It’s crazy to think that I’ve been doing photography for over four years now. It’s one of those things that feels like I’ve been doing it forever, but then some days I feel like I still have so much to learn. I feel like as an artist my work has grown and changed and I want to say a huge thank you to all of my clients. I’ve gone back and forth over the years on how many clients I should be taking on, and how to grow my business without missing out on time with my family. It’s a delicate balance because prime shooting times (evenings and weekends) are usually when you try to spend the most time with your family. Going into fall busy season this year, I’m carefully scheduling so that I’m enjoying the season with my family and capturing as many families as I can keep up with (the editing struggle is real ya’ll). As I’ve sat down and thought about my priorities as a business and my “why” I decided to share with you guys why I’m even a photographer in the first place.
I started talking to my husband about buying a DSLR when my daughter was one month old. He wasn’t convinced I would use it and it would be a waste of money. Which I can’t blame him on, because if I’m being completely honest I’ve taken on some big projects and abandoned ship pretty quickly. To prove that I was ready for the challenge, I took our point and shoot and did a shoot of her for her one month pictures. I was really happy with one of the pictures and got me excited about possibly getting a DSLR. I just knew I needed to capture every moment of childhood I could and this was the best way I saw to do it. I managed to wear him down and purchased a Canon Rebel shortly after. I spent so much time with the manual and googling instruction and blogs but it was so much fun to have a new project and a new baby to test it on. My first baby was a really easy sleeper and took great naps so I spent a lot of that down time pouring myself into all things photography. I took as many online workshops as I could manage and borrowed any kid I could get my hands on to practice.
These are from my “real session” with my daughter when she was three months old. So many things technically wrong, but that little face is still so sweet!
I got a little lost in the props and set ups (for example that huge flower headband and letter ha!) and over sharpening eyes during editing (also sorry to all those first clients and friends lol). But I tried to keep my mission the same. Capture childhood. I’ve definitely lost sight of it at times but my main goal has always been to capture childhood, capture connections and turn your memories into tangible pictures you can hold.
This goal and mission has been more important lately to me than ever. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my (probably) last baby is about to turn one, watching my oldest go to PreK, or catching up on This is Us, but I have been a big ball of sappy mush. My eyes are even tearing up writing this. I really believe the saying that “the days are long but the years are short” on such a deep level. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day hustle and by the time you blink so much time has passed.
I’ve been working really hard at capturing my own kids on a daily basis and in an authentic way. I look at these images and just melt. They capture the phases they’re in, and moments that now I vividly remember, but I know soon will fade.
I can’t really follow you and your children around every day (I mean if you want to pay me to do that I’m totally in) but I do want to capture your children as they are in this phase. The scrunchy noses, the missing teeth, a sweet little chubby baby hand. There is so much beauty in the simple things of childhood. I say all of this to remind you that my goal in your session is not to capture perfection. Perfection is unattainable so let’s just stop trying. I mean I’m all for picking beautiful coordinating outfits and a pretty location but let’s be real and remember that kids are going to act like kids and that’s ok, that’s really great!
Let’s capture life. Life as it’s happening. It’s real and it will be so special to you. Not just now but in 30 years. Think of the joy it will bring.
That brings me to my new logo. I was playing on pinterest one day and scrolled past a little initial necklace. It looked almost identical to one I had as a kid. A cute little capital R with tiny delicate flowers on the side. I remember wearing it and feeling so special. It was personal with my initial and it made me feel grown up just to wear a necklace. When I saw that image on pinterest, I stopped and a huge wave of nostalgia washed over me. That one little picture brought me back to my childhood and gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. In that moment, I realized that is exactly what I want to do in my photography. Capture images that not only show off your beautiful family but when you look at them give you all those sweet warm and fuzzy pictures. Now and for years to come. So with that inspiration in my head I designed a new logo based on my little initial necklace. I hope I can share that feeling with you through your family’s pictures.
So if you haven’t already, let’s schedule your fall session. I’ve added photo books and albums and also family videos into my fall offering so that we can preserve your memories. Full blog coming to show off those new products!
I can’t wait to put on my mommy goggles and create memories for you too. 🙂
Some of my recent favorite client captures!