June is here! And while I don’t think my work load will be slowing down anytime soon this does mean that I made it through May and 5 straight weekends of weddings! Woo hoo!! (It was wonderful and I can’t wait to share all the photos!) For those of you who follow my blog I’m sure you noticed the lack of posts lately. It was an unfortunate side effect of my computer breaking and needing to be replaced, followed by playing catch up on all of my work from the few weeks when I had no computer and then this last crazy month! I’m planning on getting back into blogging asap. But spending that time away from blogging and social media really made me think. I ENJOYED not being on social media. I loved not worrying if I was doing everything I needed to be doing to market myself correctly and cover all platforms (do you have any idea how many social media platforms there are anymore? It’s insane.) I didn’t miss it at all. And honestly I could give it all up today (both professionally and personally) and not be upset.
There is such pressure to keep up with everyone and be perfect… or at least give the illusion of a perfect, dream life. But the truth is that just isn’t life. Things aren’t perfect all the time. But that doesn’t make them any less wonderful or important. And I think that has been my biggest realization over the last year. My life isn’t perfect, and I might rather spend my date night on the couch with pizza than at some fabulous, Instagramable restaurant. But that is ok. And that doesn’t make my date any less wonderful or special. It’s the little, everyday, who you are moments that are important. Not just the big, fancy ones. Your life doesn’t have to look like a magazine spread. And your FB friends would probably like you more if it didn’t. 🙂 Let’s all make an effort to get off of social media. I know that makes me sound so old fashioned, but I love actually sitting down and having lunch with people, or getting together for tea and just talking. That is so much more meaningful than any number of likes or comments. So get off of social media, and use your phone to just call someone, to set up a time to see them! Talk and enjoy life. And stop worrying so much about what it looks like.
As a photographer I’m still trying to figure out how to include this philosophy in my business. I truly believe that it is the little things that are most important. I believe that the people at your wedding are more important that whatever shoes you wore, or what your flowers looked like. And while I love taking detail shots, I want to capture candids and photos of your guests, because they are what is important.
I love photographing families, and I love getting them that perfect Christmas card photo. But I also love the little moments. The way everyday life happens. I love the photos that come from photographing your family on just a normal afternoon. That is your life and how you live and I think that it is beautiful.
So while I know this hasn’t been like my usual monthly goals posts, these are my goals for the month. I want to be more intentional with my photography. To go deeper than just what is pretty, but to capture the connections that matter. And I want to get back to my blogging, but intentionally. To spend my time with people rather than cultivating an image of myself. I think it’s going to be a long process, but totally worth it.