So here I go again

On my ooowwwwn, Going down the only rooooad I’ve ever knooooown.

Sorrynotsorry, it’s just the song that came to mind when I was thinking of a title. You’re welcome.

A long time ago in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, we had a full-time photography business that kept us extremely busy. There were weddings, engagement sessions, and a whole lot of meetings and what felt like an unending amount of time sorting through and editing thousands of photos. It was challenging, and we loved it.

And then we found out that our lives were changing, and 9 months later we welcomed an amazing little boy. There were many late nights, nap times that never happened, and what felt like a never-ending need for another cup of coffee. But there were also silly smiles, laughter, first steps, first words, and so much more. It was a balancing act, and we loved it.

This was the only way we could get Jonah to take a nap when he was little. He had to be in the Tula Baby Carrier, and you had to magically transition him into his crib after he fell asleep.

This was the only way we could get Jonah to take a nap when he was little. He had to be in the Tula Baby Carrier, and you had to magically transition him into his crib after he fell asleep.

And then before Jonah’s first birthday, we found out we were going to be welcoming another little member to our family. We knew there were only so many pins we could juggle at once, so we made the decision to stop photographing weddings and take that aspect out of the equation. It was a smart move, and it was the right move. There were only so many hours in the day, and we knew it would be too much to balance. Then on May 16, 2016, Lillian joined our fold. There were sibling struggles, demanding nursing schedules, total sleep deprivation, and very loud car rides and trips to the store. But there were sweet moments as we felt our family was complete and our sweet little daughter started keeping the most amazing nap schedule. It was exhausting and wonderful and emotional and totally worth every moment.

Justin playing with the kids while I was trying to take the "real photos" Haha

Justin playing with the kids while I was trying to take the “real photos” Haha

Fast forward to now, and it’s a big fast forward because a lot has happened in the past year – too much for this blog post but maybe another time. Life has gotten into a new routine, and although it may be ever-changing, I’m feeling like photography is where I want and need to be once again. Creating images that capture beautiful moments in your lives and in my own life is something that speaks to me on such a personal level. As time passes, our memories of the moments we are living right now – that’s what we have. If you blink too long, you’ve missed it. We can’t go back to relive the little things that turned out to be the big things, but we can preserve these moments in photos.

This was a month after Lillian had multiple seizures and was in Wolfson Children's Hospital for two days. It was a stretch to pay for this session, but it was so much more important to make a family photo happen. We were so grateful to even still be a family of four.

This was a month after Lillian had multiple seizures and was in Wolfson Children’s Hospital for two days. It was a stretch to pay for this session, but it was so much more important to make a family photo happen. We were so grateful to even still be a family of four.

There are some photos in my life that I hesitated to take, just because it felt like too much effort to setup the tripod or go to the park after getting settled inside on a hot day, or to lug the camera gear with me to my parents’ house on Christmas – in addition to the gifts we already had to haul over. But I’m so glad I made myself take those images, because while they may have been cute at the time, I now know how incredibly important they are.

 

My sweet Dad passed away three months ago, completely unexpectedly. I cannot tell you how much this sequence of photos means to me. I only wish we had taken another family photo this past Christmas after Lillian and my sister's twins were born.

My sweet Dad passed away three months ago, completely unexpectedly. I cannot tell you how much this sequence of photos means to me. I only wish we had taken another family photo this past Christmas after Lillian and my sister’s twins were born.

I don’t want you to miss out on those moments. Your family is priceless, and this season of your life is going to fly by, whatever season it may be. You will NEVER say, “Man, I wish we hadn’t had all these photos made together.” But you very well may say, “Gosh, I wish we had more photos of all of us together.” Selfies do count, but when was the last time you took a selfie that you actually wanted to frame and hang on the wall? Be honest! And don’t even get me started on Snapchat filter photos.

So here I am, picking up my camera again with my eyes wide open. Let me show you how important of a profession this really is.

 

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