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Week In The Life 2011 | Tuesday Words + Photos

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NUMBER OF PHOTOS FOR TUESDAY | 66

I'm not posting the number of photos I take each day to encourage you to take more or less - it's simply a number I'm keeping track of throughout the week.

A couple people asked in the comments yesterday about how I'm taking the shots of myself. Most of the ones I showed Monday and today I took with a self-timer. Not all cameras have a self-timer but you should definitely see if you have that function available. It takes a bit of planning (really not much at all once you get used to it) and trial and error and embracing what you get (even if it's not what you might have originally envisioned in your head). I shoot in AV mode and set my ISO before taking a shot. I try to keep my ISO as low as I can - inside our house I average between 400 and 800 and sometimes significantly higher depending on the quality of the light.

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I didn't have a chance to mess with the scanner today so I've just got another photo of my Daily Sheet. I'm writing less than I'd envisioned this year - but I'm okay with that - that's the way it goes sometimes. I'm also fine with adding in some commentary when I bring the whole album together next week.

PROJECT OBSERVATIONS


  • Today I found myself focusing on the comings and goings and the evening routine. When you doing this project don't stress if you don't capture the same thing everyday - it's totally cool if you do (like you breakfast) but it's also totally fine to just get a glimpse over the course of the week of the different parts of your life.

  • I love that I got two shots in Anna's room today - one to begin the day and one to end the day.


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62 thoughts

  1. dawn says…
    07/27/2011

    Love that first photo of you and Anna in her room. Love that your even wearing a towel wig (that's what I call mine, haha). I forgot to mention how pretty you looked waking up yesterday in my comment as well. The one of you today on the floor is wonderful and fun too. You really have a knack for the self-portraits, maybe you could do a class about this and each day be from a different angle. I bet lots of people would love that class. The one of the kids heads and their movie from behind is so funny and perfect, I need to do that. Love that Chris woke up Simon, my hubby leaves way to early each morning so he misses this part of the day. Thanks for the reminder of the writing part of this project, as this was my second day too.

    I know your busy but just curious to know...

    1. does Anna ever try to pull the flowers/ lanterns down when she's on her bed or playing in her room? They are so pretty to me but seem tempting to a little 2yr old.

    2. With this new house and big yard and garden, how do you find time to maintain it all. Do both you and Chris share this chore and does it make you wish it was smaller? Not sure what your yard was at the old house so just curious. I'm wishing our yard was smaller since most of the weekend is taken up by caring for our yard/garden.
    Thanks Ali, HAPPY WEDNESDAY TO YOU AND EVERYONE!!

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    1. dawn says…
      07/27/2011

      Thanks for answering my questions Ali, I appreciate it. Glad to see it's not a problem for Anna and her pom poms and lanterns, they are beautiful. Sorry to hear you can't get to your garden more often. My husband tries to do what he can but it takes a lot of time and if we don't get rain then he has to water it every night for an hour also. The mowing can take almost 2 hours then theirs the trimming and other jobs to do. Just wondered how you guys were keeping up. I'm like Chris and don't like yard work much either. Thanks again.

    2. jodi says…
      07/27/2011

      Yes, I would like to know the answers to these questions as well! And I wish I had thought to do this project while I was on maternity leave still. It would have been a nice memory to have. (Just back to work this week and feeling sad).

      Also, I'd love to see more photos of your house! It's beautiful.

    3. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Morning Dawn - Anna does not try to pull on the things hanging above her bed. They've been there since she was an infant (above her crib in the old house) - maybe she's so used to them being there that it's not a big deal. I definitely don't have enough time to maintain the garden - there's a lot that I wish was happening out there that just keeps getting put off. We have someone that mows - Chris isn't a fan of yard maintenance - and does additional jobs in the yard from time to time. Mostly it's just me puttering when I have a chance. I like the size of it -

  2. Michelle says…
    07/27/2011

    Hi Ali

    I completely forgotten all about this - will it matter if I commence from a Thursday through to a Wednesday?

