It’s been a long time, baby.

It’s been a long time, baby.  (Or, babies, plural.)   I’ve had two babies since the last time I’ve visited my blog!

My hands are full with little ones. Who would ever want to trade that?!

Things are going to be different this time.  Does that mean I’m going to be here every night with fantastic stories?  I doubt it!  So what does it mean?  That I’m a new person now.  I’m a mom.  I used to identify myself as “A Professional Photographer.”  These days, I’m usually your typical stay at home… spit up on my t-shirt, hair in a messy ponytail, tripping over the kids’ toys that are all round the living room.  Yes, it’s a lot different that my suit and heals that I used to frequently wear to photograph weddings.  (Kinda reminds me of the old intro of Grey’s Anatomy, where they trade in the lipstick for scalpels..remember that?)   What you may not know about this new life is that having babies was hard on me.  I don’t regret it, don’t get me wrong!  But, physically, I get very sick during pregnancy.  I’ve concluded that having a baby takes me out of commission  for about a year.  So there’s the reason for my absence!  I had a beautiful daughter, who will be 3 in March.  Just as I was starting to get back into business, I found out we were expecting our son!  They are the most amazing things…  My brain has gone from filled with “useless wedding information” to filled with “hopefully-this-will-help-someone-  birth and baby and natural living information.”  (Did that make sense?)  Basically, I’m a birth junkie.  I’m totally “crunchy.”  Anyway, I’m getting off track!  Lately, I’ve been struggling to find that balance… am I still “a Professional Photographer” or am I “mommy”?  Well, I’m both.  I’m ready, and I can do it.  I’m learning.  But, so are you.  Every. Single. Day.  Yesterday, I photographed a First Birthday Session, followed by my son’s 5 month portraits, and then I got to photograph a woman in her young thirties, just because.  And, when she looked at the images, I got to hear her say, “aw, I look pretty!”  And that felt good!   Today?  Today, I traded in my Canon for my iPhone.  I took a bath with my babies.  While I didn’t get to sit and relax, with freshly shaved legs, the way “the old Ashley, who started this blog” would have- I got to listen to my daughter giggle as her baby brother kicked and kicked and splashed water at her.  I’ll take that trade any day!

See those chunky rolls?  Yeah, I love

See those chunky rolls?   Yeah, I love ’em.

So now a baby is crying, ready to nurse.  A little girl, learning to potty train, has been diaper-less for 3 days now.  I’m going to keep it that way.  Time to go be a mommy again.

P.S.  What in the world am I trying to say?  What does this mean for my blog?  Well, you’re going to see a lot of  iPhone photos to go along with those Canon L-Series Lens Photos.  Don’t worry; you’ll get over it.

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