June 4 on 4 -- Killeen, Texas Family Photographer

Michelle of All Your Heart Photography is a family, maternity, and newborn lifestyle photographer based in Killeen, Texas and serves Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, and surrounding areas in Central Texas . She uses natural light to capture meaningful memories of your family with sincerity and authenticity.
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This month has been a whirlwind! It began with a Mother’s Day holiday and ended with a trip to Dallas-Fort Worth for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend. I took my third online photography class this year called Mastering Natural Light Indoors. You can see different techniques implemented in the images below, like the use of soft light, split lighting, and utilizing shadows to tell a story. Before MNLI, I thought “good light” could only be bright and airy, but the class taught me to appreciate shadows as well. More than ever, I realize that photography is more than a digital snapshot, but it invokes the deliberate use of light and shadow to convey a message. Later this month, I will take a class called “Fine Art and Visual Expression.” I cannot wait to start!

I've added another self-portrait from May. I don’t think this image is particularly intriguing, but I think other mothers can appreciate the candid moment. ;) 

Here is what I shared on that day:

136 | 366 - "The Days are Long"

Sometimes (read: a lot of the time) it seems like our days are on repeat: wake up, exercise, attend to crying child, wipe snot, feed child, clean up food thrown on floor, get dressed, dress daughter before she undresses herself, perform miscellaneous errands, return home before nap time, put child in bed only to have her crawl out and sleep on the floor, and clean around the house while toddler undoes the things you just did.

But time passes quickly, in an instant. 6 years ago I graduated from college. 10 years ago (*grumbles* a decade?!) I graduated from high school. ... Even now, I can't believe the year is almost half over!

My daughter is on a waitlist for daycare and they called a few days ago saying that they'll be ready for her soon. It's bittersweet because I know she'll learn and flourish there. She'll learn to speak and begin potty training...

So we commemorate our remaining time together with a photograph. She is teething so she constantly wants me to hold her, but I also suspect that she's insatiably curious about what's going on 3 feet above her eye level. She has her lovey, "blankie," that she likes to chew. The kitchen is constantly askew with random snacks and papers. Snacks.. you know, the organic stuff that she refuses to eat and the papers are remnants of ‪#‎momfail finger painting activities. 

This stage, though, it's all temporary. One year from now, our lives won't look the same - and that's exciting and terrifying all at once.

The day that she can effectively unload the dishwasher and put things away will be nice, though. Now she just wields knives like a lightsaber.

Thanks for reading! This 4-on-4 blog post is brought to you by the Clickin' Moms Blog Circle. Please visit Chrissy Mazer's images from May here. :)

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