Quote of the Month - December

There are two people in every photograph: the photographer and the viewer. - Ansel Adams

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Day 364

Jeanine - "New Year's Resolution"
My New Year's Resolution - slow down...take it one day at a time...embrace the moment...breathe...
I think somehow I have messed up the numbering of the days somewhere along the way.  This is my last post.  I can't believe the year is over.  I can't believe I took a photo every day (really didn't think I would make it).  I can't believe how much I love photography.  I can't believe how much I love blogging.  I am going to miss this blog so much.  I loved doing it with Em...it was amazing to watch her grow as a photographer too.  I know it was hard to do...so much going on in a teenager's life...but I think she did great.  I will always remember this journey we took together.  I love her wholeheartedly.
There has been much speculation about what my last photo ought to be...I'm not sure what the perfect shot would be in this situation...but I thought a simple shot of something beautiful that incorporated some of the things I have learned about photography this year (like depth of field, light, composition, RadLab, and adding text) might just be the right note to end on.  So here it is...simple flowers (a gift that arrived today from a friend to Ian and me wishing us a Happy New Year as we each begin the next phase of our lives)...reminding us to bloom where we are planted.  Wishing you a year filled with beauty, peace and joy.  Thank you for sharing this year with us.  Jeanine
PS - I suspect I may get back to the blogging thing with a new blog sometime this year...I will keep you posted.  Thanks again.
Emily "The Last photo"
For those of you who might still check here every once in a while, here it goes. I've been inspired to write this by the recent realization that my BFFLAAT has a blog. I wanted to write but didn't want to start a blog just so i could write one post and have no one see it. So really, here it goes

I didn't finish, I know that. So for this past month as everyone's been saying "where are your photos" and "are you gonna post anymore?" I've been getting sad and angry at myself. I went into this year thinking about how hard could this be ? I do things everyday I can take a photo everyday. Well it's waayyy harder than you think so when people asked me where my photos were u would want to snap at them thinking I'd like to see you try! But I didn't, don't worry. But after being sad for a while I realized that although I didnt take one EVERYDAY I took photos for about 300 day which is more than most people can say and that I grew a skill that I love and I got a new camera and I got a job and worked with a real photographer and my photos were posted in the grand theatre. And I did all of this before I was even sixteen, so I must be doing something right  and someday I can try again if I want to because I still have years and years and I'm still gonna take great photos but without the pressure because it lets you have the creative freedom to do what you want and to focus on your photos, I mean I had no ideas some day so I took a photo of a couch.., yup a couch. So even though it is a little bitter to not have finished it was still great to do this with my mom and I know that I can do something like this someday too. So I didn't take a photo the last day, but I talked about going to europe so here are some of the photos, they wouldn't have been this good without the skills I have achieved. 

So I don't have too much more to say, I'm not even sure people will read this. But thank you all for checking in on the blog and actually caring about the small mediocre things we do in out day to day lives. And even though I didn't finish I took over 12,000 photos last year, so take that! haha


  1. jeanine and emily--thank you for sharing this journey with us. i loved having something to look forward to every day. your pictures were wonderful and really evolved over your year and i hope to see you back in a blog sometime soon.

  2. It's been a pleasure to follow your blog, seeing how you and your daughter both worked on it together. I do hope that you will begin another one.

    Best of everything to you and your family in 2012!

  3. Jeanine & Emily ... thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with us each day ... it has been a true delight to read each day. I do hope you will continue ... I look forward to seeing more photography from you both.
    All the best for 2012 with your new endeavours ... Christine

  4. Emily,

    Actually, I wouldn't say the details you and your Mom shared on this blog were "small mediocre things" at all. I was continually struck by what a stellar year you were both having, full of travel, friendship, fun, love, and extraordinary opportunities you both had the drive, fortune and astuteness to seize.

    I was very moved by your recent post. Many a lament for projects left undone comes from people decades older than you. It sounds like you are doing well to grasp what it means to pursue and not quite achieve those personal goals, at just sixteen. Yes, you are doing a lot of things right, and so much lies ahead for you. I liked the Europe photos a lot. Best of luck to you and your Mom.


  5. bravo! and let's do a standing "O" for that too. I recognized Amsterdam and, though I've never been there, Paris too. Bravo (did I say that already?) :~)