If you're a baby-boomer, your parents probably took only a handful of black and white photographs of you as a kid. But today's parents and their ubiquitous phone cameras capture thousands of images of children at play, asleep, eating, crawling -- just glance through Facebook any day of the week.
Taking this trend to a whole new level is Pleasanton resident Jenny Lally, who on Oct. 31 celebrated one year of taking a picture every day, mostly of her little son.
Lally, 37, not only takes the photos, she also posts them using Blipfoto, a worldwide photo/blog site that allows users to post photos and record their observations about what was happening that day.
"My husband and I moved to Pleasanton from Scotland in March 2012," said Lally, "so I have been using Blipfoto to share with my family and friends what life is like here."
Lally also uses the blog site to chronicle wonderful photos of the development of her little boy, Beckett, to whom she refers in the blog as "Wee B."
For example, on July 25, Lally posted a photo of her toddler wearing a camouflaged ball cap backward. She writes: "Wee B has a number of hats, nine of which he likes to wear, based on how often he takes them off."
Lally humorously adds that her own hat is only occasionally worn by Wee B since he instead prefers to slobber on his mother's hat, throw it, or chew it.
Another memorable photograph and blog post can be found on Nov. 5, 2012, the day Beckett was born. Lally writes that her newborn is "a very mellow baby who just likes cuddles and hugs."
Lally's advice for anyone considering taking on a similar year-long photography project is to not get stressed about taking a perfect photo and to choose a topic or subject with easy access. "If you have to travel for miles, then you will not be enthused about what you have to do," she said.
While Lally enjoys recording key milestones and events associated with her young son, she occasionally takes nature shots to capture what she calls "the wonders of where we live and the day-to-day experiences we have."
Both Lally and her husband, Rob, who works for a social media firm in San Francisco, love living in Pleasanton. "Everyone has been so friendly and so welcoming," said Lally, who would enjoy having readers visit her blog.
To see Lally's posts and pictures, visit www.blipfoto.com/RandomMusing.
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