For Me | Long Island Family Photographer

This stay-at-home-mom thing is hard, y'all. I am really missing my commute into the city everyday. I didn't realize how much I got done on those two forty minute train rides. Even when I didn't DO anything, it was forty minutes of shutting my brain off. That was super nice. Being at home with the kiddos is awesome and really effing hard all at the same time. Of course I am psyched to have all this time with them, but I am also someone who always has projects of her own going on. I have to, otherwise I will go crazy. I always need to be learning and creating. And finding time to do that when my kids don't nap at the same time and are being maniacs because they have been cooped up in the house for months, isn't easy. 

I read some words the other day from photographer Erika Ray, who urges mothers to photograph things other than our kids. Photograph OUR life too. I thought this was important to read because its so easy to get lost in the routines of the kids day in and day out. So yesterday while I managed to get a few minutes of nap overlap, I shot a couple of photos of the light in our house. It's still freezing outside, but the light is starting to look a bit more like Spring is on the way, and that makes me happy. These photos aren't even that good, but they are a reminder to me that my life is more than just my kids.

You hear a lot about what my kids are doing, but not much about me. So I'm going to tell you. Here is what I am working on at the moment:

Learning all about creative Lightroom editing in Caroline Jensen's class Communicating with Color and Light.

Watching Kirsten Lewis's Modern Storytelling class on Creative Live.

Working on a new business card design on Moo.

Thinking about what my next time capsule will be for Xanthe Berkeley's year-long Creating Time Capsules class.

Capturing our life in Project Life albums.

Sending out resumes - I'm looking for stage manager sub work.

Working through the book Shooting with Soul.

Just finished reading Beautiful Chaos by Carey Perloff. Now starting Lena Dunham's book. Reading is something I have very little time for, but I am trying to read 10 pages a day.

Texting with friends from "Rock of Ages" about Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder (I haven't watched this week yet!)

Slowly attempting to de-clutter our house.

Making plans to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Trying to keep my head above water, not lose my shit before bedtime and keep my wine intake under control.

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Sending love to all my hardcore mama friends. I hope you get a little break this weekend.