Capturing the Beauty of Everyday Moments

(Inside: Better stay in the present and enjoy the now through photography.)
My sister and I have had a version of this conversation a few times:
Me: I miss when my kids were really little. I miss cuddling an infant, the cuteness of a toddler…I miss their smallness.
Sister: I think that too. (Thoughtful pause.) But, I also think that someday I will look back and miss the age my kids are at right now. I think: I’m going to miss playing catch with my 8-year-old, even in just a few years. Or watch my younger girls play dress up just down the road, even a short while. It makes me want to be more fully present in the right now.
{This is why my sister scored higher on the ACT score than me.} 
Someday I will miss watching my kids run through the sprinklers, take over the street with the neighborhood kids, ride bikes with their swords tucked into the back of their shirts, and carefully construct Legos as if they are performing heart surgery.
This summer, my biggest goal is to enjoy the now. Not wish for the past, long for the future, but enjoy the little moments that make the present so sweet.


I’ve been itching to capture the beauty of everyday living. I usually keep my camera on my fireplace mantel so I can quickly grab a shot before the moment passes. (And because a quick photo here or there goes over much better with my boys than a big photography session.)

I can’t always get the look I am wanting in Photoshop, but I am happy  with how these pictures turned out. I found a new set of actions that I love from Shutter Pulse. A couple of blog posts back I mentioned that I had downloaded their free set of 20 actions. I found myself using these free actions more and more.  Shutter Pulse then offers $10 off their packages through their emails, so it is $29 for their set of 300 actions. I’ve yet to find a package so big for so cheap and since I was loving their free actions, I got a little crazy and bought the whole package.  It was worth it. The vintage actions are my favorite. If you are looking for a great deal and a quick way to edit, this is a great route to go. (No affiliate links here with this one –  just one mama photographer sharing a great find. If you have any photography advice for me, leave it in the comments!) 


Also – here’s the equipment I use (affiliate links):



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