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“As I sat there listening to these mothers, I felt really out of place. One of the women had been coming to the group for about a year, and she just kept talking about how horrible her life was, and going on and on. Some women didn’t want to open up, and others really opened up. But to me, it felt like the women there saw themselves as victims and were [myopic and] unable to see a bigger picture. I didn’t feel that there was any instruction or encouragement [on how to get better], and I ended up feeling even worse when I left. I knew I never wanted to do that again. It shook me awake. I [realized that I] saw myself as a strong person, not as a victim, and I needed to redirect my negative energy into something else. That was the permission I needed to start working again on my business, and to really pour myself into that.”
I didn’t want to be someone who was still struggling a year later, and I decided that wasn’t going to happen.
From wedding to maternity to newborn to every family photo, one of my favorite things is being there from the beginning and becoming the family photographer. Nothing is as sacred as family, and being present in their lives every year is an honor.
September is only hours away and most of us get nostalgic, if not a little weepy as we say goodbye to our days of summer to memory. And for this bride, who had an early summer wedding at Grace Heritage in Georgetown, you picked the best summer day to get married – those stunning pink heritage roses were in wild summer bloom all over the place.
Family portraits are a favorite of mine. Every family carries their own unique culture and history, their very own DNA that makes them unique and different. Some families are quiet with an undercurrent of wickedly dry humor, some families are loud and boisterous and laughing, and some are a blend of the two, with each […]
I saw her again for the first time in over a year, just a few weeks ago. She’s one of those people you feel like you’ve known forever, and for a while we couldn’t remember how we’d first met. Finally, one of us pinpointed a conference we’d both attended several years ago – but somehow […]