Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Hope You Dance ~ January 2013

I hit the Green Valley Book Fair just shortly before Christmas and came across a few books that I simply HAD to have; they were children's books titled Forever Young by Bob Dylan and I Hope You Dance by LeeAnn Womack. I love that such profound songs were turned into children's books. It just so happens that Adelaide started dance class this month. So, yes, I am obsessed with unique children's books and if you have small children and love music you should check them out. if you live in Harrisonburg or the surrounding area, hit the book fair because I got these books for a steal!

I have been struggling lately with the balance of family, my business, and just daily life overall. I never realized when I started this adventure how hard it really is. I never knew all the tiny little details, but oh-so-important aspects, of running a business. I didn't realize that I would be so exhausted that I wouldn't dream of picking up a camera to photograph my own kids (gasp!).

As I sat back and evaluated everything, I had another realization this month..... just BAM! and the epiphany hit me. I just CAN'T do everything. (I know, I know, shocking, right?)! But I also finally realized that it is OKAY!!!! It really is okay to not want to spend 24/7 with your children, you are not failing as a mother. It really is okay to have a career and business....and if you are so bold to put on the front that you have everything together then more power to you!!! I, however, am not....and not in the let's-be-funny sort of way, because I don't have everything together. No, I really don't. 

The Huffington Post has 2 little "blurbs" going is things not to say to a stay-at-home mom and the other is things not to say to a working mom. So what about those that are somewhere in-between? I am not going to lie-both posts kind of annoyed me, simply because as women, mothers, and people we always feel guilty no matter what we do. When we go to work then we must not want stay home with the kids. When we stay home then we are shunning the working mom. It is a debate that should not be relevant. This instills guilt and jealousy more then anything. We should be empowering each other as great moms rather then making each other feel inadequate due choices that we make about our family. I mean maybe I am the only one who has ever felt this I hesitate to talk to the other moms at pre-school because (gasp!) because I always feel like I am the "late" mom or my kids hair is insane. Or Madelynn's face is still has syrup on it because we woke up at 8:23, I threw waffles at the girls, put Adelaide's hair up in a pony tail, somehow managed to dress all 3 of us and leave the house by 8:41 only to still be 7 minutes late for preschool....oh yeah school is less then a mile away. Why don't I walk? LOL. Don't even go there right now. :)

Why does there always have to be a side to everything? Why should there be arguments about what you do with your family? Why are there little blurbs on said sites that only add fuel to the fire, that we try so hard to put out?

I glanced through the window during Adelaide's dance class and saw the BIGGEST smile on her sweet little face, so big that I kind of wanted to cry :).  I did not, but I knew, however, no matter what decisions that I make about motherhood, I am making the right one for me. I am doing the right thing for MY children (if anyone wants to argue that then they are obviously a little insane). So when you find yourself judging another person based on what you perceive on the outside, remember that you have no idea what is really going on inside. From this day forward, I will not compare my decisions to what I think are the appropriate, "acceptable", or right decisions.

I don't actually care if I am judged because my kids don't eat vegetables. They won't eat them! I have tried and they refuse. I don't care that I may or may not have had the chance to brush my hair or put on that I "look" like I have it all together. I don't care if my house is messy sometimes....okay, A LOT of times! 

I DO want to start taking better care of myself both physically and mentally. I DO want to get my house organized so that it doesn't take me 45 minutes to find my car keys. I DO need a break from my children. That does not make me a bad mother. We are not all made to be the same type of women, we all like our coffee a little differently. Some like tea. And here at the Scott household we are gonna dance. Everyday for at least 30 minutes, we will turn the TV off put in some good ol' CDs....and we dance. That's it. And the world will become a better place.

