these moments

This post has been a long time coming. Over the last year or so there has been a shift in my life. Whether it came from the chaos and excitement of moving to a new home, the amazing joy of a new baby, the industry I love so much being slowly eroded away, or the desire to just. slow. down. I’m not sure. Perhaps all of the above. However it came about, my focus has changed. I want to live in the moment, to enjoy the memories that are slipping by so quickly. My goodness, I am about to be the mother of a 12 YEAR OLD. Where did time go? I see my children changing overnight and I want to cherish their childhoods, not rush through it trying stay on top of “everything”.  I am blessed to have the option to work less and spend more time with them and I am taking it. I will have the time to build the career of my dreams later. I want to build well balanced and happy little people right now.

I will still be working, but it will be considerably less. So…I will be booking very limited sessions and screening all clients to ensure I am the perfect photographer to capture their own precious memories. And loving every precious minute being a mom to my little ones. I hope all of you out there remember to take the time to live in the moment.

 

 

 

Beautiful print by TheWheatfield on Etsy.

5 Responses to “ these moments ”

  1. Betsy Says:

    Yay! I’m doing the exact same thing right now! Right on girl!

    Love your work and love that you are cool with taking a break.

  2. Mel Carpenter Says:

    Good for you, Leah! I’m sure you won’t have any regrets! Hugs to you…

  3. Cindi Landers Says:

    Leah,
    I can’t even remember now how I stumbled upon your blog, but I have to say I instantly fell in love. Your talent is unbelievable, and your heart as a mom just swept me away completely. I loved them both so much that I went all the way back to the beginning of your blog and read every single post, looking at every single photo in awe. I love that you put your family first, and even though I had to return to work after my second son came along this past January, I feel the same about mine. I was able to stay at home with my first, but my husband recently retired from the USAF, so with my second, we swapped roles. Anyway, I know this is a random comment because we’ve never met, but I just wanted to say what was on my mind. And also let you know that I’ll be a customer just as quick and I can purchase a set of your photoshop actions. They are lovely!! I hope you relish every second of your time with your gorgeous family. And I hope you’ll keep posting on this blog. I check it every day to see if you’ve posted something new! Have a great weekend! ~Cindi

  4. Alyssa Says:

    I am doing the same thing in my life right now – or have been moving that direction the last few years and have found it wonderful. Kids don’t stay kids very long do they? blessings as you move in this direction. Beautiful work and talent.

  5. Jen Says:

    beautifully written… your words hit home for me, after a month of too many sessions it is time to reflect on what we do and why we do it, I have started thinking about the future and will I want to be known as a great photographer or a great mother who was there for her kids because I can be there! If anything this industry has given us is that you can start back whenever and most of all we do control our outcomes on how much work we want to do – and I need to remember that. I have two girls and my last is 16 months – I want to cherish every moment with her and witness those moments! All my best to you and your family!

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