    Tx Michelle

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Not at all - you can begin anytime!

  3. Debby says…
    07/27/2011

    I love the opening shot of Anna's room. I am also kind of starting to get worried I'll be documenting the same things everyday, the tip you gave today will certainly be a helpful one.

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  4. Kathleen Samuelson says…
    07/27/2011

    This is my first year trying this, and I wish I had done it when my kids were younger. I have a 14 year old and a 12 year old who are not as easy to capture candidly. Lots of surly looks. They are horrified when I pull out my camera at the orthodontist and the grocery store. I said to my son, "It would be less painful if you just let me take the picture." He replied, "It would be less painful if you just stop taking pictures." Ouch! Then last night, I had a an aha moment. Today, I am giving each child a fully charged point and shoot camera and telling them to start shooting. There is no rule that says this has to be only my project. I am excited to see their perspective. If that doesn't work, I will resort to my plan B: I will pay cold, hard cash :)Now, I'm going to sneak in their rooms and take a picture of them sleeping. Ali, enjoy photographing your small people. I can't wait to see how you do it in 2021 when they are teemagers.

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    1. dawn says…
      07/27/2011

      Roberta I had to laugh at what your son said, that is good and hope you write it down. It is so hard to get them to help out sometimes and just smile and get it over with. Love that you take pictures of them sleeping, I like that too. My kids do like to use their own cameras at time and have said no to public photos but I try to sneak them in.

    2. Christine says…
      07/27/2011

      Amen! My kids are older too so the experience is definately different. My kids are slowly accepting me in my role as a "mama paparazzi". They are beginning to take photos as well.

    3. Roberta says…
      07/27/2011

      Ahh...Cathy I so hear you on the kids being grown up...I missed most of the scrapbooking phenomenom for my kids...now 32 and 24 and I'm patiently awaiting grandbabies to capture all of this yummy toddler stuff. I also get the teenagers surley looks...been there and still get it from my grown children and their father...lol Yesterday though he really got into it and he actually grabbed my camera after I had set up a self-timed shot and snapped a couple of shots of me outside hanging towels...I was pleasantly surprised. By the end of the day he was fine with me setting up shots of us with the self-timer...we just don't have enough photos of us together and NOW he's getting inspired by that idea. I think your teens will take some amazing photos of their perspective of their lives and you will have some great photos for this album. Be sure to drop me an email with your links if you post any of your album. Fondly, Roberta

  5. Denise says…
    07/27/2011

    I've been taking photos for years and I think I used my timer once. I really need to break the tripod out and start taking some photos of me. Years from now, no one will know who I was.

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Also don't forget that you really don't need the tripod to make these shots happen (sometimes that just becomes an extra "thing"). I set my camera on tables, on the floor, etc - any surface that can hold it.

  6. jennybean says…
    07/27/2011

    Yesterday ended up being so completely outside normal, I'm glad I caught it all, some of the pictures I never would have taken if it weren't for this project!

    http://scrappingreilly.blogspot.com/2011/07/witl-tuesday.html

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  7. {vicki} says…
    07/27/2011

    Just wondering what the temp is there? (yall are all wearing long sleeves)
    It's a scorching, Humid High 90's here in Georgia!

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Yesterday it was maybe in the mid-60's (maybe a bit warmer in the late afternoon).

  8. Linda says…
    07/27/2011

    OK, I have to start off by saying, you are GORGEOUS!! That photo of you sleeping yesterday and again the one of you lying on the floor (with Anna's little feet poking in) are so lovely. You really are so beautiful (I think it's always important to say that if you think it!)

    I lvoe these photos, I wish I'd set up to do WITL this week, I keep thinking about it. I may have to quickly gather some supplies and start in the next day or two.

    Inspiring as always Ali :) xxx

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      That was really nice Linda - thank you.

