Hey er’body. I’ve decided to embark on a Project 365, which is where you commit to capturing one photo a day for an entire year. I know it really doesn’t sound that challenging, but I’m sure there will be days to come where I’ll be all, “What’s the point? No one cares. Who the hell wants to see a picture of my shoelaces??” Most people that do this sort of thing probably start on the New Year, but that’s not how Dougie Crowther rolls. Nope. Instead, he chooses a random day…say, April 16th. Yeah, that sounds good.
I’ve decided not to set any rules for myself in this project, and am hopeful that I can do this entirely with my DSLR (which means I need to try and start lugging that thing with me anywhere I go…a challenge in itself). It’s simply an experiment that will force me to pick up my camera every day and edit more often. Realistically, I probably won’t be able to post each day, so I will strive to make sure I at least post in bulk once a week. They won’t always be pretty (unless the wife is in them of course), and they most certainly won’t be perfect, but it will be a glimpse into my life (which you’ll find is just too exciting for reality TV). With that said, let’s do this!!
P.S. – The format of this post will be a bit different than my others, as this one will be continually updated as the year progresses. I’m also embedding the images from Flickr to save storage space on my WordPress, so hopefully there are no issues with the images loading properly.
Day 210. Cody can usually be found here if you’re in the kitchen.
Day 209. Time for PJs!
Day 208. Late at night. Needed a pic. This is what you get.
Day 207. Karla and Penelope got their early vote on.
Day 206. Tia stopped by and made some Mac-n-Cheese.
Day 205. Sharing one of Daddy’s favorite snacks…Goldfish.
Day 204. “Make me a SUPER HERO!”
Day 203. FAMILY.
Day 202. Enjoying the nice autumn weather in the backyard.
Day 201. Penelope loves making Mickey Mouse pancakes.
Day 200. Finally got to check out Angel Park in Perry Hall.
Day 199. Halloween with the kiddy crew!
Day 198. Ready for the climb down.
Day 197. The Crowther Clan all dressed up for “Zoo Boo” at the Baltimore Zoo. Lucas as Harry Potter, Penelope as Hermione Granger, Karla as Ginny Weasley, and myself as Sirius Black. Photo cred: Matt Henry (thanks buddy)
Day 196. Repping that Gryffindor.
Day 195. Believe it or not, this was a truly candid moment.
Day 194. Our little troublemaker.
Day 193. I think someone wants to be let outside.
Day 192. Dinner and a movie.
Day 191. Had a fun Sunday evening shoot at Jerusalem Mill with this lovely family.
Day 190. About to head off for the Harry Potter festival in Chestnut Hill, PA. Rainy and crowded pretty much sums it up.
Day 189. Cody snout.
Day 188. Late night editing and uploading.
Day 187. Can’t quite reach the floor yet.
Day 186. Pretending to play the flute.
185/365. About to run out to the playground for a bit.
Day 184. Penelope insisted on having this glow in the dark skeleton hang in her room. She loves her spooky decorations.
Day 183. Air show at Martin State Airport with the fam.
Day 182. I love seeing what new art projects Penelope brings home from school each day she has class.
Day 181. Star child.
Day 180. The process of detangling Penelope’s hair.
Day 179. It wouldn’t be Fall without making at least one trip to Weber’s Farm.
Day 178. Almost time for nite-nites.
Day 177. First time having two photo shoots in one day. My morning session was with this baby girl named Charlotte.
Day 176. A good mix of wrestling around and watching TV.
Day 175. Basic.
Day 174. Lucas having a friendly conversation with Mr. Brett.
Day 173. Back from ballet class.
Day 172. Newborn shoot on a Tuesday evening.
Day 171. Teriyaki salmon with broccoli and mushrooms for dinner.
Day 170. Who needs Halloween decorations when you’ve got the real deal?
Day 169. Love watching and listening to this girl play by herself.
Day 168. Another gloomy day outside.
Day 167. An old school Kodak Brownie Reflex 20 camera my sister found at my parents’ house. I think it makes a pretty cool decorative item above the desk area in our room, but I might try to get some film for it and see if it still works.
