Three Reasons Why Tween Portraits Are Even More Important Than Senior Portraits
08/13/2018
Three Reasons Why Tween Portraits Are Even More Important Than Senior Portraits

 How in the world are we at the beginning of another school year?   I’ve been asking myself this question since the calendar hit August.  Another school year already. It’s overwhelming for any mom, but for me, it’s like a tidal wave. As a mom, I’m sending my three off to school with all the other moms- this time to high school, middle school, and elementary school. As a dorm mom, I’m about to welcome 18 new teen girls into our dorm, our home, and our hearts, so I’m gearing up for lots of cake baking, card playing, and yes… teen drama. And as a photographer, I’m preparing for another season of high school senior portraits.  It’s what I specialize in, and what I love to do, and yet I feel unready for the next round of seniors.  I just saw on Facebook that two of my past senior clients got married this past summer! Now, this is where I want to focus today.  Those high school senior portraits. They have become a rite of passage for our teen daughters, and they are such a beautiful way of capturing such a special moment in time.  But I want to make a bold statement today. Basically, I want to tell you those high school senior portraits- the ones I specialize in, the ones which are the foundation of my portrait business- they are NOT the most important portraits you ...

Three Ways To Be More Intentional With Your Daughter
08/06/2018
Three Reasons Why Tween Portraits Are Even More Important Than Senior Portraits

 “ I want to be more intentional.” We hear this everywhere.  Let’s get intentional. You need to be intentional.  I love how intentional she is. But what the heck does this idea mean and is it even important or is it just fluff that we throw around to sound deep and significant? I would like to break this idea down today, because I actually think that if we consider the idea of “intentionality”, especially with respect to parenting our teen girls, we could move into something quite powerful. So let’s start at the beginning.  What does this word mean? What does it mean to be intentional with something or with someone?  The word itself is defined as deliberate, on purpose, premeditated planned. So to be intentional with our daughters is to be purposeful in our relationship with them.  It is about connecting with them on purpose. This is a powerful and very important idea. But why?  Why is it important for us to become intentional with our daughters? 1. This relationship is of utmost importance.A daughter’s relationship with her mother s one of the most (if not THE MOST) important relationships of her childhood and into adulthood.  This relationship is in our hands, or at least part of it is. Leaving it to chance or happenstance seems frivolous at best, ...

Five Fantastic Mother/Daughter Dates
07/30/2018
Three Reasons Why Tween Portraits Are Even More Important Than Senior Portraits

 Do you remember how exciting it was when you first started dating your husband, spouse, or partner?   I can still remember being a young teen, dreaming about what it would be like to go on my first date.  Years later, I can still remember my “last first date”, the one I went on with my husband. It was nothing fancy, pizza out and and a movie, then hours of conversation.  Years later, I still get so excited when we plan a date night. I bet you do, too. We’ve all been told how important it is to keep dating our spouses, long after we’ve said “I do”, and long after the kids have come along.  And it’s true. But did you know that it’s also important to date your daughter?  Yes you, Mom. It’s true that daddy/daughter dates are precious and do so much for our girls, but WE have to invest in those girls, too.  So, to that end, it is a great idea to start dating your daughter. Here are just a few reasons why. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO DATE YOUR DAUGHTER1. It sends her a message that she matters to you.We take time to pursue the things that matter to us.  If we’re invested in our health, we spend time at the gym.  If our careers are important, then we invest time and energy into them.  The same thing goes for our daughters. Being intentional and purposeful ...