Something I've learned over the past few years is the importance of being present. Living in the moment, especially when little eyes are watching you. Being a photographer makes it hard to be present in special occasions.... I am tempted to usually pick up my camera, instead of really focusing on the memories that are being made.
I've found that I'm not alone in this struggle. Parents want to document milestones, but actually want to be part of those moments as well. Hiring a photographer at special events is a great way to be able to enjoy your day, and have your memories captured as well.
I had the chance to do a lifestyle session with little Miss Ava last week. It gave her parents the chance to soak in all of the love that surrounded their precious girl as they celebrated her 1st birthday. I was honored to be part of their day.