Life Happens Photography: Blog https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog en-us (C) Life Happens Photography tracy@lifehappensphotography.org (Life Happens Photography) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 19:51:00 GMT Thu, 31 Dec 2020 19:51:00 GMT https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/img/s/v-12/u166237649-o63639569-50.jpg Life Happens Photography: Blog https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog 80 120 Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear..... https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog/2020/12/objects-in-the-mirror-are-closer-than-they-appear IMG_4441Rearview Mirror (2)IMG_4441Rearview Mirror (2) Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear… I know 2020 has not looked at all like many of us expected or hoped. We have seen everything from a few bumps and bruises, to joyous celebrations of love, to life altering, heartbreaking tragedies and everything in between. There’s nothing like 12 hours of open road (sometimes filled with music and the windows rolled down) to induce lots of reflection and prayer. 
It’s OK to look in the rearview mirror and take stock, to reflect, and make note of the things you want to change or things you want to be different…
The key is to keep moving forward.  I pray for your hearts, your trials, your joys, and your triumphs. And I’m praying 2021 is kinder to us all. 

I know there are moments that are far behind that still seem so very close and moments that are so close but yet feel so far away.  I pray we just keep moving forward, keep trying to be the best versions of ourselves.  
This year feels like I have not been the best version of myself that I can or would like to be.  It's been full of challenges and heartaches, professionally and personally.  It has been full of disappointments, cancellations, confusion, depression, and simple frustration.  Businesses have suffered, including my own.  Fortunately, I was able to supplement my income when others were not so lucky.  Personally, 2020 has been the year I lost my mom.  It could have happened at any time but it happened during an already trying year.  As I get further and further from the actual day, it seems surreal to think that it happened 6 months ago, when, in some moments, the pain is so crushing I feel as though I can't breathe and it feels as though I'm reliving "the day".  I know others have lost loved ones, battled (and are battling) cancer, struggling financially, and faced a myriad of other difficulties.  

But this year, with its lowest of lows, has been met with some of the highest of highs.  I married the one my soul loves.  It was a lovely day.  Simple.  Beautiful.  A day on the beach surrounded by the most important people.  There were a few understandably absent, and they were missed oh so terribly.  But the weather was gorgeous.  He was handsome.  I felt beautiful, just like a princess.  This year saw other marriages, some lovely ones I was honored to have captured, including my the birth of many precious babies, my niece's second little girl, the grandbabies of friends.  There is a lot of ugliness in the world, so much pain, and hatred, and illness, disappointment.  But oh my heart, life is still beautiful.  Life still happens.  We get to live and breathe and love and choose how we respond to our situations and circumstances.  Some days, we are just surviving and that's ok.  But let's try to really live in 2021.  Let's take it all in.  Every breath.  Every moment.  

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Milestone Mini Sessions https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog/2020/3/milestone-mini-sessions Hello everyone!  

As we all try to navigate these uncertain times.  I wanted to give a shout out to all of the young people who are missing out on big milestone events and celebrations.  I have heard about many cancelled events from proms, to graduations, and even sports photos.  

I wanted to come up with a way to help!

If your child, friend, family member, or even you have missed one of these milestones, I want to make sure you have portraits to look back on!  I know this doesn't make up for missing these things and actually living in that moment but I hope it will help.  

So when it is safe to do so, I will be offering FREE Milestone mini sessions with special pricing for packages and keepsakes.  I am here for you!  I know so many of you give so much to others and to your communities and I want to step up and give back.  I will be finalizing details, to include donating a portion of any sales back into the community, as we navigate current events but I hope you will join me!  Please subscribe to this blog or contact me directly so I can keep you posted as details come together! 

We are stronger together!  Be safe.  Stay healthy.  Slow down.  Reconnect.  Enjoy this time with your loved ones.  Love one another. 

Warmly, 

Tracy

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Life Happens https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog/2020/3/life-happens
Well.  Life truly does happen, doesn't it?!
 
I've been a little quiet on the Covid-19 issue as I've been trying to navigate things personally and professionally.  But I, like many of you, have concerns and worries.  As this is a nation wide issue, and should be taken seriously, I am currently not seeing clients for the immediate future in an attempt to do my part.  (I am still scheduling for later in the year and into next as appropriate). Safety first for my loved ones and yours.  I will be scheduling and posting openings for more current events once things return to whatever normal looks like.  Please bear with me as we are all in unchartered territory. 
 
I'm following the basics.... social distancing, washing my hands, and bought some food and snacks.  The "employees" are still getting fed.... puppy treats for the pups.  :) I'm avoiding crowds and going anywhere except outside for a walk or a run.
I'm trying to take time to breath and catch up from all the hustle and bustle that is the normal and focus on things that make me happy and bring joy to my soul. Music . Coffee on the deck in the morning.  Max the German Shepherd and Ella the Great Dane.  Spring flowers. Warm weather and sunshine. The list is endless. I've added to my New Year's Eve jar just this week. (Other people call it other things.. the gratitude jar, happy jar, thankful jar. I call mine the New Year's Eve jar because I save them all and read them on New Year's Eve to remember the happy moments and blessings from the year.)
 
This is a tough time for everyone. No one knows what to expect. Normally very active and social people are feeling trapped at home. Parents are trying to help their kiddos with school work. (Flashbacks to high school algebra still give me panic attacks.) People are worried about their older parents. (My mom and aunt, as well as other family members, have cancer... I'm a little more worried about her than normal.) Parents are worried about their littles... especially those who are medically fragile. Small business owners are worried about how to support themselves, their families, and their employees.
 
Please be kind to one another.  Stay away from people; those you like and even those you don't. Call your grandparents but don't go and visit. People have loved ones who could be affected even if you and I aren't.  Don't hoard.  There are grandmas and grandpas and parents with sick littles that need stuff too.  I don't know if we are over reacting or not but I'd rather be safe than sorry... Send notes to people who make a difference to you, people who lift you up and encourage you. Check in on the lonely. Support one another including small businesses when you can. Most of all, pray for one another.
 
Let's help each other through this.  We are stronger together.  Life is still beautiful. 
 
Here are a few resources as you navigate things for you and your family:
 
Corona Virus Outbreak Resources:
 
CDC - Center for Disease Control - 1-800-232-4636
DPH - Georgia Department of Public Health - 1-866-782-4584
WHO - World Health Organization - 1-202-974-3000
 
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tracy@lifehappensphotography.org (Life Happens Photography) Covid-19 life happens portrait photography wedding photography https://www.lifehappensphotography.org/blog/2020/3/life-happens Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:00:06 GMT