  9. Roberta says…
    07/27/2011

    Ali...just luv Anna's pink room and her decorations...especially the pom poms handing from the ceiling...such a better view to wake up too in lieu of my white ceiling fan! Something to think about for sure...hmmmm That is...how we do things like haning planes from the ceilings for our boys and puffs for the girls and as we become adults we get all practical...lol This is also my first time doing this WITL album and I'm loving it! Taking loads of photos and journaling lots and catching up at night when I sit down. Haven't posted any photos yet but will today...had other blog posts to finish up before I could. Have a great day, fondly, Roberta

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  10. Lynnette says…
    07/27/2011

    Awesome. So inspired by your photos! Thank you for posting info about how you shoot. I know my way around my camera pretty well, but it's nice to know your settings because I always love the look you achieve with your photos. :) Haven't played along since 2008 and so far I'm really enjoying the process. Thank you!

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  11. Sharon Dryjanski says…
    07/27/2011

    ALI Finally getting the groove of this and had some really intuitive thoughts on my day to day process. Thanks for doing this and I know more "aahh moments" will appear. Anna's pink girlie room is so cute and you can see in your photos how Simon and Anna are close...got to love it!!!!

    blessings & hugs
    Sharon

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  12. Rommel says…
    07/27/2011

    Loved all the photos. I'm so glad to making this project, it's great to think about our days and how we can journaling littles thoughts, littles actions and decisions, etc! Thanks, Ali!

    XOXO

    Rommel.

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  13. Amy Lynn says…
    07/27/2011

    ok...it's day three and I'm hanging in there. It is a lot of fun, and now that I'm in my WITL "groove" I find myself picking up my camera all the time. I've taken like 250 pictures so far... My goal is to have enough to choose from like you suggested. The journaling part is harder for me, but I'm making as many notes as I can about the happenings of the day. My favorite part is jotting down the totally funny things my kids say everyday, so much of that usually gets lost after a day or two, but not this week! At 4 and 5, every minute of everyday is filled with odd facts, commentary, questions, funny jokes, misuse of sarcasm and tons of silliness and laughter. Plenty to journal about there :)

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  14. Nicky H says…
    07/27/2011

    Ali, I have a quick thank you on my blog for you. http://www.nickyhurt.com/2011/07/witl-sidenote.html
    Take care. :)

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Thank you - that was nice.

  15. Yam Esteban says…
    07/27/2011

    Love how it's going! great project!

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  16. Debbie S. says…
    07/27/2011

    I spy a cute haircut on Miss Anna! :)

    I was so going to do this, but now feeling overwhelmed so not. And this week is not very representative of our life in general...husband out on business, etc. Love the concept...going to keep following and hopefully do it in September on my own.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Tere says…
    07/27/2011

    Secret be told, I roll over and check my iPhone (google reader) to see if you've posted pics in bed in the wee-mornings. Thanks!! It inspires me to be more creative with my pics for the day to come. This morning was bedroom pic with my daughter with the self-timer, propped up on a chair with a suitcase.

    I find this WITL project to be more relaxing than the December Daily, knowing I only need to focus on the pictures and documenting words (with your worksheets) each day and not needing to stay up to "assemble" in an album. That stress will come next week :)

    Thanks for your continued inspiration!

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  18. Mrs. V says…
    07/27/2011

    I absolutely LOVE Anna's room - so cute!

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  19. Dawn F. says…
    07/27/2011

    Thanks for posting observations the past 2 days. I realize there is no right or wrong way to approach this project but it's nice to have the reinforcement. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Kris D says…
    07/27/2011

    I so enjoy seeing your pics (and everyone elses!) and I really love the IDEA of this project. My problem is that we are empty nesters so don't have the luxury of little ones around us all the time to take pics of--and boy do I miss that gotta tell you!! So it seems so much more difficult to document when our days are pretty boring and routine...work, dinner, excercise, laptops on the couch in front of the t.v....us 50-somethings are boring!! How can I make this fun and still participate in week in the life? ideas?

