Motherhood…it’s been on my mind all week with Mother’s Day approaching. Most of my business is focused on motherhood, each and every season of it. From entering into motherhood (maternity portrait sessions) to becoming a mommy (newborn photo shoots) to mommy life (milestone baby portrait sessions) to mastering motherhood (high school senior portraits) and beyond, it all revolves around motherhood.
I have had a soul-searching week this week…now that my youngest is driving, I have had more time to think and over-think everything. I have been asking myself “why” I do what I do several times….why am I a portrait photographer….why is my focus motherhood? I took a photography workshop several years ago and this was one of the first things the host spoke about … finding your “why” in business. We are approaching BIG decisions with this business and it takes a lot of soul-searching prior to taking the next step.
My “why” for this business… I determined a long time ago that I wanted to celebrate motherhood, every season of it.
I have worked hard my entire life…my Dad always told me “nothing good was ever easy, and nothing easy was ever good”…you had to work hard.
In school, I worked hard, studied like crazy and mastered success, climbed to the top of my class, won academic awards, memberships to honor societies, scored high on the ACT & SAT, graduated with honors, and much more, but there was more in life than just that…I knew that wasn’t my only purpose.
I have worked hard at many jobs, entering the workforce at 15 years of age, while in school…I never went through a lazy season…I was a hard worker, eager to please, results -oriented, self-disciplined and always willing to go above and beyond. I climbed my way up the corporate ladder, achieved titles and success at a young age, but there was more than just that in life … I knew that wasn’t my only purpose.
After school and in the midst of a successful corporate career, I married my best friend. We had discussions as to when to start a family and had decided after 5 years of marriage we would try … but God had different plans. After a few years of marriage, in the prime of my career…we found out we were expecting.
At that moment, everything changed. I found my purpose…it was to be a good mom … the very best mommy I could be. My priorities changed but my work ethic did not. Like Daddy said, “nothing good was ever easy, and nothing easy was ever good” … so I worked hard, incredibly hard, harder than ever before.
Except this time, I didn’t win awards, receive high scores, earn merits, climb any ladders, or shatter any glass ceilings, but I tried with everything in me to be the best mommy I could be. In fact, many times I fell short, and still do, but I can honestly say I have poured my whole heart into my babies and motherhood is everything to me.
So this is my “why” … I want to capture motherhood, in every stage…I believe motherhood is both beautiful and treasured…I want to create memories for mommies because while they may hold their babies in the arms now, soon they will grow, but they can hold the memories we create in their hearts forever.
I walk down the halls of my home and pause at every portrait ever taken of my children. I remember each moment so well and am thankful to have documented their journey in this life. My portraits of my children are one of my most prized possessions. There is no greater gift than the gift of memories and I would be so honored to provide these sweet memories for you and your family.
Here are just a few moments of motherhood I have been honored to capture …