30 Lessons in 30 Days

I can’t believe I’m typing this, but we’re in full on prep mode for Olivia’s first birthday. I sound like such a cliche, but I don’t know where the time went. A whole year has flown by already. 365 days! How is that even possible?

I think it’s so hard to process because I thought I was prepared. I have two other children so I know how quickly time passes. My oldest will be 16 in a couple of months. Just 2 weeks before Olivia turns 1, my middle child (who I always thought would be my baby!) will be 12! I’ve already gone through this so I tried to take it slow and reminded myself constantly to breathe it all in. And yet somehow I’m still floored that we’re here!

To celebrate this year and all of the changes it’s brought about, I wanted to do something special on Instagram. All month long, I’ll be sharing 30 lessons I’ve learned while photographing Olivia’s first year.

When I found out I was pregnant, that’s one of the things I was most excited about – having a reason to pick up my camera again. Just for me.

I love photographing my clients and their families, but over the years I’ve used my camera less and less on my own family. And that’s the very reason I picked up a camera in the first place – to document my children and their childhood. So this was going to be my opportunity to dive back in and feel creative again.

Well, as with most things in life, it didn’t exactly happen as I imagined it. From the day Olivia was born, I had to manage my expectations and let go of some of the photos I had been dreaming of. One of the biggest let downs was not being able to photograph my big girls coming in to the hospital room to meet their baby sister. Visitors were banned because of the flu. I was crushed!

I was able to capture them meeting her at home, but it took a little while for me to get over the disappointment.

So the lessons I’m sharing will all lead up to a guide that I’m working on for expectant moms who want to document their baby’s first year. All the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way will hopefully help new moms document the first year in a creative, authentic way.

If you’d like to know when the guide launches, sign up here.

Come check out all the lessons I’m sharing over on IG too! Here’s what I shared March 1st, 2019.

It’s March 1st! Do you know what that means? It’s party time! That’s right. Olivia turns one at the end of the month and I wanted to do something special to celebrate. All month long I’ll be sharing 30 lessons I learned photographing her first year. When I first found out I was pregnant, one of the things I was most excited about was being able to document this baby in a way that I wasn’t able to with my other 2. I didn’t have a digital camera when Julianna was born. That was almost 16 years ago! Yes, I know, I’m old! Even 12 years ago, when Jaime was born, I was just getting in to photography and learning all about my new Canon Rebel. Now, with more than 10 years of photography experience under my belt, running a business and capturing other’s people most precious moments, I had the chance to do it beautifully and intentionally for myself. I had so many ideas! Wait, hold up, you didn’t think it was going ot be that easy, did you? The very first lesson I had to learn was to let go of all of my expectations. There were so many photos I dreamt about taking. One of them I was super pumped about was my girls coming to the hospital to meet their baby sister. I was crushed when I found out that visitors were banned because of the flu. Absolutely heart broken! That vision I had in my head was not going to happen and I had to come to terms with it. I had to let go. And, in the end, it worked out fine. I love the photos I did get at home, but it took a little while to get over it. You know when you build something up in your head and it just doesn’t turn out the way you wanted to? Has that ever happened to you?

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