Sometimes it’s important to just stop and take time to appreciate the moment. As I type this, I am sitting in my home office with over a dozen windows and programs open on the computer while Samantha sleeps in her bouncy seat and Caleb is dividing his time between Blue’s Clues and toy cars. With my ever-growing lists of tasks, it’s easy to loose track of time and have the entire day pass on by without leaving this desk.
And it kills me.
The whole reason why I started this journey as a photographer was because I saw beauty in the those first days of life and wanted to help families cherish those memories of their little baby. I fell in love with maternity and newborn photography while pregnant with our son, Caleb, and he was the very first newborn that I ever photographed. As my business has grown I’ve gotten busier and have to juggle being a mom and being a business owner. Yet, being a mom will always come first.
I firmly believe that if something is important to you, that you will make the time for it, even in the midst of a busy day. That might mean losing a little sleep so I can edit those pictures at night rather than give up storytime at the library. Or setting a timer so that I divide my time between my workflow and my kids. Or simply dropping everything when my son asks his mommy for a hug or Baby Sam is looking especially cute. Because you know what? The work will still be there when I come back, but my little ones are growing up so very fast.
Yesterday Samantha was just waking up from her nap and I was working on a session and browsing Pinterest (of course) when I saw a picture that just made me smile. I thought, “You know, I should take a picture of Sam like that sometime.” But then I realized how many times I had put something off until “sometime” or “one day” and then it had never happened. So I got up from the desk, picked up Sam, grabbed my camera, and headed for the sun-drenched bedroom.
It only took 15 minutes, but not only did I capture pictures that I absolutely adore, I made memories with my little girl. I gushed over her little monkey toes and blew bubbles on her belly. I lost myself in her blue eyes and melted when she smiled. You see, it’s all about the moments. That’s what really matters most. That’s what will always matter most.