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Photography tips for capturing everyday memories of family, home, and life

Project Life Creative Team 2015 – I’m on it!

EVERYONE! I am SO excited to announce that I am officially a member of the 2015 Project Life Creative Team. You can see my profile and meet the rest of the creative team at BeckyHiggins.com. Imagine that! I’m sure you’re thinking – that’s great news!!! But… what does that mean? It means that I get access to a full suite of digital products on the Project Life App and, when I do that, I’m going to send them to Becky’s team. They’ll pick their favorites and share them on Becky’s blog. That’s it! In terms of How I Sustain blog, not much will change – except that you’ll probably see more Project Life related posts or scrapbooking spreads. Because I’ll be doing more memory keeping projects. And because I like to share the things that I make. And because when I make things with the Project Life App I think they’re really pretty. And because you might think they’re pretty too. Can you tell I’m excited?! In celebration of this awesome opportunity, I want to …

A Little Creative Inspiration

For almost a year, I have dreamed about visiting the DeCordova Sculpture Museum & Park, located in Lincoln, Massachusetts – just 15 minutes from our house. A year. Thankfully, I’m on a bit of a high after a surprisingly wonderful weekend with my nephew, Max, and me in Vermont (more on that later) and decided it was about time to visit this amazing place. DeCordova did not disappoint! The juxtaposition of modern art in the woods is consuming, in a way. You can’t help but admire how the light touches the sculptures, or how different they look depending on the angle of view. The gift shop – in itself – was absolutely inspiring. I left there feeling like I needed to get home and create immediately… and look up 150 different books and artists that I just HAVE TO know more about. The museum is small, but diverse. One large, open gallery featured some beautiful – and totally creepy – sculpture art by an artist that pulls her inspiration from the haunting words of Emily …

Phone Photography Project!

Last year I took the Big Picture Classes Phone Photography Project and was immediately convinced of two things: 1. it was time to finally convert to an iPhone 2. your phone can do so much more than you thought.   Looking back on the photos I took at that time, I’m still impressed with myself. And while I would love to take all of the credit, the truth is that the class – and the instructors – pushed me to think differently about how I capture the places and things I see every day. This was especially meaningful last year, as we packed up our city life and moved to a small suburban town. It was bittersweet. And capturing those last moments – a summary of moments that reflect the years we spent in the city we grew to love – gave me the emotional time and space to say goodbye to adopted routines and favorite coffee shops with a gravity and finality. Of course, we still discuss moving back regularly… Anyway. When Big Picture …

Meme and Pepe are back!

One Little Word: Spring Forward

For several years Ali Edwards has started her year with a word. No resolutions or promises to break, just one little word to check back on for guidance or reflection. As she describes it, “You live with it. You invite it into your life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.” This year is all about moving forward. So join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us. It’s been a while since I wrote about my one little word: Forward. But I assure you, it’s not because I lost interest. So much has changed these last few months… One. For starters, it’s summer. Two. We’re very happy that it’s summer! Three. My inlaws are back in town! Four. So many projects have been done around the house! Five. Our family is semi-officially growing in a weird, nontraditional – but awesome – way. (Eventually I’ll explain) Six. We’re planning for a Happy Family Movement summer. With a bucket list. The kind …

This place that I love

There is this place that I love. It’s half a day’s drive from here. And if you went there, you would think it was nice, but not special. Not as special as I think it is. Because most of its magic comes from years of memories of others. Some of those memories are mine. Many of them are my mother’s and her mother’s and their friends. And each year that we travel there, during each brief visit, we are transfixed. Set in place. You see, time stops there. It reduces to a pace so slow that you can count a thousand moments as the second hand passes each minute, each hour. And time empties itself into more time. Night comes. Morning comes. And each time of day is magical. That is my happy place.   We were last there in 2012 during our “baby-moon”. It was our last hurrah before Max entered our lives and shook it all up. So we drove. A lot. We saw places and things we wouldn’t be able to see …

so excited about the olive edition core kit!

