July 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment
What's the shortest distance between two lifestyle photographers? A beautiful mess.
When my good friend and fellow 'tog Stephanie from Stephanie Lawless Photography moved all the way to Texas last month, I was heartbroken. I cried every day and ate nothing but Ben & Jerry's straight from the tub for a whole week. Okay, maybe it wasn't quite *that* dramatic... but it did kinda suck. ;)
Luckily, we found a way to stay close through our similar styles of work, in a documentary-based collaborative photography project we've titled "Beautiful Messes." Each month we will feature a post on each of our blogs, documenting the unique and silly messes created by our kids (4 of them between us!).
Our goal through all of this? Well, first and foremost, to have some fun, and to give our kids the most unique collection of baby book photos on the block. But it's also a lot more than that.
Like most parents of young children, we spend more time than we'd probably like on cleaning up the messes our kids make - whether it's a trail of toilet paper, scattered toys, or muddy footprints in the hallway. But if we step back a bit, these messes can be viewed as something beautiful, too: and that's evidence. Evidence that our children were here, that they were young and carefree, and they let their imagination run wild. That they played, they laughed, and they left behind daily reminders of it all, whether we liked it or not. Our children's messes are the breadcrumb trail of their youth, and we feel that they should be documented as such. Because, like youth itself, these messes - and the beautiful moments they represent - are fleeting.
Thanks for joining us. We hope you like what we - well, our kids - come up with!
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