Hey mama — I don’t know how you stumbled onto my little corner of the internet, but I’m so glad you’re here. I want to take a second for you to get to know me, and my purpose behind this business of mine — but, I also want you to know one other thing:
I see you.
Motherhood and children are both things that have always been near and dear to my heart. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve always wanted to be a mom. Always. And I’ve always loved kids. So it seems obvious that I’d follow a career that incorporated both, right?
I graduated from TCU (magna cum laude) with a BS in early childhood education. I worked really hard, and I went to school, because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do, and that anything creative was supposed to be a hobby. Then, I taught for 5 years until I became a mom. Once I had him, I never wanted to go back. Because frankly, as much as I loved the kids, I hated the politics. The hours spent planning, copying, researching, and feeling like I was running in a hamster wheel. I couldn’t imagine doing all of that with a kid at home. The passion just wasn’t enough, because it was never really what I wanted to do in the first place.
I wanted to create.
My kids are my absolute pride and joy (most days, lol) but let’s be honest with each other here: it’s so, so easy to get lost in motherhood. It’s so easy to not speak to another adult for days at a time, to not bother with your hair or makeup because you won’t be seeing another soul anyway… So easy to get behind on your favorite show(s) because Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on an endless loop anyway, and by the time the kids are in bed, you crave silence.
It’s easy to lose you.
I did that. Mamas, don’t do that. It’s never on purpose, and it’s certainly never something that happens over night… But as moms, we tend to put our kids before us. Often. We tend to feed them first, dress them better, and spoil them rotten because we love them so much it hurts. But I’m here to tell you something: they deserve to see you playing with them at the park in yoga pants just as much as they deserve to see you get dressed up and pamper yourself for a night out without them. They deserve to see photos on the wall of you playing with them, just as much as they deserve places on the walls of your home playing alone or with each other.
It’s a hard balance.
The real down low about me and this post? It’s taken a lot of losing myself, readjusting expectations, and giving myself permission to follow my dreams but I’ve finally found my passion — a photography business centered around motherhood. The beauty and the chaos. The love, the emotions, the details. The whimsy of childhood, and the raw beauty of a mother. My job and my purpose is to capture moments in time that you can’t see yourself unless someone shows you. The joy shared between you and your child(ren), the deep love you still share with the person who started this journey with you, the powerful and raw beauty in your eyes as you’re surrounded by the ones you find the most dear to you.
I want to give you raw, emotive, candid images that last forever.
From one fellow mama to another: don’t wait for those last few baby pounds to fall off, I promise your kids won’t care. They’ll be too excited to have photos of you to point out in your home. Don’t wait for moments that might not ever come, life is shorter than we realize. Buy the cute outfits, plan a time, and do the photos. The only regret you’ll have is not taking them.
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