Lehrman Family: Fort Wayne, IN Photographer

Ok, yes. I am WAY behind on posting galleries, mainly because I switched website designers. I just haven’t gotten around to posting much of any photos. Life got this winter and it has been hard to keep up. Anyway, here is a session I did early of last fall. I always enjoy photographing in the fall. The colors are so vibrant and pretty.

This is my friend Amy’s family. I met Amy through my husband’s business, Arrow Fitness. We no longer are in business, but I have built lasting friendships and connections with many people, Amy being one of them. I worked with her for a few months. She got amazing results that seem to have stuck. She is so super fit and I’m extremely proud of her. She has also done a fabulous job at our taxes the last couple of years. That is no easy task!

Amy, you have a beautiful family and I am honored to have had the chance to photograph you!

Location: Metea Park, Fort Wayne

Disconnected

Moose and Molly, Roanoke, IN

Moose and Molly, Roanoke, IN

When my husband and I were first married, we enjoyed our little date nights at the local coffee shop (which is now a Planet Fitness. sigh) We didn’t have a lot of money back then, so we would drive a few blocks down the road and stop in for some coffee and a little game of checkers. That was 15 years ago. And believe it or not, there were no smart phones then! And if there were, only the super rich people had them. In fact, I believe there wasn’t even much texting then. Even though it was only 15 years ago, it also seems like a lifetime ago. Life seemed to me so much more simpler then. We weren’t glued to our phones and didn’t obsess over how many “likes” we got on Facebook, or how many followers we had on Instagram. We just enjoyed spending one-on-one quality time with each other without feeling like we had to check our phones all of the time. We didn’t worry about comparing ourselves to other people, because we didn’t have that constant highlight reel of other people’s lives playing in front of us.

What would life look like if we just took the time to “disconnect”? I believe it would look a lot less cluttered and messy. I believe that we would go back to building true and personal friendships that doesn’t involved hitting the “friend” button. I believe that we would be a little less anxious, depressed, and shallow. Maybe it’s just me and that little voice inside of my heart telling me to disconnect, but I believe gthat God places those little flutters and uncomfortable feelings inside of us for a reason. If you are experiencing this feeling, as I do many times, maybe it’s time to take a break.

Lately, I have been feeling an overwhelming amount of comparing my life to other women. But what I don’t see is the bad stuff (for the most part it’s all good stuff). I just see the moments they want me to see. And if you are sensitive to comparison like me, it can cause a lot of sadness for what we don’t have. It has been a difficult season for my family, and it’s very easy to get caught up in the black hole of social media. When we feel like we are connecting with others, we are only physically disconnecting ourselves from the people that matter then most.

Next time you are out in public, take a look around you. Observe peoples’ interactions. They aren’t connecting like they used to. Please, I urge you to not be that person. Please value the other person you are with. Look them in the eye and enjoy one another’s company. Savor the moment you are in and know that each and every second is valuable. There is a time and place for social media (I’m embracing that right now as I blog!). It’s okay to have some screen time, but don’t let it consume you too much. Believe me, I LOVE my social media, but sometimes it does me more harm than good and that is when I know it’s time to unplug for awhile.

If you are struggling in this area; feeling like you are almost addicted to the approval of others and the desire to be “in the know” and liked, maybe it’s time to disconnect. Disconnect from the constant pressure to be better. Disconnect from trying to feel complete and whole through social media. Value yourself and know that you are a child of God and He wants you to enjoy the life that He has given you. Disconnect from the hate, the fighting, the negativity and embrace the moment. Play a game with your kids. Go have coffee with your husband or best friend and don’t check your phone once! Put your phone down and pick up a book. Read your bible and spend time with the Lord.

If you read my posts, this may seem a lot like my last entry. It must be something that I feel is important enough in my life to share so maybe you need to hear it too. It is just something that I have always struggled with, but more so now that social media and online presence has become such an important part of our lives. God never designed us to be distant from each other. He never intended for us to desire what someone else has. In fact, He says we shouldn’t covet one another. He wants us to love and embrace every season we are in as our days on earth are short.

Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 

Yingling Family: Fort Wayne, IN Photography

Throughout the years I have tried blogging, but it fell off due to time constraints. I would love to hop back into blogging again soon. I just need to find the time to squeeze it in! I am a busy wife and mom who works multiple jobs. I am still working on narrowing that down, but as an artist and a passion for health and fitness I just want to do it all! Also, I really need to learn how to write a little better and figure out how to organize text and photos. I will get the hang of it in time. I really do enjoy writing, so I would like to use this as a way to journal and still do what I enjoy doing. Meanwhile, I will just share some recent and past photo sessions with you as I rebrand and revamp my website (which seems like a never ending project!)

If you have been following me for awhile, you will know that I have been photographing this family for YEARS. 9 years to be exact. I started with the wedding, then newborn pics, then family pics, then newborn pics again with sister, and the family pics. They have followed me from the beginning and I have grown to love them tremendously! The kids always are keeping me on my toes, but I couldn’t ask for a better family to work with!

Yingling Family
Riverside Gardens
Leo, Indiana