Last December: shot with my Canon MarkII with my 24-70 lens to capture as much of the living room as possible.
I admire so many blogs and Instagram feeds. I see lovely white spaces, clean homes with beautiful furnishings. I am in awe of people who take pictures of food and make it look like art.
But these are not my story. And as much as I might try to imitate someone else’s blog or feed, I will end up frustrated because I can only be who I am. It’s far better to embrace your own story. No one has one quite like you.
When I first grabbed my camera for this shot, I intended to focus on my baby in the box. She made this little nest herself and I walked through and saw her watching TV in her box. But, as I looked through the lens I took in the whole scene and knew I wanted to remember it just as it was: the mess, the lazy kids in front of the television, the sparkle of the season…
It’s a page out of my life’s story that I want to remember, an ordinary day at the Stover home. Not perfect, not cleaned up. The kids are practically comatose in front of the television. But years from now I can imagine they will look and look at this picture finding things they remember from their childhood. From the ornaments on the tree to the furniture and what will one day be a dinosaur of a computer on the desk in the office, it will fill them with sweet (I hope) memories of home.
Your mission if you choose to accept it: here is the secret to finding your story – take a picture of an ordinary day every day for a week. Your home, the inside of your car, your desk. Where you live, what you do, the people or animals who live your story with you. See what it tells you about yourself.
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