Having children changes everything. That’s what people tell you before you have kids. And you know what? It’s absolutely true. The one thing I am most thankful for, besides all the extra love, is that having children caused me to have to slow down. To live in the moment more. To appreciate what is happening right now.
“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” -Walt Whitman
Of course, I wanted to remember all those little moments so I picked up a camera. And using a camera taught me to see those little moments in new ways. To study the intricate details. To find new perspectives. To recognize a glimpse of beauty in the mundane.
“Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment – this very moment – to stay.” -Sam Abell
These are two of the greatest life lessons, and most valuable gifts that I can imagine.