A moment…a photograph remembered | Personal Post

November 4, 2015

I’m in the throws of a busy season.  Most photographers are this time of year…Christmas cards to be ordered, families coming into town…so this means many happy sweet faces for me to photograph.

 This year I have been incredibly blessed to have had an outpouring of feed back on their sessions.  On what it means to them.  Maybe that is why I’m pausing and thinking about what I do so much today.   Many of you tell me that I’ve captured a moment…a glimpse of their babies.  That I could see a natural smile, or sweet adoring affection a Daddy gives to his baby daughter and give it back to you in something tangible…its the why on what I do.  But  a photograph, a simple word. And as  many are photographers…or you have cameras, cell phones to capture everyday life its a generation of many photographs.    But sometimes I find myself going back through my crazy boxes of random pictures of college days and I remember that feeling I had.  Or a  sun filled overly exposed picture of me sitting on my Mom’s lap.  Do I remember that day?  No…I really don’t.  But that love I can see it…and it makes me happy to reminisce.   I sometimes scroll through my instagram feed and look at all the sweet vacations, hikes, dinners  (yes, I randomly post food posts…I’m one of those people lol) I had with my family.  Or weird moments I decided to photograph…and it tells a story of my life.    I tend to think…I want to stage this…I want to make it a perfect moment.  I want to show how adorable my kiddos are.  Or I want to have my own family pics but I hope they come out okay…will I look okay?  All my insecurities coming to the surface.  And then I remember sometimes a photograph is more than just this year’s Christmas card.  Sometimes its something my kids will look back on and smile.  Or maybe its my parents who live far away and love seeing what I’m up too.  It could be that photograph that is sitting on my wall…for years and years and years…freezing that sweet time so long ago.   Sometimes, its an absolute awful photo of me lol and its absolute perfection of my sweet babies and you can actually feel the love coming right out of an image.

As you can see I’m not skilled in the putting your thoughts to words kind of person.  My point, in this rambling moment in the midst of a busy season…take those photographs.  Put your perfection aside and let those sweet, grubby, imperfectly perfect photographs come out.  Take out your camera and photograph everyday life.  Yes, this is a photographer telling you to go ahead and take those pictures. Be present in your life…photograph the happy, crazy thing we call life.  And watch the sweet smiles and your loved ones look through those images.  Print it…put it on the wall, or in a random album.

And because I love posting a picture with every post I do…I’ll post a few iphone pics.  Yup, high quality family moments.  We are sweaty, grubby, and probably not all the best angles but its us.  And they make me so happy.    I plan on making a change next year and actually having my sister take my family’s pics.   I’m enjoying this season so much.  Thank you for continuing to love on me through out the year.  It means so much to me!  

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  1. Sarah Hendee

    November 5th, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    LOVE the dirt bike image….very cute gallery.

  2. Dominique Gildea

    November 5th, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Love the message behind this. I’m a picture hoarder too!

  3. Deziree Dufresne

    November 5th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Yes! I sometimes get caught up with making everything perfect, but it doesn’t need to be! I love your images in this post 🙂

  4. Julie Livermore

    November 5th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Your kids are soooo adorable!!! Yup, I never regreat a photo I do take, but sometimes you have to get past perfection and just soak up the memories!

  5. Jennifer M Koskinen

    November 5th, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I adore this post. And resonate with every word. And as an aside, my “personal moment” photos are almost entirely casual moments captured through the iPhone — imperfectly perfect, right?

  6. Sarah Hoffarth

    November 5th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful message! And beautiful imperfectly perfect moments!

  7. Sunshine Lump

    November 5th, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I love everything about this! Thank you!

  8. Jennie Crate

    November 5th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Yes! Definitely needs to happen! I was an avid scrapbooker for years–before I became a professional photographer. Now I don’t take as many photos of us and our life. And I definitely don’t share them very much. Need to get better at this!

  9. Danielle Bond

    November 5th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Ahhh love this post! I’ve been so super busy and definently need to pause and capture our personal life more!

  10. Kimberly Mitiska

    November 5th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Love how heartfelt and real this post is. I couldn’t agree more that I need to take out my camera more to document my personal life. It’s so important to not forget how special our own lives are in the process of capturing others. You have such a beautiful family! Keep on keeping girl!

  11. Virginia Stiles

    November 5th, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    yes, yes, and yes. Also, your family is adorable. 🙂

  12. Ashley Busch

    November 5th, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Love your genuine heart! Sometimes, as photographers, we forget how truly special these moments are for the families we photograph.

  13. Heather Mason

    November 5th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    This is such a lovely post! It’s hard, but some day the less than perfect will be the most treasured!

  14. Melissa Mullins

    November 5th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Such an important message! Great post.

  15. Adena Rossiter

    November 5th, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Ramble away! We all need to be reminded!

  16. Lindsay Tullar

    November 5th, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    THESE ARE SO FUN! you have a great eye for lighting! <3 Keep up the amazing work, cannot wait to see more

  17. Jamie Kraus

    November 6th, 2015 at 2:46 am

    So beautifully said!

  18. Justyna Elizabeth Butler

    November 6th, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Wow! Love the dirt frame!!!!!!

  19. Kristina Marshall

    November 6th, 2015 at 3:46 am

    I love this blog post! Especially in the digital age that we’re in I find myself not printing my own pictures. I don’t have any albums of my trips, or new photos of my friends and family around my home – and I’m a photographer! It’s so incredibly sad. Thanks for the reminder that life isn’t perfect, it’s life, go capture it! 🙂

  20. Miqui Miller

    November 7th, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I love everything you had to say! Thank you for sharing that. Also, those photos compliment this post perfectly!

  21. Monet

    November 11th, 2015 at 4:56 am

    You have a beautiful family and a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing with us.

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