Life is short, you guys. Sometimes so much shorter than we hoped for. This year has taught me a lot. It has taught me to lean in. To open my heart. To love with every ounce of my being. To appreciate the little things, the moments that pass far too quickly. To never take a day for granted. Even the hard ones.
To document love.
As many of you know, I’ve been on an extended maternity leave since January when my daughter, Willa was born to focus on her health and happiness (i.e. fattening her little 3 lb. body up — and it’s working!!). It’s been a blessing to say the least. I had planned to take a 3 month maternity leave, not a full year. But that’s ok. See, I’m addicted to my job. I have spent the last 17 years building a business I’m proud of and I couldn’t be more thankful for everyone that has supported me along the way. I’m not very good at sitting still. And I’m even worse at pressing “pause”. However, after this past year, I am fully aware of how precious life is and how quickly our children grow up. My business will be there when I’m ready to go back full-time. I know this. And I’m totally ok with that. Spending time with my children is far too important to put on hold.
This fall something was burning inside of me. Something that I needed to get out. Something I needed to share with the people I love. I wanted to give back, and this is one of the ways I know how. I decided to take on a handful (ok, more like a few handfuls) of family photo sessions this fall to document the love I know my clients share. I wanted to photograph the moments between parents and children. The real moments. Everything from giggles to snuggles. From smiles to quiet moments. This is so important, you guys. Life is short. I wish we could press “pause” sometimes, but we can’t. The only thing we can do is preserve these moments. Leave something behind for our children to remember us by. To remember their childhood by. To remember the immense amount of love we have for these little ones.
I love my job. I love my clients. I love my family. Sessions like this one with my dear friends make me a better photographer. A better mother. A better wife. A better person. And for that, I’m forever thankful. I love you all.
Have you photographed your family lately? Interested in documenting these moments? Are you a photographer looking for a photography mentoring session? Want to know how I get natural expressions and poses during my family photography sessions? Contact us for availability.