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Letters to My Little One | 22 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

To my little peanut,

We actually got to see you last week. We had our first (and most likely last) ultrasound to see if you were healthy and moving! And you were! The midwife gave you an A+ for being so healthy. She said everything looked perfect. You looked perfect. I am so proud of you, little one. We also found out whether you were a boy or a girl. And you’re a BOY! I am beyond happy. I got my wish of a healthy baby. Keep growing in my belly, little one. You’re getting bigger (and it’s showing) and I am finally starting to feel you move and kick. While we were getting the ultrasound, we saw you flip over! You did it so quickly I didn’t know what happened. I go back and look at your images constantly. I have them on my phone, I have them hanging on the fridge. I just love the way you look. Your cute little nose and profile are so perfect. And I love your cute little feet.

Nothing much has changed for me physically, except for my cute belly is growing at a constant rate. Your daddy loves it. He loves how big you’re getting. I am also feeling you move more + more! It makes me so happy! You woke me up one time this week because you kicked so hard. You’re getting so strong. It’s so fun to see you grow.

Can you believe that we only have 18 weeks left? 18? I can’t. I can’t believe how far we’ve come! And how strong and beautiful (I mean handsome!) you are getting! Once the 18 weeks are up, we have a life time of joy and laughter ahead of us. I can’t wait for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. You’re special, little one. You already bring so much joy to my family. You’ll see when you get here just how loved you really are.

Keep growing, little one. Keep getting stronger and bigger. Mommy and daddy can’t wait to meet you, but don’t come any sooner than 18 weeks!

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Why Taking a Break is Good for Your Photography

I believe taking the occasional break from your photography is good. We get caught up in pleasing everyone that we forget about ourselves. Same thing can be applied to photography. I took the longest break last year after I found out I was pregnant. For one, I was just too tired. But, I also just wasn’t inspired. However, that break did wonders for my photography and I am really glad I took it.

need help getting out of your photography rut? here are 4 ways to get our of your photography rut.

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it helps you realize why you are photographing

When I took my break, I was able to reflect on why I photographed things. What was my goal in photographing? For me, it was so that I could get good enough to document my future children’s lives. For me, it relaxes me and I really enjoy photography. I love the challenge of trying new light, and I love trying new compositions. Photographing different locations made me happy and so did photographing my back yard in different ways. For me, the ultimate goal was documenting. And after my break I realized I wasn’t really documenting my days. Documentary photography is something that is very hard for me, but something that I love. I know I will find it easier when I have a cute little one to document every day.

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it allows you to look at your photography differently

During my break, I would look at my photography and think, “Wow, these are great photos! But they’re not what I want my photography to portray”. I always thought I loved the bright and airy photos. The fake, bright, airy photos. You know, the ones where you envied that photographers house because she had such beautiful lighting all the time and the cutest decor? That was what I wanted. But, deep down, my photography really reflected me. It reflected the imperfection and the darkness, but it also reflected the light I have in my life. After realizing these things, I started noticing a change in my photography for the better. Look at your photography during your break. Figure out if it truly makes you happy.

it allows you to prioritize what’s really important

I am sadly admitting that before my break, I was constantly plugged in to the computer and social media world. Constantly thinking about what I could post to get likes. Who was posting. What new workshops were available. I was obsessed. Don’t get me wrong, be connected is great! I still love instagram and I still love getting on the computer to work on my photographs. But, I also love spending time with my family. With my husband. I made new rules where I would try to limit my social media and computer time to when my husband wasn’t around (and I am mostly sticking to it, but I could always improve!). I find that my photography means more to me when I make time for just photography and when I make time for just my family. It will make you a happier photographer.

 

Figure out what you can change in your photography, and take a break. I took a short break over the weekend. I still shot every day, but I wasn’t focused so much about good lighting and composition. I was totally checked out. But, I have some photos that I will cherish for a long time, even though they are definitely not what I would normally photograph.

What are some ways taking a break has helped your photography? Do you take short breaks or long breaks? I’d love to hear!

