My quarantine life - a five part series... been posting little stories on my Instagram instead of blogging.
Enjoy! (Continued from last week's blog post...)
Copied from Instagram, April 23rd:
First of all, I just adore photos that I take in parents’ bedrooms. Whether our subject is babies rolling around on the big bed or older kids having the opportunity to play/hang out on their parents’ bed... that intimate setting is so often the creative space in the home that lends itself to the most gorgeous, lovely family moments when I’m shooting in families’ homes.
Now, the hilarity of this post (that I prepared a couple of days ago) is that I cannot get my butt in gear to do this yoga posture series remotely without my friend on FaceTime - she’s my yoga buddy and without her I have a hard time motivating. I’ve been a total bum all week so far! And yes, I should admit, in case you’re curious, I am a fan of the series created by *he who should not be named* but rhymes with Shmikram. We found the posture series’ audio online, so we listen to the instructor on headphones and watch each other on our screens. In the last month of quarantine we’ve probably only been able to carve out the 90 minutes once each of the weeks, but that one time? That’s my sanity and I just absolutely adore it. And maybe she and I will make it happen today!?! 🤞🏼#BBPwinfortheday
Copied from Instagram, April 24th:
I’m always looking to show the good in what your kids can do together — it’s fun to remember those times.
But it’s still shocking and wonderful when it happens here at my own house, in the wild. 🦄 #BBPwinfortheday
Copied from Instagram, April 25th:
Guilt, Milestones & Projects
I feel guilt about missing milestones for my clients, and I know that’s weird. I know we’re all staying home for the greater good, but these parents who have new tinies at home and who did maternity photos with me... or the ones who did six month photos and we were so excited to do one year photos... or the ones who do their spring/fall annual plan with me every year and then we make a book showing how their kids grow... ugh I feel guilty! I feel like I’m letting them down by rescheduling all these sessions. Of course I know I shouldn’t feel guilt but it’s not logic that’s driving the feeling, it’s emotion. So that’s where my head’s at today.
I was looking back through old IG posts and found this one - and the fact that it was a daddy doing a project with his big girl while mama held their newborn in the background just reminded me of how much family time we’re all having these days. And how exhausting and intense it was when my girls were toddler/newborn age. So today I’m sending some guilt-laden love out there over the interwebs to those families with littles. Not only do I feel guilt for not being there to document your tinies, but I also know how hard you’re working every day just to keep your kids fed and happy during this quarantine. Projects? Oy! If you even have time for one, I’m impressed.
So at my house I have a ten year old and a fourteen year old, so there’s no shortage of “projects” happening on any given day for us. This one melted me a little when I found it. A fairy house, created with a friend over FaceTime after many hours with moss and a glue gun. I’m almost reluctant to post it because it seems a little tone deaf, actually. Look at this great project my kid did! My kid is old enough for projects! Please know it’s not posted with that in mind. I’m taking this one little good thing I found and posting it as my #BBPwinfortheday because it made me smile and feel so glad that my Sadie had connected with her friend on that day. Any tiny bit of connection we can get these days, we’ll take it.
Copied from Instagram, April 27th:
Birthdays before coronavirus and after are on my mind today, as I anticipate my daughter’s bestie’s 11th tomorrow, and then my own daughter’s 11th on Sunday. Birthday parties used to present such opportunities for photos.. the colors, the happy kiddos, the parents just loving on their littles. So the loss of those celebrations for me as a photographer really does hurt.
For now, though, I’m going to focus on the good of what we have going on. My little introvert is really digging her super creative prepping-for-friends’-birthdays time. Whether it’s painting rocks or painting birthday signs, having slow, relaxed creative time to prepare celebrations? That’s working really well for this girl right here. #BBPwinfortheday
Copied from Instagram, April 28th:
I’m a funny combination of messy and tidy. I like things organized - @thecontainerstore is completely my happy place - but I don’t mind a grungy kitchen floor. I feel better when it’s swept, but honestly it doesn’t impact me that much when there’s a sink full of dishes.
Maybe that’s why I love messy baby photos so much. I designed a whole minishoot series around it - I come to families’ homes and take pictures of their messy baby eating and then taking a bath because those are my absolute favorite kinds of baby photos. When their faces get all gooped up... they smear their food all over their tray... it’s just such a brief time of life. I just think it needs documenting. Soon enough they’ll be wiping their faces and not eating this way. Another part of this that I love, though, is the fact that it’s contained - we do it in a high chair - and then we pop the kiddo in a tub so we get them all cleaned up as part of the session.
Because the cleanup part? Not my fave. And with everyone home these days, don’t you feel like you CANNOT keep the kitchen clean? Endless, endless cleanups.
But all that being said, this little thing we’ve started with the girls’ amazing cousin @emmy_mcd11 is a weekly mess I’m willing to live with. Emmy’s a gorgeous painter (and corrections officer for her day job - 👮- extraordinary human much?) and she’s been so generous with her time recently. She’s doing these painting dates with my girls and they’re really just totally out of this world. ✨🎨 ✨#BBPwinfortheday
Copied from Instagram, April 29th:
It’s those moments captured, little tiny moments. In the old days (pre-Covid) I would get such bubbled up joy from things like a couple of beautifully lit little girls who were willing to settle in for a book by a gorgeous window.
These days, I miss willing subjects more that I can explain. Truly.
But a game of Clue the other night got my team of sisters into the weirdest, giggliest mood... and resulted in them wrestling on the couch. With smiles on their faces, not the “I could literally kill you” wrestling... the slower, sillier kind of wrestling, where they’re kind of calm with it and I don’t worry that anyone’s headed to the ER imminently. Thank you, Mr. Green in the Library with the Candlestick. #BBPwinfortheday
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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