You may be wondering what the snapshot of the day has to do with Lent. Well... if you're unfamiliar with Lent, it's a period before Easter where you 'fast' from or give something up before Easter (intended to help us remember what God gave up for us when He sent His Son to die). Anyway. Part of what I'm giving up for Lent this year is a little "me" time, so that I can be more intentional and engaged with my kids. That doesn't mean I am not picking up a camera during Lent!! But I decided that I will be trying to just 'be' with them, rather than taking pictures of them right now. So... if we're doing some special activity or celebration where it makes sense to snap some pics, or if I can find other things to shoot during this period, I will participate in the 'snapshot a day'. But if not, I'm not going to try to get shots of the kids while I'm hanging out with them just so I can get a snap for the day.
Just wanted to let you guys know, since I rarely miss a snapshot day and you may wonder why you don't see so much from me.
Tangentially, I have mixed feelings about the snapshot a day 'experience', really. It's awesome in that it has caused me to take pictures I normally wouldn't, like the one of Micah at the eye doctor's, or even the cool snow swirl picture. I took those because I was trying to get a snap in for that day, not because I had some great plan in mind for an awesome portrait or something; and yet sometimes the snaps turned out to be neat things to remember or just cool pics, or both. OTOH, sometimes just trying to get a snap means I am just sticking a camera in my kids' faces needlessly when I could be engaged with them. So even after Lent I may try to use the kids a little less often and find other things to shoot 'along the way' of our daily lives. I mean, they're my favourite thing to take pictures of, but I may just not opt to take a shot of Micah eating lunch just because I need a snap, but rather find something else that day and spend lunch just chatting with my boy, you know? So they know they're more important than a photo. That's just me, and I guess it's silly to reflect so much on it here, but I just thought I'd share about Lent and that led me to sharing about this too. Hope you don't mind listening to my musings and ramblings!