After nine months and 31 hours of labor, my precious Hanna Grace was born on March 31, 2013. Holding her was the most amazing feeling I’d ever experienced.
I instantly fell in love with her as I stared at her blue eyes, tiny little hands and toes, and perfect heart-shaped lips. So small and delicate, this perfect little being came with no instruction manual, unlike the editing programs and cameras I know how to operate so well.
Up until Hanna’s birth, moving to Jacksonville where I barely knew a soul and making my first documentary in Kenya were my biggest adventures. Now I embarked on a completely new one for which no amount of pre-production, online tutorials or hours of surfing the net could prepare me. And boy do I surf the net for everything related to parenting…
Fifteen months later Hanna is my greatest source of inspiration and the reason behind my silly side coming out in full force.
I would never publicly perform the dozens of songs I’ve made up over the past year to entertain my little princess or get her to stop crying or take her medicine, but it’s been the most fun I’ve ever had as an adult, next to my travels in Europe when I studied in France for a semester.
I want to document Hanna’s development, her discoveries, her sense of wonder, her emerging personality–all of the things she does that make me laugh and sometimes cry, especially at 3:00 a.m.
Other parents say, “Relish every moment because it goes by so quickly.” I want to capture these beautiful moments on film to have five, 10, even 25 years from now to relive it all, and admittedly with which to blackmail Hanna when she’s a teenager.
It’s certainly an ambitious project and by far the greatest documentary film I will undertake.