{Project Twenty Six on Fridays – ‘the people who keep me sane’}

What an insane week.  Fitting for this week’s topic.  So busy, a little sick around here, and feeling so behind.  But I’m excited about this weeks Project 26!  Who keeps me sane?  Those that also make me insane:) Honestly, I think my kids and my husband keep my sanity in check.  My kids remind me that I need to slow down and enjoy every moment I can with them since it’ll be gone if I don’t.  They make me laugh, make me cringe, make me think of them before I think of myself (a good thing), and they make me realize that life needs to be more simple sometimes, that I need to think like a 6 and 9 year old  for me to delve into their world.  And I love it.  Sometimes they’ll say to me, ‘put your iPhone away and just enjoy.’ And they are so right.  So I’ve been trying to be more ‘in the moment’ with them. For them as well as for my sanity, happiness and the memories that I’m making with them all the time.  And my husband…..he’s the calm one.  He’s the one who is calm in the mist of a storm while I’m the one who’s freaking out.  He’s centered and centers me when I’m not so centered.  I like to think we balance each other.  These are the people who keep me sane.

So this week’s challenge was coupled with something completely new to me so please don’t judge.  This weeks challenge combines the theme of ‘those who keep me sane’ and the use of either a cinemagraph {a what?} or video.  So what’s a cinemagraph?  I had no idea what it was when I heard it was part of our challenge.  A cinemagraph has elements of a still photo but with moving parts.  {note: the first image at the top is not a cinemagraph as you can see, but the ones below are}.  Sounds easy, sounds simple, right?  Then why are the pictures so grainy, and why do they look so blah?  Basically to do a cinemagraph you have to video your subject and use that as your base for the image.  And when you’ve compressed a video into an image and want to place it on the web, it’s going to have some grain as you can see from the images below.  But I used about 74 frames in my image so they are very grainy and blah.  Next time I’m going to try to cut it down to about 7 frames if I can so it will be less pixelated and blah.   But it was fun to try something new and see if I could make it work.

Below, was my first attempt at a cinemagraph.  I didn’t use a tripod so you can see that it’s shaky – but I had to add is since my son was such a good sport and thought this end result was pretty funny.  :)

And lastly I decided to make a little video of the people in my life who keep me sane.  All the video was taken from my iPhone which was fun and easy.  Sometimes I love the ease of technology:)

Check out Kara Jo’s  project 26 ‘the people who keep me sane’ post – Kara Jo Memphis Newborn and Child Photographer and continue to click through the  links to see the whole circle.

NOTE:  when viewing the video, scroll to the bottom of the blog and turn off the blog’s music since there’s some silly music on the video.:) Thanks!

by Kara

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AmberMarch 1, 2012 - 9:03 am

The video made me tear up at the end. They are going to treasure this so much when they are adults. Great job and so sweet. <3

Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer}February 12, 2012 - 8:46 am

These are perfect Kara, I love the one w/ your son in the goggles!

aubry {phoenix az photographer}February 6, 2012 - 1:25 pm

how cool, you did amazing this week… love it!

Beth Ross | Tyler TX PhotographerFebruary 6, 2012 - 8:57 am

These are amazing, Kara. I LOVE the first picture of them together. It is stunning. I love how your daughter’s hair is gently blowing in the cinemagraphs. The one with the glasses is so funny.

NatashaFebruary 6, 2012 - 2:16 am


MarksFebruary 5, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Insanely cool!! Incredible cinemagraphs!

breezeFebruary 5, 2012 - 3:58 pm

So much fun! Love all of them!

SharonFebruary 3, 2012 - 3:08 pm

So cool!!!!!!

Haleigh RohnerFebruary 3, 2012 - 2:03 pm

LOVE!!! <3 So fun and inspiring!

Holly Anne MillerFebruary 3, 2012 - 1:21 pm

How neat!! Great job. I love the video. Your kids are characters and adorable!

mugsie5February 3, 2012 - 12:48 pm

love this and you did great . Amazing it is your first time.

JessieFebruary 3, 2012 - 12:46 pm

This is fantastic! Super cute video too! Love this post.

JessieFebruary 3, 2012 - 12:46 pm

This is fantastic! Super cute video too! Love this post.

Kristen MeadFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:08 am

Wow! This is so cool. You have some mad skills woman. Great post!

Heidi MahonFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:05 am

That video had me in stitches! Your kids are adorable. Such a neat technique your using. Looks hard though.

ingridFebruary 3, 2012 - 10:02 am

that is soooo awesome kara! love it!!!

Jessica DrossinFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:29 am

This is great. Those goggles are my favorite!!!

Mrs. FunFebruary 3, 2012 - 9:10 am

I love this!! You rocked these. The last one is so cool.

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