P52:3 | Favorite

So you know how most people have a favorite song, a favorite movie, a favorite book, a favorite restaurant? Not me. I am fickle & changeable & moody, & my favorite things change with the wind. It’s not a new thing. I remember being stumped by the favorites sections in those All About Me books that I used to get when I was a kid, or in the My Senior Year book that I got with my graduation invitations. At first, I tried to fill them out, but found myself going back a few weeks later to scribble out & change answers, so eventually I gave up & left them blank. And those internet security questions? Where you have to commit to a favorite…something, & remember it months or years later when you’ve forgotten your password? Forget it. I need something concrete. Unchangeable. The place of my birth. My mother’s maiden name. You get the idea.

So imagine my thought process when I found out that this week’s P52 prompt was Your Favorite. Once again, I was stumped. After a lot of thought (& scrapped ideas) I went with this…

My favorite morning ritual. Usually. Sometimes I’m feeling British, or reading Pride & Prejudice, or watching Sherlock, & then it’s tea. But most of the time, first thing in the morning, it’s the thought of coffee that drags me from my warm nest of blankets to deal with my bright-and-early morning-people children. God does love a practical joke, apparently.

One of my photography goals for this year, & for this P52, is to stretch out into types of photography that I don’t practice often, like still life and macro. Those were some of my favorite types of photography when I first got into it, oh, 20 years or so ago. When I became a mom, my focus changed to photographing babies & children, & as much as I enjoy that, I also find myself wanting to grow in other areas of photography.

My other photography goal for this year is  to find my “style.” Much like my inability to settle on a favorite movie, I’ve also had a hard time settling into a style of photography & post-processing that is recognizably me. I could easily pick out the work of my favorite photographers from amongst the masses, & I know that right now that isn’t true of my work. I’m hoping that by shooting consistently within this P52, some common thread will emerge. I can’t wait to see all of my P52 shots all in one place at the end of the year.

Oh, & for the record, this is my favorite shot from this year’s P52. So far. But check back with me next week…

Thanks for stopping by! The next photographer in this week’s Clickin Moms P52 blog circle is Karen Buchanan. Go check out her interpretation of this week’s theme.

{For my photographer friends, this was shot with the Canon 5D MarkII,
Canon 24-70 2.8L (first version) @ 64 mm, ss 1/100 @ f4, ISO 1600.}

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  1. Love the bright airy-ness of this shot! Coffee is most certainly my morning ritual as well.
    I know what you mean about having a hard time settling on a style. I’m hoping to see more of a defined style in my work this year too.

  2. I love your light in this shot. Everything is so clean and fresh looking. I am off to starbucks as this has me wanting coffee!

  3. You sound so much like me! I was always scribbling things out in those About Me books. And I just can’t settle on one favorite thing. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but this image still feels so warm and comforting to me. I absolutely love it!

  4. When you find your style, will you look for mine too?

    1. Mamaleeni says:

      LOL! I’ll keep an eye out for you!

  5. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can pick out your style by the end of our project.

    1. Mamaleeni says:

      Thanks, Kristy, me too!

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