Southern Maryland Photographer- A little announcement

I’ve been holding onto this for weeks now and I cannot hold it in any longer.  We wanted to make a little announcement-

 

maryland photographer pregnancy announcement

 

We are so very excited to be welcoming a new little Mcnugget into our family next year and we can’t wait to share more throughout this pregnancy with you!  So far, it’s been the complete opposite from my pregnancy with Luke.  I have morning sickness, many more little aches and pains, hip and tailbone pain, heavy fatigue (especially around 3-4pm-right when Luke wakes up, haha) etc.  We had a sonogram done a week ago and all looked great and little one had a strong heartbeat.

I am only a little over 8 weeks, which generally is pretty early to announce, however, I really couldn’t hold it in anymore! For those of you who don’t know, we did have a miscarriage before our son Luke and it was heartbreaking to have to announce, but it was important for me to have the support of others through a terrible time.  Of course, this is absolutely not the stance everyone else takes, but I am aware that this is an early announcement and there is always the unfortunate chance of bad news.  We are choosing to go with it, stay positive and be happy instead of worried, as hard as it may be to push aside.  We hope you take this ride with us!

This will not affect my shooting schedule that is already planned either, I will still be shooting until about 36 weeks or as far as I can.  With my son, I photographed until 37 weeks and only took 3.5 weeks off after, but with this one I plan to shoot as long as I can and take 4 weeks off after at least!  Until then, things go on as scheduled!

So, if you see me somewhere and I am sleepwalking- this is why ;) Just come over and give me a little nudge!

Annapolis Maryland Photographer- Motherhood Monday-balance

How did it get to be Monday again?  I feel like my weekend was mostly spent working, so when that’s the case, it feels like my weekend really only last a few hours. These types of weekends can be hard which is why I have been REALLY trying to limit taking additional sessions on those weekends when a wedding is scheduled.  It’s not always possible since I really try to accommodate my clients’ needs the best I can, but when it is possible, I usually take Sundays off from shooting!  Having a good family and work balance can be very difficult, but this is one of the ways that helps me as well as my husband and son to have play time with them and down time as well.

 

Here are some other things I try to do on a daily basis to keep a good work life and family balance. Now, these don’t ALWAYS happen, but I am making a bigger effort to make sure I stick to these the best I can.

-at about 430pm my work day pretty much ends. I start making dinner and get the little man ready for bed and spend time with my husband once he gets home from work

-I typically won’t answer emails until my son goes to bed, and in that case, it’s usually only for a couple minutes if I see something important. Otherwise, they wait until the morning.

-I dont answer phone calls from unknown numbers (that arent family) after 430 either. Its hard talking to a potential client when your toddler thinks they want should talk to them too.  I will wait until he goes to bed and call them back quickly or call them on his nap time the following day

-*this is the hardest one*- i don’t schedule sessions on sundays following shooting a wedding on a Saturday.  If a wedding is on a Saturday, I really try hard to have a complete family day the following day. Sometimes, this isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it’s a big goal of mine here on out.

-When we go out of town or on vacation, I keep my phone in a backpack or somewhere I cant really hear it. I will look at any messages at night but I will always send a quick message saying its been received and I will get back to them as soon as I can.  This is the only time I dont answer within 12 hours.

-I don’t talk about work much when we are out with friends and I TRY not to talk about it on date nights. Thank heavens I have a super supportive husband who is helpful in suggesting things I can do when I do start to talk about it. He always listens and never voices discontentment either!

- I try to remember that this is my business and my schedule. You have to stick to yours if you want to find a balance and live life the way you want. Of course, I am flexible at times, but it’s changed a lot from the 24/7 that it used to be!

and to leave you with a little something……balance

 

Southern Maryland family photographer {Joe, Kalena, Lucas,+1-sneaks}

Family photographer-

I had the opportunity to photograph this lovely and adorable family two days before we went on vacation and we had a blast, plus- the weather was amazing, too!  I got to meet Joe and Kalena and Kalena’s adorable baby bump holding their second son- their first son, Lucas is just gorgeous and so so charming. He’s going to be a little lady killer- watch out!  I just wanted to share a few sneaks, but their whole session will be up next week! I am so smitten with these and I cannot wait to show more!!

lifestyle maternity session-family photographer

maternity session with family of three +1-family photographer

maternity session on front porch-family photographer

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