One Year Cake Smash - Mickey Mouse Theme

So, Joshua is a very special boy to me.  <3 I have been photographing him since he was born!  Before he was even thought of, I photographed his big brother since he was just three years old and his big sister was just a teeny tiny little baby!

Believe it or not, he's actually one of the reasons I started this business!  Not only was he one of the last sessions I had at the studio I previously worked at, but he was also one of the first I photographed under my new business during my first month after launching!

His mum had contacted me and had asked if I'd still take pictures for her even though I no longer was working in the field.  I never expected for clients to reach out to me.  Although, after Josh's mom did, I understood since I've been working with them for so long.

Of course I couldn't say no!  I didn't want to miss out on photographing one of my favorite clients on such a special day.  Clients, of course, quickly become friends when you get the opportunity to celebrate their children and every milestone they reach.  I love getting the chance to watch them become beautiful little people...<3.  I undeniably grow very attached.  

I kept getting messages like this again and again from clients who noticed I was no longer affiliated.  It was a tad overwhelming at the time because I had hit a low point that I was trying to get out of.  It was so uplifting to read kind words and have clients search for me to make sure everything was ok.  It really validated how special this job was and how not only did I care about them, but they care about me as well.  It didn't take me long to realize, that photography makes me happy.  I in no way do this for the money.  I do it for myself to nurse my creative side.  I love creating beautiful images of beautiful people and sharing them with others who might enjoy it too.  I follow other artists who I idolize and whom also inspire me. 

So I sat my husband down one day and I had a serious conversation about it.  It didn't take much convincing.  He believes in me more than anyone else and we decided that it was a good idea to pursue this new dream. <3In his own words, "Whatever makes you happy."

Josh will never know the huge role he had played in where I am today.  (Although, his mom might share the story about the time he took a digger after his Christmas photos which resulted in an egg on his sweet little head.) <3At least it was after his session and we even NAILED a photo with all three kids smiling so perfectly! <3

So, Josh came to visit me to celebrate his first birthday.  He wasn't as happy to see me as I was to see him though.  He was not feeling his best and took his cake smash very seriously.  But he was by far one of the cutest little grumpy boys ever. <3