Remembering why

This is usually my “professional” page and I don’t get too personal.  But I have spent a lot of time thinking about where I am going with my photography journey lately, and I had an important breakthrough today.  I spent some time with this cute girl today in her hospital room.  She is a feisty, sweet, wonderful five-year-old girl who has been through more trials in her short life than most of us will ever know.

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I learn so much from her, and even more from her parents.  I got this snapshot today while little Maddie needed to be held and my dear friend explained to her about a procedure she would endure later in the day.  She was frightened and it was a tender moment.


As I looked at the picture later, I didn’t see the lack of light and contrast or the grain.  (Though I did wish I had my nice camera instead of just a phone so I could create something beautiful for her).  I saw my best friend being a wonderful mother.  And I was so happy I was there to document that moment.  It brought me great joy to capture it for them.  I’ve spent a lot of time in past weeks talking to Hubby about the joy it brings me to “capture” and the stress I experience when I try to pose.  I started this journey to learn how to make those little captured moments truly beautiful.  I have decided it isn’t my “thing” to do posed shots.  So, I have finally decided to change my business.  I have agonized over this decision because I have truly enjoyed the people I work with.  But I am a “lifestyle photographer” rather than a portrait one.  I am no longer taking clients for portrait sessions.  If you want to hang out at the park and have me catch you and your family “in the act,” I am more than happy to do it.  In fact, I would really love to.  But no more posed portrait sessions for me.  In scaling back my life to be the anchor in my home that I need to be, I have decided I have to keep my hobbies to things I truly love.  There just isn’t enough time for the rest.  Another lesson learned from dear little Maddie girl today.


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  • ChristyDecember 3, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Right on, Tam. I’ve always liked your candid shots best. And you are right, it is so much less stressful when you are not trying to make people look a certain way. I love that shot you got today. Actually it made me cry. But in a good way. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • adminDecember 3, 2014 - 9:03 pm

    Thanks, Chris. Love you, too!ReplyCancel