When Sadie was a baby, it seemed like she was constantly changing. Every few weeks (or days) she would enter a new phase. It was all we could do for my husband and I to keep up. My life was about diapers and sleep and teething and checking each milestone off the list. Somewhere along the way, I got so wrapped up in my daughter’s life that I kind of forgot about my own. The business that I had built, the photography e-courses I had taught, my clients, my creativity, all of it sort of drifted away. And I wasn’t quite sure what to do about it, nor did I have the energy to figure it out.
There were a few false starts when I thought I should do something big. I thought I was ready to dive back into work, when really I needed to sit still and take care of myself. I allowed myself to heal from a couple of hard years and appreciate the fruits of my labor (literally and figuratively.)
I’m happy to share that I am back. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but after two-and-a-half years, I am in a new phase of motherhood and with it has come renewed energy, a feeling of purpose, and a much welcomed burst of creativity. Halle-freakin-lujah!
I’m sure that yet another phase is right around the corner, but for now, I’m going to ride this wave.
Over the past few years, there has been one constant. One thing that I have done every day, even on the darkest ones. And that is take photos. My iPhone is always close at hand and taking pictures of my daily life has been my way of celebrating the small victories, honoring the everyday moments, and acknowledging how hard it is. Because seriously, this motherhood thing ain’t easy. Most importantly, photography has brought me back to myself.
And let me tell you, it’s good to be back.
Today, I’m excited to announce that I’m bringing Lens Mama back, starting July 21! Lens Mama is a photography e-course for busy moms. For ten days, you will receive love notes from me. Along with daily photography prompts and tips, you will have a community of other Lens Mamas to share your story with and who will cheer you on. You will learn to photograph your life in artful ways, find beauty in the mess, capture your children during candid moments, and improve your photography along the way. All cameras, all experience levels, all mamas welcome!
MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION HERE.