Cole, Allie, & Reese

It feels like it's officially winter! My family took the opportunity this past weekend (first snow of the season!) to get our Christmas tree. I also finally ordered our holiday cards. Being a photographer, it's my own family that gets forgotten about when it comes to photographs, especially this time of year. It didn't help that for the past two weeks, I've been down and out with the flu.. which is what a lot of people have been experiencing it seems (something is going around for sure!).

Really there is just too much to do in December. 

I prioritize my client work, of course. I would never let a deadline lapse, especially when I know how important family photographs are this time of year (which is why I'm delivering images within one week right now). But that means that my own cards don't get ordered, presents don't get wrapped, holiday decorations don't go up, and my home generally looks like a bomb went off in every room of the house. Nobody can do everything perfectly and I had to learn to let things go. I will get to the cleaning eventually, but this week, I still have client work and my kids still need their school lunches. Everything else is secondary.

I think it's easy to believe that other Moms have everything under control. That everyone's house looks pristine and neat, because that's what we see when we visit. We scroll through Instagram posts of kids playing happily in the snow and don't see the terrible behavior that follows (not to mention the pile of wet winter clothing that inevitably gets left all over the floor). My business side will always have professional presentation. But my home life.. that's another story altogether. 

This time of year is tough. There are lots of expectations and endless to-do lists. I truly believe that we should cut each other some slack.. and especially ourselves. Which is why I am endlessly thankful to my incredibly understanding and wonderful clients. And maybe one day, sometime in January, my home will look slightly more presentable than it does today.

Clara (Newborn)

Clara (Newborn)

With a photography Studio, sometimes people assume that it’s a big production. My Studio, however, is simply a relaxed little place to have photoshoots and client meetings. I don’t have a receptionist or a staff. There are no associate photographers. It’s not a retail store front (in fact, it’s tucked away on a second floor). And when you call my business phone line, I’m the only person who picks up...

Henry & Clara

Henry & Clara

There are a few business types out there that don't require a big monetary investment to start. Photography is definitely one of those. A lot of people have expensive digital camera equipment already, so it's a very easy transition to start charging friends for photos.. and viola! you are now a professional photographer, right? 

Molly & Morgan

Molly & Morgan

Every time I think about the families I photograph, I get this amazing feeling of warmth and gratitude. I am so thankful to have this job and to be able to work with some of the BEST families in Fairfield County. And that doesn't mean that all the kids I have in the Studio are super well-behaved. And it doesn't mean that all sessions go exactly as planned with nothing ever going wrong. All of those things happen, ALL the time.

Sophie & Alexander

Sophie & Alexander

As kids grow up, family photos tend to go by the wayside. The children don't seem to change all that much year to year. There are a lot of weekend activities and sports games to attend, so there never seems to be any extra time during those precious weekend days.