Being Present in Your Photos
ONE OF THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES FOR ALL OF US as moms is working to strike a balance between all of our different roles - our role as mom, as wife, as daughter, as sister, as aunt, as housekeeper, as cook, as organizer, as schedule keeper- you name it, being an adult comes with a thousand responsibilities that are only multiplied when you add “mom” to the top of your resume. And then, of course, there’s the constant battle between taking care of the people in your life and retaining the person you used to be before your to-do list stretched on for miles ahead of you every day.
SO HOW DO WE FIND THE BALANCE? How do we work to make sure that we live a present life for our kids, document their lives (and ours) through photography, keep up with all of our responsibilities, and still not lose ourselves in the mix? What’s the best way to navigate the world of parenting, social media, photography, all of it, without losing sight of the things that are most important?
THE TRUTH IS, THERE IS NO ONE RIGHT WAY to remain present for our children or ourselves. We each need different amounts of time away to unwind, time plugged in to nothing but our kids, time to multi task. Our kids are all different, and the routine or methods that work for mine may not work for yours, and vice versa. But there are a few things that I’ve found to be important parts of how we function as a family - and how I function as a momma- to let my kids know that through it all, I’m always there for them.
Liz DeGroff, of Four Dots Photography, is a wife and stay at home mom of 2 boys living in eastern Pennsylvania. Before she left the workforce to stay home and raise her kids, Liz was an early childhood educator. Like so many others, she was drawn to photography after the birth of her children when she realized how important it was to her to capture her constantly growing and changing family in a beautiful and memorable way. It only took 6 months of actively shooting for Liz to realize that her true passion was documentary photography, and she has spent the last year and a half dedicating herself to learning and refining the craft of documenting life as it really is. Liz is currently working on transitioning from hobbyist to professional as she starts to build her business, and she is also a contributor to the stock company Cavan Images.