People are often surprised when they find out that I take a new photo of Lyle every day and post it on my Curious Lyle photoblog. I started it the day he was born (I finished designing the photoblog site just in time–the morning of the day I went into labor when I couldn’t sleep because I was so uncomfortable) and have been doing it ever since. Four and a half years and counting. I have never missed a day. (I know this is probably hard to believe considering my record with blogging.) Days that I haven’t been with him whoever he’s with (Jeff or Grandma) takes the daily photo. I have only one real rule for photos that go on CL: No adults in the photos ever. Sometimes parts of adults–legs, arms–but no faces. I still take lots of photos of Lyle with the adults in his life. They just don’t go on Curious Lyle.
I fit it into my day pretty easily. I take pictures of whatever we’re doing during the day (and usually bring my camera with us when we go out, even to the grocery store). Sometimes at 4 or 5pm I am scrambling to get a photo before we lose daylight. Some days I know the instant I click the shutter that that’s the image I’ll use. Sometimes I get a bunch that I love. Other days I get nothing that I love and I just have to make do with what’s available.
At some point in the evening I download them (I store them in folders by year and month), process the RAW files, choose one I like for that day’s CL, and post it. I love having the website as a record of his life, and it’s a good way for his long-distance relatives (which is all of them except us) to keep up with him.
And to finish with pictures…yesterday at the playground with his BFF, Miriam.