my project

So. I have a personal project. It’s just a little fellow of a project, but it is so needed right now in my days-and-weeks-that-fly-by-at-warp-speeds kind of life.

My kids mean everything to me. I want to remember everything (well, some things could be left out) about their childhood. I realized this as I looked over the other day and realized that I HAVE A TEN YEAR OLD CHILD. How and when in the world did that happen? Ten years come and gone…like THAT.

In steps photographer mommy. This is where I am supposed to shine, right? Photographing their every sweet smile, silly dance, or quirky moment. Excuses happen, laziness happiness, work happens, LIFE happens…and their smiles, dances, and moments don’t get photographed. But yet, it means so much to me and I never want to regret. Not even the tiniest of things.

But I have four. FOUR KIDS. That’s a lot of kids in my book. So, carrying around a camera and constantly taking pictures just ain’t going to happen…just keeping in real people. So. Back to My Project. It starts with an internal vow that I will take more everyday pictures of my kids. It ends with a promise that every year, around each of my children’s birthdays, I am their own little paparazzi for a day. I will document “a day in the life” of each of my children. I will capture them being them at that time in their life….which is exactly what I want. I love it because I get to hang out with them and photograph them while doing it…they love it because they get tons-o-mom attention, get to do things they love all day, and get to show off what they love doing.

So, without further adieu, I present…A day in the life of my two year old monkey…Little I.

Breakfast was important to capture as it is such an important part of I’s life.  That kid. LOVES. TO. EAT.

So in love with his blonde mess of a bedhead in the mornings.

Not potty trained yet, but at least he sits on it.  Baby steps people, baby steps.

Smiling and playing in the bath tub is a huge accomplishment…considering he would scream bloody murder for the first two years of his life while in the bath tub.  I said he loves food, not water.

Always want to remember his little voice asking us to read him a book.  3,067 times a day.

My momma heart is melting into a big pile of goo.

Showing off his sweet moves.

Heart.  Melting.  Again.

Thanks for spending a day with us.  His day is just another day for the rest of the world, but it means everything to me.  Little I.  2 years and 11 months.



  1. anita says:

    this is beautiful jean! love this project. and isaac is beautiful! yes i wish i could tell my kids to stop growing up so fast, but i have a feeling it just gets faster, huh?

  2. Shannon Dodge says:

    Ok. MY heart is melting and I have never met this child. What a SWEET sweet, adorable boy. Love these captures. I just shot an entire day of Emma and plan to do one of August since he just turned 1. I LOVE “a day in the life of” shoots. Love this. Gorgeous!

  3. These are amazing. I need to do this sooo bad with mine too. These are such an inspiration and are so beautiful! It really is just the tiny little thing that mean so much. I love the toilet one by the way!

  4. Patience says:

    Thats really awesome. 🙂 He is adorable!

  5. I love these Jean. This is a great project. These are my favorite pictures to take, and oh so important. I love it!

  6. Ken says:

    Great pictures, Jean. Your boys never wear shirts . . . I’m surprised they’re not more tan . . . 🙂

  7. Joy says:

    This makes me want to bawl my head off- especially after all the conference talks about death combined with Drew’s birthday yesterday. These moments are PRECIOUS and are the things we will treasure always. I MUST do this, too.

  8. Gabi says:

    What a great idea! Love it! Fabulous pics!

  9. Colibriphoto says:

    What a fantastic idea! I so love your photography! How in the world do you do all of this with 4 kids?! You have all my respect! ; ) Great photos!

  10. Jackie P says:

    moments to treasure…that’s for sure! what a handsome little man you have!

  11. christina says:

    He is just adorable! I love all of the candid moments AND the posed oneS!

  12. Allison says:

    I am inspired…I might just do the same. Awesome Jean!

  13. Sharon Tonnies says:

    So, so sweet Jean!! This is the best project in the world! What a cutie! I try to do this, but I’m not nearly as good as you. Though seeing you each year helps! 🙂

  14. This is AMAZING!!! I love every bit of it. And you have inspired me 🙂

  15. Kari Dawson says:

    All KINDS of awesomeness! He’s such a doll! I always love your unique perspective.

  16. kelly says:

    those are just perfect….i love your new project! you are so right – you blink and they’re 2. you blink and they’re 4. i can’t imagine having a 10 yr old! girl, you’re amazing. and these photos are priceless. 🙂

  17. Anne K says:

    What a gorgeous blonde model! He is precious Jean! You just reminded me to get my camera out more often 🙂

  18. brooke says:

    Totally inspired.. I am going to do this.. a day in the life with your kids is so wonderful! My kids totally get the shaft and I’ve had it 🙂 These are beautiful and your boy is gorgeous!

  19. Molly Tyner says:

    Love it! What a great idea, he is beautiful Jean!

  20. Mikki says:

    Soooo many adorable pictures. Did I miss his birthday? Man, I suck…big time.

  21. Jennifer says:

    OMG…..this is by far one of your best posts EVER and you, my friend, have had a lot of great posts!! i have been wanting to do this with each of my kiddos and around their birthday time is perfecto. what a fantastic project that you will treasure forever!

  22. Jennifer says:

    ps. love the size of your cereal bowls! my kind of family!!

  23. Juliann says:

    Love these!!! The one of him laying in bed with his first finger in his mouth is my favorite. I see him do that all the time. Boy, I wish you could spend a day in the life with my kids. You have such talent that I wish sometimes I could put my life in reverse so you could have captured important moments from your perspective. :0)

  24. Anne says:

    And this is why I became a photographer…thank you for reminding me of this! What treasures you have created!

  25. Iv’e been thinking about doing something like this for a while, but I get so busy that I never act on it. I am in LOVE with these carefree images that just tell such a huge story! Smart woman you are to do this for you children and to help you to never forget each passing year…..tear! I have three kids and my oldest is 10… I also think “where in the world did the time go”? Love these beautiful images!!

  26. oh jean, these are wonderful! how happy they must make you mama!

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