Organize those old printed photos

In 2002, my father gave me my first SLR (film) for a combo Christmas-Birthday present, in June. Sure, it made no sense. My birthday is in January. Christmas is in December. But he knew I was looking for a hobby and photography was something that he had enjoyed in his early adulthood as well. I loved that camera. I still have it. I took it everywhere. With a comfortable job and no debts at the time, the only limit to the photos I took was the subjects themselves, so I used every possible opportunity as an excuse to document something. My sisters had proms, dance recitals, sleepovers with friends. I took my cats on walks. I roamed my home city at the time. I made up excuses to visit downtown Boston to take pictures of statues. I documented it all. And it was awesome. The only downside to a hobby like photography is that you end up with a lot of pictures. For years I have organized and reorganized stacks upon stacks of photos that …

Recommendations for Your Maternity Photo Session

Last year I wrote about why I wanted a maternity photo session. I wanted to follow up with some advice for those of you thinking of doing one as well. I should start with a very simple statement to the first question I get asked – was it worth the money? YES. A thousand times over. However, keep in mind you need to be prepared for something like this, especially if you’ve never done an individual shoot outside of your wedding. Maybe it’s a New England thing, but I know several friends that found themselves feeling very awkward and pose-y throughout their shoots. And it shows in their pictures. Here are some tips on what I learned in doing my own shoot: 1. Find a photographer you will be comfortable with. This is essential to having a successful shoot. If you have a friend that takes photos, consider your relationship: is this person someone you feel completely comfortable with? is it someone you can goof around with? someone that understands pregnancy, babies, and the relationship …

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It’s not the Camera that Takes Nice Pictures (Project Life: Week 10)

The title of this post is more of a PSA (public service announcement) than what I really want to discuss: why some people have amazing photos of their kids and most people don’t. In short: they know how to take nice photographs! Lately I have had a lot of people ask me what kind of camera I have. And they’re asking because they see all of these beautiful photographs of my baby and want to know how they can take equally nice photographs. My short answer is – it’s not that simple. The longer explanation involves 12 years of experience, several classes, and the opportunity for a new subject (baby Max!), which just happens to do a lot of cute things and will lay there all day while I snap away. It’s true that you can do a lot with a simple point-and-shoots in the right lighting (or the new iPhone, which is the best camera phone on the market). And I think if you’re reading this and thinking that you want to get into …

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Preparing for Baby’s First Immunizations (Project Life: Week 9)

This is the week I started calling myself “mom.” I know, that sounds crazy. My baby was more than two months old, but I had felt that life was way too easy and had yet to earn my ‘parenting stripes’, so to speak. But that changed SO quickly. And suddenly I found myself saying “plleeeeaasse, Max, be good to mommy!” “pleeeaasse, baby, mommy needs sleep…” “pleeeaaasse, Maxie, feel better for mommy…” I think all parents eventually reach the point where they learn the harsher reality of parenting – sometimes it’s really hard. Our trial-by-fire came the weekend of Thanksgiving. And that was unfortunate, becasuse there is not a lot of forgiveness during the holidays.There are no sick days when the entire family has yet to see the baby. You have to suck it up and BE. A. PARENT. A real parent. A sleep-deprived, slightly hopeless, parent. First, let’s start with the lesson. The lesson is three-part, and here it is: 1. When scheduling baby’s first shots, expect a sleepless night or two. 2. Expect the …

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Real Life with a Newborn (Project Life: Week 6)

How time flies! I am posting baby’s Project Life album from when he was 6 weeks old.. in real time, when he’s actually 6 months old. I like taking lessons from just about everything that happens in life. And the theme for this PL post is a great opportunity to remind myself of setting attainable goals and following through, even if it takes a while to get there. Real life isn’t about being perfect. Sometimes we get confused by that when we’re feeling down, maybe spending a little too much time reading twitter feeds and facebook posts about how great everyone else’s life is. It’s easy to see those things and think – well THEY don’t have a sick baby haunting them all night, THEY don’t have the work pressures I do, THEY don’t have the responsibilities I do. OH stop it. Everyone has gripes and challenges. But do you really want to read about how awful someone’s day was? How horrible their job is? How hard it is to be THEM? No! It’s depressing. …