Greetings after so very long! I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted on my blog. Well, yes I can. First of all, it is well known that I am not much for blogging. I'd rather be shooting, editing, watching paint dry, or sticking a hot needle in my eye. It's sad, but true. However, the truth is, I've been uh, sorta busy! Last year, while my husband and I were building our new, long awaited studio here in our home, we found out we were expecting a baby! Now, we have an 8 year old and we're not exactly,....young :) So to say we were "expecting" is kind of funny because we weren't "expecting" ANYthing! Life is funny sometimes. We tried for so long to have our first child that who would think a baby could just miraculously be created in the face of an ever-dwindling biological clock. But so it was. Both my babies are miracles. But then, all babies are miracles.
Because I am so close with Julia, my firstborn, my sweetheart, and also my muse, I decided to photograph her one last time, her last portrait as an only child. At 8 months pregnant, recovering from a severely sprained ankle (another long story, and not the way to spend your 3rd trimester, I must say...), I photographed her in the parking lot of a local business where there was a beautiful magnolia tree. These may be my favorite portraits of all time. I could look into that face for a thousand years and never be less enamored.
I spent my pregnancy at the doctor's office. No, I did not have a rough pregnancy. But I am what they like to call "advanced maternal age." So for me, it was twice a month in a doctor's office. Then it was every week. And then, in April, we welcomed Miss Morgan Olivia, the most beautiful baby, with the most individual personality I have ever seen. She came out with a battle cry like no other, and continues to be heard regardless of who's listening. She is one of a kind, wonderful in many ways, and quite demanding in others. I love every part of her vivacious babiness.
With a very long and complicated recovery, and adjusting to our new family dynamics (and having a colicky baby), I worked mostly here in the studio photographing mostly newborns and babies, as well as family sessions. My passion for photographing babies and children grew. I photographed more and more of them. But my time for was work was short, though my days were long. But I had always regretted not photographing Julia's babyhood as much as I should have, and so I pushed myself to make these summery images of the two loves of my life, and as long as I live I will never tire of looking at the canvases I had made of all of the above images as well as the following few. They adorn the walls in my dining room and I often go in, just to stare, and smile :)
Of course, one of my 3 famous photobombing cats made an appearance, and so therefore became part of one of my favorite images of Julia. Julia is a delight to photograph, always has been, and always will be. But I must say, her new baby sister may give her a run for her money! She's turning out to be quite the camera ham!
Around the time I made that last image, it was time to get back to work. I was looking forward to it, being the type of person who needs to create. I need to make things. Do things. Be productive. Now, taking care of a new baby is ALOT of work, but at a certain point, one needs to get back to doing what they do. And I did. I photographed babies, weddings, seniors, maternity, families. I dove in, and somehow kept my head above water. I made my deadlines, I kept my editing pile reasonably tolerable, though deep. Now, I don't mean to make myself out to be a hero, but I am not a young mother. At 41, I had a fully self-sufficent 8 year old child. I was physically fit. Full of energy. Ready to work at all times, and had the freedom and time in my schedule to do so. Going back to sleepless nights, maternity pants for a year, long days and an impossible list of domestic chores while nursing and caring for a baby was a tall order when you add work into the mix! I must hand it to all working mothers out there, not just the "advanced maternal age" ones like myself.
But I did it! Though I was tired, I was excited and inspired to create like never before. Of course, I enjoyed the babies, being that I was in baby mode. Having the new studio was like a dream, working in my own home where everything was at my fingertips. It's like Kevin Costner said, I guess..."if you build it, they will come."
Lucky for me, there was a bit of a baby boom last year. And some of them came to visit me ! Though I missed out on quite a few while recovering from my 2nd c-section, I did manage to meet a whole bunch of sweet little newborns. How I love photographing babies. I love everything about it. Prop shopping, choosing colors, holding them, even just sitting around while parents feed or soothe their babies. I have infinite patience for that.
Babies, babies everywhere!! It seemed from the moment I knew I was pregnant, that everyone else was too!! I want to say a huge congratulations to all of them families who welcomed new babies into their lives over the last year or so. It felt like we were all in this together!
And so to those who thought I had dissappeared, or stopped working, or fell off the face of God's green earth, I say nope. I wasn't gone. I was just making a baby. Preparing for a baby. Having a baby. Taking care of a baby. Nursing a baby. Raising a baby. After. All. These. Years.
I am amazed even as I sit here and type.
Who would have thought?