I received some really wonderful entries for the Daily Life shoot give-a-away. I read each of them anonymously to David and had him vote on the entry that pulled at his heart the most. And I had to agree. I think you all will agree as well. Thank you to everyone that participated, and I truly hope that you will still consider doing a Daily Life shoot with me. So…here it is…

I love all of our family pictures, but when I’m older and my babies have grown, I won’t want to go back to the day when we all sat perfectly posed in the grass. I’ll want to go back to the day when my girls still snuggled in my lap to read stories, to when they laughed uncontrollably at a silly face their dad made, to when they drew me pictures and Sawyer grabbed my face with her little hands and said, “I love you to the moon!!!”

I’ll want to remember Sawyer’s crazy morning hair and how she refused to wear anything but a dress (even to bed). I’ll want to remember how Ridley sucked her thumb and laid her little head on my shoulder whenever she was tired. I’ll want to remember what Marissa looked like standing on the bathroom counter while Bo brushed her teeth and how she wanted to do everything “just my like sister!” I’ll want to remember that Bo always poured me coffee, and I never got to drink ut until it was cold and that most of the time, I forgot it in the microwave when I reheated it.

I just know that right now, Bo and I are their whole wide world, and it won’t always be that way. They will laugh and love and have their hearts broken. They will grow up and have husbands and children of their own and only then, will they know how insanely I loved them. 

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I shot my first official Daily Life shoot the other day, and as anticipated…it moved me. It moved me because this mama loves her sweet boys as only a mama that has tried a large portion of her adult life to have them. To know the struggle and triumph of these boys coming earthside, is unlike any other. And her love…unlike any other.

The house had toys all over, there was laundry that needed to be done, both boys were ready for a nap, and mama felt as most mamas do…sub-par (and what are we always comparing ourselves too, anyhow? What is par for motherhood?) But these photos…AHHHH. These photos are perfect!! And real. And Chels…despite the lack of makeup or perfectly planned outfit, you are more beautiful than I’ve ever seen you. Because these boys (and daddy, although he was at work) are your world. And your world makes you shine. Thank you for letting me in…

P.S. I’ve gotten some incredible entries for the free shoot. Keep ‘em coming, everyone! I love hearing your stories, and I’ll pick a winner soon!

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Becoming a mother has changed me. Has changed my soul in every way I thought was or was not possible. And I like to think it has changed me for the better…in all aspects of my life. So as far as my life as a photographer, it has changed what I see as worth remembering. As documentable. As neccesary to have these memories on some sort of format that any nostalgic soul, such as myself, can access at any given time. Now, don’t get me wrong…I still LOVE all of my shoots, but THIS has been weighing heavy on my heart as to how I need to expand my business.

Because it is a business, but it’s MY business. So that means I get to do what I want, right ;) It means I get to do what I love. And what every fiber in my body loves, is to catch the everyday, the ordinary moments that help define us. Those moments are the ones that we SO desperately want to remember, but sometimes…forget. These are the moments that I want to remember, and I genuinely feel that this desperation is shared amoung mommies, daddies, lovers, and friends alike.

So these “not so ordinary” moments are what I want to add to my repertoire, if you will. I want to start coming to your home to document you folding laundry with your children, doing dishes, bathing your babes, cooking with friends, reading, playing puzzles, cleaning up, etc. Because this is when the majority of our memories happen. When we are just present with our loved ones.

Because while we were reupholsering our sofa (hence the disaster of a mess), our four year old made my favorite face that she makes that I can never seem to catch her doing anymore…

And trying SO hard to thread the button we just tufted together…

Because in one day, she feels the need to change outfits a KAZILLION times. And is a boxer…

A hunter…

A garbage man with her sister as her recycling man…

And while instructed to clean her room, I find this…

And it melts me…100% And it reminds me to SLOW down and enjoy all of these moments.

And even at the end of the day, when everyone is tired…I see the face of a sister who “so badly wants to go to the grocery store with my tiny tot”…

And it makes me smile. It makes me remember.

So…to get this ship sailing, I would love to offer this type of shoot “a day in the life” to anyone out there for free. Yup…for free (and come on, who doesn’t love free stuff!). Because these moments make my heart sing, and I would love to share your not so ordinary moments with you. For two weeks, I want anyone who would appreciate this type of shoot to send me an email or a text and tell me why you would love this shoot. I’ve never done a shoot give-a-way before, but I feel like it’s a nice way to share with you and the world these types of shoots that I would like to be doing more of. A lot more of! And on August 24th, I’ll contact the winner! YAY!

Much love,

T

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