happy to be home

Saturday, March 13, 2010



I got back last night from 4 days at WPPI (a photography convention) in Vegas. It was full of amazing speakers, trade shows and a million things now added to my “to do” list. It is always great to go to workshops or conventions to be inspired and in the presence of so many amazing artists. I can’t wait to start applying some of the invaluable things I learned. I have clients tell me all of the time, “you must feel so lucky to have this job, I love photography, I wish I could be doing what you are”. I appreciate when people share that with me, it reminds me that I do love what I do, and have such a passion for it. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the business side of things there are so many details and crazy nuances that you would never imagine. If you had told me years ago all that was involved in running a successful photography business I would never have believed it. Then after being gone for a few days I come home to these smiling faces that I love so much and it puts everything into perspective. I shot this picture this afternoon, my girls were so happy and full of joy, the sun was shining, we played on the tramp, mimi and grandpa were here (they came to help Chris with the brood while I was away) then I received a call from a social worker at the hospital notifying me of a delivery that would require the services of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. (an amazing organization that I volunteer for, click on the link to read more about it) I went in at 3:45 am and got home an hour ago, these shoots are really difficult and the last few have rocked me to the core. Why am I posting this? I was just reminded in the most intense way how amazing life is, how I want to remember to not take it for granted, here I was so happy to be home taking a pic of my babies when I received a call telling me of another mother’s loss. I feel honored that they trust me to capture their babies and be a small part of their experience. Today it is my goal to live life to the fullest, not to worry if the house isn’t picked up and there are dirty clothes on the floor but to enjoy, laugh, smile, play and contemplate/appreciate all of my blessings.


2 responses to “happy to be home”

  1. Ronnie says:

    Beautifully written and well said. Thanks for reminding all of us how important life really is and how we should embrace our days and those around us!

  2. Good for you Jana. I was looking into getting involved in that same program. It’s always great to hear how valued your work is, paid or not!

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