Week 2 - New Day (Natasha Chiaviello Photography, Mahwah, NJ)

I should be all like yay it's friday but I just woke up in a funk today. Did you ever have one of those days? No real reason, you just feel like you might need a good cry? Yup that was me this morning. The kids had a delayed opening and as soon as I walked in and saw this, I said fuck it I am going outside and taking some pics.  

You know what I mean moms...am I right? Somedays it just feels like groundhogs day...

You know what I mean moms...am I right? Somedays it just feels like groundhogs day...

Anyway, I had to just break out of the funk bc I hate moping. I started thinking about the first time I picked up a camera in high school...I had no clue what I was doing and would take pictures of landscapes and tombstones. Yup tombstones...I used to go to the cemetary and take pics of the tombstones, develop the black and white prints and then paint them with watercolors. I have no clue why...I just did.

So that's what I did, I went for a walk to find the little piece of magic that I pass every time I leave the house and every single time I do I think how perfect it would be for a photo shoot. 

Isn't it pretty? It reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia and the first time Lucy walked through and met Tumnus. 

Really, it's just this little island before you get on 17...surprise. Hey, you never know what will make a great little spot. Gotta keep your eyes & imagination open ;)

Love my Sorels...that's it. I hate snow, I really do. I probably suffer from seasonal depression because I seriously crave the sun but I do get happy when I get to wear my boots. 

Ahhh, I feel better now. Had a good cry and laugh with my sis, taking the kids to see Kung Fu Panda and I actually kept up with this little project of mine. I guess that's what it's all about..finding gratitude, finding the blessing in the everyday. Even in these little funks or blah days because they are there. 

Do you want to play along? Feel free to join in anytime and share a bit of your a bit of your everyday. Use #ncpnewdayproject and share..I will make sure to feature those of you that do on the blog.

"A new day: Be OPEN enough to see opportunities. Be WISE enough to be grateful. Be COURAGEOUS enough to be happy." - Steve Maraboli


turning off the switch...

I have had the worse migraine since yesterday..like lay in the dark can't move, nauseous migraine. BUT there's a silver lining. I am all ALL about finding the silver linings in my daily life. (and yes I may be guilty of watching Silver Linings Playbook too many times while editing)

January has been way too overwhelming and it's my own fault. August - December was crazy busy for me business wise and then it just stopped. In my downtime, I've been driving myself nuts trying to figure out what to do next, watching way too many periscopes about the new year, goals, blah blah blah and I am fried. It's really been stressing me out. Then finally yesterday while texting with a friend and fellow photographer she really helped me put things in perspective. Just stop! Stop stressing about pricing, marketing and all that and just focus on what you are good at. DUH, right? If my head wasn't already in so much pain, I might have smacked myself.

Just shut up and shoot, Natasha! 

Turn off the noise and just shoot! It's so hard to do that sometimes. I try not to follow too many local photographers and stay away from too many FB groups but sometimes it's like a black friggin hole that just sucks you in and leaves me being way too hard on myself. So I am turning off the noise and focusing on what got me here in the first place.  Shooting what I love and more of it. I've barely picked up my camera lately other than for sessions and that's just not good at all. 

Even though it's kind of a drag to lug my camera out with me. But I am going to do it and challenge myself to a little project. One day a week, I am going to take my camera out and try to capture my day. Maybe it will be one image, maybe it will be more..I don't like too many rules, ok? :P What I am going to do it try to switch up and play around with different lenses and force myself to shoot. 

I suck at coming up with cute names, so it's unnamed for now. 

Ahh, I feel so much better already. (I've been inhaling peppermint oil like it's my job for the last hour, it's a miracle worker)

Day 1 of my yet unnamed project

Marco had his 2nd dentist appointment to take care of his cavities. The dentist gave him a train ticket to get stamped and earn prizes and he couldn't wait to cash it in. He won a gift card to 5 Below and naturally we had to go right after to spend it. He picked out some new Lego minifigures. He's OBSESSED with his little buddies.