My photography passion has always been photography of my family.  This tends to get a bad rap among photographers online, likely due to the large numbers of mothers who take up photography and the misogyny in online culture.  I have the privilege of not needing to prove myself, though, and so I make a point of vocalizing how important I think family photography is (Does anyone care that you've made the 2 millionth photo of a bird?  Not really.  But they'll care about that photo of a loved one since passed on.).

After dabbling with adjacent ideas for a while, in 2020 when covid-19 quarantine hit I got a lot more time at home, and I decided to commit to a 365 project.  Taking photos often is good practice, of course, but having the structure that forces me to take a photo every day, even if I'm not feeling like it, has been really helpful in stretching me.  There's a small private Flickr group from members of The Family Photographer community, and following the lead of a few people there I write captions for every day's image as well, often a few short paragraphs.  I've never been able to keep a journal, but this has given me a way to not only keep track of what's happening in our lives, but also record my feelings of the moment, through the combined medium of photos and text.  I heartily recommend the practice to anyone, family photographer or not.

2020 is also the year that I started shooting film.  So much of the online film community seems to shoot either models (the r/analog youngsters with their medium format SLRs) or old British churches (the online bloggers with sometimes positively ancient cameras).  A young active child who insists she doesn't understand directions is quite a more challenging subject, and I want to get more information out on the net about the experience of shooting this way with these cameras.  That, I suppose, is the driving force behind this blog.

There are a number of people who have shared years of their families' experiences in photos online for the rest of us to participate in, and I'm indebted to them for that.  In particular, I would recommend you to follow these fine photographers: