KEATON EDWARDS STORER
APRIL 23, 2012
9 LBS 11 OZ
i can't believe it's taken me this long to mention it here on the blog, but on April 23, i had the wonderful pleasure of meeting my son, Keaton. Born two weeks early, he came in a tangle of surprise, joy, calm, emergency, tears, fears, prayers, laughter and of course, love. Doctors predicted a May 6th due date, but when the stir of contractions began on the 22nd, it wasn't long before Keats became the fourth person in our family born on the 23rd of the month. pretty cool. must be my lucky number.
so now he's here... my perfect little guy, and the final installment of the Edwards-Storer progeny. Our family is now complete and me and the Mister couldn't be happier. We feel beyond blessed, especially after the few scares I had during this pregnancy and even during the delivery itself. I just thank God that he is here safe, sound, and healthy.
So if you've noticed the even more sporadic posting, or if i owe you an email or a phone call, that's why. three. little. small. tiny people. living in my house. i'm still in joyfull bliss and shock i think... and incredibly behind on all things in my life that don't involve changing diapers and feeding.
But now that I've got three kids -- including a one a half year old and a newborn... i am officially on maternity leave! because let's face it: three kids is no joke! it'salottawork! not so easy to pull late night editing sessions when you are already exhausted from all-night babythons :) I'm not sure for how long, exactly... i'm sort of feeling my way through this... but I did clear my calendar of all weddings for 2012 and will only be accepting a very limited number of portrait and children's sessions later in the year.
i want to be PRESENT, to slow down, to focus on my family and really cherish these next few months.
but here's the other truth: as much as i love being a mom, and as much as i feel SO MUCH HAPPIER when i'm present in my own life (rather than exhausted and overextended), it's hard to let go of work that i love so much. i'd be lying if i said there haven't already been countless times since maternity leave that i have been crushed to have to turn down so many amazing jobs... but i am just following my heart and trusting that this is the right move for me/my family, and that work will be there when it's time to work again.
and my goal is that during this time, i will be able to finally get around to editing and framing some of my own family photos (i feel a bit like the cobbler with no shoes: i've hardly any family photos up in my house because i've had no time to edit through them!), as well as working on the numerous personal shoots/projects that have been spinning in my head forever.
so that's it. just a heads up that it might take me a bit longer to return emails and phone calls... that you won't see too many weddings posted here for the rest of the year, but i am excited about what the future holds and how this time of transition will transform me and my photography!
In the meantime, if you would like to book a shoot please get in touch -- I do have some amazing associate photographers and I would love to help you out.
thanks and happy weekend!