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Life Goals | Documentary Family Photographer

This is such a lovely family. I always love to see them having fun with each other, hugging their siblings, and snuggling with their parents.

This mama decided she wanted to learn how to play the piano. As an adult. Anyone who is a parent knows it is no small feat to carve out some time for yourself, let alone on a consistent enough basis to learn to play the piano. A few years ago, she started taking lessons. She practiced. She nervously performed during recitals. At times, it’s been hard for her, but her diligence has paid off. She now has a new talent and skill that she otherwise wouldn’t have had. While she will probably tell you she still gets nervous to perform or accompany people, she plays wonderfully and is blessing her home with the gift and beauty of music. Her children love it when she plays and love to dance while she plays. What if she had thought she was too old to learn piano, or didn’t think she had time to practice, or made other such excuses? If there is something in your life that you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t “gotten around to” for one reason or another, DO IT. Stop the excuses, and do it. You will thank yourself in five years.


Carousel of Life | Documentary Family Photographer

This family is wonderful friends of mine. I <3 them. With the little kids, I knew we had to do something FUN! I mean, really, rare is the family that LOVES to get their pictures taken. I mean the ENTIRE family LOVES getting their picture taken. That never happens. (If you know someone like this, send them my way lol!) So having kids (or dads, just saying) who have a short attention span or get cranky is normal, so I have to plan ahead for that 😉 For this fun family, we met at an amazing park with a carousel. I love carousels. There's something timeless and innocent and happy about carousels. Thinking about what to write for this session, the carousel is unintentionally becoming the focus. It didn't start out that way when I was photographing, I promise. But think about it - Life is like a carousel. We have our ups and downs...and ups and downs. Parenting sure has it's ups and downs. Just this morning, I had a child quite upset at me and tears were shed. It would be nice if we could just have the ups. But I know the downs are necessary...if you are in a down, keep your chin up, things will get better. Enjoy the ride.