It’s the last official weekend of Summer and I’m hardcore celebrating. And by hardcore celebrating, I mean lighting my @raedunn fall scented candles, binge watching Netflix and going to bed before 10pm. 🙌🏻 Remember when our nights didn’t even start until 10pm? I would dance all night, get back home with just enough time to shower and change before heading out to work. AND I could work a full 8 hours without ever feeling the fact that I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours... Now I’m unable to function if someone wakes me up 15 minutes early. Getting old is awesome. .
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It’s the last official weekend...

I read something the other day on Facebook that said that the song that was number 1 on your 14th birthday, defines your life. I googled it, excited to find a message, a sign (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). Instead, I found it was “Cream” by Prince. 😐 Cream? What does that mean? Ice cream? Coffee creamer? 
So I looked it up... and read the lyrics. "Cream" was meant to mean “cream of the crop”. There are lyrics like “everything you do is success” and my favorite part... “Do your dance
Why should you wait any longer?
Take a chance
It could only make you stronger”  Message received, Prince. Message received. 
What song was number one on your 14th birthday?
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This girl lost another tooth last week. I’ve been waiting for this toothless smile since she knocked her other one out last year. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last long because her adult tooth is already growing in 😭. (Zoom in to see) Yesterday I noticed both of her front-bottom teeth are peeking out behind her baby teeth too. Does anyone know how to slow down time. A button? A phone call? Maybe a time machine? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. Cue the tears. Have you celebrated any milestones with your kids recently?
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This girl lost another tooth...

I don’t get bouquets of flowers for no reason…. But I do appreciate the flowers that grow by our mailbox, like this one. And it made me realize something this morning.  I’m over it. 
I’m over comparing my life to other people’s lives on social media.
My house might not be as fancy. 
My wardrobe is not as expensive. 
I don't apply makeup as well or even at all most days.
I don’t have beautiful, long flowing hair.
I don’t drive a car that’s worth bragging about. 
We don’t go on lavish trips around the world. 
I don’t carry loads of money in designer handbags. 
Does that make me less of a person? 
Does that make me less of an influencer? 
No. It makes me a regular 40-something Mom who has chosen to open up and share our lives on social media.  It makes me someone who has built this hobby of photography and writing into a business that has solely supported my family for a year and a half. 
I’m proud of that. 
I’m proud that I’m not a follower.
I’m proud that I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved.
I’m proud of influencers like me who are unapologetically themselves.  What are you proud of? .
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F O U R T E E N. 
What do you give your oldest daughter when she turns 14? Well, when you’re me, you write her a poem and post it on the blog for the world to see. Head over to read it and let me know what you think. Then, help me wish Lucia the best 14th birthday ever 👇🏻👇🏻
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It was just after Iyla's third birthday. She seemed to be on track, at least according to the pediatrician's checklist. She could follow instructions, name most familiar things, knew her first name, spoke in sentences and could carry a conversation, though she was hard to understand most of the time. We enrolled her in preschool that year and she was a little social butterfly. But as that school year went on, her teachers started to notice that she was struggling to get her words out. Most people that know Iyla today, have no idea that she was in speech therapy classes for two years. They have no idea that I fought it for almost 6 months and that I felt a tremendous guilt about it, because I thought it was my fault that she was stuttering as badly as she was. Today on the blog, I’m sharing the mistakes I made, in hopes that if you are ever in this situation, you take advantage of early intervention. .
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There are two types of kids. 1) The kid who wants to eat the same thing every single day of the week, sometimes more than one time per day and 2) The kid who loves something one day and then hates it the next. #ad Which type of kid do you have? Or, are your kids like mine and bounce back and forth between the two? Either way, there is a way to make lunches more fun for kids. I'll let you in on a little secret... creating fun lunches is more fun for us too! This week, we created our first character, Inspector Caper Eyes. Head to the blog for more details! Plus, learn why we choose @JuicyJuiceUSA new better-for-you options, which are packed with functional benefits with juicy flavor that parents can feel great about serving to their kids.
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Remember I told you guys about our day dates now that the girls are #backtoschool? Well, we’ve really been enjoying them. #sponsored We walk, talk and laugh (a lot). Have you seen our IGTV yet? It’s a cheesy, beautiful video of what our relationship is like. I love that we’re able to connect and that we can make the time in our day to focus on our relationship and our health. Since we have three daughters, it’s even more important to go the extra mile when it comes to taking care of ourselves. These awesome @amazfit watches help us with that. I have the Amazfit Verge and Super Dad has the Amazfit Bip. They are lightweight, have app notifications and track your daily activity, your heart rate and so much more. The Amazfit Bip comes with a 30-day battery life and the Verge comes with Alexa built-in and you can make and receive phone calls through the watch. We can track our activity, sleep and heart rate and hold each other accountable for better decisions, when it comes to fitness and health. Visit rcl.ink/UyB to check them out and make sure to take advantage of the sale they’re currently having. No discount code necessary! What are you doing to get back to you? .
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Remember I told you guys...

