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The Starlet Project: Weeks 1-5

For The Starlet’s first year, I completed a project where I took a video of her every single day and put it together into a documentary showcasing 1 second every day. It was an extremely intense project, but the end result was totally worth it. For her second year, I wanted to try another project, but one that would also help me exercise my new love of photography.

I decided to do a 52 Week Photo Project, taking a photo every week for a year. This project would focus on The Starlet in some way each week. So, without further ado, here is the first 5 weeks of the project.

#1/52 “The Beginning”

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I finally got those beautiful little eyes right where I needed them.


I feel like I can never get a great shot of The Starlet. There’s always something in the way, she looks away at the last second, or I’m just not good enough at capturing the shot in time. This one was exactly what I wanted. She was playing hard to shoot, but I finally got those beautiful little eyes right where I needed them. It’s going to be a fun year trying to capture her for this 52 week project.

*Canon Rebel T3i * 50mm 1.8 lens * ISO 100 * Aperture f/1.8 * Shutter Speed 1/400*

#2/52 “The Halloween Flower”

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Your facial expressions continue to trick me.


This week was Halloween and you saw your fair share of costumes. You were Spider-Girl, a Duck, and a Flower. After all, why pick one costume when you can have three? Watching you grow everyday is a treat and your facial expressions continue to trick me. I wonder what you’re thinking here…

*Canon T3i * 18-55mm Lens * ISO 1600 * Aperture f/5 * Shutter Speed 1/320*

#3/52 – “Baby You Can Drive My Car”

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When we get to the park, you sit in it for several minutes and just play, making the park wait for you.


We have gotten in the habit of making a trip to the park every day after naps. Your brother always objects, but he lets you drive “his” car and takes every chance he can to push you around in it. You love this car so much that when we get to the park, you sit in it for several minutes and just play, making the park wait for you.

Our chances to get outside are dwindling with the November cold and this trip didn’t last long since your little noses turned red so fast, but you still had a fun drive. When the weather warms up and the winter snow melts, we’ll get back to our daily drives to the park. Maybe you both will be strong enough to push me by then. I can only hope.

*Canon T3i * 55-250mm Lens * ISO 100 * Aperture f/4 * Shutter Speed 1/125*

#4/52 – “Friendly Reminders”

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Every time you wear it, it reminds me of our friends and how amazing they are and the amazing things they’re doing.


Too many of my best friends live very far away from us. Last year, we visited one of these friends and his family in Seattle. I met him in college almost 20 years ago and we quickly became life-long friends. He’s a great artist, a lover of books and his wife is an amazing opera star who performs around the world.

When you were born, his wife was performing in Perth, Australia and she got this handmade hat for you. Now you’re big enough to fit in it and the weather is definitely calling for it. Every time you wear it, it reminds me of our friends and how amazing they are and the amazing things they’re doing. It brings a smile to my face every time.

Some of the most amazing things in your life will be friends, so make sure you get some good ones. Be true to yourself, and they will find you.

*Canon T3i * 50mm lens * ISO 100 * Aperture f/3.2 * Shutter Speed 1/1250*

#5/52 – “Words, words, words.”

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It’s beautiful that you are so mesmerized with the wonderment of words and pictures.


You love books. Throughout the day, you bring books to me, climb into my lap, and sit still while we read book after book after book. It’s beautiful that you are so mesmerized with the wonderment of words and pictures.

There is so much amazing literature waiting for you to eat up throughout your life. I can’t wait to share Shakespeare with you and to talk to you about Kerouac and Thompson.

You have a natural hunger for words and as my buddy, Sharif, always said, “Words are good food for the soul.” So stay hungry, little one. There’s plenty to eat.

*Canon T3i * 18-55mm Lens * ISO 1600 * Aperture f/4.5 * Shutter Speed 1/40*

Stay tuned for 6-10 of this 52 week Starlet Project.

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