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  • We have a 15 month old. Ok, in two days, but in two days: FIFTEEN MONTHS (going on 15 years) 
I’m just about speechless. It’s amazing and fun and frustrating at the same time. And it’s going way too fast.
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#slowdown #sweetchildomine #erinelizabethphotographypdx #photographybusiness #thisgirl #gettingtoknowyou #sheactuallyworeabow #notforlong #15monthsold #blueeyedgirl
  • Christmas minis went swimmingly well, I’m about 50% through editing and hoping to finish tonight AND there’s a week of FULL SUN in the forecast. I’m delighted and just about as happy as a photographer during summer with perfect golden light. 
Which means that since it’s slow down season, maybe I’ll finish editing some of the second shooting I did this summer for @andreazajoncphotography ... maybe I’ll even blog a session or two if I’m feeling especially crazy. .
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#enagaged #countdowntilido #photographybusiness #erinelizabethphotographypdx #ohwowyes #huffpoweddings #couplesphotography #portlandweddingphotographer #goldenhourengagement #love #inlove #bridetobe #goldenhour #destinationwedding #pnwwedding #pnwweddingphotographer #theknot #cutecouple #soinlove #weddingphotos #endofyear #photographybusiness #secondshooter #inspiremyinstagram #sunflare
  • Someone recently asked me if having a child makes me a different photographer. I said yes. I now view things how I want to remember them, like how I stare at my daughters eyelashes for hours (I swear she uses a serum) and when I was chasing this little beauty around, I just know her mama does the same thing. .
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#erinelizabethphotographypdx #familyphotography #pdxphotographer #familyportraits #momentsthatmatter #blackandwhite #letthembelittle #babydetails #candidphotography #tinydetails #pdxfamilies #instagood #familyphotographer #clickinmoms #findyourhappy #bnw_captures #bnwportrait #inspiremyinstagram
  • My daughter is starting to thin out as her metabolism can’t keep up with her busy, proud, little walking everywhere toddler self. Her “rubber band wrists” (you know, where the chub on their wrists overlaps like they have rubber bands on them) are going away and her perfectly chunky rolls are fading. It’s the saddest part of a reality that time goes too fast. In the meantime, I relish every time she lets me hold her hand when she needs to be steady on an uneven surface, sits in my lap in the morning for her first bottle, and every once as she “pets” me I hold her. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of holding her hand. 
I know this mama bride feels me as her daughter holds her hand. @nicjones929 .
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#emotivephotography #portlandphotographer #candidphotography #motherdaughter #motherhood #portlandphotographer #destinationwedding #theknot #weddingwire #holdinghands #instablackandwhite #pnwwedding #portlandwedding #momanddaughter #shesaidyes #blackandwhitephotography #herecomesthebride
  • not sure what I love most: the daddy daughter moment, the messy curls or the light hitting the little boys sweet cheeks.
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#photographybusiness #oregonphotographer #erinelizabethphotographypdx #pnwphotographer #familyphotography #letthembelittle #capturethemoment #pixelkids #instablackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #candidphotography #emotivephotography #portlandphotographer #portlandfamilyphotographer #fatherhood #clickinmoms
  • My most recent session I did a few weeks ago was a session that made me hold my hand to my heart a bit and curl inwards a bit in that “omg. I die, it’s too much.” But also I said “Hey, I’m ok at this whole photography thing” Top that with the best compliment ever of this being the third year in a row with this sweet family and it was everything I needed. 
This business is tough. In a nod to my former life, I joke that it is much like a game of golf: unless you’re shooting a hole-in-one every single time, you could always have room for improvement. You never feel good enough. You constantly compare yourself to others. It’s rough. But there is always room to grow. I am far from done mastering this art.
But if you slide to 4, 5, and 6, you’ll see the very first session I EVER did for someone other than family. 7 years ago. I didn’t have a business, I think I wasn’t even sure if I felt “good enough” to start a business. I just had a decent camera and @oakandbadger said “hey, what do you think about taking our maternity photos?” So I did. I will never forget that day. I remember being so happy with how they turned out. I’m pretty sure I edited these with Picasa (um, it’s not quite professional software guys) and while I had taken classes to start to learn the basics of photography, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Also? Belly photos. Yah, I went there. #noshame 
All of this to say: it’s easy to compare yourself to who you aren’t. It’s hard to look back and say “Wow...I’m that person who I admired way back when.” It’s easy to never feel “good enough” but when you get asked year over year to capture milestones by clients? Ugh. There’s just nothing better. Thanks for taking a chance on your girl. 
#photographybusiness #erinelizabethphotographypdx #growthmindset #pregnancyphotoshoot #maternityphotography #portlandmaternityphotographer #gettingtoknowyou #smallbusiness #thenandnow #lifelonglearning #oregonphotographer #fstoppers #familymaternityshoot #justgoshoot #businessdevelopment #pnwphotographer #familyphotoshoot