Take me back to the time when all I had to do was color in the lines, learn my abc’s and take a long nap everyday. Why didn’t we appreciate what we had back then? .
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#AD Our girls love nature, so this weekend, we headed to a local nature preserve for a little animal watching, walking and family time. We always pack the essentials when we're heading out in this Florida heat, including snacks, sunblock and @smartwater, because we know how important it is to stay hydrated. We love smartwater® because it's purified water made using vapor distillation, similar to the way water is purified in nature. It's available in 700mL and 1L bottles. Now through 9/15, you can save $2.75 off at Sam's Club, so stock up! (limit 10 per member) https://lnk2.io/abYC5gD #kidsfitness #fitnessfun #daddyslittlegirl #natureseekers #naturephotos #exercisemotivation #familyfitness #fitnessforlife #qualitytime #bestdad #bestdayever #bestfriendgoals #fatherdaughter #dadofgirls #smartwater #hydrate #hydration #drinkwater #marshalls #marshallsfinds

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Momtographers vs. Professional Photographers

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A subject that comes up WAY too often in our brand rep groups… Professional photographers comparing their work to brand rep Mamas or “Momtographers”.  It infuriates me, but not for the reason you may think.

First and foremost, STOP THINKING THAT THIS IS A COMPETITION!  Brand repping is about networking, it’s about spending time with your little ones while you capture sweet moments with your camera.  It’s about supporting small shops and getting them the promotion that they need to make sales and put food on the table.  When any professional photographer claims that their services are worth more than a Mama who isn’t a professional, it’s hurtful.  It’s inaccurate.  And most of all, it’s wrong!

As a shop owner, I have both professional photographers and Momtographers on my team.  And I love them all equally.  WHY?! Because they love being a part of this community.  They love helping each other out. They love what they do, regardless of whether it’s for fun or if it’s something they do for a living.  And that love and passion makes working with them, providing free or discounted items an absolute joy for me!  No one is keeping track of how much money the items are worth or how much their photography is worth.  There is a common love on our team that I couldn’t run my business without. While a professional photographer might provide a professional, high resolution image that I can blow up to billboard size, a Momtographer may provide the cutest, sweetest picture of their child, enjoying their small shop clothing.  Both are equally as appreciated and respected.

When I see professional photographers in our brand rep groups comparing the $20 dress to their $500 session fee, it confuses me.  There is a HUGE difference between my paying you $500 to take family portraits of MY family, that I will cherish forever and likely blow up and hang on my wall and you taking a few pictures of your own child in my merchandise and posting a couple on social media.  Please stop comparing those things.  It’s like a surgeon putting a bandaid on your child’s scraped knee.  A Mama can do it just as well as that surgeon can.  That surgeon is probably just doing it because they want to help.  They aren’t going to talk about how much that 3 minutes was worth.

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Headband: Tukka Tot, Tee: Mars and Zo, Shorts: Mini Street Kidswear

I myself am a Momtographer.  I work hard to style, find the perfect location and capture images of my children that will help small shops to promote their pieces. I know that my pictures are not guaranteed to sell hundreds of that item, but I work hard to promote the shop and get the word out about the quality. I don’t put a value on that because it’s something I’m choosing to do.  I love doing it.  Some of our followers will check out the shops we work with… some will buy… some won’t. But I know that I will do everything I can to promote that shop, as a thank you for sending me something that they hand made (regardless of how much that item is worth). Our time is equally as valuable and that’s what makes the concept of brand repping work.

My pictures have come a LONG way in the almost 2 years we have been brand repping.  And I owe that to my professional photographer friends.  See, while others are in our brand rep groups comparing their work to the work of Momtographers, there are professional photographers that are more than happy to give tips and help others to take their photography to a new level.  Thank you April and Lindsay!  Without the two of you, I would still be shooting on action mode and editing in Facetune 😉

Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly inspired by professional photographers.  I think they have one of the greatest professions.  One of my friends, Jen (jenpphoto.com) is a huge inspiration to me.  She captured Falynn at 2 weeks old and was the beginning of Falynn’s love for being in front of the camera. I saw the amount of work she put into capturing the perfect pictures and how much editing she does to make them even more magical.

I think that most professionals are worth even more than they charge.  BUT… I don’t believe that a professional photographer should get into brand repping until they understand that this isn’t about your worth… it’s about support. It’s about fun. It’s about community.  It’s not about how much your equipment cost but more about how much passion you have for the small shop community.  If you want to get paid for your services, then stick to your business.  Brand repping is not a business, it’s a partnership.

Please stop the negativity.  Give suggestions and tips vs. criticizing those that aren’t perfect.  Lend a hand instead of slapping someone with it.  Be a part of the community that people will applaud vs. will stay away from.  We are all in this together, so let’s start acting like it.

How do you feel about this subject? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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  • Tracy Shane
    April 21, 2017

    This!
    Mic drop at surgeon’s analogy ?
    That’s the best comparison I’ve heard (or read) and I honestly hope that people get something out of it.
    There are some REALLLLLYYYY amazing momtographers out there that produce exceptional photos. Sometimes the only difference between being a momtographer and a professional photographer is choice.

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