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these small days.

 

To me, these days are small, imperfect kind of days. They are unseen, and hidden filled with mostly super ordinary moments. My kids and I wake up and typically do the same routine day after day. They get up, I make them breakfast, then usually try to get everyone ready for the day over the course of what seems like (or probably is) hours. I try to find positive in these moments, but sometimes its just so stinkin’ hard. The boys are fighting or making a mess, Reagan is crying, or another load of laundry is waiting to be done.

No one sees these moments, where I try my best to love even when I’m extremely frustrated. No one sees the thousandth dish being washed, the argument I try to break up, or the house being cleaned over & over. But then I remember that God sees. He sees these ordinary moments when I feel overwhelmed. He sees the messes and daily life, yes He knows! Sally Clarkson writes “A radical life for Christ is not always visible to outside eyes.” How true this is! Even when I feel like I am doing the absolute mundane, He is watching.

Sometimes I just need to change my perspective. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Colossians 3:23  When I remember that Christ sees my small days of being at home, hidden and unseen- I remember that it isn’t some small task. He knows and He sees- and then my frustration is turned into joy because in reality, I am doing it for Him. I’m raising my little ones so that they will know His love- and that makes all the difference in the world! So yea, these are definitely what I’d like to call “small days”….but they’re only small when I think of them that way. They are significant His eyes.

  

Yes! It can be so disheartening especially when dirt just keeps coming in the form of dirty floors, dishes, clothes. I am trying to remember that it’s not what you do but how you do it- doing it for God and trying to glorify Him in this hidden work.

just because.

I’ve been cleaning up and organizing my computer lately and came across this picture of Reagan. They are from well over a month ago but wanted to post them just because :) I had always thought I’d be a mom to boys so having a little girl is sorta fun (especially since I love the color pink!) Still getting used to it but so far I love it. So much different than having boys, both precious and definitely special in their own unique ways. xo

  

new year, new changes!

Happy New Year! Some changes are coming to my photography business and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Since I’ve started this business almost five years ago, I focused mainly on weddings. I called myself a “Wedding Photographer.” Now,  I am going to be shifting my focus to lifestyle photography in the coming years.

Being a lifestyle photographer, for me, just makes sense. I love families- I love kids- I love the season of maternity…all of those things are my heart. I live and breathe art- I’m also in a family and I am with children day in and day out. What better way that to capture life through families and kids? I love to photograph the beauty of every day – the beauty in the smallest of moments.

I used to think that being a wedding photographer was “elite” but that simply isn’t true. Being a lifestyle photographer is just as important, and is essential in preserving memories for generations to come. I fully believe that.

So what does this mean? This doesn’t mean that I won’t be photographing weddings. I will still do a few select wedding each year. (I have weddings booked for 2015 and couldn’t be more excited about them!) It means I will be doing more family, children, and maternity type- sessions but will also be selective. My number one focus right now is my family and little ones and it is going to stay that way.

I am very excited for this change. My logo has had a small re-brand as well as my website and this blog. I’m excited for the extra free time I will have to blog and write. I’m excited to do what I love and have a heart for. I hope you and yours have a very wonderful New Year. Thank you for following along on this journey with me! Here’s to 2015 and all that it has to offer :)

  

I love your new logo. It is so fitting and so you! Love your new direction too! Miss you!! Xoxo

Rebecca Barnes

Hey, I was wondering if your could offer any advice on how to start a photography business and how you came about starting yours? I’ve admired your photos for some time now, and having an interest in photography from doing it at college (UK) I want to focus this year on how to develop photography into more than a hobby. I’ll be doing small wedding photography at a couple of family events this year, but apart from that I haven’t got much behind me and would appreciate any advice.
Many thanks,
Rebecca

how neat! I’m excited for you. Sounds like a great move for you and your family. And I love the rebrand! Happy 2015!!!

This is awesome news! Good luck and I can’t wait to see everything!

Makes perfect sense to me – these other moments are just as significant in a lifetime as a wedding.

Love the new look!!! It’s beautiful!! Excited for you and your new changes. Sending love your way!

Yay!! I love that you’re changing things up – both in shooting and in your branding look! The colors really liven things up and reflect your work well! :) Excited for you, friend! Here’s to 2015! xoxo!

christmas portraits.

Before Christmas, I wanted to take a few portraits of my little ones so we could give them to parents/grandparents as gifts. My sweet boys never ever seem to hold still these days, so I was so excited to have gotten a couple! These kids keep me busy-  but they sure do bring a lot of joy!

 Beau! He is the sweetest and cuddliest little boy ever.

Leland! Full of energy (lots of energy) …loves to talk, and is definitely the responsible big brother.

And Regan! Love her so much too.

…my attempt at all three of them which, quite frankly, looks hilarious because Reagan looks super uncomfortable- haha!

  

Oh my goodness. Beau is such a little cutie!! And Leland is so handsome! He’s got the heartbreaker look down already! haha! :) And Reagan’s cheeks are the best. Just the best. ^_^ Love these photos and those kiddos! <3

reagan: three months!

This sweet girl is already three months old! Oh my goodness! This is definitely going by so quick and I am loving every bit of it. Jay and I aren’t planning on having any more kids so to think that this very well may be the last time we go through this baby stage makes me want to soak up everything! Every moment. The boys are still loving their sister and are super sweet to her. I was afraid of them being rough around her but they have been so good and I’m super thankful! Reagan loves, loves to talk. Never knew a baby so small could talk so much! She also loves to smile…..and eat, of course (look at those cheeks!) She’s been a lot of fun to have around!

 

  

christmas card photos.

Wanted to post a few of our Christmas card photos before Christmas is here! It is quite the task to get photos taken with three little ones, that’s for sure! :) I think we did ok though, and the boys some-what cooperated. I love this time of year and am looking forward to spending the next few days will Jay’s family and mine. I’ll probably sign off here until after Christmas but who knows- I may post in a day or two. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season also! Much love!

…love my boys! And they are seriously always, always on the go!

…Beau loves his little sister :)