my little Lottie and some heart-felt words from me

I should be packing, editing client photos, cleaning, making lists, or maybe just sleeping would be a good idea.  Instead I decided to look through a few photos I took of my daughter Charlotte.  Her innocence and beauty really did take my breath away as I opened up these images again and I had to share them.  There is no way to describe the love I feel for my kids and I would do anything for them.  Sometimes I am distracted by the mass or e-mails I need to answer, or the stack of orders I am trying to get in and forget to play and pretend with them and use the TV or a game as a substitute for me.  I want to work harder at just playing and being with my kids.  They are so awesome and say some of the greatest things.  I am so amazed by them and am able to be closer to God because of them.  This is my true passion.  Their fingers and toes won’t be this small forever, and someday they won’t get scared of thunder and cling to me, or ask for one more kiss and hug when they are supposed to be sleeping.

To my clients, I am doing the best I can at being both, a photographer and a mommy but being a mommy has to comes first.  If this is something that bothers you, or if you are in a big hurry, you have the wrong photographer.  Photography is my second job, even if it does seem to take over sometimes.  My kids go to an in-home sitter 2 days a week, that means I have 2 days to shoot, edit, call, e-mail, and work.  I do work at night and some Saturdays as well.  I debate adding a 3rd or 4th day, but my kids are only 2 and 3 (almost 4!) and I am not ready to do that just yet.  I want to be the mommy, not my sitter (who is amazing, btw) but this does make it hard for me to call people back right away sometimes, or deliver pictures the same week that they are ordered.  I just want you to understand that.

I am passionate about capturing memories for you, and I can’t wait to do it again.  I am even more passionate about making memories with my two little people Charlotte and Pierson… and their handsome daddy of course! My clients are my friends and a major priority but my kids are a bigger priority… they will only be this small once and I sure don’t want to miss it!

We had a wonderful week on vacation in Branson, and this week I am going to some training that is going to be really amazing in Newton Kansas.  I will miss my kids and husband a lot!!  I don’t think I have ever been away from them for more then 2 days so I am a little nervous about it.

If you need to get a hold of me for a session, don’t hesitate to e-mail me while I am gone.  I will return e-mails right away and get you scheduled.  I am going to work hard at scheduling out though so I am not too busy to keep up with current clients and orders and try to get into a routine that is a little more realistic for my sleeping habits.  I am so honored to be your photographer, and thank you so much for understanding heart on this matter.  I love what I do so much and I am so blessed that it is a job I can be my own boss at and make my own schedule that works for me and my little family.  I am really hoping to hire someone soon to do my sales and ordering and have a great person in mind that is excited and passionate about photography as well that will do an amazing job for me.  I hope this makes it easier to keep up and also offers a service to my client.

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June 6, 2010 - 9:17 AM

Miriah - Oh Amy! I love you and miss you so much!!!! These pictures remind me so much of you when we met oh so very long ago. She is so beautiful. Lets get together SOON!

June 19, 2010 - 8:56 PM

Jen - In the third picture down, I see so much of Dayna in that one. I think it might be how her hair is laying.

June 28, 2010 - 6:06 PM

Jenny - I have the same comment as “Jen”! I think it’s her eyes that make her look like Dayna in that one… though you and Dayna have pretty similar eyes, for some reason they look more like Dayna in that particular picture. What an adorable little lady you’ve got!

October 28, 2010 - 8:44 AM

Betsy Gilliland - Amy, You have your priorities in the right place, so don’t beat yourself up. Be patient with yourself. It is hard when creative juices are calling you to not answer the create-call, but sometimes you just have to turn off the TV, and the computer, and the phone, walk away, and focus on your family. I’m glad you’re just plain taking a wk end to focus on your photography! You’ll have so much fun and come home so energized! Enjoy it! I’m jealous!

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