I've been working on my photography skills since our first baby was born and I would take about 50 pictures of him every day, trying to capture the perfect facial expression and create the ideal composition.
For about 6 years, though, I was limited by my point-and-shoot camera and I longed to someday have a camera that would allow me to create beautiful works of art.
Last summer, my parents generously gave us a combined birthday/Christmas gift of a DSLR camera, and learning to use it over the past year has been a joy and has given me a creative outlet.
Although I still feel that I have a long way to go in my photography,
I've made a lot of progress.
I've had the opportunity to do a good number of photo sessions for family and friends, I've acquired a couple of lenses and learned how to use them, I've taken an online photography course and received my certification, and I've learned how to use Photoshop.
And yet, as gratifying as it has been to create images like these for clients:
I find the greatest satisfaction in using my developing skills to capture the essence of daily life with my own family in an artistic way.
You see, the basics of motherhood and family life have an unsurpassed beauty to me--
and so capturing my 2-year-old's smirk as he dribbles milk down his chin
and doing so with sharp focus, soft lighting, and gentle edits helps express externally what I feel inside and what is the main theme of this blog...that there is incredible beauty in life's everyday moments.
And it is in large part for that reason that, amidst the struggle to balance my life and prioritize correctly, continuing to learn about photography feels like a worthwhile pursuit to me.