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Writing about not writing…or something

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You know what I miss? The good old days of blogging before my life was crazy and chaotic. I’d sit down either in the evening or the beginning of the day and just write. It didn’t have to be anything important – just a few sentences here and there about what was on my mind. I didn’t know or care about page views or SEO. I had a handful of friends that read and commented and it didn’t matter because it was fun. I posted about the most mundane things that now I would only post on twitter or facebook.

These days I feel like most of what I have to say isn’t worthy of a blog post. There is no way I have the time to sit and type out my thoughts when I can barely even find the time to think them in the first place. So instead, I post a quick thought on Facebook (or Twitter if I’m really feeling the need for interaction). Most of those posts only go up because I have my iphone handy. My laptop sits dusty on the shelf at home. It was once my constant companion. Now it gets cracked open maybe once a week or so, sometimes less often than that.

Many of my old blog friends have stopped writing too. Their blogs sit stagnant. I miss their words. I miss the connections. I miss the conversations. I keep up with a few of them on facebook. I watch as their lives change, their babies grow older, and updates become fewer. I miss these friends, who were there for me when I shared the news of my first pregnancy, when I was going through difficult times, when I wanted to celebrate, when I “came out” and made my blog public. They were my community, my support, when I felt like I had no one else to turn to.

Times change. Lives change. I sit and look at my family, my three kids – when at one time I wasn’t sure I would be able to have children. The story of my life belongs in a completely different book now. My world revolves around those three amazing little people. I snap photos because I want to remember every second, every little smile, every giggle, but there is no time to write. I wish I could write it all down to read when I am older and my mind is losing the details, but life is moving too fast right now. I’m too busy living it.

This isn’t meant to be a good-bye post. I’m not closing up shop. Just something that has been on my mind the last few days.

(Since I’m not writing, I have added my Instagram feed to the blog to fill in some gaps. If it gets annoying to the few of you who are still reading, let me know.)

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I am feeling loved this morning. I finally set up my Dee Perrin Photography & Design facebook page last night and then had to beg for “Likes” from people so I could get my much nicer looking url set up ( For some stupid reason, Facebook requires you to have at least 25 Likes before you can change the url from their standard string of numbers and letters. In less than an hour I had the required 25, and was able to make the change. Thanks to all of you who helped out. I’m well beyond the 25 now, and it makes my heart happy.

As far as photography goes, I’m still feeling like a tiny little fish in a very big ocean. I’m learning so much and constantly improving my skills, but there is so much more that I feel like I’ll never know it all. It is taking a lot of time and a lot of effort. It is all worth it though when I realize just how much fun I’m having. I finally feel like I’m doing something that I’m meant to do. I know I’ll never make millions, but I feel like I’m being led in this direction for some reason.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got a chance to do a newborn photo session. Little Ryker was just over 2 weeks old and we had quite a time trying to get him into that nice, deep sleep that allows posing. Finally, after a couple of nursing sessions with Mama, he gave in and I was able to get some great shots of him.  This one in particular has gotten a lot of comments from friends and family.

Ryker - Newborn Photo Session
Then last weekend, I got to do a 1-Year session for Levi and Joseph, who were the first babies (outside of my own family) that I ever photographed. I think the first session with them was when they were around 6 weeks old and I can’t believe how fast they have grown up! We did a fun cake smash session at a local park and had a great time!

Levi - Cake Smash 1 Year Photo Session

Joseph - 1 Year Cake Smash Photo Session

I just realized neither one of them looks very happy in these photos, but I assure you they were! They were just too busy eating that cake!

After every session that I do, I come home exhausted and tremendously happy that I get to do this thing. I’m so thankful for the bonus that finally allowed me to buy the DSLR camera I had been dreaming of. I’m thankful for the friends and family that have allowed me to practice on them over and over and over again. I’m thankful that my husband is supportive of this dream I have, even though he would like to see my face aimed at him more and at the computer screen less. I’m thankful that there are so many free resources online that have allowed me to learn much faster than I could have on my own. I’m thankful that God has bestowed on me both the means and the ability that allow me to follow this dream.

Most of all, I’m thankful for the friends and family who believe in me. I still have so far to go and without the support of the people I love the most, I’ll never make it.


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