Day 166. Drinking some milkies before bed. That flash really brings out his blue eyes, doesn’t it?
Day 165. Blowing out the candles for mommy’s birthday.
Day 164. Karla’s new orchid.
Day 163. All the kids eyeing up Cam’s birthday cake.
Day 162. First wedding shoot in the books! The sun decided to finally come out just around magic hour, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Also, this shot reminds me of the “power ring” selfie Karla and I took the night of our wedding.
Day 161. Celebrating Abuelo’s 62nd birthday!
Day 160. A trip to Toys “R” Us to buy a birthday present for our nephew, Cam.
Day 159. Stealing all the magic wands! I’m also having some fun messing around with the Speedlite I’m borrowing. Thanks Jaime!
Day 158. Snapped this shot of Karla’s grandmother with Baby Leo while we paid a visit to some family (and so I could borrow some camera gear from Karla’s uncle).
Day 157. The girl with the boo boos found another hiding spot. She LOVES playing hide and seek.
Day 156. Spending the evening putting Ikea sh*t together.
Day 155. Dragged this hot mama out with me to scope out the Sparrows Point Country Club, where I’ll be photographing my first wedding next week. I’ll try not to let the fun of driving a golf cart around get in the way of doing actual work.
Day 154. These kids love falling asleep right before we get to where we’re going.
Day 153. Penelope’s first official day of preschool! So proud of her!! (Side note: I skipped posting Day 152 since it was a photo of my kids in the bath tub and there are some creepy people in this world.)
Day 152. [Not posted to public]
Day 151. Happy girl making Play-Doh pies with mommy.
Day 150. He caught me.
Day 149. This marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Every year on Putty Hill Ave, 2,977 flags are placed along the side of the road to commemorate those who lost their lives that day. I remember being in my 3rd period Physics class with Mr. Winkler when I first started hearing bits and pieces of what had happened from different students. However, at the time, no one knew the gravity of just how tragic that day would turn out to be.
Day 148. Newborn shoot with Baby Maisie.
Day 147. Drop-in day for Penelope’s Pre-K. This was just a meet and greet with the teachers and a chance for the kids to check out the classroom. I think this girl will have a blast this year!
Day 146. My sister and I met my mom at Union Memorial Hospital, where my dad had quadruple bypass heart surgery in the morning. He was still heavily sedated by the time we went back to see him, but overall he looked pretty good. Hope you have a speedy recovery, Dad!
Day 145. Here’s a two-for-one special. Self-portrait (apologies) + photography tutorial. Consider it a free lesson on making a weird hazy flare effect using a bottle of cologne. This is what happens when it’s late and you still need a photo for the day.
Day 144. Another movie night.
Day 143. Going for a walk around the neighborhood. But first, we have to jump off of each rock.
Day 142. Making “Lego cakes.”
Day 141. Washing windows.
Day 140. My Karlita at the Clear Meadow sunflower field.
Day 139. Just another silly night at the Crowther residence.
Day 138. Prepping for tacos.
Day 137. Pretty sure he was watching Wreck-It Ralph.
Day 136. Snapped this shot of Karla just before we walked up for parent orientation night for Penelope’s first year of preschool.
Day 135. I was trying to make some zucchini spaghetti for dinner, but after some frustration and second thoughts, we decided it would settle nicely as a side with chicken marsala.
Day 134. How about some impromptu tattoos after a fantasy football draft? Yeah, that happened. Here’s one of my best friends, Mark, getting tattooed first out of the group at Haus of Ink in Baltimore. Certainly won’t forget this day.
Day 133. Penelope had a blast playing in my car.
Day 132. Roxy napping under the bed.
Day 131. A rainbow roll from Chopstix for dinner. So delicious!
Day 130. Playing in the flower pot.
Day 129. We thought Lucas would be the one to fall asleep during our walk around the neighborhood. We were wrong.
Day 128. Rocking their new raincoats as we prepare for some rainy day grocery shopping.
Day 127. Passed these railroad tracks on the way home. Somewhere near the NC/SC border.
