While I have yet to experience this myself, child bearing seems so very scary and hard. I look at my sister, my friends and clients all who have given birth or in the midst of the process and I think, “Wow, there is something little that’s breathing and growing inside of you. He or she is making your insides move around and your outsides stretch. That little body will push, pull and shove you around for 9 months before even seeing the light of day. When the lil’ guy or girl actually does see light for the first time, it will feel like no other pain and there is NO turning back for you.” After a thought like that, I get scared and nervous for my own journey through child bearing. My eyes get wide and I think, “Oh, no. We should just adopt.” (Even though adopting is such an amazing thing to do for any child and I definitely encourage people to consider it, my reason would start as really just to avoid the pain of child birth and THAT is not cool or a good reason t0.)
But then I show up to a session with a newborn or 4-month-old (like little Santiago here!) and my whole perspective changes. I can’t know for sure until I have my own littles running around, but I think ultimately, child bearing isn’t for us. The pain, the swelling, the back ache are things mothers endure for the future of this life and for everyone’s life. Who knows what little Santiago will be one day. Maybe he will be the next president or the next great painter. Children are the future and if we didn’t take the sacrifice to bear them, there wouldn’t be a future for any of us.
Dear Garcia Family,
Thank you so much for allowing me to spend time with Santiago and remember what child birth means. I can’t wait to see how he grows and the amazing man that he will become!
I feel like I am always behind when it comes to blogging. My sister usually mentions something if a few months have gone by and I haven’t blogged anything. “Hey,” she’ll say, “I know you have had some sessions. Why don’t you blog, girl?” I reply with my head hanging low, “I know. I know.” The truth is that I haven’t had too much time. Partly because I am getting married. Partly because I am moving out. Partly because I have begun to work more hours at my day job and partly because I am actually pretty busy with sessions with all of you! For that, the busyness of life, I am so thankful.
I thought I would take a moment today (which is perfect because today is Thanksgiving) to tell you how incredibly thankful I am to all of you who have been a part of my business this year. You have returned, supported, encouraged, liked and most of all been very kind and generous during our time together. I have seen myself grow – confidence, style, technique- and I know its because of people like you who believe in me. I look forward to this next year. I look forward to more mini sessions, weddings and opportunities to catch the moments you hold dear.
I will be rolling out some changes, and explaining them along the way. I hope by these changes I can serve you and your families better, and be better equipped to take on the huge responsibility of capturing your memories. I look forward to sharing with all of you and thank you again for a wonderful year. I can’t wait to see your littles and relationships grow and hopefully be a part of it all in some small way.
Here are some shots of my Fall Mini Sessions in my favorite medium black and white. I am hoping to have a B+W album of all your littles to show clients next year. <3
Something I have come to appreciate over the last year are portraits. It seems odd that as a photographer I am just now learning the value of portraits, but early on my career I was all about the “moments”- the tender rub on the back from the groom to his new wife, the few tears that are shed as the dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, or the flower girl stealing a finger full of icing before the cake has been cut. I love being in the background and waiting for the opportunity to catch moments of love, tenderness and sheer joy; however, something has changed in me this last year.
Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the moment to happen to capture it. Sometimes you have to make time for those moments because time can easily slip through our fingers and we miss the chance. By having your portraits taken, it allows for you to set aside time to show love, tenderness and joy for the ones you hold close. For example, hiring a photographer would have been nice to document my very surprise engagement, but I was so thankful that my fiance and I took the time out to have our portraits taken in an engagement session. In a way, it helped me re live those moments and pieces of our history that we don’t want to forget.
So heading in to this Holiday Season, I am going to be more focused getting everyone together for that “Big Family Photo” because a year from now or even just months things may change and I don’t want miss what I have now.
While I am still into the “moments,” I am really excited about our Holiday Sessions as well this year because of what I have been learning to appreciate. I look forward to creating moments with you as we set aside time for them and capture the here and now. I still have a few spots available and would love to document the life you have now with the people you love!
So it’s the second day of fall and I am still writing about my summer mini sessions and to say I am behind is an understatement, but that’s life. Some days (or months in my case!) you just get behind and before you know it its the next day, week, month or even the next season; however, what I’ve been learning is that despite the hiccups on the road there is still time, things can still get down and quite frankly it’s O.K. to be late sometimes.
And on that note: here is one of my absolute favorite summer mini session with Geoffrey, his cousin Audrey and his Grandma Cathy. Geoffrey is wild one, but I loved his funny faces, wild curls and his sweetness towards his family.
Thank you, Cathy and Geoffrey, for being apart of my mini sessions. You guys are awesome!