Are you a Mom and a Photographer? Well this post could be just the thing to help you laugh, maybe inspire you, even make you cry tears of joy… Because you are NOT alone here.
Right now I am trying to edit images and blog while I’m sitting on my front porch as my children dig in the dirt. While my Daughter giggles as my son takes his dirty hand and wipes them all over his face. Picture a 3-year-old boy looking like Braveheart but with dirt. Yeah that’s my son right now, lol. Try picturing myself with a *NEW* computer on her lap and putting her hands up while her son comes running for kisses. Try imagining editing the last of your work and posting it to your blog while fearing the thought of life getting away from you. Hating yourself because you know you have to work, yet have to be a mom, yet feeling as if you are NOT juggling things perfectly. YEAH THAT’S ME!
We beat up on ourselves so much. Hating the fact we want it all yet hating the same fact the world says you CANNOT have it all. Annoyed that even though you have the passion and drive to make those dreams come true… You know they come at a cost of the unknown. Not knowing if by sitting here while my children giggle and play in the dirt is a good idea. Not knowing if your children are hating the fact you are having to take a moment out of the day to capture things, moments, write blogs, edit images, answering clients back so that you can make your dreams come true.
No matter what all things in life come at a cost. We just have to learn how to juggle it all. What at that moment is more important to us.
And although I might have been working and sitting outside watching my children play and get dirty from head to toe. At least I can say that I was there. I may have had to stop a million times over to tell them to stop doing something, fix a broken car, grab a juice box and snack, even pulling them in for ‘little dirty’ hugs and kisses. But at least I was there! At least I was able to see those smiles looking back at me, and stopping beside me to ask how I was doing, while listening to music with me… So I could edit away.
They might have been crazy moments. They might have been moments I have to stop and start over and over. But I was blessed to be apart of them. And that’s where my ‘Mommy Photographer Confession’ is okay with me. As photographers no matter what other things we have going on… We must be able to juggle it all. And those days we can’t… We must be able to stop, smile, take a break, and realize we are all human beings and life gets CRAZY. But it is a CRAZY BEAUTIFUL LIFE I wouldn’t trade for the world. And all though I know there are days and moments photography work will just have to wait because my ‘Mommy-life’ is a MUST. We at least I know I can come back to my computer and work.
I know my clients understand that being a Mommy is a 24/7 job no matter what else is going on. And sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Because we Moms are AWESOME! We can be and become the dreams we dream of.
So if you are a Mom photographer (or any kind of mom building her dreams) don’t beat yourself up. ENJOY THE RIDE! Because it’s a BEAUTIFUL one you don’t want to miss.