For me, photography - in particular photographing my kids - is one giant exercise in gratitude.
As a mom of two young boys, I find that it can be easy at the end of the day to beat ourselves up about what didn't go well - the tantrum we didn't have time to properly address, the reprimands that came too quickly (or not quickly enough), the sibling conflicts we struggled to mediate, the bedtime routine that took too long.
We are very hard on ourselves - harder probably than any judgmental mom at the playground we might roll our eyes over.
We are hard on ourselves because we are scared. Are we doing enough? Are we doing too much? Will our children be ok? Will they be happy?
Am I a good mom?
When I look at my photos, something inside me breathes a little easier. My face breaks into a smile. My heart quickens.
Look at my boys. They are confident, and happy, and curious, and social, and funny, and filled with love and feeling.
They are ok.
They are thriving.
Everything is going to be ok.
I am a good mom.
My photos also remind me how lucky I am, what a beautiful family and life I have that, while far from perfect, brings me so much joy and delight.
Photography can provide a positive lens through which to view and experience life - and you don't have to be a professional photographer with a fancy camera for this to be true.
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