Week in the Life 2014

Week in the Life 2014 Photo Book: Wednesday

This is the third post detailing the pages of my 2014 Week in the Life photo book. You can view all of the posts in this series here.

The intro spread for Wednesday features an image of my daughter's hand as she puts away silverware from the dishwasher. This was a newish chore for her at the time that has now become routine.

Another morning. Another tale about scrambling and disorganization. This week was so painfully revealing.

This is, hands-down, my favorite spread in the book.

I can remember the trip we made to Target to pick out hats and gloves. It was a first time for us California transplants. The temperature had taken a dive on the morning pictured (it was mild and in the 70's just the day before).

This image captures one of the first times she wore the hat, and it would become a staple accessory throughout the rest of the cold season. But, sometime after the start of the year, the hat was gone. Lost. Left on a bus, or on a playground...somewhere.

We have other hats. I'm not sentimental about this one. It's just the magic of photography and memory keeping. What you wind up preserving is often unexpected.

To create the overlay effect on the photo:

  • I stamped repeatedly with another digital brush from Ali Edwards' What Today Looked Like collection.
  • I alternated colors and played with the opacity settings on the brushes to create the gradient effect.
  • I then used the Quick Selection tool + Refine Edge to mask out my daughter and place her on a separate layer. This creates an illusion that the words BRING ON THE ROUTINE are floating in the air between my daughter and my husband. 

The PNG days of the week stamp on the right page is from the same What Today Looked Like collection.

The mess in the background of this image is killing me. So are all the splashed drops of coffee on the espresso machine. But...the mess is real. Life was kind of messy during this week. I'm not sure how clearly I would have seen it if I didn't have all the photographic and journaling evidence.

I do not take self-portraits or duck-faced selfies. It's far outside of my comfort zone. As is capturing an image of me eating on the couch. But, for this project, I went there. It's up to me whether I'm judging harshly what I see here, or treating the sight of my whole self with kindness. Not including this image would not be the truth. It is the story of the way life looked for me 6-weeks post surgery, unemployed, and at home.. 

I used the same stamping technique here as I used in the Starbucks image from Tuesday.

Here, a story about one of the the most tender moments I've ever had with my daughter. It was by far the sweetest moment I had that week, and it came on a day when not much went particularly well. I've copied the story below for ease of reading:

Lyra is putting the finishing touches on a homemade couch fort andI get down on the ground to snap a a few images. Because of my surgery, I generally avoid getting low because getting back up ispainful, if not outright impossible. 

After I get a few pictures of her fort, I let her know that I'm going to the next room to lie down for a bit. She asks if I could please bring her her iPod and I say sure, but it will take me a minute to get up from the floor. 

She crawls out of the fort and says, "No problem I'll help you." 

And she extends her sweet little hands to me. In that moment I have to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed and crying. I kiss her hands and tell her, “Thank you for being so kind and caring.”

And then I notice that the shirt she is wearing has a huge heart. 

I keep holding her hand and I ask her, "Can I take a picture of your big huge heart?" 

And she says, "Sure. Y'know, my heart really is this big!"

And I said, "It sure is baby. It's at least that big."

Final spread for Wednesday. A pile of dishes in the sink, following a refrigerator clean out + some get real journaling about the mess of the day. The stamping technique I used on the photo is the exact same I used on the image of my daughter heading out the door, above. The TODAY WAS A CHALLENGE brush is also from Ali Edwards' What Today Looked Like collection.