Sunday, February 6, 2011

Just Thinking...

Life these past several months has been crazy, to say the least. Between my four year old little boy, my one year old little girl, my husband, my house, my pregnancy (due May 14th!), and a growing business... whew! Throw in the holidays, and let's just say that I've had to depend on the Lord for some extra energy :) But life is so good, and so sweet, and I am so blessed.

But tonight I had a thought. I am sitting here at my computer after a really really good weekend. First, I booked a wedding (yay for Megan and Brandon's 11.11.11 wedding!). Then, I met with another gorgeous bride, Allison. Then Mark and I got to go away BY OURSELVES to a beautiful little bed and breakfast in Amelia Island for a night. It was perfect. We got lost on the beach, had a rare quiet dinner, I got to soak in a huge bathtub, we got to sleep in until 9 and have breakfast cooked for us... wow.

Before we left, it never occured to me to bring my camera. After all, why would I - I didn't have plans to shoot a session. This wasn't a work trip!

But yesterday my sister in Jacksonville called me... she knew we were close, and her neighbor had just received a 3-day old baby that she would be fostering. My sister wanted to know if I could stop through on my way home so she could bless her friend with some photos. My heart sank - my camera was 3.5 hours away - at home.

So that got me thinking... I absolutely LOVE this job. I love recording special moments for my clients. I love that moment when I know I've gotten THE shot - a bride looking into her groom's eyes, a father dancing with his all-grown-up daughter, or the look on a new mom's face as she gazes at her newborn prize. There's just something about those photos that makes my heart feel as though it will burst.

But maybe I've forgotten something... what about pictures for me?

Sure, I am pretty good about taking pictures of my kids. Last week Chris was sitting outside - he had pushed our lawn mower down the sidewalk, and was watching some lawn men across the street - all while wearing a dinosaur nose. Mark came and got me so I could grab a picture - it was just too cute.

Then there was the day that I caught Anna - she had climbed up onto Chris's chair at the table and was finishing his uneaten breakfast.

But what about me? Amelia Island was beautiful - why didn't I bring my camera to capture the sea gull gliding across the water, or the neat texture of the old brick, or even the front of our quaint little bed and breakfast? When I drive around town here at home, I am always looking out the window for good spots to take my clients to for their sessions - but why can't I just take a picture of that beautiful field by itself?

I guess I have kind of forgotten how to play.

So this week, I am going to try to change that. I think I am going to try to take one picture each day that is just for me.. (and post it here). I'd love it if you could join me on this project! If you do, post a link in the comments section, or send me an email. I do know life is busy, so I may need grace (and I promise to give it to you, too!).. but I am going to try.

So I'll see you tomorrow.

1 comment:

Brianna said...

Wow...I totally forgot you were pregnant again since you don't mention it. :)
Can't wait to see the pictures you get this week. I am a regular follower and I LOVE your work!!