What’s 30 days?
I’ve written before about the thirty day experiments Rae and I try out as often as we can find space in our lives, but here’s a brief description of what they’re about: everybody has at least a handful of idiotic habits that they’d like to change–anything from swearing in our heads about people we have trouble with, or addictions, or lack of exercise, or too much mindless smartphone fidgeting, flaking out on people, jobs, life, etc. Life is a hard ocean to sail… and we can’t change everything about ourselves all at once, but we can at least change one significant thing for 30 days. The idea is to pick your stupidest habit and quit for 30 days. Quit complaining for just January. Quit sugar for just February. Do yoga daily for just March. Etc. For a year. Or, just try something new. Try the Paleo diet for 30 days, try a kind act a day for 30 days. If any of the habits stick longer than 30 days, great! If you miss a month, pick it back up on the first of the next month. We’ve done this for quite a few months, and have re-directed our lives in a lot of interesting ways. Veganism was one of the habits that stuck.
One of the things I don’t like about being vegan is that I think it makes others uncomfortable. I don’t know if they’re worried that I judge the way they eat (I don’t) or if they think I’m a weirdo or what, but some people tend to clam up a bit. Any way, I’m somewhat in the habit of not telling people about being vegan unless I have to. Sometimes this means eating food I normally wouldn’t, and during this shoot, K was baking cookies that smelled insanely delicious. I remember looking at Rae and we both had that face….that face that says, “those cookies are gettin’ ate….butter, milk and all”. And they did get ate, and they were the best cookies. We had a good laugh when we returned for the post-birth photos and we found out the cookies were actually vegan because C avoids dairy.
We actually like each other
C & K were a lot of fun to be with. They’re relaxed to a degree I envy and appear to shoulder stress really well. I don’t like to talk about the lives of other people too much but I was particularly charmed when C said, “It’s because we actually like each other” when I commented on how natural they both were in front of the camera.
This 2 part shoot documents just before and just after their baby was born. See if you can’t help but feel the warmth.