January 10 on 10

Right before having Frederick, Josh and I asked his brother, a professional photographer, what type of camera we, complete novices to photography, should buy. He suggested a Nikon D3100. That was 3 years ago and I have yet to figure out the nuances and tricks to using our most basic camera. I’m in the process of saving for a new lens. I’m hoping I’ll have figured a few things out before I’m able to purchase it. My friend, Melody, inspired me with her 10 on 10 project in 2015. I thought I’d take a HUGE risk and try my hand at photography using this project for accountability to keep practicing. On the 10th of every month, I’ll post 10 photos. Hopefully, by the end of the year there will be some progress and I’ll have learned a new skill. Doing this and knowing the photos aren’t all amazing makes me feel super vulnerable. That being said, here are my first 10 on 10. I tried to photograph the last 24 hours of my sister’s visit before returning to the UK.

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Frederick’s face here expresses such pure joy and makes my heart happy.
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He actually hates having his photo taken and uses every opportunity to be silly when the camera comes out. In this moment, he just noticed I was taking pictures and immediately hid his face.
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I’m pretty sure no one else plays with my kids like she does. And it’s the best.
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We made her favorite dessert, pecan pie, for our final dinner together. The candles came out and it was a sugar infused party. I’m not sure who was more excited about this moment, her or the kids.
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Sugar, butter, and corn syrup require some serious teeth brushing.
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This is pretty much the whole 30 seconds Edith sat still for a book. She’s been so squirmy the past 2 weeks, refusing to read books past the second page with anyone.
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I love this for so many reasons. 1) it perfectly captures Frederick’s excitement and adoration of Darth Vadar 2) Rose seems equally inspired by the complex antihero of Star Wars 3) Frederick’s love of narrative and stories is part of his DNA from my side of the family 4) rock, roll, sleep are exactly his personality

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She ate leftover pecan pie for breakfast the morning she left and the kids surrounded her like flies to honey.
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Hugs goodbye. And in true, family form there were tears in our eyes but none spilled out until after we left each other’s presence. I’m not sure if that’s healthy or not. Either way, we were so sad to see her go and grateful for our time together.

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