The Everyday Storytellers - Week 8 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

Renovations are in full swing in our house. In the last week and a half, I have painted half our house and Boris has pulled out the floors in the bathroom. As a result, Ava had to bathe in my parent beautiful claw foot tub when we went for dinner Saturday evening. Naturally I brought my camera.

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The Everyday Storytellers - Week 7 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

My kids have always been early risers. When Ava woke up on Sunday morning I opened her curtains and the beautiful morning light flooded into her room. I captured a few sweet moments before we started our day (at 6:30 am).

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The Everyday Storytellers - Week 6 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

From day one, Will has always been happy and easy going. He was the most content baby I’ve ever met. Aside from the occasional onset of four year old emotion, Will is full of joy. He wakes up each morning with the biggest smile on his face and is so lovely to be around.

On Friday, Will drew a picture for his cousin Otto, who was visiting from Vancouver. He insisted on putting his creation in an envelope to protect it from the rain. We got in the car and he proudly clutched the envelop in his hand. I got about a minute or two into our drive when I looked back in the mirror and knew this moment was one I wanted to remember. Since we were a few minutes early for our car appointment, I turned around, grabbed my camera and took a few pictures of Will in our driveway before heading on our way.

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The Everyday Storytellers - Week 5 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

One of my hopes for this project was to share a glimpse into our daily lives and to push myself outside my comfort zone as a photographer. So this week, here’s a bit of real life. Imperfect lighting, mismatched outfits and Ava’s new favorite pastime. I love this very real moment of my kids in the backyard before bedtime.

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The Everyday Storytellers - Week 4 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

9 Mothers/Photographers | 22 Children | 4 Countries | Documenting Childhood

Ava and I went on a quest for dandelions this week. We went to several different fields, trying to achieve a very specific image I had in mind. But this one ended up standing out to me in the end. I’ll admit the first frame in this series was definitely not a happy one (none of my children like laying on grass) but a quick game of peek-a-boo remedied any apprehension she had.

19 months is such a fun age. This image sums it up perfectly!

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The Everyday Storytellers | Week 3 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

9 Mothers/Photographers | 22 Children | 4 Countries | Documenting Childhood

The deck in our backyard is old and falling apart. We’ve been planning to replace it since before Ben was born. He is now nine years old. It’s hard to get all the extra’s done on our long to-do list now that we have four children. In the next few weeks, we’re finally going to rip out this old deck and build a new one now that we’re planning to move to a new house in the foreseeable future. Go figure. I really wanted to capture a few images of our decrepit old deck with the pealing paint.

Ava and I were up early on Sunday morning and I hadn’t pulled out my camera all week. Initially, I envisioned shooting this image through the windowpane but the reflections were masking most of Ava’s body so I opened the door. She stood in the frame, milk in one hand, soother in the other, wearing Kate’s old polka dot pajamas. Perfection!

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The Everyday Storytellers | Week 2 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

9 Mothers/Photographers | 22 Children | 4 Countries | Documenting Childhood

Each time I photograph Ben, I feel as if time is slipping through my fingers. He isn’t in front of my camera as often as he use to be now that he’s in school. His face, more mature than a few months ago. His body language, more at ease. He has a trademark solemn expression (unless you tell him not to smile, which always elicits laughter). Nine is an interesting age, not quite a little boy anymore, not quite grown.

We spent the past weekend in Banff, exploring and breathing in the fresh mountain air. I always feel as if Ben is most at home when he’s outside. He’s my wild one. Always climbing, always moving. An endless amount of energy that never ceases to amaze me. Ben can be quiet and contemplative too and this portrait sums up that side of him up perfectly.

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The Everyday Storytellers | Week 1 by Jill Andrews-Dudas

9 Mothers/Photographers | 22 Children | 4 Countries | Documenting Childhood

As photographers, our job is to make the everyday look beautiful. We are skilled at finding pretty locations and the perfect light. But some moments are truly magical all on their own.

Last Thursday (on the second day in May), we woke up to fog and a dusting of snow. Despite our long winter, I felt inspired to capture what was hopefully our last snowfall. After I dropped everyone off at school, Ava and I took a little walk in the river valley. It was foggy and still, the only sound we could hear were the birds chirping in the trees. Ava stood amongst the snow covered ground, softly touching the snow and laughing. It was such a sacred moment, I’m glad I bought my camera along to capture it all.

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The Everyday Storytellers by Jill Andrews-Dudas

I am excited to announce a new project I’ve been working on alongside eight talented and inspiring artists. We are mothers who span across four different countries and have 22 children between us. We are all passionate, hard-working women with one common goal in mind. To document childhood.

With this project, we hope to grow in our craft, inspire each other and preserve our children’s memories. Our goal is to document with intention, dedicating time each week to create a collection of images that tell the story of our everyday lives. The calm and the chaos. The beauty and the mess. The magic in the everyday details. The perfectly imperfect moments that weave together and make up our lives.

I can’t wait to watch our journey unfold. I hope you’ll join us and follow along too.

Participants

Ashley Littlefield | Kirkland, Washington, USA

Jill Andrews-Dudas | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Kellee Hann | West Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Loryn Payne | Chicagoland, Illinois, USA

Louisa Bedford | Kent, UK

Marie Fogh Bøgh | Ryomgård, Arhus, Denmark

Nikki Geld | Eldersburg, Maryland, USA

Sally Rudy | Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA

Victoria Bahadoor | Liverpool, UK

Document Your Days | Will's Haircut by Jill Andrews-Dudas

Sometimes I go for long periods of time without photographing any of my children. But each time I dust off my camera and bring it along (even to something as simple as a haircut), I’m reminded of how important it is to document your days.

It feels like each time I blink, another year passes. My children grow older and taller and wiser. One day I will wake up and all four of them will be grown, living lives of their own. It’s important to tell your children’s stories, it’s all they’ll have to look back on once they aren’t so little anymore.

Will had been asking for a haircut almost every day for months. Each time, my answer was the same.

“Maybe next week”…

But when my older son and husband went for a haircut and I saw how sad Will was, I knew it was time. We hadn’t cut Will’s hair since the beginning of August and it was beautiful, framing his little face so perfectly. The gentleman did such a wonderful job cutting his hair and Will was happy to be able to see again.

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