52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The Last Two Weeks

The photos for the last two weeks of the year are the obvious culprits.

Week 51

Week 51, with the Dog
Story contained in this post.

Week 52

Week 52, Christmas Jammies
Visual story contained in this post.

 

You’ve already seen them, so this post brings you nothing new visually. But stick with me just a moment.

I’ve started working on a photo-slash-word book of this project for the boys. For myself. I didn’t know what to expect when I started out 52 weeks ago. I thought I’d take pictures of the boys and end up with some cute photos at the end. And I did. I scored some great shots over the year, ones that sit in frames atop the bookshelf in the living room and smile back at me from frames on the family photo wall. The visual aspect of watching them grow over the year is kind of awesome, and that reason alone makes the whole project worthwhile in my opinion.

What I didn’t expect to happen over the course of the project: The words that slowly came to accompany each photo. At first, I simply reiterated what the boys were doing in the photo or whined about how hard it was to get a good shot with low light and bad winter weather and so on. Not very interesting, not very to the point of the project.

Somewhere along the way, something more than words and descriptions began to accompany the photos. Instead of telling about the process of the photo-snapping, I began to tell stories. They weren’t necessarily the story that accompanied the photo of the week, but the stories belonged, they fit the project. The stories are as important as the photos; they always are.

The project of making this series into a book for the boys shifted gears from just a photo book to a book that allows more space for words, for the stories that nudged their way into this little project that evolved into something I didn’t quite expect. I’m most likely using a Blurb book, though I haven’t yet committed to a format or service just yet. I just know that I need to print out this year’s photos and stories for the two little boys that inspire me to be a better wife, mom, and person every day.

I have committed to continuing this series in 2014. I look forward to watching the boys grow visually throughout the next year under the scope of my lens — and writing and sharing the stories of that growth. I know it pushes me to grow right along with them each week, each step of the way.

 

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13 Comments

  1. YAY! I’m so glad you’re continuing this project. It’s my favorite.

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    • It really grew on me, especially when I started incorporating the stories. I can’t imagine not doing it now.

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  2. I have loved reading this project. It makes me happy you are continuing it.

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  3. I’m so happy that you are going to continue this series, it’s one of my favorites.

    Happy New Year.

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  4. I’m so glad you are continuing it…your boys are just so sweet! I like watching them grow and be cute brothers together too!

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    • I think I love how much everyone loves this little, mostly accidental series. Thanks!

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  5. You’ve inspired me to begin my own 52 weeks project with my two girls – love your photos and the stories that accompanied them. Great job! Happy New Year!

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    • OH GOOD! I look forward to watching your weeks tick by too!

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  6. I may start something like this with my new big girl camera :)

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    • OH YAY!

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  7. So glad you’re continuing this series. You know I love it!

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    • I was thinking of you when I decided to continue it!

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  8. You inspired me to start my own Project 52
    I take two or three pictures of our family For a weekly recap of the little moments that make up our lives. At the end of the year I hope to put together a book too.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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