Benjamin – 1 Year Portraits

Little Ones packages are always so bittersweet for me! I love love LOVE being able to connect with these kiddos & their families & see them so often throughout their first year! It does make me sad though whenever we finish up their final shoot!

It’s been amazing getting to know little Benjamin & his whole family over the past year! He is seriously just the cutest little thing (THAT HAIR & THOSE EYES!!!!), & I’m going to miss seeing him & his adorable brothers!

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Seriously….. too. cute.

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This shoot had to get rescheduled so many times because of all of the crazy rain, and even though it was still dark & gray we made it happen & based on Benjamin’s smiles in most of these photos, you can tell he brought the sunshine for us!

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…except at the end when the poor little guy was just spent. I love getting these images too, even if they aren’t the big, bright smiles, because that look, those little tears & that comforting blanket are so true to this stage in his life, and as a mama, these are the things that I’m going to want to remember in vivid detail when something as simple as a blanket won’t heal the hurt.

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Gosh I just love this little guy!!!!

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I have to say….. I was so happy to see those little knuckle dimples & wrist wrinkles still there!!

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This is one of my favorites! Classic boy!

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Y’all… those curls!!!!!

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This series just cracks me up – looks like little Benjamin is ready for the life of a die-hard sports team fan!

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So so so thankful to have gotten to see you (& your family!) through your first year, Benjamin!!!

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Invest

If you’re feeling empty, invest.

 

Invest in yourself. 

 

Take time to slow down & breathe for a minute.

Take the time to learn something new.

Take the time to really look at all you do on a daily basis – all of the different roles you play.

Take the time to create something simply for the sake of creating.

Take the time to take care of your body.

Take the time to sit in quiet with your God.

Take the time – MAKE  the time – to do something you truly enjoy.

 

Because this is your one, precious life. And while I know it may seem impossible to slow down, to find time for just you, you’re the only one who can make the choice to make that happen. So invest in yourself, friend. Believe that you’re truly worth every bit of the investment – because without a doubt, you are.

 

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Thrive

This past weekend I attended a conference for creative entrepreneurs in The Woodlands, Texas. Initially I was excited to have a conference nearby & in a price range I could manage. Then I got excited about the speaker line up. Then I got excited about the people.

Y’all, the information was great. (I ended up selling some LipSense too, which was a bonus.)

But mostly, it was the people. Connecting with people. While I wish I’d been able to connect with even more attendees, (or meet speaker Natalie Franke who founded the Rising Tide Society & moves my heart each time I hear her speak – although maybe that’s a good thing ’cause I probably would have made a fool of myself & cried telling her what an impact her heart & her movement have had), I did get to connect with some incredible people.

Seeing these creative business owners genuinely support one another, and seeing light bulbs go off for so many was such a gift. Getting to help re-set rooms & prep decor took me back to my orientation days too.

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I think it’s appropriate that it’s the people that meant the most at Thrive. Because really, with all of our hard work, dedication, sleep deprivation, BIG dreams & roller coaster successes & failures, it’s the people along side us, behind us & ahead of us who help us to truly Thrive.

 

So to those of you who have supported me, my dream & my business in any way, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means more than you’ll ever know.

And to those who have been hiding your dream from others, share it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many people fill in along side you to help, to pick you up when you need it, & to be the first to cheer your successes. I know I’ll be happy to be right there with you.

 

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