So…I typically am not a very wordy person on here. I am always jealous of those poetic bloggers who have so much to say and say it so well! I guess I prefer to let my photos speak instead of me because I think they do a much better job! However, since this is a pretty personal post, I do have a lot to say–so hunker down!
Rewind to when I very first started my business 6-7 years ago, and I was voraciously devouring blog after blog trying to get ideas, tips…anything, I stumbled across Tara Whitney, a very honest, fun, warm photographer. I fell in love with her unique perspective and her desire to be different! I’ve followed her work for years and always said it was one of my goals to have a family shoot with her. Now, the problem was…she is in California! So, I waited, and waited…and waited. Being photographer I have LOTS of great shots of my kids, beautiful, fun shots up on my walls, BUT none of me with them. Quite honestly, there have been several times I have teared up while editing others photos because I have loved a moment I had captured between a mom and her child–and I just didn’t have that. I made me sad. No maternity photos, no newborn photos, not many photos with me in them at all.
Then, there was the weight issue. Since I’ve started my business (on top of having my 2nd child) I have never been able to be where I wanted to be weight-wise. I mean, instead of going down, the scale went up, and up–I had been sitting behind the computer so much and not exercising, and kinda forgot to take care of me. I was unhappy with myself and really didn’t want to be reminded of who I was at the moment. I avoided this topic with myself and others because it was so painful for me to recognize and accept. But, not any more! Here I am telling the world about it on my blog!
Basically, I was so busy trying to be a good mom, be successful and homeschool and provide for my family and learn all that I could about the world of photography that, well, there just was never the time for photos–or exercise for that matter–or taking care of me.
This year, my AMAZING, SWEET, WONDERFUL husband gave me a shoot with Tara Whitney for Christmas this year! TARA WHITNEY!!! I was blown away! Not only a shoot, but we were going to plan a whole vacation around our shoot–a road trip up the coast. And boy was it fun! We LOVED California and we LOVED Tara! Still need to post our personal pix–maybe I will at some point. Anyway, I decided to make some changes this year. I’ve started exercising, and paying more attention to my diet (thank you Lori Musselman for helping me–best trainer in Cville!) I’ve decided to only take on so much work–and say no a little bit more–which is SO hard for me and something I have to constantly have to work on! I’ve hired an amazing associate photographer (shout out to Shack!) to help me and grow my business and take a little pressure off of me. I’ve started trying to take better care of myself–and I love it! And, I decided there are no more excuses not to have family photos taken!
Am I where I wanna be?? No, I still have more changing to do, more learning to do, more weight I want to lose, more exercising to do (ugh!), but I am happier with who I am right now than I’ve been in a long time. It’s a journey and I am on my way.
Thank you to Tara Whitney for the amazing photos! We love them! We had SO much fun taking these photos. I am inspired and excited to be a better photographer because of you! Here is a little peek our our family photos. Enjoy!!