ONE WORD

I feel like I have always struggled with New Year’s resolutions. Not that I over commit, but it is that because this season of life is so full (insert parenthood) I have kept things incredibly simple. One year, drink 8 glasses of water a day. See what I mean? Easy. Good for you, yet was attainable. But, I realized it left me feeling a little – meh – well, that I had more in me. More to challenge me. Until I decided to focus on one word. One word to encompass where my intentions were going to be in that year. Last year was PLAY. And it works…the word PLAY whispered to me when life choices came up. When I have to chose between taking time to get on the floor and wrestle or wash the dishes. It brought the fact that my kids are in the middle of their PLAYful years to the front and center and I wasn’t going to miss it. Focusing on one word brought so many more wonderful opportunities and choices in ways I could have never dreamed up on January 1.

So…drum roll… this year it is LISTEN. Yes, LISTEN. I feel like the world is trying to say a million things to me, direct me. I feel like God is trying to get my attention and tell me something. So, this girl has got to take the time to LISTEN. And when I say LISTEN… it means a million things to me. It doesn’t mean stop everything and sit still, because that is not always realistic (although I hope it does include some of that)  It means, pay attention. LISTEN to words that tweak your heart. LISTEN to what catches your eye. LISTEN to what opportunities are being presented. LISTEN to how your dreams are evolving. I am excited about 2017. I think it has so much planned, I just don’t know all the twists and turns it will take me. But, I am eager to LISTEN and walk its road.

Do you have one word for 2017? If not, join me… and create one. And please share it with me… you know,  I am LISTENING! 😀

XO

This family… gah! I love them so dearly. And well, a little girl and a puppy??! That’s right! and that is only the beginning. Take a look.

Kate

 

 

Thank you Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

Somedays I feel like I am caught in a hamster wheel… not in a bad way or a good way. Just spinning. Life is just moving so fast, that when I put my head on the pillow at night and think “Ok. Tomorrow.” And then my brain fills with all the to-do’s that suddenly make it hard to fall asleep. I know, I know… not the best habit. But, it just feels like life is going so fast right now and, yes, that is life with little ones… But, the only quite moment is… well, at night as I shut my eyes to focus on what is next. I can’t say I like this feeling, but I know I am not alone. You are with me, right?

But, then there is photography. It is my superpower. It has trained me to slow down and see details of life. But, even more crazy… when I put a camera in my hand and boom… I can freeze time. WHAT? Yup… time stopper – that’s me!! 😀 So, even as life continues to spin… for all of us in this season of life –  if we take time to capture it. Live it…you can return to it again and again. Photography… so crazy wonderful. So, I just googled “Who invented Photography?” And it told me Joseph Nicéphore Niépce… so I am going with it. We all know it was most likely a group effort (smile!), but if google tell me: Joseph Nicéphore Niépce… then thank you, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce… for the super power. Grateful to you, my man!

This family… adore. They are filled with love, energy and know how to play. <3 They are new to town, so when another awesome family that I photograph brought us together… well, my heart is so grateful.  Check out the fun.

Kate

 

The Jitters.

I recently was asked if I ever get nervous before a session… and hand’s down, without hesitation, I blurted out a “YES! YES, of course! After all these years… YES!” It used to bug me, that I would let the pre-game jitters eat at me as I waited for my clients to arrive. I would think, “When am I ever going to let them go and this will become easy?”  But, then I listened to the words that echoed in my head – “become easy?!?” Eeeek… after too much easy comes lack of creativity, boredom… yuck. So, I guess I am happy to hold onto my nerves and let them push me. Because, well they stem from the right place – you just want to knock it out of the park for the family you are working with. You want them this time and every time they work with you to say “YES! I love these photos!” So, with that comes a bit a pressure. 😀 Not from my clients, but from me! and I decided that is a good thing. So me and my nerves are trying our best to be friends.

Even with this family. They are some of my dearest friends… they would understand if I messed up, if I did my best – but it was sorta a flop.. but GAH! Not on my watch, friends! Enter nerves and a busting of my butt… here are the results. They make me smile!

So, cheers to the nerves that keep us reaching for more, for better!

Eeek, have to prepare for tomorrow’s session now. 😀 Re-enter the flutters. 😀

Kate