History in the Making
Where is the time going?
We just finished what I'm calling Q6- Quarantine week 6 of homeschooling. Actually, to be honest, I'm not homeschooling; the teachers have been doing an amazing job with the FID system of schooling through the internet. I'm grateful my children are old enough to be independent learners and don't need much guidance.
My daughter, just turned 13 during this quarantine, is honors and really does a great job with keeping up her grades. My son, 10 will be 11 soon, does will, however, gets a bit unfocused at times and forgets to complete the extras, like music and gym. I'm in no way complaining, this is simply an observation.
While They're 'in school' I'm either photographing food these days or I've been taking care of things like spring cleaning. Have you ever really gutted drawers, files, closets, desks, etc...and have BAGS of stuff to throw away however, it looks like you barely made a dent in the cleaning?? That was me with our extra bedroom; I found artwork that my kids made back in preschool, stuff from old jobs; (I worked in pharmaceuticals for many years before having a family). I have notebooks and binders FILLED with product information and most of it I won't throw out just yet.
What I can't figure out is what to do with our library? I love the idea of having a library of books, however, the only books I really use and browse through are the cookbooks. I've never considered myself a hoarder; I mean, you should see the garbage that piles up on a weekly basis, however, I'm realizing there are things that I just...cant...part...with....
I feel like it's a part of my history..or perhaps I should say..herstory. Right? History is one of the reasons I absolutely love my job; I feel that I get to capture a point and time in a family's story of their life; documenting points on their timeline. It's SO important, isn't it? But now I'm thinking..what do I DO with all of these 'documents'? I have to figure it out.
When we moved into this house, there were some boxes left behind from the previous owners. I must mention, the previous owners were my in laws. They had this beautiful home build in the early 80's and my husband told them randomly that if they ever wanted to sell the house, that he wanted to buy it. So, I think they were so excited at the thought of their grandchildren living in the home they'd built that they up and moved near my sister in law/ their daughter. They had left behind a big box of children's books in the attic; I guess thinking perhaps we'd use them. We did pull a few down but the content was really outdated and I must say, it really had shown that we've 'grown' as a people in mindset. My husband and I laughed at the books' words...I should find them and post about it. One book was about a dog that was in the Circus, and overnight he went from being a really big dog that people came to see (like Clifford), to a normal size dog, and he was ostracized and kicked out of the circus. My husband and I would laugh - so much for unconditional love, right? hahaha. But it does show a piece of our history; a dot on our human timeline; just like this situation we're all in now. I'm sure it will be well documented, I hope you're documenting your family's lives during this time - this is surely to go down in our History.
I wish you all health, safety and happiness.
A wise woman once told me, "you need to adapt in times of change to survive".
This wise woman I'm referring to is Theresa, the owner of Jeremiah's Catering in Lake Hiawatha, NJ. She called me during the Covid crisis with a business idea; she was expanding her catering business to offer baked goods and needed some photos of said baked goods she'll be offering to her clients.
So, taking her suggestion on adapting, I said yes please, absolutely. I started photography way back in 1985, I started working for a local photographer, we took photos of the local sports teams, school teams, rec teams, etc. I, like many photographers with a passion for it, photographed just about everything as a hobby; boats were a favorite subject of mine, as I lived in New England and have a deep love of tall ships. (I swear I was either a sailor or a pirate in a past life). I have taken photos of food as well over the years, so I felt like I could jump right back into it.
Food photography is a bit different from newborn photography however, some of these loaves of bread are about as big as a baby. The breads hold their pose a little better, too. I miss having babies in the studio, however, for now, I get to take photos of food...delicious food and I get to keep the food after the photoshoots, too. So, during this time, while everyone is home and many looking for comfort food, I'm being surrounded by all of this comfort food. My family has been swarming me, asking when can they finally dig into the bagels and breads? Oh how I wish calories didn't count during quarantining!
I am very grateful to have this opportunity for many reasons; to keep me busy; to help sustain my studio, keep my skills sharp, having a creative outlet is great for my 'self' and did I mention the food??
I hope to have babies and mamas back into the studio very soon, however, in the meantime if you need me, I'll be the one with the camera in my hand and a bakery roll hanging out of my mouth.
Stay healthy, safe and sane, everyone!
Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...