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    1. Colleen Ryan says…
      07/29/2011

      hi Kris D - I participated last year, when it was just my hubby and I, and our lives sound like they were much like yours are today - work, excercise, laptops, etc. I remember thinking I was taking the same old photos of mundane and ordinary day after day, but when it all came together it worked out perfectly. It showed exactly what our lives were like in those fleeting moments. You can see my finished album here: http://useveryday.blogspot.com/2011/03/week-in-life-2010.html

      And of course, now that we've added a little one to our lives, I'm even more grateful to have what I thought was boring, as it's a great reminder of how things change :)

      Snap the ordinary, the boring, the routine - as it never stays the same for long!

    2. monica says…
      07/27/2011

      I'm glad Ali shared Elisa's blog. I too feel trapped into boring photos at times. I work all day at home behind a desk and there's only so many photos of that you can take. I do have a daughter but at 16 she's rarely home or doesn't always appreciate the camera in her face as much as she used to. It's always really nice to see the different perspectives from those not at home with kids all day.

      Ali, as usual, your pics are very inspirational...and you are beautiful!

    3. Kris D. says…
      07/27/2011

      Thanks Ali for the inspiring words and for the link--her pics have really given me some great ideas. My Canon Rebel has been far too under-used lately and I love it for taking shots like hers/yours. I'm thinking I just might be able to do this!! Really appreciate your thoughts--sometimes you just need a little nudge in the right direction.....Thanks!!

    4. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      Hi Kris - here's someone I know without kids who is participating: http://www.eliseblaha.typepad.com/. Scroll down on her blog to see her Monday and Tuesday photos. Her husband is currently away from home so it's just her - her shots are creative, interesting, and really great looks at her everyday life.

      So much about this project is just looking at your life through the lens of your camera and celebrating what you see. You might not see any little kids (that's sure what I see right now) - you see different things which are just as valuable and interesting because they are a part of your story.

      My perspective is that it's the basic routines that most people find "boring" which are really the most beautiful. It is the way we spend our days...and it's often the thing we long for most when it's taken away for one reason or another. Use this as an opportunity to not take your everyday life for granted.

  21. Julia L. says…
    07/27/2011

    I did the project last year and I realized that around the house really not much changed. The backgrounds are always the same and not super fun. It really made me think about getting some things done (paint kitchen) and change some simplier things out. Like art and pillows, rugs. So this week - for AWIL - I will concentrate on photographing new "stuff" and take things outside, to not repeat the same or similar pictures again. What is in bloom on the patio, shot from my balcony, a shot of my iPhone showing the forecast. I also shoot in AV with a 1.8 portrait lens at 1.8/f. That makes for nice flower pictures with the background blurr and works well with food because you get nice pictures in low light without flash indoors. I also remember from last year to take some photos vertically and horizontally to have a choice when deciding what goes in the page protectors or what photo is showcased larger.

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  22. Mandyb says…
    07/27/2011

    HAHA i wear my towel like that first shot ALL the time!!!
    everyone laughs at me!!!
    i dont care!!!
    haha now at least i can tell my scrappy friends YOU do it too!!
    love these shots...thanks for sharing
    xxx

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  23. Martha Thomas says…
    07/27/2011

    Great photos Ali! I audibly gasped when I saw the one of Anna outside on the steps....it is so GREEN there! I know y'alls weather is so different from ours here (central Texas), but wow...just seeing the green gave me hope for the fall and cooler weather ahead. Hopefully rain eventually. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ali says…
      07/27/2011

      It's one of my most favorite things about living here :).

  24. Libbi M. says…
    07/27/2011

    i am having so much fun with this project. i would like to use an online printing service for printing my pages. i am going to use your week in the life 2010 templates and your transitions paper collection. i have never ordered a digital page thru scrapbook pictures.com and was wondering if i should check the box that says "auto correct" or "non auto correct?" wondering if you have any suggestions?

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  25. Brooke says…
    07/27/2011

    I have found that once you start using your self timer you become an expert at finding places to put your camera to take the shot. How to make toddlers in the photo with you act natural though I haven't mastered!! Loving following along with you this week Ali.

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