When Disaster Strikes (A Game of Truth or Dare)
TRUTH OR DARE?
I'll start with TRUTH
My house is a disaster. No FOR REAL. I can clean it a million times but those Littles just come twirling in like tornadoes. Yes I have even found a cow in my kitchen (a toy cow, of course).
It took me a while to realize that
Sometimes the story is IN the mess. Sometimes the story IS the mess.
So now I don't let anything stop me from pulling out my camera to freeze a memory before it's gone.
I'm curious though...how many times do you stop from taking a photo because you think you need to "tidy up" before hand? Anyone with children knows how difficult it can be to keep the house "tidy". I have FOUR of them...it's nearly impossible. I can't imagine there is a house out there that is more cluttered and toy infested than mine...
Do you think your house is messier? Let's find out...
Space #1 - The Living Room
Since our basement flooded over 2 years ago, we still haven't replaced the carpet, which means the playroom is not accessible. The poor living room is now the designated space for every toy in America. OK, maybe not that many toys, but it sure seems like it some days! Here is the constant state of my living room:
BUT if it wasn't for the biggest disaster living room in America (ok, again maybe slightly over-exaggerating) I wouldn't have captured any of this:
Space #2 - The Bathroom
Not always the prettiest room in the house, it makes you wonder why anyone would want photographs taken in there, right? WRONG! Some of my favorite photographs were taken in the bathroom.
What you don't see is all of this:
Space #3 - The Kitchen
Most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Aside from eating, it's where my Littles do their homework, the ideal place for family game days, and where my husband and I sit and talk for hours after the Littles go to bed. I love this space because of those reasons. What I don't love is how there are always dishes in the sink, sprinkles of salt and pepper, and clutter on the counters no matter how much time I spend cleaning it. I'm ok with that though because that's what makes up part of the memories. The dishes and clutter you see here...
..magically disappears when cute things are happening!
Never-ending Mess #1: LAUNDRY
Sometimes you just gotta let them be and cannonball into the pile of fresh clothes.
Never-ending Mess #2: My Littles' Bedrooms
This last image is one where THE MESS IS THE PHOTO. You didn't think I had one of those did you? My daughter's room is always a mess. Her creative and imaginative brain is always going nonstop. She waits until she can't see the floor before she puts anything away. Would you believe me if I told you that because of this,
this is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE IMAGES THAT I HAVE EVER TAKEN
It tells me so much about my daughter. This image is MORE THAN JUST ONE STORY. This image unravels multiple stories about her personality, her favorite things, her creativity, her imagination, her dreams, and her confidence. These are the kind of images I live for.
These messes help tell the stories of my family. They help remind me of all of the things I will one day miss when my Littles are grown. Instead of dusting all of my picture frames, I'd rather be making memories to fill the frames with because everything else can wait.
Now it's your turn! If you think your house is messier than mine, prove it!
I DARE YOU TO BOOK AN IN-HOME DOCUMENTARY SESSION
I will gladly accept the challenge of photographing your mess and making it beautiful. If you are still hesitant just remember one thing:
I am not coming over to photograph your house. I am coming over to photograph what makes your house a HOME.
Give me a call or send me an email. Let's see just how messy your home really is. If you happen to be like my mom and are able to keep a spotless home with a bunch of Littles running around, I'd love to photograph that, too! That might be an even bigger challenge! ;)
Want to know what my other favorite image is? Read "It's More Than Just One Story". You may be surprised.
PS….can you find the cat in the very first image? Comment below when you do!