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Clickin Moms is a members-only community of over 16,000 photographers who are passionate about capturing their lives, their clients, their families, and their worlds more beautifully. For many members, Clickin Moms is an online home for business networking and development, artistic growth, technical knowledge and support, and deeply held friendships.
Clickin Moms strives to empower photographers of all levels to capture life beautifully in both their personal and professional endeavors, to make flexible, quality photography education and mentoring accessible, and to maintain a supportive community for continuous learning, sharing, and growth.
How Photography Makes Me a Better Mom…
My babies are three and four. Hardly babies anymore. Some days it feels like they were born yesterday and other days I can hardly remember life before them. I clearly remember back to a couple weeks before my oldest was born as I meticulously checked everything off the “What to Pack for the Hospital” list. My eyes skipped immediately to “Camera” and I carefully packed my very basic point-and-shoot camera next to her going home outfit, my own clothing, and enough snacks to last a week.
As soon as she was born, I couldn’t stop photographing her. Our camera was always on our coffee table and I found myself reaching for it all day long. I remember one photo I took of her, fast asleep and five days new. I couldn’t stop looking at it and I rushed out almost immediately to have it printed. I “needed” to have that sweet image in print, and I couldn’t wait to show it off. As I’m sure all new parents can relate, I was in complete awe of her every detail. While it took me another year to pursue photography further, I know it was that image that started everything for me. It was far from perfect, but it was perfect to me.
Four months before my second daughter was due, I couldn’t suppress my interest in photography any longer. I purchased my first DSLR camera and never looked back. My wish today remains the same as it did the day my new camera arrived- I want to show my girls how they look through my eyes, what I notice, and just how unique and special I think they are.
I’m sure nearly all moms will agree that much of the early years with young children is repetitive. Naptime, lunch time, buckling the carseats, zipping the jackets, picking up tiny toys, cleaning up spills, folding tiny articles of clothing. Some days seem endless, but cumulatively I can’t believe how fast they pass.
My favorite thing about photography is how it encourages me to slow down and take the time to notice what makes today special and different from yesterday. I love documenting the daily changes and catching a small hint of the future…whether it’s the curls in my daughter’s baby hair (that are now long gone), a chubby hand wrapped around a crayon, or how their eyes smile too, I don’t ever want to forget it. I’m thankful for the chance to slow down, soak it all in, and create these memories for my children.
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