The Beauty of A Second | February 2017 | Holly Springs NC

What's the big deal about a second?  Not much happens in such a short amount of time. 

There are so many little moments I do not want to forget but my mind and heart simply aren't enough to hold these treasures forever. I will surely forget that sweet toddler voice as it fades into distant memories. I will struggle to recall that precious chubby face as it grows into a man. I will be unable to open my heart in a way that allows my precious boys to see and hear the memories for themselves as they prepare to welcome their own little ones. 

For this and many other reasons as 2017 approached I decided it was a priority to start a video project. I am extremely dedicated to documenting our days with pictures that show our "real" and our everyday. Yet, I wanted more - I wanted to hear and relive those memories. I didn't want to just tell stories to my grandchildren, I wanted to preserve these moments in a way that allowed me to really share them. 

I am only in my second month of this project but it is already so near and dear to my heart and I cherish the sights and sounds I have already preserved. My typical Saturday starts at 6:30 am when my 5 year old comes bounding into our room a total ball of energy and they end around 11:00 with some quiet moments on the couch with the love of my life. That means I am surrounded by my "now" for 17 hours. That means I have 61,200 seconds of memories to try and hold onto. Now let me say not all of those memories are sweet and happy, some are maddening and loud. There is fighting, tears, timeouts and exhaustion but there is also joy, love, tenderness and giggles. I want to cherish them all. 

This project has taught me that every second can be beautiful and special. That's amazing to imagine isn't it? I mean most of us don't give a second thought to just a second - how much can happen in a second? Well this project has made me slow down - see the seconds - appreciate the mundane - and I am glad I have found a way to preserve them. It reminds me to stay present and soak it in. 

So here it is..... The Beauty of a Second | February Edition. Enjoy and thanks for watching. 

Make sure you follow along this month’s blog circle. There are a some amazing photographers and videographers participating in the one second a day project around the world. Up next, go check out Jenn Rusby at Jenny Rusby Photography!

Want to book your own family film? Email me here!

 

EVERYDAY MOMENTS | HOLLY SPRINGS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

This year I have committed to 2 personal projects with my family.  This means I will either have an awesome collection of memories from my family or I will need to be committed. I am participating in a 365 project which means I take one picture a day (or a hundred and pick one)  of my family that tells the story of a moment from that day. I will share those weekly in a blog post entitled "everyday moments." 

The second project is "the beauty of a second" - more on that later..... you will just have to wait and see :) 

Here is a glimpse of our week - Enjoy

Daddy was gone all week for work - those make for some long days! So when he got home mommy escaped to the tub for a little me time and relaxation while he caught up on wrestling time with the boys. Peace among the chaos.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

The boys received a brand new transformer super hero toy from a friend of mine and they LOVE IT! It has been a big hit. This is Jack and he sits like this all the time when he is playing. My mom tells me that my grandfather used to sit like this often as well. This is certainly a little piece of you I don't want to forget from this age.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

The boys have started Awana's again after a little break over the holidays. I am so very proud of both of them. Each week they amaze me with learning their Bible verses as they work through earning their badges. This week Liam completed 2 parts of his required New Testament books memorization. He can now say 19 books - only 8 more to go before he can say them all!!!!! (and those are some BIG words)

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

I am very fortunate that my boys were potty trained at a very young age. However this is still the way I spend a good 20 minutes each day - with this view. The youngest just wants someone to talk to during his bathroom time. 

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Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

My little busy explorer! Jack doesn't keep still for one second. He is a very curious little boy and the outside of our stairs is the perfect access to all those goodies on the counter - like daddy's keys.  He just knows we hide all the good stuff up there on purpose.

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Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

I don't even know how you both fit in the tub with all the toys that have to be in there.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

I waited a long time for such a good man to call my husband! I love the little things he remembers to do for me - this is a little chalk board we keep in our bathroom so we can leave each other surprise "love notes"

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Daddy is teaching him by example and he is learning - learning to be sweet, kind and thoughtful - especially to mommy. He has grown so much! Now he drags the stool over to the coffee counter, gets a cup, makes my coffee (he knows just how I like it) - and he brings it to me while I'm getting ready. Melts my heart every time he does it. He has seen his daddy do this for me since he was born - it is nice to be the only lady in a house of boys - I am a very lucky lady.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

For Christmas the boys got Taekwondo lessons - the adventure continues.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

This week included a trip to the dentist for me and Liam. Our dentist, Better Dental, is amazing and sings to the kids to make them feel more comfortable. I love this dentist - it is like going to the spa. They have hot coffee and fresh hot chocolate chip cookies. It is the best.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Unfortunately Liam had a cavity so we had to go back the next day to get it filled. He was a little nervous at first, the laughing gas helped. He did great and was such a brave boy!

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

We ended the week with a mini vacation to a local hotel. We just wanted to get away for as a family for a few days One of our favorite things to do is use Jon's massive amount of Hilton points to check into a hotel with an indoor pool and hot tub, free breakfast and room service. The boys think they are in Disneyland. They LOVE staying at hotels, swimming and laying in bed eating dinner while watching cartoons. Mommy doesn't mind the hot tub either. 

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Liam is growing up and getting less anxious about the water. This trip he was doing the cannonball without any fear.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

We also visited a few children's museums while we were there. The Greensboro Children's museum was amazing - it had real size emergency vehicles, a plane cockpit, race car and SOOOOO much more. We had a lot of fun.

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Saturday we spent the day at the Greensboro Science Center - they had penguins, sharks and all sorts of other animals. It was a really great place to visit.... oh and a dinosaur room that two little boys had a great time enjoying. 

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

Family Photographer | Holly Springs

And that's a wrap to an amazing week. Stay tuned for what the Smiths are up to next week. Moments matter and I want to remember them all - small and big, extraordinary and ordinary. 

 

A MIDSUMMER DREAM | HOLLY SPRINGS NC FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

As many of you know I have recently finished my first film class. I am super excited about the ways it is going to expand my storytelling for clients..... and myself. I have been practicing relentlessly and spending loads of time checking out the films of more experienced storytellers. 

One of my favorite short film artists that shoots with her DSLR (aka fancy camera) like me is Francesca Russell from New York. While she is light years ahead of me - she has been doing this for a while, I love that she practices on her own littles ...... just like me. Her website is full of fun photos and videos of her own kids. Let's be honest, they are right there begging us to practice on them :)

She did a video of her own children that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. It had a dreamy whimsical magic about it that drew me in. I knew immediately I wanted to create a similar video for my own children. 

After finishing my class it was one of the first things on my list to create as a gift to myself. So off to the store I went for a bubble machine - which was a necessity for this Moments in Motion story. Now I want to share it with you.