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Books | Project.12

Forgive me while I wax nostalgic in this post. This session has brought out a bit of that in me. Which I suppose is the whole point of Project.12. It’s the opportunity to capture my family each month and share them with you. Each session inspired by a different theme. I’m looking forward to it. A time for me to push myself as a photographer and try new things. I’ll also be linking to other photographers who are a part of Project.12 so you can check out their spin on the theme and learn a little more about them and their families.

My eldest son is one of my closest friends. We’ve been through a lot, he and I. Starting with the trauma of his premature birth 16 years ago. He was born three months early and weighed only two pounds, eight ounces. A tiny little fellow. Jake’s wedding ring could fit over his hand like a bracelet. I was in a coma for three days after his birth and it was touch and go for a bit whether either one of us would make it.

That seems so long ago. It’s hard to remember a time when Jacob wasn’t in our life. Jake and I were 23 and 22 respectively when Jacob was born and in a way we’ve all grown up together.

I knew that I wanted to center this month around him. He graduated from high school in April (at the age of 16 – proud mama moment) and I still have not done senior pics for him. This was a chance for me to capture Jacob with one of his true loves. Books.

We’re a homeschooling family full of avid readers. Jacob has devoured more books in the last few years than most people read in a lifetime. And not just novels. He reads the hard stuff. Much of his love of the classics comes from some excellent mentors at Williamsburg Academy (the online classical education high school Jacob graduated from). He read Euclid as he studied geometry and Aristotle, Montesquieu, and Locke when he studied Government. Not from a textbook, but from the author’s original works.

His schedule is more full than ever these days. He’s now taking college courses and is studying The New Testament and Italian (among other classes). He listens to Pandora constantly and is learning to play the piano. He’s getting his driver’s license next month (yay!) and spends 20+ hours a week as a leadership mentor to middle school age students. He’ll be an Eagle Scout soon and is on the swim team. He’s a lover of quality conversation and a fan of the Bourne movies. He sends and receives thousands of texts every month. His best friend is his cousin and I just love his lopsided grin that he inherited from his father.

He’s my eldest child. My heart. My friend. I’m glad for the excuse to extol his virtues and share him with you.

Sure, he has weaknesses but those aren’t for sharing.;)


About the session: Originally I had visions of finding a grand library with a beautiful staircase, huge windows and plenty of natural light. But as the deadline for getting the session complete loomed, I decided to make do with our small local library. It has hardly any windows and it was a dark rainy day to boot, so lighting wasn’t optimal. I didn’t want to disturb the other patrons by dragging out a reflector or using off-camera flash. My solution was to open my aperture all the way (these were shot at F/1.4 with an 85mm lens) and dial up my ISO (most of these are around ISO 1200 with a shutter speed of 160 – 200).

The librarians were so kind and we made fast work of the pics. There’s nothing more fun on a rainy day than to peruse the library. It’s like looking for treasure, you never quite know what you’ll find. The Great Book Series is one we own and Jacob has used often. I’m glad they found their way into the pictures!


Make sure to check out the other photographers who are participating in Project.12!

Tammy Smith Photography – Alaska
Winsor Photography – Utah
Westlight Photography – Arizona
Lifelong Impressions Photography – North Carolina
Carey Anne Photography – Texas

September 18, 2012 - 7:03 am
September 18, 2012 - 7:40 am
September 18, 2012 - 8:01 am

Carey Anne Photography - Beautiful! I wanted to try a library, but couldn’t seem to coordinate everyone’s schedule. ADORE the image with Jacob on the step stool!

September 18, 2012 - 10:20 am

Winsor Photography - What great shots! The one of him on the steps tool was just awesome. And they look great despite the lighting conditions! Great!

September 18, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Project 12 – Month 1 » Lifelong Impressions Photography - […] Amy Earl – Simply B Photos […]

September 18, 2012 - 12:52 pm
September 18, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Micha - These are wonderful, Amy! I love that you did the session at a library…that was my first thought but I couldn’t find time for it to work. Jacob sounds like someone that you can really be proud of – good job, Mama!

September 18, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Micha - (p.s. My grandfather lead a Great Books discussion group at our library for 41 years…so the images of those books struck a familiar chord for me. Great job all around!)

September 18, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Amanda Bush - Love these. He sure does have Jakes smile.

October 29, 2012 - 7:10 am

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy - Amazing photo shoot for your Son! I love the library idea! You have done such a good job raising him, Amy. My hat’s off to you. ;)

January 9, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Camille Duckworth - Amy! I love this! How have I not seen these posts before? Where Have I been? Oh yeah, since October has been probably the busiest I have EVER BEEN!!! Whew. Now I’m tempted to stay up all hours of the night looking at these, and Tammy’s and those other photographers! I’m excited for this 2013 Project.12 and participating. I’m pretty good at getting pictures of my family, but this will throw a fun little twist on it and give me some images I’ll really love! My brother drew my name for Christmas, and his gift had to be homemade. He made me a calendar with images from our Sunday Best project this last year. A M A Z I N G. Now I can look at those pictures, on my wall monthly and look back at my littles grow up over the year. I hope to create something similar after this project is done!~

May 1, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Jana Šamšová - I <3 books…

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