The three months of my maternity leave has come and gone so quickly. It’s been the most absolutely wonderful whirlwind of my life. Giving birth was the most challenging and incredible thing I have ever done. Experiencing my heart have an instant and endless depth of love for this brand new person who has to do nothing to earn it has been life-changing…and has allowed to me to better understand the heart of the Father in a way I never have before! Watching my body quickly recover from carrying a (9 lb) human has been crazy and awesome – it’s amazing how we were truly designed to do this. Being able to sustain his little life with food and love and care that I produce has been…indescribably wonderful. Seeing my husband become a dad leaves me in tears of joy and thankfulness on a daily basis. This truly has been the BEST 3+ months of my life and I don’t take a single moment for granted. My heart oozes, each day, with gratitude as I give thanks constantly for my life, my marriage and my family that is better than I could have ever asked or imagined.
My days are much different than they have ever been and it feels like everything in my heart has shifted now that our son, Haven, is here. It feels like every ounce of selfishness is getting squeezed out of me now that my days are devoted to raising my boy. Life has sped up and slowed down all at once – days flying by and are counted by laundry loads, tummy time, breastfeeding, dirty diapers, etc.
Having my own family has given me a new and different perspective as a photographer. Every newborn session reminds me of my own baby and interactions with parents feel deeper and different now that I am one. It’s a gift to be able to shoot and see lives through my mama-heart. While I am so excited to be back to scheduling portrait sessions and have a few hours to myself doing something that I love throughout the week, I am even more excited to get home to my baby at the end of the day! For the last several years, I have concentrated on building my business so that now, in this season of growing my own family, I would be able to keep my family the priority and have the flexibility to work around staying home. All that to say…I can’t wait to schedule and shoot and share photos with you all – however, I will be scheduling less shoots as my main focus is my own family. Be sure to reach out sooner than later if you are interested in a spring or summer portrait session as my calendar is already getting quite full!
I have several sessions I’m in the middle of editing and will be sharing with you in the days to come but, first, let me share some personal photos of my sweet boy! Meet Haven Rhys Wise!
(All portraits captured by the amazingly talented, and dear friend, Becka Pillmore!)