Day 126. Our last night in Myrtle Beach. Following dinner, the light was turning perfect and I just had to get in a nice little family photo opp in this area a few steps away from the boardwalk. I could’ve spent more time shooting here, but we still wanted to play mini golf and had lots of packing up left to do.
Day 125. My gorgeous wife under the Surfside Pier.
Day 124. Checked out the Surfside Pier at night and made sure to grab some ice cream on the way out.
Day 123. Momma’s got the magic touch.
Day 122. Maya’s sea shells.
Day 121. Taking a break from the pool.
Day 120. Some random old school gas station somewhere in South Carolina. It was our last stop before finally reaching our destination after a long and grueling day in the car.
Day 119. Kids’ luggage all packed up for Myrtle Beach.
Day 118. This little girl has been sneaking into our bed undetected throughout the night lately.
Day 117. Blowing out the candles for his Tia’s 25th birthday. Happy Birthday, Steph!
Day 116. Crucial after every shower.
Day 115. Shot this couple’s maternity session in Fells Point. It was my first time having a shoot down in the city, and was certainly a welcomed change of scenery.
Day 114. Someone woke up feeling cheerful this Sunday morning.
Day 113. I was given the opportunity to photograph Leia’s first birthday party, as she and her parents flew in from Los Angeles to spend some time with family. Here she is with her momma, feeling wiped out after the long day.
Day 112. Friday evening with the cousins.
Day 111. Watching Zootopia…again.
Day 110. Penelope was here.
Day 109. My baby girl’s last ballet class for the summer session. So proud of how much she learned in just seven weeks!
Day 108. Lucas’ new favorite toy.
Day 107. “GIVE ME ALL THE MILK!”
Day 106. Superhero Penelope trying to reach up for the fan switch.
Day 105. I think Cody is missing his best friend, Roxy.
Day 104. Penelope wanted a spoon to eat her dry cereal. I told her one day soon we would have her try it with milk. She grunted at me in disgust.
Day 103. “Adios, Abuela!”
Day 102. Chicken florentine and a portobello mushroom topped with spinach and mozzarella cheese. Prepared by Karla.
Day 101. Must be exhausting doing absolutely nothing all day.
Day 100. No caption necessary.
Day 99. Fun Saturday night get-together at the Earlls’ house.
Day 98. Lucas spent 10+ minutes trying to take the DVD out of its case. Spoiler alert…he never got it.
Day 97. Chilling while I’m grilling.
Day 96. Had a fun photo shoot with the Jones crew.
Day 95. Haircut number two for Lucas.
Day 94. The prettiest little silly girl I know.
Day 93. Wind chimes and blue eyes.
Day 92. Took the kids over to Aunt Erin’s while Karla went to Warped Tour. Maya was my little helper for the day.
Day 91. Friday night dinner at On the Border. The happy hour margaritas were awesome, but the whiny and teething one year old…not so much. Partial photo cred: Karla
Day 90. Whatever you do, don’t get between Lucas and his drawer.
Day 89. Karla and Penelope lounging in their brand new matching LuLaRoe leggings, courtesy of my sister, Erin. Check out her page at facebook.com/lularoebyerinmichelle if you’re interested!
Day 88. Luckily we still have a ways to go before this kid can open doors.
Day 87. It wasn’t super hot outside, so we went for a walk to Double Rock playground. Couldn’t tell you how many people we saw playing Pokemon Go.
Day 86. A preview shot from my newborn session with Baby Finn.
Day 85. Neighborhood at midnight.
Day 84. Karla and I went to the O’s game with a bunch of our good friends. Wanted to take my camera, but the weather was very questionable when I left the house. Settled for an iPhone pic instead.
Day 83. Happy 11th Birthday to our Dog of Black and White, Roxy!
Day 82. Had a fun photo session with this little cutie and her family.
Day 81. Throwing poppers out front.
Day 80. Just a lazy, indoor Fourth of July for us this year.
Day 79. Fourth of July party at grandma’s. As usual, Lucas is trying to escape the gate.
Day 78. Cam, Penelope and Maya playing at the top of the hill at Sweet Air park while we wait for the fireworks display to start.
