Since May of 2015, my mom has texted me every Sunday night two words..."52 Frames??" She knows I've submitted a photo every week for the past 8 years to this special project and if I missed a week after all this time, I'd be devastated.
52Frames is a weekly photo challenge meant to foster creativity and hone photography skills. I started submitting to the project shortly after I started my business, when I realized a few months in that I had stopped creating artwork for myself entirely. Every ounce of my creative energy was being spent on my clients and I had nothing left for my own personal work. If it went on much longer, I was going to burn out on photography. I came across this group and it gave me a way to force myself to be creative at least once a week, so I would never fall into that rut again.
At least once every single week I grab my camera to shoot the weekly challenge. Sometimes it's well thought out, sometimes it's rushed at the last second on Sunday night (often after my mom texts me), but for the last 8 years I've committed to shooting something for the sheer love of the art of photography. Some weeks can be incredibly challenging (especially "portrait of a stranger" week), but it's always rewarding. It's made me a better photographer. It's made me friends, both in person and online. I love it so much, I've even become a patron of the project, and I volunteer on the Whittling Committee and run their Pinterest account.
This year I put together a collage of all 52 of my photographs I took for the project in 2023. If you want to see any of them larger or read the stories behind them, you can check out my 52Frames profile. And if you're starting your photography journey, or want a way to stay creative with your camera, the new year is a great time to start. Join us!
It was so good to have Gianna and her two adorable pups Coda and Cadence in front of my lens again! This year mom Kim decided she wanted to do our photos back in the studio again since we did our session at Lake Ronkonkoma last year. Coda and Cadence spent the first few minutes re-familiarizing themselves with the room. It's been a few years since they were in there, so they had a lot of new smells to smell!
They wanted to go cozy for the theme this year, so Gianna wore some super cute Christmas pajamas. While Coda and Cadence did a thorough sniff inspection of the place, we started off with a few shots of Gianna on her own against a snowy wood background. Then each pup had their turn posing with their girl! We switched over to a red brick background that looked great with Gianna's pajamas and Coda and Cadence's adorable Christmas bandanas.
Then we did some individuals of Coda and Cadence on some of the most popular studio props, my grey chaise lounge and the tiny grey couch that matches it. Coda especially loved the large chaise lounge. In between shots he would jump up there and cuddle up. He got so comfortable during some of the shots, it looked like he was going to fall asleep!
Everyone did amazing, as always, and we got such cute shots. Here are some of my favorites we got that day!
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