This time of year, “the beginning”, as I like to call it. I always look forward to starting something new and looking back on previous years for something I’ve missed, creatively. I do suffer major creative burnout mid-December and I can’t wait to find that one thing that will visually inspire me when looking back on my personal photos. To help me with the process of complete disconnect, I do not touch my computer once I close in December, until the first of the year when I’m ready. That even means, not checking my work email or responding to work texts, as much as I would like to. This vacation allows me to be more present in my life and the lives of my children. Working from home has it’s benefits, but of course comes with negatives too. I’ll save that for another topic.
In my personal life I photograph my children almost everyday. You could say I’m buried in imagery. Knowing this, I remembered creating a styled photo shoot with my youngest boy, Peyton, in the Spring of 2012 when he was five. I took the time this past weekend to look for it. Low and behold…I found it! (Happy Dance) I loved taking a trip down memory lane and reviewed every image I took. Funny to know, my little guy still looks the same, but he’s just older and wiser.
Here’s what I found from that April day so long ago.
The styled photo shoot theme: Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on the top of his head.
One morning he couldn’t sell any caps. He began to feel very hungry, but had no money for lunch. “I think I’ll take a walk in the country.” said he. And he walked out of town- slowly, slowly, so as not to upset his caps.
He walked for a long time until he came to a great big tree. “That’s a nice place for a rest.” he thought. And he sat down very slowly, under the tree and leaned back little by little against the tree-trunk so as not to disturb the caps on his head.
When he woke up he was refreshed and rested. But before standing up, he felt with his hand to make sure his caps were standing in the right place. All he felt was his own cap.
The peddler spoke to the monkey’s. “You monkeys, YOU! Give me back my caps!” The monkey’s only shook their fingers back at him. This made the peddler angry, so he shook both his fists at the monkeys and said “You monkey’s, YOU! Give me back my caps!” But the monkeys only shook both their fists back at the peddler.
This was such a fun project to create with my child. My hope is to create a book of these images with the story within the next month. I’ll let you know how I do.
Styled Session Credits:
Hats bought at Target
Monkeys found at the Dollar Tree
Blazer, Shirt, Tie, Boots: Peyton already had these items in his closet.
Location: Carson Park, Eau Claire WI
Cheers to finding inspirational projects to create this year.
All for now.