Day 77. Much like their dad, these kids love Legos.
Day 76. Uncle Frank is in town and came over to grill us some salmon for dinner.
Day 75. Didn’t take long for Karla to make use of the Matron of Honor glass she received as a gift from her sister.
Day 74. My little ballerina after getting home from her dance class. It was a bit difficult to capture, but a rainbow is popping out from behind the trees.
Day 73. Cody-bear and the rest of the house sleeping while I’m up late backing up photos.
Day 72. Penelope holding her little cousin, Leo.
Day 71. The birthday girl, Aria, swimming in the pool at her own party.
Day 70. Both kids asleep in the back seat while Karla runs in to the store.
Day 69. Mama and her babies having a little movie time before bed.
Day 68. Always up to something.
Day 67. FaceTime with Baby Leo.
Day 66. Waiting in the car while mommy makes a return at the mall.
Day 65. I was playing with Penelope in her room until she suddenly decided to run off. After a minute of her not returning, I went to look for her and found her in Lucas’ room quietly singing a lullaby to her sleeping brother. Happy Father’s Day to me!
Day 64. All bets are off when you lay in this little guy’s crib.
Day 63. The wifey doing some work on a Friday evening.
Day 62. [6/16/2016] Lately she’s always wanting to make a “camp fire.”
Day 61. Super nice weather outside = a nice, long evening stroll around the neighborhood.
Day 60. Enjoying some bath time.
Day 59. A selfie on the Scrambler at Hershey Park with Karla and Penelope. It was so much fun watching my baby girl get on her first rides. She LOVED the Coal Cracker, or as she called it “the boat ride.” Lucas got on a few too, but without much reaction, haha.
*Since I didn’t want to worry about carrying my DSLR, I had to compromise and take my daily photo with my cell phone.
Day 58. First time busting out the grill for the year. Of course, the propane would run out half way through. Doh!!
Day 57. Penelope being her usual goof-ball self.
Day 56. My niece Maya doing her math homework on a Friday evening. Keep it up, kid!
Day 55. My baby girl doing her nebulizer treatment. Don’t worry, she wasn’t feeling miserable like how it shows in this photo. Just a bit sleepy is all.
Day 54. Dropped Karla off at the airport at 3:30am. She’s traveling to Honduras on business for a couple of days. We tried, but I just would not fit in that luggage of hers. The kids and I miss you already, mama!
Day 53. Happy 4th Birthday to our very own Cody-bear!
Day 52. Had a photo shoot with Baby Max. This little guy barely made a peep the entire time.
Day 51. It’s official. Steph (my sister-in-law) and Joe are engaged! Congrats you guys!
Day 50. Abuela and Abuelo brought home a box of popsicles, so of course she had to have one.
Day 49. Keeping an eye on mommy.
Day 48. Had a maternity session with these awesome people at Cromwell Valley Park. Looking forward to editing the rest!
Day 47. Just snacking on some raisin bran.
Day 46. Once in a while we’ll take a quick car ride to try to get the kids to fall asleep. Mission: Successful.
Day 45. Lucas all tuckered out after a long and eventful Memorial Day weekend.
Day 44. We all walked down the boardwalk for breakfast after a quick mini photo shoot with this little stud, Brody. Kid knows how to rock a fedora.
Day 43. Holding my baby girl’s hand on the beach. Not much more a father could ask for. (There’s too many good ones to post from our weekend down in OC, so I’ll get around to posting a blog hopefully sooner than later.)
Day 42. We’re heading down to Ocean City to hang with the Henrys for a day and a half, and this is how much we had to pack. Family life struggles.
Day 41. Where’d Lucas go?
Day 40. The doggies must know it’s breakfast time.
Day 39. Finally, a break from the rain. Had to take advantage of it by going for a stroll around the neighborhood.
Day 38. I love catching the many creative ways this little girl plays with her toys.
Day 37. Karla helping Penelope across the balance beam during her gymnastics class.
Day 36. Brought a six pack of these home from New Hampshire back in January. I still have one left in the fridge. Sooo good!
