"...home is wherever I'm with you..." - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Towards the end of last year, I found myself in two different, yet equally sad predicaments: 1) I was lacking direction with my personal photography, and 2) I realized I had been in so few "real" photos over the past twelve months, my children may very well look back and assume I wasn't there most of the time. I decided to tackle both challenges at once by starting a collective self-portrait project: Wherever I'm With You. It's a collaboration of exceedingly talented and lovely photographers who are all committing to one simple task: be IN at least one image per month. It's really more of an emotional and logistical challenge, trying to get past our personal hang-ups and control issues to relinquish shutter power to a spouse, child or a self-timer, but I'm confident that the outcome will be priceless for each of us.
I am incredibly lucky that all of these amazing ladies agreed to go in on this with me, and I urge you to click over to the site and take in all their beautiful work in one place. It's a simple story, parent and child together, but when seen collectively through so many different points of view, it becomes so much more powerful than the sum of its parts. I hope you'll take a few extra moments this year to follow us through this project and, photographer or not, that it will inspire you to also find a way to get in front of the camera a little more often. So many of us take on the large responsibility of documenting the stories of our families, and we can't forget that that includes us, too.
These images below are my first attempt, a vignette of a common pastime for myself and my oldest, as captured by my husband, but I saved the image dearest to my heart for the group page. If you haven't already, please head on over to visit Wherever I'm With You. You won't be disappointed, I promise!