Paying Attention: A June Project

On June 6 I started taking a daily photo in an effort to regroup a bit and get back into the practice of shooting for myself. I was recovering from minor surgery and couldn't run, and I found myself in a rut. It's been a bit of a crazy year, and it felt like both my motivation and creativity had taken a hit. I plan to stick with the project, as it's awakened me. I remembered that paying attention causes me to be more intentional and more grateful. While I'm not sure I'll blog each month's photos, I want to share what I captured this initial month, because I'm loving these photos.

 June 6: Morning light and nap time go hand in hand around here.

June 6: Morning light and nap time go hand in hand around here.

 June 7: Birthday dinner with beautiful friends (and baby Woody!).

June 7: Birthday dinner with beautiful friends (and baby Woody!).

 June 8: Mixing bread. I'm in a rhythm of making our bread using a sourdough starter, and I love the days when I actually bake it. The practice is good for our bodies and good for my soul.

June 8: Mixing bread. I'm in a rhythm of making our bread using a sourdough starter, and I love the days when I actually bake it. The practice is good for our bodies and good for my soul.

 June 9: Shaking off after a dip in the pond. While I couldn't run, Darby and I went for long walks, and I took my camera most days to practice noticing our everyday life.

June 9: Shaking off after a dip in the pond. While I couldn't run, Darby and I went for long walks, and I took my camera most days to practice noticing our everyday life.

 June 10: Nadine gives me a belated birthday gift and a new favorite t-shirt.

June 10: Nadine gives me a belated birthday gift and a new favorite t-shirt.

 June 11: Millie observes me observing her through our front window.

June 11: Millie observes me observing her through our front window.

 June 12: Anticipating my nephew's arrival at my sister's baby shower. He'll be here this month!

June 12: Anticipating my nephew's arrival at my sister's baby shower. He'll be here this month!

 June 13: Naughty.

June 13: Naughty.

 June 14: Kitchen windowsill.

June 14: Kitchen windowsill.

 June 15: Mellow Mushroom with my brothers. I love these kids.

June 15: Mellow Mushroom with my brothers. I love these kids.

 June 16: Mae Mae brought this little buddy all over the house after I gave it to her for a photo shoot. Check out  Emy and Annie   for more handmade goodness.

June 16: Mae Mae brought this little buddy all over the house after I gave it to her for a photo shoot. Check out Emy and Annie  for more handmade goodness.

 June 17: The boy who lived.

June 17: The boy who lived.

 June 18: Farmer's market haul.

June 18: Farmer's market haul.

 June 19: Four years of family photos. The families who keep coming back add depth and meaning to my work. I've been doing the Traycoff family's photos since before Lauren's birth.

June 19: Four years of family photos. The families who keep coming back add depth and meaning to my work. I've been doing the Traycoff family's photos since before Lauren's birth.

 June 20: Forlorn much? That dogs are so expressive makes me laugh.

June 20: Forlorn much? That dogs are so expressive makes me laugh.

 June 21: Three days later, baby Hank arrived.

June 21: Three days later, baby Hank arrived.

 June 22: Seeing what matters most. Through a paper towel roll.

June 22: Seeing what matters most. Through a paper towel roll.

 June 23: Before their shoot I asked myself "what does a boy at three look like?"

June 23: Before their shoot I asked myself "what does a boy at three look like?"

 June 24: To the lake!

June 24: To the lake!

 June 25: Buttermilk sourdough cherry scones on deck for the  Honey and Salt  retreat.

June 25: Buttermilk sourdough cherry scones on deck for the Honey and Salt retreat.

 June 26: I had half a day alone at the lake, and it was perfection.

June 26: I had half a day alone at the lake, and it was perfection.

 June 27: Finally sharing my favorite place with one of my besties.

June 27: Finally sharing my favorite place with one of my besties.

 June 28: Saying goodbye to the cabin but only for a few days.

June 28: Saying goodbye to the cabin but only for a few days.

 June 29: El Paso with my niece and the last few minutes of daylight.

June 29: El Paso with my niece and the last few minutes of daylight.

 June 30: Road trip from El Paso to home with my sister-in-law and her girls. Texas, in it's vastness, contains such beauty.

June 30: Road trip from El Paso to home with my sister-in-law and her girls. Texas, in it's vastness, contains such beauty.