Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020's Grateful 366 Project

Year 5 of doing a yearlong (366 days this year!) project is in the books! 🥳 2020’s project documented one thing every single day I was grateful for…which now, looking back, seemed like a very VERY good challenging theme to pick given how 2020 went — and how a lot of days it was so hard to truly find something to be grateful for. (If you want to read each of my daily’s captions, head over to instagram and check out #MooneyGrateful366)  But WE MADE IT…2020 is done, my year of documenting gratefulness in my life is officially wrapped up, and tomorrow we welcome a brand spankin’ new year, that I hope and pray it blows 2020 out of the water in every possible positive way it can.   

Here's 2020 in 366 teeny tiny grateful yet oh so colorful squares...

And now, in video form, here's a quickie 1 minute version and a longer version, complete with the dates for each of the year's snaps!



And lastly, if you click here, you can scroll through my album in Google Photos if you want to stroll down 2020 a bit slower than those videos.

With all that said, this past year was exhausting…and I was THIS.CLOSE. to throwing in the towel for for my 6th time in 2021 of doing a year-long project.  But, I knew December 2021 Alex would be mad at January 2021 Alex for that decision, so I decided I can push through and do it again!  But then I thought: maybe that should be my theme this new 2021 year: simple.  No elaborate theme or goals, just a simple picture of our lives for each day of 2021.  Let the picture speak for itself…thus #MooneyCaptionless365 has officially started!  No captions, just snapshots that hopefully tell you a little something about what’s going on for that day in our Mooney lives in 2021.  So hey yo! Tomorrow marks day 1 of 365 for 2021 and my new year long project is officially underway! 

1SE: 2020

Ahhh, 2020. You are officially DONE (in just a few hours. wink wink) and I've wrapped up my third year (check out 2018's and 2019's) of capturing one second of our lives every single day.  And a great majority of 2020's one second clips were taken at home...because I feel like we have spent A WHOLE LOTTA TIME at home this year.  But we had a ton of amazing family time too, which I am forever and ever grateful for that.

*psssst! if you get my blog as an email, you won't see the videos click on the blog title in the email to go to the web version where you can watch them ;-)

So, without further adieu, here is 2020's one second every day in a little over 6 minutes.

And, since I've documented it for the past 11 months, here's just December's 1SE video for your viewing pleasure too.

Oh 2020, I am so so so happy to see you go.  2021: I have high high hopes that you'll be an amazing, blow 2020 out of the water (in the most positive way!) please please pleaseeeeeee!!!

2020 Year Favorites From Alexandria Mooney Photography

Ahhh, 2020! You are just about wrapped up and that means it’s time for me to look back on the amazing year I had here with my lens. And, as icky as it was in other regards, 2020 was actually an amazing year for me and I am so so so grateful for all of my amazing clients and families who made this little small business of mine a great success in an otherwise not so great year.

So, keeping with tradition here (just like I did in 2018 and 2019), I present you with my end of the year, year in review 2020 favorites post! YAHOOOOO!!! (PSSTTTT! You can also check out my separate birth stories year in review for 2020 here).

Golly I sure love looking back on these snaps and putting together this collage, videos, and this post! It really forces me to reflect on this year and be oh so grateful for how wonderful it was for me. It’s so hard to really be super joyous about, as it was such a difficult year for so many other small businesses…and honestly, for me too in other regards. But I am truly so grateful for this job of mine and all of the amazing faces I got to capture in 2020. So other things aside, I am just so happy with how 2020 went for me here at Alexandria Mooney Photography.

A big huge massive THANK YOU for all of the love and support this year — and especially for entrusting me to capture your families and memories — I am forever and ever grateful to all of you!!

1 minute hyperlapse version

full version

Here’s to a wonderfully amazing, blow 2020 out of the water (in the most positive way!!) 2021!! I am so ready for you!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 Birth Stories Favorites

One thing 2020 wasn’t able to halt: all of the brand new little babes making their entrances into this world. What I’ve learned these past nearly 5 years in capturing birth stories: babies wait for no one…pandemic times included. This year was a bit different for me, only documenting 21 birth stories — and missing at least 15 others due to COVID visitor restrictions at hospitals and birth places. That was so so so tough — because these photos are SO NEEDED for families, and it’s just so devastating to have a wrench thrown in your photos birth plan that prior to 2020 you’d never have even imagined would have happened. I’m trying to do all that I can from my end to make sure that I can attend my wonderful 2021 clients’ birth stories this coming year as safely and rule following as possible. The 21 stories I was able to capture this year were stories of love — so much love in these photos, and sometimes that love was a lifetime’s worth squeezed into a very short time on this earth. I cannot thank my wonderful birth families enough for allowing me into their spaces to capture their babies’ arrivals, and entrusting me to forever document their growing family’s memories.

Here is a quick 1 minute glimpse into a few of those births I had the honor of capturing in 2020. Despite a sometimes different look for births this year, I still get goosebumps every time I watch this remembering all of these sweet, precious babes I had the immense privilege of documenting this year.

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