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Both Sides of the Lens | A Personal Project | 2023

A few days ago I decided to a personal project this year, which turned into Both Sides of the Lens. Several years ago I did a 365 project but I haven’t done anything like that since. I knew a 365 project was a huge undertaking, and let’s face it, it was already mid January. One of the main reasons I had started with photography was my kids. Documenting them growing up and their lives. As many moms, I find that I’m not in as many pictures with my kids. That’s because I am the one taking the photos.

As I was thinking about how I needed to be in more photos, an idea came to me. I would set up my tripod and using the interval timer on my camera (which is one of my favorite features!) and document normal activities I do with my kids.

My daughter and I are currently reading the same book. I did this with my boys when we read the entire Harry Potter series together. We would talk about where we were in the book and discuss it when we had all finished it. Then we would watch the movie. After that I actually read a couple other series with them and I really enjoyed it. So now I’m doing the same with my daughter. This was the perfect thing to start my project with.

A Personal Project | 2023

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these photos. Of course they would go in my yearly blurb family albums (that I am way behind on!), but I didn’t know if it was going to be something I’d share business wise as it’s not the type of photography I offer. That changed when I posted in my Click Elite group I am a part of. I shared there to share with other creatives. I was invited to be a part of an instagram loop called Both Sides of the Lens. My original plan was once a month, but this group posts every other week so I have a lot of planning to do with future photos!

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Below is the image I shared for the project. Scroll down to see a couple more from the series.

both sides of the lens project. An image of mom and daughter sitting on the couch together. They are both reading the same book on their kindles.

Here are some of the other keepers from the project. I look forward to sharing more throughout the year! Let me know if you have any ideas for other activities I should photograph. I was only planning on doing 12, and now need to come up with more!

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Heather Kelly Photography is a CT photographer specializing in Newborns, Families, and Pets since 2011. Offerings also include headshots, maternity, and babies. Our full-service portrait studio is located in Newtown, CT and serving all of CT and parts of NY.