This wasn't surprising, since I've always hated photos of me and deliberately used the excuse of "being the photographer" to stay behind the camera. But as the years have flown by I've realized that, while I might not like the look of myself in photos, my children would want photos of me when they grew up.
So I challenged myself to get in front of my camera more often, and from there has grown a passion to help other moms and dads get in the picture with their kids. I'd be honored to document your family.
I've dreamed of being a mommy since I was a little girl. Now, with 5 kids 7-and-under, I'm living my childhood dream... complete with the homestead and animals I wanted my kids to grown up with.
As a photographer, I've captured good-quality images of my kids growing up, but something I started noticing is that all the photographs with me were crappy iPhone shots or selfies.
years shooting with a professional camera
times i've birthed a child
Client photo sessions accomplished
We need to reframe the narrative that because motherhood is hard, it's automatically bad. Not so! Everything worth doing is hard.
As mothers, we have intuition. We know what our babies need, and we are their best caregivers. Never let someone (especially a non-parent author!) tell you that by raising your child to be with you, you're ruining your baby. You're not!
#unpluggedchildhood and #1000hoursoutside are some of my favorite Instagram "trends", because they bring light to the importance of children (and adults) being outside.
No matter how your children are schooled, reading aloud to them is by far one of the best things you can do. Not only is it a fun time for everyone, but it's helping them learn so much about life and academics at the same time.