Week 20: Connection | 2018 Project 52

I had an idea of what I wanted to capture this week. That is SUCH a good feeling.

My niece, Emily, is graduating high school in a couple of weeks and they had some family and friends over to celebrate her latest milestone. Emily is a photographer herself and has taken so many great pictures of events at school this last year for the yearbook. So my plan came together when she texted me Friday night and asked if I was bringing my camera. “Uh, yes!”

She had some friends over and let them know we were taking some pictures. So we find a nice open shade in the alley behind their house and got close and…


Settings: f/4.0, 1/800 sec, 50mm, ISO 320
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM

People, relationships, long-term friendships, short-term work mates… this is what I think of when I hear “connection.” And seeing my niece (she’s the one in glasses, by the way) with her closest friends from high school… it’s hard not to think about my own friends from high school. And even think about what each of these kids will do in the fall and how they’ll decide to stay connected with each other, make new connections along the way… how they’ll continue to learn who they are and how they’ve shaped each other thus far.

I get sentimental thinking about this stuff. I don’t mean to. And I know that these folks are not me. But I can look back and see how much I’ve changed over the years, even with my three favorite gals from high school right beside me. I hope them all the best and that they remain close… continue to cheer each other, offer support when they need, visit each other, share burgers and shakes when they’re back at home over the holidays, and continue to have laughs while they talk long distance.

Week 21: Spring
due 05.23.18

Keeping up with our seasons for the year, we’re going to photograph spring this week! We’ve already captured winter in January, but here in the northern hemisphere, things are blooming, grass is getting greener, and specific to Louisville the trees are in pollen overdrive. (Allergies are no fun, my friends.) And sadly, this week it feels more like summer than spring… but just because Mother Nature isn’t playing along doesn’t mean we skip a season.

Feel free to photograph spring any way you like. Explore outside or stay indoors. Consider events or get-togethers you do with family and friends this time of year. If you want to find some beautiful flowers, photograph them in different ways and experiment with macro photography. Maybe you want to showcase the not-so-perfect parts of the new season by capturing allergies at their best. Whatever ideas you cook up, we’re excited to see them!

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