I spend a lot of time taking pictures of other families, special moments, and celebrations.  But with my family, it’s easy to forget to pull out the camera – or, I am too busy taking pictures to enjoy the moment.  This year I decided I would embark on a Project 365.  If you don’t know what that means, it’s a term used for taking one picture each day throughout the year.  I’m loosely following this, because some days I just don’t remember to pick up my camera or I am sick.  I am making it easier on myself by also taking iPhone pictures, when I don’t have my big camera with me.  The pictures are for myself and my family, not necessarily to share with everyone else.

Why a Project 365?

I particularly wanted to embark on this project in 2017 because we are due with our second baby in July.  Our son is now 3 (and a half, if I’m honest), and his personality is just skyrocketing!  I want to capture these moments that we have, and remember the crazy things that he does.  I also want to make sure I have photographs of him with his baby brother or sister.  We sit down with our son right now and look through baby pictures of him, and he loves seeing what he was doing and how different or similar it is to now.  I can’t wait to sit down with both kids in the future and look back at these pictures!

Can Anyone Do This?

Any equipment will work for a Project 365!  On a professional camera, regular point and shoot, or even just your phone.  The important part is taking the pictures!  I know moms, especially, are pretty good at taking pictures of their kids with their phones.  But those pictures are just snapshots, there isn’t a specific purpose to them, and often they just stay on the phone forever (or worse, get lost when the phone crashes!).  Be more deliberate with what you take pictures of.  What do you want to remember 5, 10, or 15 years from now?  I will post examples of memories I have captured below.  I want to remember how his little hands looked when they held his train, or how much he loved his stuffed dog, “Monkey”.

Isn’t It Too Late to Start a Project 365?

No, it’s not! This is for YOU, so start it anytime!  Now!  But don’t forget; those pictures shouldn’t stay on your computer or phone forever.  Print them out!  Make a photo book, or print 4 x 6s.  Most of all, have a way to share them years from now.  Good luck, and I’d love to see some pictures that you have captured!

Working with his tools

Tiny hands on his favorite train

He loves going downhill

Cardboard tubes are fun!

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Senior models needed for complimentary sessions!  If you are a 2017 Senior, please EMAIL me at melinda@melindawilkinsonphotography.com with a snapshot.  I will forward an application and details.  Please DO NOT message me on Facebook or Instagram.  Sessions will take place in February/March on weekday evenings.

Share with your friends who would love a complimentary session!  Thanks so much!

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I had such a fun time working with Megan from Forevermore Photography the other night photographing for a great cause. Fashion designer Esé Azénabor showed her new line of gowns in the Women X Power event, benefitting My Refuge House, an organization which assists victims of human trafficking. We were there for the Step and Repeat as people arrived, but also got some fun behind the scenes pictures before the event.  It was a spectacular event, and I was honored to be a part of it.

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I met up with some other photographers a few days ago to explore Bishop Arts District and take some headshots.  While my business is based in Flower Mound, I often have sessions in Plano, Dallas, Frisco, Keller, and other areas surrounding the DFW metroplex.  I love getting to see new locations and the type of light it offers, as well as the different textures and backgrounds we can find.  I must say, I will definitely be returning to this location for a session!  Can you just picture a senior session here?  I can’t wait until I can get someone down there with me!

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Out of all of the products I offer, albums are what I love the most.  I can see myself sitting down with family years from now, looking back at the albums that showcase our memories together.  How my son has one little dimple that shows when he smiles, and how little he looked when he held his Daddy’s hand.  I want my clients to have these same opportunities in the future, to look back at their pictures of this time in their lives.  For that reason, I am so thrilled to announce that for our family, senior, and lifestyle newborn sessions, we will now be offering custom designed albums!  These are beautifully crafted, with either leather or linen cover options.  Images are printed on thick pages, which you will get to enjoy looking through for many years!  Are you excited for your next session, so you can receive one of these albums?

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