Remembering the Beginning

Right after moving down to Kingwood, I got an email from Peanut’s school searching for a volunteer to step up to be the head volleyball coach for the middle school girls. Now, I played volleyball for a long time, and I loved it. But coaching? Never.

Before I could really think about it too much, I figured I’d go ahead and go for it since I have more time than I ever have before (and may have again). And the thought of those girls not getting to play just hurt my heart.

And you know what I’ve loved about it? While I am trying to figure out how to coach rather than play, it’s been so good to try to remember the beginning.

When you’ve done something for years and years, it’s easy to forget the struggle at the start.

It’s easy to forget how it’s hard to make your body do what you know it should do. It’s easy to forget that the movements aren’t really instinctive, they must be learned. It’s easy to forget that it takes a lot of effort to remember the rules.

And in the middle of all this, a photographer I look up to immensely (as do THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of other photographers) took a few seconds to leave a positive comment on an Instagram photo of mine.

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And that right there, paired with my hours in the gym at volleyball practice, made me appreciate just how important it is to remember the beginning. But even more important than remembering is taking the time to reach back and help those who are in the thick of the start. To encourage them and pour into them – even if it’s in as few as two words.

And then maybe, someday down the line when they’ve grown out of their beginning, just maybe they’ll take the time to reach back too.

 

If you’re not already following along on Instagram, I’d love to have you come join me! You can find me @bmariephoto – be sure to leave a comment and say hi!

Newborn Portraits – Joseph

Y’all, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to share this session today. It’s been killing me to not post these sooner, but it is so worth the wait!

I love getting to photograph sweet new babies and their families, but when that sweet new baby is the one who made me an aunt, it just about makes my heart burst! And CJ & Emily are just the sweetest parents. So clearly I’m just a tad bit biased, but I have to say these three & their in-home session are just incredible!

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Joseph was just a little dream baby for the whole session! Sleepy & sweet.

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Love this one of the three of them!

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Seriously too cute.

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This one on the left got me in the feels when I took it, again when I edited it, and for a third time as I’m writing this!

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One of the gifts Emily received at a baby shower was this beautiful necklace with Joseph’s name, and I love that she chose to wear it for pictures.

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CJ’s been an awesome uncle for a long time now, but it’s been so fun to watch him become a dad. Joseph, you’re a pretty lucky little guy to have the parents you have!!

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Of course we had to get Rocko in on the family portraits too!!

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Another one that just makes my heart happy!!! Such a beautiful mama and a happy little man.

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Love this one with photos from their past adventures on the wall, and their biggest and best adventure in their arms.

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We got a few shots with my grandfather’s ring too, and we all got a little teary-eyed. The last photo I have with my bump before Peanut was born was with that ring on my hospital gown covered tummy, and seeing it on the newest member of our family’s tummy just felt right.

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Brothers!

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There’s nothing like the tiny little details on a newborn – especially their pouty little lips!

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Joseph, thanks for making me an aunt, and thanks for being such a little dream baby during your portraits! CJ & Emily, thank you for letting me be the one to take the photos of your son’s first days, and your first days as a family. I love you all!!!

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Think Only of the Best

This quote seemed like the perfect Monday motivation I needed, so I just had to share it!

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As we head into this week, let’s all really try to “Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.” Happy Monday, y’all!! I hope you end today a better version of yourself than when you started, and just know that I’m on your side!