Southern Utah, Saint George, Utah, and Las Vegas Newborn and Baby Photography » Monkeyface Photography

I have just a few cousins on my Dad’s side of the family and we all grew up in the same Cul-de-sac. We’re all pretty close friends and so when cousin announced his wife was expecting I was beyond excited! We live rather far away now so I hoped I’d be able to plan some kind of trip to grab some photos for them. It worked out really well since their baby was born just after the Holidays!

His dad is an avid Star Wars fan and planned a little Yoda photo for him. I was more than happy to make that work.

Here are few of my favorite shots:

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Photographing families together is a favorite of mie. I was excited for the challenge that four kids with a newborn would bring. It isn’t every day that I get that opportunity. Getting to know each of their little personalities was a lot of fun for me. It’s interesting how different each child is and it was very fun seeing them interact together. They all wanted a turn with baby but some wanted a longer turn than others. It was a fun session.

After they all had their own turn being photographed at the studio they let me have a quiet moment with baby to grab a few shots of him for his first Christmas. He fit right into the stocking his mom brought with her and loved being snuggly wrapped up.

Here are a few favorites:

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Brother and Sister were very excited to hang out at the studio. They had a grand old time in the family room playing on the xbox and checking out the movie collection while we photographed their newest baby brother.

He was such a good little guy and hardly peeped even though he was wide awake for a bit.

Here are a few favorites from this session from the St. George Studio

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My motherhood is different than yours.

It’s true. I stick out like a sore thumb. It’s uncanny to be a mother to one especially one who is no longer so little.

I didn’t plan it this way. I don’t know exactly what I planned. I just know that it wasn’t this. If you ask my little (he’s still little to me!) guy he’ll tell you we’ve had talks about him having siblings for years but the plans have just never quite worked in our favor.

I know that our situation begs for answers. It does seem curious. The truth is a lot of what has us here is very painful to explain and there really isn’t one answer. That, however, is not the intent of this post.

Several years ago as I started to see that things were not going to work out as planned I got a little worried. People started to ask questions and I started to search for answers. We set deadlines for change but those dates would come and go. The frustration consumed me. Life revolved around being like everyone else. Every day conversations became continual renditions of “everyone else this” and “normal people that.” Why couldn’t we just be normal?

That question haunted me. Normal looked appealing. Normal begged no questions. Normal was what we were SUPPOSED to be.

Life continued on and eventually I had to let the question sit. It was exhausting trying to figure it out day in and day out.

Then one normal day while working the same old question arose. “How many kids do you have again?”

“Just one.” I answered.

“Just one? One is never just.” She replied and for the first time I actually paused to think about it.

That one made me a mother. That one made my heart so happy. That one was how it was meant to be for now and oh what a privilege it is to love him.

Yes my motherhood is different than yours.

But, whose isn’t?

There is no normal.

Motherhood is a journey of pain, tears, learning, adapting, joy, and love.

Every journey unique to those who walk it.

 

Share your journey. Email info@monkeyfacephotography.com or comment below  for a free photo session and an opportunity to share your thoughts. #priviledgetolove #journeyofmotherhood #itmatters

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There I sat crying in my closet upon a heap of old clothes that had no dresser. Rent was late, bills were piling up, the one car we owned was breaking. It was not a new problem but it was progressively getting worse.

I could not stop the tears.

I’d spent years of my life learning to become an artist. I’d poured my soul into photography. I’d found what I was good at and I was working really hard to master it.  I could soothe almost any baby. I could entertain any two year old and I could even pull genuine smiles out of the most stubborn of kids. I really was a pro.

So, why was I poor? Why could I not prove my value? Why was every day so difficult to just get by?

I prayed. I cried. I prayed. I cried. I prayed and I cried again.

“Alright Heavenly Father” I said. “I think it’s time to move on. No one is willing to pay me what I’m worth. No one see the value in what I do. No one understands where I am at and I can’t do it anymore. I’m not valuable.”

I paused. As soon as I said it I knew my problem. I could almost hear my Heavenly Father ask.

“So Heidi is the problem that they don’t see your value or is the problem that you don’t?”

It was a clear answer.

How can they value what you don’t? How often have I devalued myself, my work, my heart, my purpose? The question is not what am I worth. The question is what am I not worth?

I think in this career and many others as well it’s easy to get overwhelmed by what others perceive your value to be. It’s hard to put a value to yourself. For some reason it seems a lot easier to let others tell you where your value lies. The problem is this, not everyone is going to value you especially if you don’t already value yourself. The same is true with life in general.

Only you can determine what your value is and to be honest I hope it’s a very high number!

Mine is but, I know I’m worth it!

A heart felt thanks to all of my recent clients who have reminded me just how much I love this job!

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