I'm one of those people who always had a dream but never talked about it because I didn't think it would ever, ever happen, so, I thought, what's the point? I have a feeling there are more people out there than are willing to admit, because, as I know from experience, why admit it if it's never going to happen??
I'm here to tell you, IT CAN HAPPEN.
I know this because my unspoken dream was to become a photographer. Every time I saw a photographer either in real life, or on TV, or on a movie, or even described in a book, a deep down secret part of me sighed wistfully and wished that could somehow, someway be me. As you may know from reading my previous posts, when my daughter was born, I quit my 8-5 desk job to become a stay-at-home mom, which led to me picking up my camera and LEARNING to use it. During my year of self-study, I devoured photography blogs and scoured the internet for inspiration. My Pinterest boards filled with how-tos and tutorials. My Facebook feed was overtaken by photographers from different areas of focus, but one area in particular began to emerge as a favorite of mine: Newborns and babies. I couldn't get enough of the details, the sleepy faces, the carefully placed hands, the simplistic styling, and oh, those TOES!! I didn't just want to learn more; I NEEDED to know HOW to do that!! Sure, I've photographed 1-year-olds. They are SO FUN, but also super easy...very little posing, minimal props, easy to make look at you and smile...but newborns, I acknowledged, required me to study and step outside of my comfort zone to ask for help.
So I did. And finally, with the help of an AMAZING mentor, I recently had my first newborn photo shoot. Baby E's name means "industrious leader", which is so appropriate for my first newborn session!! She was born 4.5 weeks early to friends of mine who graciously allowed me to photograph her once she was medically cleared. She was so tiny a joy to work with! I hope hers is the first of many, many more newborn sessions to come!!