Collin | Clackamas Oregon Newborn Photographer

        Photographing this little guy was a wonderful last hurray for me… as you may have guessed by the change in my blog design, I’ll be taking a bit of a break from my Newborn Photography business and putting more focus on life at home.  I’ve been praying for awhile that I would become more passionate about homeschooling than I am about my business, and that time has come.  I have loved working with each and every family who has allowed me the privilege of  documenting their newborn’s ‘newness’ and I often felt like the experience was more of a blessing to me than them.

        I hold the belief that if I am not doing well at my priorities, then I need to scale back on the ‘extras’ that I bring into my life.  Educating my children at home should be a top priority, but it was taking a backseat to me pursuing my growing business which I’m fortunate to view as an ‘extra’.   It has never been work to me… rather something I get to do.  So while I try to improve our homeschooling experience and maintain a comfortable, sane home for my long-hour-working-husband, I know I need to step back and re-focus.  That’s only fair, for my family and my clients.  😉

        So…. meet Collin … the perfect little model that made the above decision all the more difficult.  🙂  Enjoy!

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        This last shot brought me so much joy and that really sums up my time spent as a newborn photographer.  It has been such a joy.  But the fact is, I am the only mother my boys have, and by our choice, their educator, too.  There are tons of amazing newborn photographers around, but only one me.  I don’t have to do it all right now… I find such inspiration in women I know who have found their passions later in life, when their kiddos are older.  There is time, but I can never get this time back.

        So right now, when my littles are still little, I think it is so special to embrace being everything to my boys, rather than pursuing being something to everyone else.

        xoxo

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        • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita - I know that as you love photography, it had to be a hard decision. But it sounds to me like you made the right choice for your family. You are so right though – they’re only little once. enjoy these days.ReplyCancel

        • Carol - What a wise, wise woman you are. To be willing to set aside your talent & make your business stand in line behind your family is truly a sacrifice that will have eternal value. I look forward to the time when you are back in the “saddle” <3ReplyCancel

        • Auntie Dianne - I can understand how hard of a decision that must have been but it sounds like you have made peace with it. I think about how old I was (46!) when I finally got to live out my passion AND get paid for it! Now I’m at a place where I need to scale back some…so I can be a better wife and Grammie! Thanks for confirming that for me Lacey 🙂ReplyCancel

          • Lacey - You are one of those I think of who followed their passion after their kids were older. 🙂 Knowing your story really helped me make my decision. <3ReplyCancel

        • Michelle Myers - Oh, I love every one of these! You are such an amazing photographer and mother. I will miss seeing your newborn sessions but totally admire you for stepping back and putting your boys and family first. I’m sure that was not an easy decision. I look forward to seeing more posts about your daily happenings and your sweet family. Have a great week! 🙂ReplyCancel

        • Michelle C. - I can’t tell you how much I love this post. Not because you described my life in a nutshell, but because I can tell it’s the right decision for you and your family. And I agree; there is only one Lacey and you are an awesome, beautiful, amazing Mama/Photographer/Wife!ReplyCancel

        • Sheri - Hi Lacey:) I am a homeschooling mom from way back when. My 4 kids are now 27-32 years old. We loved what homeschooling was able to provide for our kids and ourselves, but gosh it took a lot of time and effort…especially on my part! When my youngest daughter decided to attend high school in her sophmore year I was blown away by the sheer amount of time that was available to me. I had kids at home for 21 years but am so grateful for the time we had together. It was a blink, just as we always hear. Now I’m 57 with 5 grandkids and a passion to learn photography. I’m not anywhere near your talent, but I have loved your photography since the first time I saw it. I follow your blog religiously but never comment. However, this time I just had to. Your thoughtful and selfless decision is refreshing to read. Best of everything to you and your family this school year:)ReplyCancel

          • Lacey - Hi Sheri! Thank you for reading my blog and THANK YOU for sharing of your long experience with homeschooling. I am so encouraged by your dedication. You are an inspiration for sure!ReplyCancel

        • Mom - What a darling baby and sweet family. You have truly given them a treasure with your priceless photos. All of “your families” have been blessed by your artistic talent. But I’m so proud of you for deciding to bless your own family with your time and attention. GC&K are growing up so fast and they need YOU! The wonderful comments made by your lovely followers brought tears to my eyes, and, I’m sure, strengthened your resolve. I love you, sweet girl.
          XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

        • ClaireT - I think you made the right decision – they are only little for a short time – and your skills in taking such beautiful photos will still be there in years to come. I started to try and build a photo business but decided after a couple of years it was at a cost to my little ones and family life…and decided to put it on hold for now. That was a year ago and I haven’t regretted it.

          You take such beautiful newborn photos..but ultinately your own little one have to be the priority. (And I love seeing the photos and stories of them the most!)ReplyCancel

        • Getting Ready, Organized and Started | Homeschool 2013-2014 » Clackamas Oregon Newborn Photographer, Clackamas Oregon Maternity Photographer | Lacey Meyers Photography - […] is yes, that I’d feel excited, encouraged, and passionate about this endeavor.  I shared HERE how my prayers have been answered, so the literal preparation started about a month ago as I […]ReplyCancel

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