A little over a year ago, I got this idea (I’m sure after seeing something similar on the internet – I’m really not that creative). The idea was to take a daily portrait of Swee’Pea and TheMonk starting on their 4th birthday and ending on their 5th birthday. And so we did.
Over 365 days, Swee’Pea and TheMonk posed for 312 portraits – which averages out to six portraits a week. So, six out of seven days every week they took their portrait. The rules were simple. The kids could make whatever face they wanted and I would try and take only one photo no matter what it came out like (this didn’t always work but for the most part it was one take only). As you can see, Swee’Pea is not as much a morning person as TheMonk. The range of her photos from frowns to smiles to one flat-out tantrum is quintessentially Swee’Pea. TheMonk, on the other hand, liked to experiment with faces and loved seeing them on my digital display each morning. His photos too capture the true essence of TheMonk.
If I had to do it over again I would have chosen a flat wall rather than the back of our door. I thought it would create a good center point for the kids but instead it made it very obvious when they moved from their mark. I also would have put the camera on a tripod rather than me on my knee but this was the last thing we did each morning before leaving and we were often rushed so a quick snapshot was all we could do. The editing isn’t as sophisticated as I pictured in my head but I still really love watching the transformation.
The music was chosen for the sole reason that they are our most played songs right now. The kids love both of them and we have been known to boogie to these songs while getting ready for bed. It just seemed fitting to include them here.
So, without further ado, I give you Year Four of Swee’Pea and TheMonk:
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