Hug your babies, love your choices, be proud of the mothers and women that you have become, because YOU are awesome. And when you get the choice to sit out or dance.....I hope you dance.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Alexandra ~ January 2013 ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Newborn Photographer

Sweet baby Alex arrived shortly after Christmas and she was my first newborn of 2013. I couldn't have asked for a better family to photograph to get my year started off on the right foot. I been photographing this beautiful family since Momma was pregnant with her first little one. She was actually my first maternity session (EVER!). Well, Alex's sister Ellaina arrived in September 2011 and I photographed her entire first year. Now Miss Alli (Alex) has arrived and she is nothing short of amazing. Her beautiful head of brown hair and soft pink skin is just as precious as can be. I love this family so much, they are so dear to my heart. I am so thankful that Nicolle has had me be apart of their lives not only as a friend but as their photographer.  She is one of the people who believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself.  I love them all so dearly and I can't wait to watch Miss Alex grow into the beautiful little person she is going to be. Thank you Drugos! I heart you! 
A little about the attire...... hehehe.....
Grey Bloomers are from My2LilPixies 
Headband (light pink flowers) is from the wonderful Breely's Garden
Purple Cheesecloth is a JSP original (yes I dyed fabric and I do feel awesome about it:)
Crown is also a JSP original (I will post a tutorial in the next couple of weeks, after I perfect it)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ava ~ Lake Shenandoah, VA ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Children's Photographer ~ January 2013

I met Miss Ava in 2011 on the day after Christmas. She was the most precious little thing. I was so excited that I would be photographing her first year. She has been one of my favorites, she is probably the only little baby that shows up to every photo shoot sleeping in her car seat. Wakes up to be thrown into some craziness, normally involving me with my big camera all up in her sweet face and singing songs all while jumping around like a crazy women. However, I have rarely seen a tear fall out of her pretty blue eyes and she is probably one of the few people in this world that actually thinks I am funny. I haven't decided whether she is laughing with me or at me......I will say with me. :)

So not only has Ava grown in the past year, I believe I have grown a little with her :) As she grew taller and began to walk, I was pushing myself to learn as much as I could about who I wanted to be as a photographer.  I told myself that by the time that Ava turned one, I would be closer to that goal. She doesn't even know how much her little beautiful face has helped me grow. You can see some of Ava's photos from this summer (here). I thank her Mommy so much for trusting me and my wacky creative brain. Hehe. Anyhow, I adore this little one and I hope you enjoy these photos :)

For anyone interested.....the "daybed" was a yard sale find for a couple bucks....It was a full crib at first but I hacksawed the front off. I did a couple of quick coats of ivory spray paint...and waaaalaaa. 

A little BW :)
Such a little cutie!
Birthday princess
She is so cute!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Davis Family ~ Harrisonburg Virginia Family Photographer ~ January 2013

When I first scheduled with the Davis family there was little hope that we would hit a day with decent weather in the middle of January. However, the odds were ever in our favor (hehe) when it hit almost 70 degrees here in the middle of January. This was an awesome ending to a full day and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to be around. Family is such an important aspect of my life, my mom and dad are very involved in our lives and most importantly my children's lives. I think that through my parent's eyes I have learned to appreciate how much grandparents truly adore their grandchildren, and the Davis family was no exception. Its that little glimmer in the eye when grandchildren are around that just make everything else in the world trivial.

This weekend also reminded me of how important it is to document our lives. The Davis family had not been all together in almost 2 years due to deployment in our military. It was awesome to see  how time a part truly doesn't matter when you have such a close foundation and a family that truly cares for each other. Anyhow, such a refreshing start to a New Year, I truly loved photographing this family and all of the laughter and joy that they radiate.

If you are in the Harrisonburg area and have children you should check out the Harrisonburg Macaroni Kid, that is run by the fabulous Miss Sara :)

Thank you all for a fantastic evening!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Rock The Shot ~ January Photo Challenge ~ January 4, 2013

What better way to start off 2013 then with a photo for a challenge :) The RTS photo challenge is for favorite shot of 2012. Although it is SUPER hard to pick my favorite, I think that it would have to be this one that I recently took of my dad reading Twas The Night Before Christmas to my 2 daughters and my sister, on Christmas Eve. It is not technically perfect but is my choice of my favorite shot of 2012 :) Happy New Year!!!