my own heart- charlotte family photography

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my own family.  To be honest, I’ve been wrapped up in holiday pictures for so many other families lately that I haven’t had time to think about my own.  Pictures, that is.

This is turning out to be the most wonderful Christmas season ever.  Willow is 3 now (as of Nov 15) and just loves anything that has to do with Christmas– lights, reindeer, Christmas music and of course Santa.  I’ve been trying to do one Christmas craft a day with her– baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, ornaments, etc.  It’s fun to start my own traditions with my family.  Everyone has their own traditions and it’s what makes Christmas so magical.

This time of year always makes me go back and reflect on things.  I guess it’s getting to be the end of the year and all that– the wrapping up of 2010 and opening of a brand new year like a giant wrapped present.  This past year was a big one.  When I look back through this blog on all the beautiful faces of the people I’ve had the chance to work with, I feel so incredibly blessed.  Every session I’ve done, I’ve taken some wisdom from. Every family has left their imprint in my heart.  When I photograph someone, I want to really reveal something about that child or person, or couple or family, and this incredible beauty emerges as I look beneath the surface.  When you find beauty, how can you help but love it?

I’ve also been remembering the Christmases I’ve had as a child.  My parents always did so much to make the season magical for me and my brother Ron.  One school morning, I think I was in middle school, my mom told me that me and Ron did not have to go to school that day.  She was going to take us to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore to go Christmas shopping and see the sights (this was exciting for us, as we lived in Annapolis, and Baltimore was the ‘big city’.).  What a cool thing for my mom to do!  While all the other kids were in school, there we were in Baltimore city, enjoying the holiday spirit and shopping.  I couldn’t remember if I properly ever thanked her, so I made sure to call her and tell her what a special thing that was.  I want to be that kind of mom for Willow.

As big a year as it was for my business in 2010, it was also a big year for my family and personal life.  Me, Chris and Willow have all grown a bit.  Well, Willow has grown a lot.  And tested us as parents.  Nothing can prepare you for parenthood, you just have to jump in and do the best you can do.  Willow is turning into an amazing little girl and I am *so* proud of her.  She is spirited, sensitive, bright, creative and so incredibly loving.  She loves to dance, do yoga, craft, and I don’t think she ever stops singing (something that she got from her grandmother.)  In fact, at this moment, she is downstairs with her dad singing Rudolf.

And.. here she is…

making cookies





merry xmas