pass by so quickly.