Newborn Photography Jacksonville
8.08 Photography provides portrait photography in NE Fl including Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine.
Specializing in newborn and the 1st year.
So many babies, so little time to blog. There’s been a baby boom the last few months and I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a bunch of squishy, cuddly, adorable brand new babies.
It’s officially been 1 year since I made the decision to leave my career as an occupational therapist and become a full time photographer. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that this could have been a possibility. Thanks to my amazing support network, incredible clients, and my faith I’m able to live out my dream. I look forward to working. I get excited when I’m getting the studio ready for a newborn. I have a smile on my face when I’m sitting at my desk editing photos.
This doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy being an occupational therapist. I don’t want the families of my past patients to ever think I didn’t love working with their babies and children. I did. I learned so much from all of them and I’ll probably go back to doing more of it again one day. That being said, at this point in my life, this is where I need to be. As a mom, I needed more flexibility to be with my kids because they’re growing up so fast! Also, my family needs my emotional energy. As a therapist I’d often come home emotionally drained at the end of the day. Working with families who have children with special needs can be inspiring and beautiful, but it can also be heartbreaking and overwhelming. It can be frustrating when something keeps the child from making progress. Sometimes that lack of progress would come from my lack of expertise in a certain area. Sometimes it came from parents not being able to follow through with recommendations. Many times it came from trying to work in a system that just wasn’t truly set up to help a child succeed. Other times it happened when a child had simply plateaued and wasn’t ready to move onto the next step or phase.
Whatever the reason, I got to a point where my heart just needed a break. I needed to be able to step back and see children as the perfect little bundles of imperfection that they are. Photography lets me do that. Through my lens I’m able to see so much beauty. I see laughter. I see sleepy newborn grins. I see cuddling and tickling. I see dancing on the beach and splashing in the ocean. I see tired toddlers with messy hair sucking their thumbs. I see siblings who’d rather jump on the bed than sit and smile for the camera. I see exhausted and overwhelmed brand new parents looking at each other with such profound love. I see perfect imperfection.
Who knows what my end goal is. Maybe my career as a therapist prepared me to be able to have this career as a photographer. Maybe this time I’m spending as a photographer is giving me the respite and perspective I need to grow as a therapist. Time will tell. Right now I’m just riding the wave and hoping that 2017 treats me as beautifully as 2016 did.
Newborn Photography Jacksonville by Mary of 8.08 Photography located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.