BLESS THIS MESS

I sometimes wonder if people think I take photos of myself because I love the way that I look.

This is not the case. I take photos of myself because I want to love the way that I look. Somewhere along the way, I got in my head an idea of what I think I’m supposed to look like. And I don’t look like that. I never have.

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THIS IS HOW MY DAUGHTER ASKS FOR HELP

She doesn't.

Not usually, anyway.

 

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A LITTLE NOTE TO MY GIRLS

Some days, girls, I just can’t do it all.The laundry will sit in the dryer or in a basket, not put away. Breakfast might be the carrot cake you sneaked from the fridge and subsequently hid when I came looking, and I was so tired and so focused on getting to my coffee that I pretended I didn’t see. Lunch might be cheese and crackers. Or just cheese. The TV might be on, or the iPad might get unearthed. Dinner might be spliced together with microwaved versions of whatever I found in the fridge. Bath might be rushed and your story might get read faster than you’d like

 

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FAMILY FIRST

I was born long enough ago that I can remember a time before this "social media" thing came into existence. There were tube TV sets with channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. There were rotary dial telephones with dial tones when you picked up the receiver. There were refrigerators that didn't dispense water and freezers that didn't make ice. Life had it's own challenges before the digital age, but getting likes and comments on social media wasn't one of them.

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I'M NOT THAT MOM

You know that mom. That mom. She cooks from scratch most nights, and she posts on social media about the latest crafts she found on Pinterest. Her house is always tidy, even the play room, and you never see any dishes in her sink. She always looks like a million bucks, even when she's wearing exercise clothes and sneakers and is still a little sweaty from her workout at the gym, and she's taking her happy children for a smoothie.

 

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I JUST TOOK MY KIDS TO WENDY'S FOR LUNCH

So, full disclosure here. I'm 44 years old. I have two little ones, ages almost 6 and almost 3.

And I totally just took my kids to Wendy's for lunch.

There, I said it.

 

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NO PARENTS ALLOWED

If you have children, then you're all too familiar with the importance of giving children of all ages their own time and space. My children thrive on it, and even though it's sometimes (or more than sometimes!) a challenge to let go of that control, the resulting benefits of peace and happiness are always worth it.

 

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MOMS, TAKE SELFIES

By now, Mamas, I'm sure you've read all about the importance of staying in the picture. I was so inspired by Allison Tate's confession a few years ago that I made a point to start getting into photos more. Regardless of whether my hair was curly or frizzy, my weight was up or down, or my skin was clear or cluttered, I needed to make sure my presence was documented.

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A SALE! A SALE!

I have to admit, life has been very good to me lately. Nothing especially interesting has happened, but I have a home, I have food on the table, and my family is happy and healthy. All of this is wonderful, and right now in life, all of this is enough.

 

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN

Recently we paid a visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side of New York City. We weren't sure how long the museum would keep our small humans entertained, but I'm pleased to report we were there from 11am until they closed at 5pm.

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THE E FAMILY

Three boys.

I have two girls, so having boys, and three of them, live in my home is a phenomenon that I simply can't wrap my mind around.

But this mom, and this dad... They had it all under control.

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THE B FAMILY

When I was little, my parents let me sit on the counter when they were cooking. Sometimes I helped, other times not. I always observed, though. Loved watching them "dance" around the kitchen turning individual ingredients into whole meals that provided my family with both nourishment and love. It was wonderful.

 

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THE BEAUTY OF IN-HOME NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

I have two children, and I can remember those first few hazy moments with each new baby. The overwhelming love. The soul-filling joy I felt from looking at their tiny little fingers and toes, their soft skin, and their sweet facial features. I remember thinking, "Wow. You're here, in front of me. You're really here."

 

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THE S FAMILY

I have always been a bit of a voyeur. Driving around at night when I was a child (and an adolescent, and a young adult, and an adult at the age I am now), I always loved looking into people's windows.

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ARE YOU FEELING LUCKY?

The response I've heard from everyone about my transition to documentary photography has been phenomenal. I've been so busy, my families are thrilled, and I have never been happier.

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WHY REAL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY?

I have two young children. As you can imagine, my house is almost always in a state of mess. I'm constantly picking up toys, vacuuming up crumbs, sorting and folding and putting away laundry, all the while trying to feed and clean and stimulate and teach my children to be kind and compassionate and strong humans...

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THE T FAMILY

What comes to mind when you think of "family photography"? I think to most people, it means getting dressed, usually in coordinating clothing. Maybe having your hair done. Heading to some scenic someplace. And having a photographer take photos until you get that classic photo where everyone is looking in the same direction..

 

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THE B FAMILY {newborn}

Do you remember those first few baths when your little one really was little? Do you remember the anxiety and the worry? What on earth am I supposed to do? What if I get water up his nose? What if he screams the whole time?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK

If we're lucky, and most of us would probably say that we are, we can find ourselves surrounded by people who love us and support us and who do kind things for us. Usually when we need it, but sometimes even when we don't.

 

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PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR CHILDREN

As I recently disclosed on my Facebook page, I wasn't schooled in photography. I studied English in college and I have a master's degree in social work. But I've always been keen on photography, and in college I took a few courses in film photography, but I let it slip...

 

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