| Written by Ronnie |
Chances are, if you're into reading blogs, you've probably stumbled across The 52 Project without even realising it. In 2012, my lovely friend Jodi (of the beautiful blog Practising Simplicity) started taking weekly portraits of each of her two children, Che and Poet. She kept it up for every week of the year, and she came away with 52 beautiful portraits of each of her children - one for each of the 52 weeks. The next year, she invited her readers to join her and boy did they ever! I remember linking up in the first couple of weeks and being amazed that there were over two hundred women taking part. To this day, it remains one of the most popular linkups in the blogosphere, and I'm so proud of Jodi for being the pioneer of this wonderful project. What can be more precious than considered (regular) portraits of our children that capture and document their fleeting childhood?
There are no real rules for taking part. If you skip a week, it doesn't matter. If you take more than one portrait a week, that's fine too. If you don't have children, and want to take a weekly portrait of someone else you love, that's awesome! As for me, I decided that instead of individual portraits, I would try to capture all the boys in the one frame. This proved to be quite a challenge, but it was a good challenge, and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to capture their relationship with each other through the lens of my camera. I did this quite consistently for the first four months of the year and then when Bear was born in April, it fell off the radar for me a bit. The weekly portraits became (more or less) monthly ones, making each portrait even more precious.
Last year, I decided that I would create a story book from all my portraits from the series, along with the words that I wrote to go with each frame. Because all my portraits were landscape in orientation, it was almost a no-brainer to settle on the large landscape soft cover book by Artifact Uprising. I knew immediately that I wanted a full page image of each of the portraits on the left hand side, and that I would typeset the text on the right. By centring the text on the page, this ensured that each page of text looked nice and balanced regardless of wether I had a few lines of text or a few paragraphs of text. The photos were already all in black and white, and this helped to tie the entire story book together.
I'm so happy with how the book turned out. It is, quite literally, the perfect coffee table book. In fact, I love it so much that I've decided I have to go back to documenting our four boys in this way, so this Sunday, I'm going to start sharing my weekly portraits here on the blog. If you're already doing The 52 Project yourself, feel free to share a link to your post in this space.
With Jodi's permission, this template will be available for purchase in our shop by the end of the year (there will be extra page layouts to accommodate for multiple portraits). If you have any questions about it, just let me know in the comments below!
Have you been taking part in The 52 Project this year?