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Simply You, E - Greensboro Child Photographer

March was the month for six month old babies with names starting with E!  So much cuteness in my house.  Baby E lit up the room one Saturday morning and it just made my day.  Six months is an age of discovery - babies are finding their voice, their hands, other people and their feet (my personal favorite).  It's so fun to watch them find so much joy in simple things.  If only we could hang onto that as we get older!  Such a great reminder to find joy in every day.

 

Project 52 - February 2018 - Greensboro Photographer

I'm really not sure where February went.  It pretty much flew by in a haze of traveling husband, sick kids, me being sick and random projects/events.  I did manage to keep up with my Project 52, but the 365 took a hit and I'm okay with that.  In the end, I'm still taking way more pictures of my personal life and that is the whole point.

February marked one more step toward no more baby stuff in our house.  I noticed how much the pacifier was messing up my toddler's teeth.  One morning I woke up to find her and everything in her crib (including the binkies) covered in vomit.  So, rather than buying new ones, I encouraged her to throw them away and be a big girl.  She happily obliged and that was it.  She shocked me because she really loved those things, but she hardly shed a tear that first night and never asked for them again.

And I have very obviously been on a black and white kick lately.  I even ordered a few canvas for my dining room and those are all black and white, too.  I'm loving the simplicity of it.

Greensboro Portrait Photographer ~ Introducing the Simply You session

Coming in 2018 are the Simply You sessions!

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I am so excited to add these sessions to my line-up in the new year.  I adore doing outdoor, scenic portrait sessions.  Everything about them is amazing and so much fun.  But, this past year for me has been about simplifying and finding peace within the chaos of every day life.  Being proactive in seeking out simplicity really forced me to see things in a different light.  One of the things that has been on my heart is getting back to exploring the natural emotions and expressions in people.  I think sometimes we get so caught up in 'trying' to be happy, that we forget to actually let ourselves work through feelings.  Having small children, I am often reminded that we are meant to experience a full plethora of emotions.  My toddler certainly exhibits a range from thrilled to angry to fake sad every single day.  And that right there is what led me to wanting to offer these sessions.

Take away the beautiful trees or cool old buildings or rolling hills.  Look away from the well thought out wardrobe.  Let's get back to basics.  These images are meant to capture the sparkle in your eye.  The expression of being deep in thought.  And even, perhaps, a little bit of annoyance (like the blonde one featured above).  These images will be raw, real and timeless.  All done on a plain white backdrop.  Just you (or your child) and me with my camera.

The things we hold close

My family has moved around...A LOT.  In our 13 years of marriage, my husband and I have lived in 9 homes.  My oldest son (who is almost 11), has been to 5 new schools in the past 5 years.  You learn a lot when you don't stay put and you almost become numb to change.  We don't hold on to a lot of 'stuff' because, well, that's just one more thing we have to pack and load and unpack the next time we head to a new home.  

But, each time we move in to a new home, one of the very first things I do is start hanging family pictures on the walls.  It's not something I have consciously done, but looking back I have always felt immediately like a new place is home as soon as I can see my family memories in it.  I think that is one very big reason I gravitated toward becoming a photographer.  Things really don't mean a whole lot to me, but in all of the images of my family, I can see every single memory we have made together. It really tends to change your perspective when you get intentional about giving yourself visual reminders of the important things in life.

Previously, my photography blog has been strictly all about the portrait sessions I am showcasing for my clients. I will continue to showcase each and every session because I want my clients to know how truly amazing I think they all are.  But, something has been tugging at my heart lately and I just feel like it will tie in seamlessly to my passion for my business. 

So, from here on out, you will frequently find posts, ideas, and tactical ways to live life more intentionally.  Learning to really cherish the things most important to you on a daily basis.  This has been something I have really been working on within the walls of my own home for a years now and I can't even begin to tell you how much it has changed the Spirit in our home.  We feel more deeply.  We are happier.  We are learning to speak to each other and act according to the way the other person feels love. We are taking time to be present. 

 

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