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working.. interrupted.

I am sitting here putting off going into my office software and finishing up my tax expenses to send off to the accountant.. for some reason the entire process of paying taxes makes me tired.. and annoyed. Hah! So I thought this would be the perfect time to share a little bit about how I get this job done.

I have had several comments over the last four years about being a working mom. Other moms asking how on earth I run two businesses and keep a beautiful little girl alive and well. Truth is that is has not always been pretty. The struggle is real, folks. I don’t sugar coat motherhood or entrepreneurship. By themselves, both are an ever-changing challenge. Unpredictable, unstable and downright difficult; but insanely rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring at the same time. They mirror each other in many ways. As soon as you get ahead in business, you get behind again. As soon as you know your child, they grow and change and you have a new normal. Exhausting but thrilling.

I have frantically texted and facebooked with my photography friends – asking them if this is what burnout feels like and how to get through it.. I have had many many times where I went on a job search. There have been times where I foolishly but fully believed I should sacrifice my calling to make life easier.. I dreamed of waking up, working 9-5 and then coming home to enjoy my family instead of juggling 24/7/365 and feeling like I was failing as a wife and mom. I have crafted resumes and cover letters that are impressive and from the heart… only to never even be called for an interview.

but hey, I see what you did there, God.

I struggle with the reality of self-employment. The insane tax bills, the slow seasons that put us all on edge, the hours of work in the middle of the night while the world sleeps.. the sacrifice of weekends, the comparison trap, the constant putting yourself out there to be judged, the guilt of sometimes having to put clients before my home life. Many of these things I have grown accustomed to over the years but many I struggle with sporadically still. Coming to grips with the fact that the grass isn’t greener on the other side.. it’s just a totally different shade has been a breakthrough. The grass over there would probably make me very fidgety! This is who I am. This is where I am supposed to be. So I press on.

As I pack up my things for a wedding at the Greenbrier (I am thrilled to be shooting there! bucket list!) this weekend with some of my absolute favorite clients ever – I am feeling so very refreshed. Thrilled that out of all the sets of eyes in the universe, this family wants to borrow mine as the perspective they will remember their wedding by. That is my calling, that is who I am. I am a photographer and all the self-doubt in the universe can’t change that.

After my March break and trip out to the photography convention, I have been calm and peaceful. I have shot for myself, my camera feeling like an extension of myself, not a heavy piece of equipment. I have has a few instanced where I have had to work with my (almost) four year old directly alongside of me and not felt stressed about it. I have had the realization that for Analeigh’s whole life, she has known me as her mom and a photographer. That my identity to her is also based in taking photographs for people.. for some reason that was a very powerful realization to see myself through her eyes as she tells people her mom is a photographer. Just wow. I have also sat with my husband and held his hand and told him I love him and appreciate him and I am sorry for being so frantic over the course of our now six year old marriage.

The settling of my soul is a beautiful thing. I can already see what it is doing to free my work and take it to another level. So exciting.

So.. Here’s to the next phase.
Here’s to finding peace in the unknown.
Here’s to the beautiful, crazy ride called life.
Here’s to accepting and enjoying it!

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by adorable couple for this weekend’s festivities! So excited to see you and make beautiful photos, Matt & Katie!!

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Analeigh “helping” me work the past two weeks. Master photobomber.

I am not even joking.. I was posting this blog and got this text.. my sweet baby throwing a penny in a wishing well and wishing “that mommy could be a photographer everyday”.. excuse me while I go cry and thank God for her and for this job.

 

xoxo,

allie

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Single Frame Saturday – March 22, 2014

A single frame from each session this week… enjoy!

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Sisters.. three years old, six months old.

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Miss Ana turns 4 next week!

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Miss Kristen at 40+ weeks pregnant with baby #3. Radiant.

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Zane is one! and I want this type of photo of me, Tim and Ana!

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My sister came to visit with her sweet two year old son.. he’s a ladykiller.

I hope your week was as magical as mine! I loved the sunshine and the hope it brings with it. I am ready to shoot in the outdoors again!!
xoxo,

allie

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Spring 2014 FLASH SALE!

Portrait sessions help me fill in the gaps between weddings and births during the months when things are a bit slower.. and with this eternal winter, things have gotten a little slower that I like ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have two days marked off for portrait sessions and want them full! March 22nd in downtown Marietta (only 3 days from today, gives you the best deal) and April 10th in downtown Parkersburg. 4-7pm each day. 25 minute sessions.. So here it goes..

Check out the link and book fast because once they are gone – they are gone and no more mini sessions will occur until closer to Christmas! Choose if the session will be for one, two or three+ people and that gives you your price..

perfect for a quick senior portrait session, save the date cards or a baby/kid session.

CLICK HERE!

http://alliebphotography.myworkshops.co/workshops/

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xoxo,

allie

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Ana’s four year portraits – a mommy daughter tradition!

Every year, I take my little girl Ana out somewhere and take her yearly portraits. We never have a plan, it’s always last minute and there is never a dull moment..

like for her 2 year photos where she insisted on wearing the ugliest boots i’ve ever seen and then proceeded to cry for her photo. (please believe I made wallets and passed them out at her birthday party to all her relatives) (sorry, Ana)

This year we celebrated her birthday a bit early because we have a cruise booked where I am second shooting a wedding and it just so happens to be during her birthday week! (again, sorry Ana… when you have a three year old you go ahead and do the same thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Today it was 62 degrees and after the eternal winter we have had – it felt like summer. So I asked if I could take her photo and she agreed… we even agreed she could put a little make up on (her favorite thing to do these days) and she got pretty upset at me when I told her mommy needed to do it this time. I will post her make up photos in a few days… move over Lady Gaga.. seriously!

We picked out two outfits and she insisted on bringing her dress up clothes – which I was totally fine with and we started driving.. I made the mistake of not even checking for what the light was like (normally I tell clients we will shoot in golden hour light) , and it was harsh, but I kinda loved it!

In case you are wondering… I did bribe her with a treat and she chose a frosty and french fries when we were done.
and also… I treat her the same way I treat my four year old clients.. with very little direction and a whole lot of encouragement.. it was SO fun and I adore the images!

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xoxo,

allie

Chrissy - March 19, 2014 - 1:32 am

As always, beautiful! She’s adorable!

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