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Ordinary moments, extraordinary blessings – Looking back on love, life & hard work.

Photography Musings

Reflections on the first year in business as a family documentary photographer. The challenges, the joys & why I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve been

A man and a young child play in a sunlit living room with a blue sofa, wooden furniture, and a large plant.
Real moments. Real emotion. Real life.

Reflections on the first year in business as a family documentary photographer. The challenges, the joys & why I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’ve been dreaming of warmer days throughout the winter months and, as I celebrate the arrival of Spring, I am also joyfully celebrating my first year in business.   

I can’t help but reflect on the year that has been – I am the nostalgic type, after all.

Perhaps not surprisingly, there are a lot of harsh realities that come up when I think back over the last 12 months…

It hasn’t been easy.

I’ve regularly questioned my gift & my worth.

I’ve wanted to quit, so many times…

And I’ve wondered (on repeat) what the f*ck I’m doing trying to divide myself between chasing my dreams & chasing tiny humans. Why on earth would I think that I could build the business of my dreams AND be the mother my boys deserve? I must be crazy, right?!

The thing is, I’m doing it anyway. Sure, it would have been easier if things had just gone a little more smoothly now & then. Those challenges though? They forced me to grow, both personally & in business. I’m well on my way to building the life & the business that I dream of & I will celebrate that achievement unashamedly.

Undoubtedly, what stands out to me most when I look back on this first year, is the strong conviction that, despite the challenges, I wouldn’t change a thing.

You see, woven among the highs & lows of running a business, is the undeniable magic. Ordinary moments that I count as some of my most extraordinary blessings, and I have you to thank for it. 

So, with all the gratitude I can muster, thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me & believing in me. Most of all, for welcoming me so warmly & allowing me to witness & to document the magic of your every day.

It is not lost on me how fortunate I am to have joined you in your beautiful, ordinary lives. 

I’ve met your babies while they were tucked safely inside your belly, and again when they joined you earthside. I’ve seen them take naps in your arms and on your chest, soothed by the rise and fall, and your beating heart beneath. Proof that you are all your sweet child will ever need.

I’ve watched on as you’ve fed, rocked, patted – on repeat. Offering comfort to your newborn, as only their Mumma can. I’ve witnessed your joy & your pain. Our shared experiences bringing a deep understanding that this incredible time, becoming a Mumma, can also be the undoing of you.

I’ve watched your kiddos play, explore & make art. I’ve joined them on adventures, listened as they excitedly told stories and laughed at their antics. 

I’ve seen bath times, story times and bed times. If I’m honest, it was probably me who encouraged all that jumping on the bed (sorry!).

Your darlings have told me they love me and asked me to come again tomorrow. I will never not be awed by the enthusiasm children have for life and their willingness to love hard. They can teach us so much – if we let them. 

You have so graciously asked me to join you for pancakes, a cuppa, birthday cake, toasted marshmallows, a beer by the fire. (Did you know that feeding me means we’ll be friends for life?!) 

I’ve sat down with you for dinner, you’ve offered me a bed for the night on big travel days & checked in to make sure I arrived home safely. Your kindness, unexpected and deeply appreciated.  

This past year has given me more than I ever imagined it would, and I wholeheartedly mean it when I say I wouldn’t change a thing.

It has been an honour to be right amongst the chaos, the noise & the never-ending movement with you. All of these seemingly ordinary snippets of your day, this is where the magic is. Ordinary moments, extraordinary blessings. 

It has been a blessing documenting this beautiful life…and it is exactly that, even when it doesn’t feel that way. Yes, it’s loud, it’s messy and hard at times – but it is oh so beautiful too. I wouldn’t trade the privilege of being in it with you for anything. 

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