Hi, guys. How are you? No, really, how are you? I think I am finally past the “this is so surreal” stage, and have moved into the “I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day” stage. (In case you are formally documenting the stages of self-distancing/sheltering in place/quarantine.) I’ll level with you: I have been in tears over the current situation several times. My kiddos really miss school, their teachers, and friends. My business – like most non-essential businesses – has taken this hard as I cancel sessions and school photos. I’ve wondered if I am not as introverted as I thought because I have felt moments of real loneliness. I worry about our future, short-term and long-term.
And, as I tend to do, I have shoved that anxiety far, far down in order to function and think about other things. To be – let me get out my Spongebob rainbow hands – creative. Having something else to focus on helps. I find it really centers me; it even fires me up. I started a course on film (because I’d love to include that in sessions at some point) and have been taking short home movies. Hopefully I will be able to share one with you soon.
I want to share something else with you first, though. I put together a guide about documenting your every day during this time. It has some tips about what you can take photos of, and how, and what you can do to take better images. Your family will certainly remember the year 2020, so taking photos of the details and putting it into an album will aid in future storytelling.
My hope is that this guide might – I hope – get you out of your own head long enough to focus on the story in front of you rather than the what-ifs of the future.
You can download it by clicking this link.
Stay well, and I hope that I will be able to see you all in person sooner rather than later! In the meantime, I’ll share some photos from our Stay At Home.