From the Heart - Photographer, Wife, and Mother

Hello everyone, 

Well, it has almost been a half a year since my last blog post. Blogging has always been put on the back burner for me. I am no writer, my grammar is subpar, and my language is sometimes made up. However, what I convey through my writing (when I have a moment to write) is from the heart. 2016 has been one of the best years of my life. My business continued to grow, I met some amazing people, and travelled around the country for my photography. When I started this business 2 years ago I never imagined it would take me to the places I have gone and do the things that I have done. My husband and I recently finished up a photography retreat in Mexico where we learned more about the business, we participated in some social networking, and were able to manage a little vacation time in there as well. We even were able to zip-line through the jungle which was on my bucket list since a child. Being scared of heights I can tell you, it wasn't easy but one of the most amazing experiences. If you ever have a chance to do it, don't say no. 

Being in the small town of Traverse City Michigan there are countless photo opportunities. I live in one of most beautiful places on earth. Finding the time to shoot is the hardest part for me. When I am not at one of my sessions, keeping up with my business management, or keeping up with all of the social media outlets there are for photographers, I am spending my hours of the day being a full time stay at home Mom to our three little ones. They require so much attention being at the ages of 4 (twins) and 2 that it is difficult to find the time to shoot let alone edit those image. Blogging?? Forget it! My days are filled with booboo'sBack about a year ago it gave me horrible anxiety to think that I wasn't perfect at them all. I wanted to be the best wife, the best mom, the best photographer, the best business owner, the best pet owner (ohh did I forget to mention out chickens, bunnies, dogs, and cat who also needs attention?) I could possibly be. There are days that I still struggle with the need to be perfect but I can tell you that this year has grown me as a photographer and a mother substantially. I realize that my children don't necessarily need a perfect mother, they need me. My clients don't need a perfect photographer, they need my creative skills, the skills that only I have in my weird little twisted creative mind. 

In 2017 my wish for all of you is please don't put too much pressure on yourself. Be who you are, and your loved ones who appreciate you and your business will follow. My work this year might reflect more of a relaxed approach which I am looking forward to. In our busy lives we need more relaxation and appreciating each day as it comes. Balancing life is a day to day struggle and this year I have made it a personal goal to be better about balancing it all. Thank you everyone for your continued support, kindness, and love.