Day 35. Went to check out the Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival at Turf Valley. My goodness was it a nightmare to get there.
Day 34. My nephew Josh came down to grab some gear from me for his first wedding shoot (good luck!). Slapped on a 24-70mm f/2.8L that he rented just to check it out. Sure as hell wouldn’t mind having this in the bag, but likely won’t happen.
Day 33. Karlita making breakfast after getting her workout in for the day already. Don’t know how she does it.
Day 32. Waiting for Karla to come out of her building so we can run off for lunch together on this rainy day.
Day 31. [5/16/2016] Perfect weather outside. Came home from work, went for a run and Karla (standing back there with her new cute haircut) brought the kids outside for a bit.
Day 30. Made it over to Aunt Erin’s for dinner and a first haircut. Penelope ABSOLUTELY loves playtime with her cousins!
Day 29. Penelope making a splash at Double Rock. It was a really nice day taking the kids for a walk to the park, then had a much needed date night with the wife that evening. Thanks Steph and Joe for watching the kids!
Day 28. My typical breakfast as of late. Poached egg over toast, some banana, and a small bowl of either cereal or oatmeal.
Day 27. Nice to wake up and not hear rain drops outside the window for once. It’s been a very rainy April and May here in Baltimore.
Day 26. Home with Lucas while Karla and Penelope ran out to the store. He was crawling all over the house with this one block.
Day 25. A shot from a newborn session I had with this super nice family. They were my first clients that I’ve never previously met through friends, which must mean I’m finally starting to expand out of my bubble. Pretty stoked!
Day 24. Just parked in the garage. About to head in to work.
Day 23. First hair cut for Lucas on Mother’s Day! We were going to have Aunt Erin cut it, but we got impatient and have been too busy to go see her. Karla figured she’d give it a shot, and I think it turned out pretty slick.
Day 22. Karla getting dolled up for Cole’s communion party.
Day 21. About to head out for dinner on a Friday night.
Day 20. A smooch on the cheek from mommy before leaving for work.
Day 19. These two absolutely love their bath time together.
Day 18. My favorite ladies in the whole world.
Day 17. It’s Monday, and I’m leaving work.
Day 16. Getting some Sunday grocery shopping done. FYI, Karla made sure that I clarify she was updating the Cartwheel app, haha.
Day 15. A shot from my maternity photo session I had with our friend Gina. Can’t wait to edit all the others from the shoot.
Day 14. Celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday. That lady does so much for our family, we can’t thank her enough. Happy Birthday, Ivonne!!
Day 13. Waiting for mommy to come home.
Day 12. Caught in the act. Always trying to get to the dog bowls.
Day 11. I stayed home with the kiddos today since Abuela wasn’t feeling well. Made it out to Double Rock Park so this little lady could do her thing.
Day 10. I’m not much of a morning person, but one of my favorite things is when this little girl runs to my side of the bed and says, “The sun go up!”
Day 9. Lazy Sunday for mommy and daddy (and the dogs, as usual) after an eventful Saturday. Here’s Penelope enjoying a snack, and Lucas enjoying his sock.
Day 8. Getting Lucas’ birthday party planned and prepped was a bit stressful to say the least. But in the end, I think it turned out a success. Thank you so much to all our friends and family for coming out and celebrating our little guy turning the big O-N-E!
Day 7. And just like that, Lucas is officially a one year old. Time sure does go by fast, especially with two little ones. Happy Birthday, buddy! I love you so much.
Day 6. Someone is earning another sticker on the potty chart.
Day 5. Baked salmon over mixed veggies, drizzled with teriyaki. Prepared by yours truly.
Day 4. Breakfast is served on a Tuesday morning.
Day 3. This is what sits in front of me every day at work. Nothing like grabbing those keys at 5pm 😛
Day 2. Had some alone time with Lucas for a few hours while Karla was out with Penelope at Gina’s baby shower. I let the little guy do some roaming around. And just like his dad, he can’t seem to stay away from the kitchen.
Day 1. [April 16, 2016] My wife and son while we were in the shed digging out some things for his first birthday party next week. Almost a year old. Crazy.