Week 26: Photographer’s Choice | 2017 Project 52

I really didn’t have any ideas this week. Mike Murphy was back in town after a long business trip in China on Thursday… I thought about working him into an image even though he would despise it. But I missed him so much, it would have been nice to photograph him. Then I thought about taking my camera to our Friday night dinner (like my last photographer’s choice in Week 13), but I’m glad I didn’t. My small friend Felix bumped my elbow on accident and my drink ended up spilling everywhere. No doubt my poor camera would have been in the splash zone. So I started planning for the weekdays… what could I do on short break from work… if I could get a short break because lunch meetings are a thing now. Apparently.

Enter our good friends Erik and Laura, and their kiddos. Mike on a whim [like most things Mike does] decided he wanted to try a new recipe [nothing new here] and invited our buddies over to be our guinea pigs [because what better way is there to test recipes other than subject your friends to your failures].

The recipe, smash burgers, were a hit with the adults. (The kids didn’t want cheese on their hamburgers… make zero sense as they were eating macaroni and cheese as well.) And our time spent together was nice. The weather was great, we had some kid-friendly shows on television, I pulled out boxes of toys my mom had shipped home with me… I took pictures…


Settings: f/4.0, 1/640 sec, 35mm, ISO 500
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I really love this photo. Our friends had spent the day at the zoo with another family and you can tell that Erik and Laura are tired. They’re unwinding, chilling with us and talking about adult stuff. Meanwhile, the kids were still in the zone, a crazy criss-cross of “I know I should be tired and my body feels it, but I’ve had so much fun and candy today that my brain is telling my body to shut up.”

Evan was trying to get up on the bench, with a mostly empty bag of gummy bears in his right hand. Claire was poking at her dad’s healing poison ivy and repeating everything he was saying. (Don’t worry, I made her wash her hands immediately because I pictured her touching everything in my house and that I would end up with poison ivy, not her.) They’re still moving, playing, being silly and going bananas… while mom and dad are just present. It’s life, their life, and I love capturing it.

We love these people. We love our history with them and our future with them. We keep them close to us. And I take all the pictures.

Week 27: Half & Half
due 07.05.17

Friends, we are halfway through 2017 Project 52! And to celebrate we have the perfect theme that can be interpreted however you like.

I feel that we can all be a little adventurous with this one. It can be done simply, but think about how you can explore the them with just your camera. Consider your composition – can you frame or layer or add negative to make your subject more interesting? Or what about visual balance? Have you thought about using light as a tool? Be inventive, have fun trying new things and pat yourself on the back for making it halfway through our project!

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2017project52 so that we can find your work and give it some love!
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