I was just sitting here thinking about my life as a mom, wife, daughter, friend... how blessed I am to have such special people in my life... AND how blessed I am to be able to follow my passion of photography. I so love this "job" and still have a lot to learn and accomplish.
I follow a lot of photographers around the country for words of wisdom and inspiration. One being Deb Schwedhelm. A friendship started after an email I sent her when I read her blog back in Dec. 2009 when she posted that they were moving to Tampa. I had the extreme pleasure to get to meet her in person in July 2010. She lives about a mile from me and our kids go to the same school. Cool, I know. Back in May 2010 she posted a very inspiring blog entry titled Is there a perfect time? However it was her April 2010 post titled Family photos with the PS at the end of the post that got me thinking.... I want my own family photos.
Enter another photographer, my dear friend Lori Boynton. Lori and I met in 2009 when I took her family photos. I remember our session well. How beautiful I thought she was and what an adorable family she had. I loved how she brought cute little hats for little Presley. I took the pictures, she ordered and on went our lives. It wasn't until our mutual friend told me that she started her own photography business. I watched from afar and I can't remember exactly when it was, but we just started talking and our friendship blossomed from there. We agreed to trade family sessions. She took our first family session down in Ybor and rocked it! I LOVED and still do love our pictures from this session. I in turn did her maternity session. I also got to spend one afternoon photographing baby A. Then it was time for the Christmas card pictures and AGAIN, she rocked it! I did their Christmas shots and then recently did some shots when we met up one afternoon.
Both photographers gave me so much. Deb gave me the "Aha moment" and Lori executed it for me! I couldn't thank either one of them enough. I so love our family photos that they are all over my house. My husband wondered if people would think that we were "into ourselves" since that was all we had on our walls? I think not! They are so frickin special to me. I am ALWAYS behind the camera for every moment.... Easter, birthdays, beach, Thanksgiving, Christmas.... you get the picture. So to have these pictures.... they mean the world! My FAMILY is it! They are so special to me and I will show them off as much as I want!
So back to the original post that started it all..... Is there really a perfect time? NO! There isn't! PLEASE, go get those family photos done! They are worth the investment... every penny! Everyday is different.... you are different, your kids are different and will never be the same. CAPTURE the moment NOW!!!!! You won't regret it!!!! PROMISE!
I always like to have a picture with a post...some shots from yesterday with my kids. Oh, how I love that they humor me!