I’ve been attempting this short blog post for nearly 8 months. I’ve started and stopped more times than I can count. Even as I currently type this, two of my children are in the background fighting over markers, accumulating crumbs on the floor, and running into my office every few minutes to ask for my help on some very important tasks such as building a school bus out of cardboard boxes and singing to one of their baby dolls. To think that we added another child to our family this past year fills my heart and overwhelms it at the same time. <3
When I started my photography business back in April of 2010 in Buffalo, New York, there were several other professional photographers whose work I admired greatly. They were so inspiring and talented and then all of a sudden, one by one, they started to step away from photography as they either started families of their own or added more children to it. I didn’t quite understand it at the time; to put all that work into something you’re passionate about only to step away. Wow, what a lesson and eye-opener the Lord has given me as I have found myself in the very same situation over the past year and a half!
You see, my passion for photography has not changed, my life just has. God has continued to reveal to me that He has a time, a place, and a purpose for each season in life, and in this season of raising three young children, He is calling me to be fully present with them. He has shown me that I can’t be fully present with them while also maintaining the high standard of quality, care, and attention that I strive to provide for each of my photography clients. He has shown me that while photography will always be there, this precious, short amount of time in my children’s lives will not. I can hold my camera anytime, but the time to hold them is brief.
So, if you are one of the many who has sent inquiries, text messages, or phone messages wondering where in the world I have been in order to schedule a photo session–I have been home. I’m home with my three children, Channing (6), Isla (3), and Elsie (8 months). I’m home changing diapers, picking up toys, cooking meals, kissing boo boos, and providing endless cuddles. I’m home teaching about Jesus, playing dress up, reading books, and watching way too much Daniel Tiger. I’m home missing photography, but making sure to not miss any opportunity with my children.
As a photographer, I’m not going anywhere! God led me to this passion as well and I believe He will eventually show me that I have the time to get back at it again! So for now, thank you for your grace, understanding, and support as I try to be more intentional with my time with my kids. I’ll leave you with some recent photos. They are not my best photography work, but they for sure are of my life’s best work.