I've had a lot of really incredible opportunities since I started this little business of mine. I've met and held a lot of sweet little babies, connected with so many fellow mothers, and learned from some incredible artists. Yesterday, however, was easily a highlight of life and work, and has left me feeling grateful and affirmed that what I do is so much bigger than pretty pictures. When @makeawishamerica and @makeawishsc contacted me about the beautiful day that was planned for a special little girl, I knew I wanted to be a part. This sweet girl had a full princess experience yesterday, starting with having her hair and nails done, a lunch fit for a princess, a limo ride bringing her to her white horse which she rode to her tower to be rescued by Prince Charming. I am so honored and humbled to have documented this wish come true 💙
Five months in with this sweet girl and every day she is surprising us by learning something new. I'm 99.9% certain we have begun the fun process of teething (😅)which has allowed her to find her very impressive vocal range. We also learned this month that she is terrified of tin foil. More importantly, our hearts swell a little more each day with love and pride for our baby girl. Feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to be her mama. I love you, my sweet baby James.
Last Easter this little bunny was growing in my belly (and making it tough to keep Easter lunch down). This year she got to enjoy a beautiful Easter Sunday with her cousins. What a special day!
We are one week into this whole full time photographer and mommy gig and I have found it to be such a strange feeling going from side-hustle to full time photographer. I have had so many ideas and goals for my business over the last (nearly) two years but working 40 hours a week, going through a pregnancy loss, growing a tiny human, giving birth and raising said tiny human have made it really difficult to truly invest my time and energy into all that I want for my business. In the days following my last day of my corporate job, I have found myself so overwhelmed with ideas that I often find myself stuck and frozen. What do I even do next? That thought has crossed my mind about a million times in the last 7 days. But I keep coming back to the same thing over and over and that's that I really and truly want to connect with and invest in the mothers I work with. Motherhood - my desire for it over the last few years, and now my journey through its intensity are my motivation. On the days I connect with other mothers, I feel so much less alone. When I talk to moms in different stages of their journey, I get to celebrate the struggles, rather than feel overwhelmed by them. There is so much power in shared experiences, and when we come together with honesty and understanding, it is so incredible. I'm so grateful for all the families who have allowed me into a moment in their own stories. That invitation fuels me to be the very best photographer and friend I can possibly be ❤
With little ones, the best time of day for pictures is when they will be the happiest, but when we can swing for a late evening session when the sun is right where we want it to be, it's so worth it! So much dreaminess last night with this gorgeous crew ❤
Yesterday was a day I have been dreaming of for a really long time. It my was my last day at my full time day job. Today marks the start of this new life as a full time mom and business owner and I don't really think it's hit me yet that it's really happening. In so many ways I feel incredibly grateful and thankful that this is an option for us, but the truth is we have worked really really hard to MAKE it an option and have waited for God's perfect timing to take the leap. This dream that started as a hope in my late teens and early twenties, to a work in progress in the last few years is finally my reality and I am just overwhelmed with excitement, anticipation, nervousness and creative energy. For the past two years as I've worked to grow both of my businesses, I've also worked a full time 40+ hour a week job. I've stayed up late, sacrificed sleep and weekends, and saved as much as I could. The push to take the leap, however, was the 7 pound 13oz bundle that changed my world in the best way possible last November. I hope that this leap shows my daughter she can do anything she sets her mind to, that small sacrifices can lead to big rewards, and that you can pave a path for yourself that not only supports you, but fulfills you. I'm so excited for the start of this chapter in our family story, and to be able to share it with you along the way ❤