It’s been a long winter, and a long time since I blogged anything. I have to admit to you that I have had a significant case of social media fatigue. I love connecting with family and friends and clients and colleagues, and meeting new people online. Its cool and fun and something that could never have happened just a decade ago. But, its also exhausting. To be constantly “on”, to be interesting all the time (and you know, I am not all that interesting most of the time…well, maybe you didn’t know that before now LOL), to be positive and happy and flattering and fluffy…ugh. Its just too much sometimes, and just not me in general.
So I have been hiding from it for the most part this winter. Especially since its all changing again and its time to start learning some things, like google+ and some others that I am too tired to even think about (seriously, I like things JUST the way they are…and that is indicator number one that I am showing my damned age. Which is why I will learn it despite my ageing grey matter, and fight it like hell!)
Okay, today will be a post to ease back into this social media habit. I have been working on a personal project for the last few days, and I will start there. I have spent an ENORMOUS amount of time burning old cds and DVDs of my personal family photos to a new hard drive. Its important and SUPER boring/time-consuming/mind-numbing work. But important (seriously people, you need to do it too…I found several discs that were unreadable and not a few corrupt files…I did this not a moment too soon!). THANKFULLY, House of Cards started last Friday so I did a several day marathon watching it and got this job done (dear lord can some of my friends PLEASE finishing watching because I am BURSTING to talk about how awesome it was…and my kids say I am terrible at giving away spoilers so SERIOUSLY this is painful to keep my mouth shut…)
Anyhoo… (<–that was for my husband, inside joke – he makes fun of me for using made up words…I say, its my blog so I can make up whatever the heck I want!)
I am going for some low hanging fruit today so I can get a post done. Just start, right?
As you can imagine, while burning 12 years worth of digital files of my children, I can across some amazing and long forgotten images and today, you get to see a few of them (I promise, I will get back to clients soon!). LOVED seeing the years go past me on the screen, and it was so interesting to me that I saw a lot of patterns in my kids personalities showing up in the images. Things that they like or dislike today, or faces they make or places they go, represented even when they were littles.
When you are living in the moment and busyness of raising children, you don’t always notice those patterns. For example, my son has been seen in those images doing karate, long before he ever took a class or knew what he was doing (he now has his junior black belt and is going to an international tournament later this year). My oldest has ALWAYS loved the camera and you can see her hamming it up, “modelling” even from her baby years all the way til now, as an adult (even her first photo with Santa is perfectly posed LOL). My youngest daughter was photographed at various ages sleeping in weird and funny positions and places…including just this past weekend in the long car drive home on family day…but I promised to NEVER show that photo haha!
This same daughter has become VERY interested in art over the last year, and of course, in the photos of our past I can see this was there all along. This set of images shows her at age 3.5, being her little artist self (also a bit of a silly drama queen…yeah, that part is also still the same!)
This set was taken in my old office when I had my studio here in the house (I do sort of miss that…it was super convenient). Also the decor in this room was actually my version of a Harry Potter room/castle walls, back when faux finishing was so in style (the room had previously been my oldest daughters bedroom, and she was Harry Potter crazy before there ever was a movie about him).
Memories on many levels in these images…
(apparently I didn’t have a table in that office for her to use haha!)
Hey, look here for a picture…blank stare, rolls eyes, breaks out laughing. Silly girl! When she saw these images on the weekend, she said “yeah, I really was a dramatic child, wasn’t I?”
My kids are all teens now (she is 13), and there lots of great things about the teen years (yes, there is! believe me!) But there are also small things that I just miss about when they were small. The curls in her messy hair… the dimpled little hands, the soft cheeks, the giggles…
My favourite part of these next two images are the feet (one sock on, one off), and the sassy body language (that part is definitely less cute in the teen years haha!)
From week to week, year to year, time is just flying by! But this weekend, I had a chance to travel back in time a bit to remember, visit and cherish. Its probably the thing I needed to do to get out of this winter funk, and its motivating me to take more photos of them now, even though they rarely will let me share them (certainly never without their explicit permission).
Julie Tauro is a Kitchener Waterloo photographer and the owner at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She also might have teared up a time or two looking through these old family images.