Having a photographer for a Momma isn't easy. There's a lot of camera in yo face. Imagine having someone chasing you around with a 70-200mm telephoto lens most days of your life. Momma paparazzi.
Over time, I have learned to stand back and just let things happen. The images that happen without my meddling are the most beautiful and honest images I have ever taken. Not an easy task for a former..ish control freak. "Letting go" is just one of the many lessons I have learned from turning my passion into a business. Even if I plan for things, life will happen the way it will happen and I can't go around yelling, "Wait, that wasn't the vision I had! Redo!" I think motherhood, marriage and photography have taught me every lesson worth learning.
About a year ago, we were at a local festival. I decided to take a stroll and look at the vendors tables. I saw a really cool toy bow and arrow set, and an even cooler slingshot. I had to buy both. I spotted Ryan and Josey coming toward me and I hid the new toys behind my back. She was already carrying a bow and arrow! Ryan knew that she had to have one. Now she had two.
This is Josey. She is a bit of a tomboy. She likes snakes, worms, riding horses and getting as dirty as she can. She likes to test herself, always pushes just a little harder to jump the extra inch. She is my little tiny Warrior Heart. Small and mighty, fearless and brave and runs like the wind.
A few days after the festival we decided to go on an adventure in the woods. I said, "Okay warrior, get in warrior mode. It is time." We called it a meditation. To Josey, a warrior means to be brave when bravery is needed, to know your physical and emotional strength, to have the courage to ask for help when you need it, to be aware and considerate of all living things.
She started on the trail. Of course, I brought my camera, telephoto to keep my distance and the extra bow. I walked quietly behind her... Shhhhh......