Raise your hand if you have been bored during this quarantine at home. Yes, my hand is very high in the air. My kids and husband have too. It is not necessarily a bad thing. This time has taught all of us to come up with creative ways to keep busy. Use our imaginations. It has re-taught me how to slow down, something I have not done since having kids. There have been tears and emotions, schoolwork (which is not a favorite part of the day around here) and lots of downtime. Here is another week of the good and bad. We remain healthy so all is good for now at Casa Block.
This week was pretty much the same as the others though a couple things were a little different but made a big difference. For the first time EVER, my husband offered to clean the house. I didn’t think it would actually happen. But he did it and it gave me the day off from cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, I still did laundry, helped with the kids school work, tidied the kitchen as I do over and over every day. But I didn’t have to scrub the toilets or vacuum the floors and it was REALLY nice. My list was long and he did it all. He hasn’t had a lot of work since we have been home and I am so grateful for all of his help with the kids and sharing responsibilities.
We also had a bit of a heat wave in LA this week so Friday we quit school early to do outside water play and it was perfect. For one afternoon it didn’t feel like quarantine and home school, it felt like a relaxing day at home. The kids had the best time and it was wonderful. The weekend was nice too, though Friday took the cake with outdoor play, baking, Shabbat with friends and a game night. Now I have a bit of the Sunday night blues but hopefully it will be a good week. The sun will be shining so that is a start.
Another week has passed and we continue to find ways to stay “busy” each day. The kids went back to online learning and have a bit more routine in the day. Their teachers have been meeting with them on zoom and we monitor and assist with school work. There is a lot of boredom. And a lot of screen time. And a lot of repetition. It feels a little strange to continue posting the same kind of photos week after week but that is our life now and it is what we are living. Wishing you all health and wellness in this stressful time.
Last week we had spring break off from online learning and a time to celebrate Passover and Easter. It was a rainy week and a week that is normally spent traveling and with family for the holidays so this year was definitely different from the past. Here are photos from the past week. There are more photos than usual in this post because there were more days between posts. It has been a roller coaster of emotions but ultimately we are happy and healthy which is all that really matters.
This week I ordered a remote camera shutter release. Basically it is a remote control to fire the camera so I can essentially be in the photo and take the picture at the same time. Many people have asked if it makes me sad to not be present in the photos I have captured through this home quarantine series. While I am most comfortable behind the camera, I think it is nice to be present in some of the photos so when my kids look back on the experience they remember me as being part of it. I have struggled with the focus of the images as it is tricky to get it right without looking through the lens but that is one of the great challenges that has pushed me outside my comfort zone of shooting in new ways and keeps me inspired. I am still experiencing the emotional highs and lows of this crazy journey we are on but shooting daily has been very helpful in giving me purpose and continuing to push myself creatively. I feel I am continuing to grow as a photographer and will continue to push the boundaries to expand my photographic knowledge and ability during this time at home. Here are some photos from Friday through today:
Our family has been trying to keep our spirits up and ourselves occupied during our quarantine. We are in week 3 and it may seem that these photos are redundant from previous posts– because they are. We are doing many of the same activities and adding some new ones. Bare with me as there are a lot of photos in this post. I am really striving to capture it all and make the mundane look a little more special so my kids will look back on this time and remember the good that came of it. We are healthy and settling into this new lifestyle as best we can. It is hard but we are making it work. For now, here are my photos and my “journal” notes for each. Sending you all wishes for good health and safety.
Newborn baby sessions are done in the early days of the baby’s life to ensure they are sleepy and able to sleep in those sweet little tuck positions. There are other tricks that help to keep them sleepy and happy too- lots of milk and a warm room with white noise. All of these tools help make the session easiest on baby. This sweet little girl was at the perfect age and slept like a champ. Her parents were so kind and open to getting creative, which I love! Here are some photos from our newborn session.
If you have not yet visited Greystone Mansion, you absolutely should! It’s stunning gardens and old architecture make for a wonderful place to visit and a very special place to capture family photos. This family chose the perfect attire for the setting. How picture-perfect are these sisters in their matching dresses? We wandered the grounds late in the afternoon and took a mix of portraits and candid moments. I really love the pictures we took, here are a few favorites:
I have been lucky enough to get to photograph this beautiful family since their first son was born. When they contacted me to do a maternity and newborn session as they were expecting their second child, I was so excited! We did the maternity session at the beach around sunset and it was completely magical. The lighting and weather were perfect and their little boy was such a love. So many precious photos and I adore the color palate! The newborn session was done in-home (as they always are) and again, it was a wonderful session. Their boys both did an amazing job and I love the photos we captured! Here is a little taste of both sessions.
It has been awhile since I have been on the blog- it was a really busy fall photographing families for their holiday cards and I had to take a break from blogging for awhile. Now I am back to a normal shoot schedule and I am excited to show you some of the photo sessions I captured. This is a family I have had the pleasure of photographing since their second child was born. They recently had a third and it was an amazing shoot. The kids were so in love with their baby brother and the parents were kind and easy going. All-in-all it was a wonderful session! Here are some favorite moments captured: