It’s kind of embarrassing for me to admit that I have not been on the other side of the camera for years. Our family loves and truly values photography, but I tend to almost always be the one behind the camera. On occasion I will set up the tripod or finagle the camera in order to get in the photo myself, but rarely. I love capturing real, authentic pj photos, and something about a tripod, just kind of loses the moment. I recently had a great friend, Tanya Parada, fly in from out of state to second shoot a wedding, and to photograph our family. Over a few days she kept her camera close by and pulled it out at unexpected times to capture mundane moments in a spectacular way that truly celebrates each individual of our family. To all my photographer friends, when was the last time you were on the other side of the camera? Do you remember what it feels like? Let me tell you, this experience has changed my perspective in a beautiful way. It’s reminded me what it’s like and has helped me to slow down, and to love and appreciate what my clients appreciate. That’s what I love about photography. It’s a way to capture, honor, and celebrate an individual for who they are at that very moment. What a powerful tool.