Finally got a day without rain. Hallelujah!
Here is a sneak peek of one of my favorite little guys!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Posted in Children
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Posted in Self
I recognize that it has been quiet here for a little bit. It’s not for lack of interest. The weather hasn’t been as kind to my schedule as I would prefer it to be, so I have done a lot of postponing and rescheduling and crossing fingers for non-rainy days. That’s okay though. This is par for the course for spring, and after six years, it’s nothing I haven’t been through before. Spring is my most favorite of all four seasons, but it’s not the most cooperative of the four.
I was looking back through some old photos of my girls tonight and came across this one, which I had never edited. This is from July of 2008, and my youngest monkey had just turned 4-years-old here. We were spending the day in downtown Chicago, having taken the Metra train from our northern suburban home to see my husband’s neurologist at Northwestern Hospital for his check-up. We decided to make a day of it and we went to Navy Pier and played all day and then rode the water taxi back to Union Station. I remember it being sticky hot. This photo was taken on the water taxi, which provided a much needed breeze in the air. It makes me miss her blond curls and innocent little face. Not that her nearly 9-year-old face is now hardened with age and experience, but I just miss her “littleness” sometimes. Before she had glasses and braces and got gooney eyed over boys.
It also reminds me how much my life has changed over the course of the 6 1/2 years I’ve been in business. In the obvious ways it has changed – my kids have grown up quite a bit, we’ve moved to another part of the country, I’m turning 40 this year, etc. But it’s also changed in terms of what our needs are, what our schedules are like, what direction we find ourselves heading. Some of that was expected, and some of it not. But we’re trying to learn to roll with it.
My oldest daughter will be a freshman this fall and is joining marching band. I’m excited for her. I think she’ll have a blast and I hope that she makes great memories that she’ll look back on for years and years. If nothing else, she’ll get to use the phrase, “This one time, at band camp…” And although I am cheering her on every step of the way, her schedule in the fall is turning my world upside down. Because marching band is pretty intense, and as Chauffeur Numero Uno, I’m finding it challenging to figure out how I’m going to be a busy band mom AND a busy photographer with a business full of wonderfully busy clients. Which is why I am writing this blog post.
No, I am not announcing that I am quitting my business. That’s not what I am writing about, although I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been re-evaluating the direction I need to be going. I haven’t quite figured out how to make her schedule and my busiest season of the business year work yet. I will, but I’m not there yet. In another year, she’ll be driving, so it won’t be as big of a deal (well, the part where she will be DRIVING IN ANOTHER YEAR!!!! is kind of a big deal) but it won’t hamper my schedule as much once she drives herself places. Though I may start having to take sedatives every day.
But I do have to examine what it all means. My kids have moved from the stage where they were young and had no major plans every day except preschool and regular school, followed by playtime all evening until bedtime. How I wanted to lay out our schedule was up to me. Now I am moving into the part of life where their schedules are not up to me anymore. My oldest is turning 15 this summer. She babysits, she is heavily involved in school activities, she hangs out with friends and goes places and frequently makes her own plans. And it’s supposed to be like that, you know, because she is growing up and this is how it goes, but I have to figure out what that means for me and how I can mesh this new phase of her life with my own. I am struggling with that. Not emotionally – although it is always a little shocking at how fast this is going – but logistically.
So, while I figure all of this out, I have some advice for you, my previous and my new clients: Book me this summer. Don’t wait for fall if you really want me because I can’t guarantee what my fall will look like. I will be shooting this fall unless something drastic happens, like a tree falls on my head, but I may very well be shooting less than usual, unless I devise some great plan to play band mom chauffeur 5 nights/week, mom to a 9-year-old who can’t stay home by herself, and photographer to the greatest clients ever.
So, book early. Book now. Don’t procrastinate. It’s going to be a beautiful summer. Let’s remember it together.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 Posted in maternity
You probably don’t know this, but this gorgeous mama is my next door neighbor. We have been watching her belly grow the last 8 months with great excitement and anticipation. She and her husband have one little girl who is 2 and the little bundle in her belly is another precious girl. I just can’t imagine having a second baby girl as adorable as their first. I’m not sure anyone should have that much beauty and sweetness under one roof. Dad should be both grateful and terrified.
We shot our session at Boyd Orchards, where the peach trees are currently in full bloom. It was the perfect setting for our maternity session as not much more symbolizes the blossoming of new life than an orchard in spring. Plus it was just really pink and flowery and girly. And it was awesome.
Don’t forget…you TOO can have a session at Boyd Orchard in just a few weeks. Mini session sign-ups are still going on for Sunday, May 5th. It may work out that the apple trees are in bloom while we are there, so we’ll have more pretty pink trees to enjoy. Email me at Leighwphotos@aol.com to get scheduled for your mini session!
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Posted in maternity
Yes, she really is that beautiful at 8 months pregnant. And yes, for those of us who looked like a bloated water buffalo at the same stage of pregnancy, it’s kind of unfair. But I just love her anyway.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 Posted in Promotions
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 Posted in Babies
Today I am thankful for beautiful newborn babies. And strategically placed feet.
More of this handsome little 11-day-old guy soon!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Posted in Babies
I know. I’m blogging twice in one day. Can you tell I’m a bit behind? I just got back from a whirlwind weekend trip with my daughter to NYC with her 8th grade class. I have much to say about that trip, but we’ll throw that into another blog post for another day. Right now, it’s all about this guy.
Yes, yet another perfect little toe chewer. So handsome, this sweet boy, and so happy. His gummy little smile made my day. If only we could keep them that little for longer. And he’s a good sleeper, too. Twelve hours every night. It was hard not to be overcome with jealousy.
As always, I am thankful for the chance to photograph yet another beautiful family and get to experience the joy of their love of each other. It’s the best job on earth.
I make no secrets about it…this is the age I really love to photograph. Right around 6 months, when most babies are just starting to sit up, love to chew on their toes and their eyes are bright and smiles are wide. It was one of my favorite stages with both of my girls and it continues to be so with my clients. There is just nothing sweeter.
It was a nice, quiet cold winter morning, but it was warm and cozy in their house. This precious girl had been awake 5 hours when I arrived and had skipped a morning nap…we weren’t quite sure what would happen, but she was as sweet and lovely as can be. And big sister joined us for a few pictures, sharing her love of books with her baby sister. Eric Carle and his fireflies were enchanting, but not nearly as much as these two who steal my heart every time I see them.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 Posted in Babies
So…this happened this morning.
And yeah. I want to take her home with me, too.
I luff her.