Week 1 – Self Portrait

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Here it is. The raw me. The no-makeup me. The big forehead me. The messy hair me. The mom me.

My 1 week challenge was to take a self portrait. I know most of you are thinking, “Well that’s not hard! Anyone can take a selfie right?!” You’re absolutely right, but the goal of this 52 week challenge is not only to complete the challenge, but to push myself outside of my comfort zone. It’s about growing and learning.

I wanted to take a self portrait that was really me. The way I look 95% of the time. The way I look to my husband when he wakes up next to me in the morning. The way I look to my kids when I fix them breakfast, play with them, and say their prayers with them at night.


Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up, wear make-up and fix my hair, but I’m a stay at home mom! My day consists of cooking, cleaning, chasing kids, wiping butts, editing photo sessions, and occasionally Netflix! There’s no time for hair curling and make-up in there! Lol!

 

I’m so blessed to be able to take care of my children and raise them up in the way they should go. It fills me up, makes me proud, and brings me so much joy. But let me tell you …it’s HARD! Some days I just¬†wanna run away from all the noise and when I do… I can’t wait to get back to it. Lol! We moms are kind of like that… ūüėÉ

So now all of you know… most of the time… this is just me. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. This is the way God created me and he made all of man in his own image. How amazing is that?!!

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We all have to learn to love ourselves. Learn to love the crazy days, the messy hair, the blemished skin, the dark circles.

Learn to love the raw, unedited versions of ourselves.

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52 Week Photography Challenge

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A Year of Dedication

Hey guys! I just wanted to fill you in on my latest photography goal! Starting next week I am going to begin the 52 week photography challenge. In case you’ve never heard of one of these challenges, I’ll give you the rundown. Each week I will be given an assignment to shoot. Each assignment will be in one of three categories:

PORTRAIT

LANDSCAPE

ARTISTIC IMPRESSION

I am so excited and nervous to start this challenge! My main goal is to complete EVERY week on time and be creative! I hope you guys will join with me on this journey and enjoy each week’s new photo!

WEEK 1-Self Portrait

I will be posting to¬†the blog and Facebook,¬†as well as my Instagram. Hope to see y’all there!

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My Very First Blog!

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Hey guys! I have finally joined the blogging world! It’s definitely a learning process and I’m still finding my way around here. I consider myself pretty tech savvy but creating and customizing a website/blog is a whole new world. Hopefully I get the hang of it soon!

Anyways I wanted to start off my very first blog with my photoshoot of sweet little Charlee. Her birthday is coming up soon and I got the honor of doing her one year/cake smash photos!

It was SO hot and humid that day but Charlee didn’t seem bothered by it at all!¬†She was wearing an adorable¬†little tutu that her momma made! Kelsey also made her cake for the session.¬†CRAFTY MOM GOALS¬†right there!

We started out with doing some super cute pictures of her in her pink tent!

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It’s amazing how much they change in one year and how we change with them! Our lives are forever altered when we bring our children into this world.

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I think this picture says it all perfectly right here. The Lord gives us strength, peace, and courage to face each day. Because let’s face it, raising kids is HARD WORK right?! We¬†want to do¬†the vey best we possibly can to take care of the precious gifts He’s given to¬†us!IMG_4067logoweb

Charlee was really relaxed and just chill for most of our photoshoot. I could tell she seemed like she had a really laid back personality! I tried my tickle technique and got a few small¬†grins. ¬†Mom and Dad pulled out all the tricks to get her to smile for us after that,¬†“Peek-a-boo!” and “Where’d Charlee go?” was a couple, among many! ūüôā

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Then it was time to EAT CAKE!

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She was hesitant to dig into her cake at first, but no worries, Mom and Dad helped out!

 

 

 

 

After the cake smash we headed back down to the creek to clean up and splash around. We were all soaked in sweat and it felt AMAZING!

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There you have it! I had so much fun doing this session! I hope I get to photograph Charlee and her family again soon!