 

How I Easily Put My DSLR Images on Instagram

I use Instagram a lot. I love it. I really like enjoy meeting new photographers on there and making friends. There are a lot of good things about Instagram. Plus it just gets a little addicting sometimes. Sometimes I think new photographers get a little intimidated and aren’t sure how to put their DSLR images on IG. Instagram was started to be just for phone pictures. But it has evolved and you will now see many photographers putting their pictures from their big girl camera up on IG. It’s fairly easy to do, but it could be a bit daunting at first. Let me show you how I do it.

how i easily put my dslr images on instagram

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upload your images to flickr

It’s extremely easy to upload your images to Flickr. On the top right side there is a little cloud icon with an arrow pointing up. Click that and then click ‘choose photos and videos to upload’ and of course, choose the image you have in mind for uploading to Instagram. That’s all you need for this step.

go on your phone and open up the flickr app

Assuming that you have the Flickr app, open it up and click on the image you wish to post to Instagram. Now I click the share button, which is the one in between the word bubble and circle with an i in it. I click Save, and from there I usually choose the original size, but you can decide which size is the best for your IG feed.

head on over to instagram to post

And now, the super easy part, is to head over to Instagram to post your picture. I like to use an app called InstaSize that allows me to add a white border to my images. I personally don’t love the square crop, but it is a total preference on how you personally upload your images to IG and make your feed look. I like being consistent so I always use that app when uploading my images to IG and I also always use horizontal images to keep my feed looking the same.

That’s it! Super easy and literally takes me seconds. I usually upload my images to Flickr the night before and have plenty of images to pick from. Another way I have used in the past is uploading to my Facebook page first, and then downloading them on my phone. But I prefer my Flickr method because it is faster and easier. What are some ways you upload your images to Instagram? I’d love to hear! Are you a full time iPhone or phone shooter? I’d love to know that, too!

Letters to My Little One | 20 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

To my little peanut,

Can you believe it’s been 20 weeks already? We are half way there, little one. You are developing more + more and pushing out more + more. I can feel you kick every once in a while if I really focus. Daddy likes to push on my belly to see if you’ll respond, most of the time, I believe you do! Soon your kicks will get stronger and stronger. And perhaps you’ll even kick daddy back one of these days!

We’re so excited to see you next week on the big screen! You have no idea how excited we are. We get to see you for the first time and it’s going to be amazing. I have dreamed about this day for so long. And it’s finally almost here. Daddy is really excited, too. We keep reminding each other how many days until we get to see you. It’s going to be our little Valentine’s day gift. So, thank you, little one. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!

I am most excited to see you kick and to hopefully recognize what it feels like when you do kick! The doctor told me last visit (way back at the beginning of January, can you believe that?) that some first time mom’s don’t recognize that they felt their baby kick until later in their first pregnancy. But, I know I’ve felt you kick. It feels like a pressure that I’ve never felt before, and it’s only gotten stronger over the weeks. I know it’s you saying hello to me.

You do keep me up at night, already! It’s so hard to find a comfortable position now, but I don’t blame you. My legs also cramp during the night which doesn’t make it any easier. I have a nice pillow that I use and that usually helps. I guess you’re just getting me ready for when you come into this world. I know I am going to have many sleepless nights once you get here, but I know it will be worth it. Because, little one, you are worth it. You’re worth everything! You’re worth the nausea, the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, you’re worth it. Because you are exactly what I wanted. I waited a longer time than I thought I would, and I am so happy you’re finally in my belly growing like a champ. Keep it up!

People are starting to notice you because you are getting so big. I smile proudly. I am not used to the size of my belly (and it’s not even that big yet!) but I smile because I know you’re in there, growing. I know you’re the reason my belly is getting bigger and bigger. I smile because you’re in there. Oh! I can’t wait to see you next week! You’re going to be so cute, I just know it!

We still have quite the journey ahead of us. 20 more weeks. But we’ve made it this far, little one, and I know we can make it the rest. Know that there are so many people here that already love you. I can’t wait to see you next week! I can already tell how perfect you are going to be, so keep growing! Keep maturing! Keep being perfect, little one.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

Letters to My Little One | 18 Weeks In My Belly

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18 weeks

I can’t believe I’ve been carrying you for 18 weeks. We’ve come so far, yet have so far to go, little one! I smile so big when your daddy rubs my belly and whispers sweet things to you. Such as, “Good Morning, little one. Daddy loves you.” It melts my heart! We get to find out what you are on Valentine’s day and it can’t get here fast enough. Boy or girl, you will be loved and cherished.

As you’ll find out when you’re older, I love elephants. I picked elephants as your animal for a number of reasons. They are strong, beautiful, and majestic. They are big creatures, but still elegant. The number one reason I picked elephants is for the story below:

An elephant and a dog became pregnant at the same time. Three months down the line the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies. The pattern continued.

On the eighteenth month the dog approached the elephant questioning, “Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date, I have given birth three times to a dozen puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. Whats going on?”.

The elephant replied, “There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great.”

You are mighty and great. One day you will draw attention. Everyone already loves you. Your mom loves you. Your dad loves you. You will accomplish amazing things in your life. I am so excited for the day you get here, but, please take your time to grow and mature.

Love, Mommy