More on the joys of photos

I just got an e-mail from one of our favorite photographers, and, for those of you who know us, we've got, basically, three faves, and Brooke is one. And, if you don't know us, we are huge believers in professional photographers.  I didn't catch the wave until me kids were older,and, while I have many photos of my amazing newborns and toddlers, I regret not getting a pro involved earlier, so, learn from my mistakes! Brooke just sent out an e-mail that captures who she is, and, rather than try to tell you, I'm just going to post it.  It's great.  She's great.  Check her out http://brookebryand.com/

"Do more of what makes you awesome."

My hubby dubbed this month "Decembercation" where we relax, make cookies at 7am, take the kids swimming past their bedtime, watch movies together. It's given me the space and time to reflect on the past year and prepare for 2014. Being your family photographer is a job I take very, very seriously. Sure, at the session it's a lot of laughs and silly moments, but behind the scenes it is a role I take to heart. When I think about my own family photos…of my grandparents in Chicago…of my parents walking down Michigan Avenue on their wedding day…of my sister and I experiencing the wonder of the ocean for the very first time - THAT is why I am a photographer. I want to be there to capture each stage as your family grows. As a parent, strangers often stop me (usually in the supermarket as my 4-year-old Cal is running around like a banshee and daughter Lily is grabbing something from every aisle) with a reminder to "enjoy every moment…it goes by too fast." While I want to shout, "I'm just trying to hold it together!", it always makes me step back and breathe. Just breathe. I see the joy…and the sadness in their eyes. The truth is it does go by fast. I look at my son Cal's 1st Year Canvas and am amazed - I blinked and we went from the anxiety of a newborn to the joy (and trials) of a full-fledged 4-year-old. I believe I was meant to document moments for families. When I deliver a gallery to a family or text a sneak-peak, it makes my heart sing at what I hope is joy it brings to the recipient. But it also brings me great satisfaction to know that they now have this moment documented in time for their family. Forever.  I read a quote recently that said, "Do more of what makes you awesome."  My goal for 2014, in short, is to do just that. I want to celebrate! To celebrate you…to celebrate your children…to celebrate these moments that go by too fast.

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