I can remember sitting in church on Mother’s Day in 2011. Mothers were being celebrated for all that they do and I sat with my head hanging and tears falling because I so desperately wanted to be a Mom and yet I still wasn’t. My husband and I prayed and prayed for a child and, honestly, I was losing faith.
Today is a day of celebrating mothers yet I am so certain that there are many of you who sit today with tears streaming down your face because your womb is empty… and today is just another reminder of it.
…I know you’re hurting…
I remember that pain so well. I so wish I could give each and every one of you a hug. My heart bleeds for you.
I am so incredibly thankful that a doctor was able to figure out what was going on with me. A week after I was diagnosed, I had surgery. And we had our Genesis Faith on March 3, 2012. (Genesis’ name holds great meaning to us. She was our beginning and we had Faith that we would be blessed with a child.) And on October 29, 2014 we were blessed again with our Olivia Grace.
…But… for so many of you, your stories of infertility are not as short-lived as mine. Please know that today you are not forgotten. I am thinking of you and praying for you…
…praying for your miracle baby…
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:4
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All my love,
I saw a post a couple of days ago about “fauxtographers” where the photographer discussed the rise of these inexperienced photographers: people who just decide one day they want to be a photographer with absolutely no knowledge of their camera outside the “auto” mode, no knowledge of photoshop, etc. The photographer went on to say that he used to be one. I had to chuckle because I had been tossing the idea around in my head about a blog post, not about fauxtographers, but rather about not giving up on your passion.
We all start somewhere.
I started my business after my oldest daughter Genesis was born on March 3, 2012. Prior to having Genesis, I had worked at two large photography companies, photographing well over 3,000 sessions. Before that, I received my degree: a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography and computer digital imagery.
All this being said, the last four years has been a huge period of growth for me.
Here are just a few examples: Fall 2012 vs Fall 2015
Fall 2012 vs Fall 2015
August 2012 vs February 2016
May 2012 vs April 2016
March 2013 vs June 2015
August 2012 vs Fall 2015
May 2012 vs April 2016 (these two are brother and sister ❤ )
I am still learning and growing in my profession. But I wanted to take a few minutes to offer up some encouragement to any up and coming photographers. If you love what you do, don’t give up. Take each experience as a learning opportunity. I am seriously my own worst critic! Even after this growth, I still think to myself after a session: “I should have done this pose” or “I should have turned her a little bit more this way”. This is how you learn.
If I can be an encouragement to you, feel free to reach out to me. And remember, as creatives, there is no right or wrong. (This is still something I struggle with!)
And a huge thanks to all of my clients over the years who have stuck with me as I’ve grown. I appreciate each and every one of you!
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Ella’s momma and I have been planning her one year session for several months. A few days before her session the weather wasn’t looking too favorable for travel. We decided to reschedule and it’s a good thing we did because that’s when we got the blizzard! I have to say, I was kind of disappointed we had to reschedule because I had been looking forward to this session. However, my girls really did enjoy playing in all of the snow.
Finally, two weeks later we did Ella’s session and, while she really made us work for smiles, she did an AMAZING job!
Happy birthday, Ella! I had so much fun with you!
Cake by Michelle Kuhn