My 2017 Photography Gratitude Project | Chicago Family and Children Photographer

Sometimes, I think it can be difficult see the beauty in our everyday experiences. As a photographer I want to grab the "wow" picture each time and as we trudge through the daily grind it is so easy to lose sight of the beauty in the gift of each day. There is so much beauty even in the daily grind. Heck, the fact of the matter is we are lucky to have a daily grind!

Earlier this year, I read a great book by Christine Carter, The Sweet Spot. One main tenant from the book was that gratitude has such an impact on our happiness and life satisfaction. Not only does gratitude increase our social connection with others but as we start the practice of taking notice of what we are grateful for, it essentially increases our vision to recognize even more things around us to be grateful for. I am hoping that by capturing, even the mundane, it will help me to be more constant in my recognition.  This year I have decided to hold myself accountable and take more pictures from every day of my own family.

I would be remiss not to tell you, family and friends that I am grateful for you and the impact you have on my family and myself. I am truly blessed. Thank you, I am grateful!

 

014 Restraint

014 Restraint

013 Birthday Cookie

013 Birthday Cookie

012 Nap with W

012 Nap with W

011 Nail Polish

011 Nail Polish

010  BAH-sghetti The lack of sauce breaks my Italian husband's heart (just a little) each time.

010  BAH-sghetti

The lack of sauce breaks my Italian husband's heart (just a little) each time.

009 Being 3 "I put them on all by myself" -  I'm sure the neighbors were curious about the interesting tracks in the snow with two wrong feet

009 Being 3

"I put them on all by myself" -  I'm sure the neighbors were curious about the interesting tracks in the snow with two wrong feet

008 Sharing her gift

008 Sharing her gift

007 Strawberry Sorbet (what else to do on a 20 degree day?)

007 Strawberry Sorbet (what else to do on a 20 degree day?)

006 Dance Party

006 Dance Party

005 Getting ready for school (not very quickly) 

005 Getting ready for school (not very quickly) 

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 004 Piano Lessons 

 004 Piano Lessons 

003 Walking the line 

003 Walking the line 

002 Cleaning my office - oh the treasures we find

002 Cleaning my office - oh the treasures we find

001 Pillow Fight 

001 Pillow Fight