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Playing Catch-up

Posted by: Maggie

I want to start posting about Eleanor’s birthday extravaganza, but I realize that I’m a bit behind in posting about what we’ve been up to lately. So I’m going to do a relatively quick run-down of what’s been going on over the last month followed by a couple in-depth posts (including a long-overdue pregnancy update) before I get to the birthday fun!

I actually have to look at me calendar to see what we’ve been doing. I usually go through my Lightroom Catalog at my dated photo folders, but I was so busy that there are zero personal photos from Halloween through Thanksgiving. All I have is client work for the month!

Elora Star is born!

The month started with my best friend since high school, Betsy, having her baby girl, Elora! Well, technically she had her October 27th, but I got to meet her and shoot her newborn portraits a week later.

(You can see more at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography.)

PartnerCon and Meeting Meola!

A few days later I headed to San Diego with my friend and fellow photographer, Renee, to attend PartnerCon, a photography conference. I had won my admission when I took Christa Meola’s Online Boudoir Photography Workshop over the summer. I had a great time with Renee and I learned sooooo much! I came away feeling inspired to keep shooting what I love, and fantastic ideas about how to run my business better, from workflow suggestions to studio management tools to ways to take better care of my clients.  It was exactly what I needed right now, and the reason that I decided not to shoot sessions in December, just to keep the month for business planning and organization.

The best part of the conference by far was finally getting to meet my photography idol and unofficial mentor, Christa Meola! By chance, the very first morning, she sat down right next to Renee and asked to see my schedule. I introduced myself and she immediately jumped up to give me a hug! We had been emailing since I got her book last Christmas, and taking her workshop over the summer. It was so wonderful to get to meet her and spend a little time talking with her a few times during the conference. She is truly what has inspired me most in my photography business over the last year. I feel so lucky to have her in my corner, offering me guidance and inspiration!

Work, Work, Work

The rest of the month flew by, I shot a baby shower and a whole bunch of Holiday Mini Sessions (you can check out all the posts over at Maggie Keegan Gross Photography, some are up and more are to come)!

AND that brings us up to Thanksgiving! That post to come!

A Mother’s Day Ode to Not Doing it All

Posted by: Maggie

I had planned on posting this yesterday, but I didn’t want to take anything away from the very sweet Mother’s Day post Josh wrote for me. So here is a slightly belated Mother’s Day Ode.

I’m an optimist and not much of a complainer. I also am not a fan being too self-deprecating. In general, I think that sounds a little sad. So I don’t criticize myself much on this blog, or write about my faults much. Josh says that I might paint a slightly too rosy picture of our life. I would never want to make motherhood and small business ownership seem easy. It’s not.

I hear from readers who applaud me for being able to do it all. But on this Mother’s Day I want to let you in on my little secret. I might be “doing it all.” But I certainly am not doing it all well. Some things I’m doing perfectly poorly!

Here’s a short list (that could be done much longer) of the many things that I’m not so hot at!

  • I forget things. Lots of things. I forget appointments and to return phone calls and emails, I forget to write tasks on my to do list. I forget to look at my to do list. I forget to have Eleanor do her homework, and when she does I forget to turn it in.
  • I rarely remember that Eleanor was supposed to bring something in to school for a project or special event.
  • Sometimes I go a couple days without showering because I just don’t want to waste that time when I could be working.
  • I drink too much coffee.
  • I let Eleanor eat on the couch.
  • I eat on the couch.
  • I let Eleanor watch more tv than she probably should.
  • I am tired most of the time.
  • I have a hard time going without working or being on a computer for any amount of time.
  • My bathroom hasn’t been cleaned in a few weeks.
  • I always intend to write hand-written thank you notes, but rarely get around to doing it.
  • The Post Office is a little out of the way, so things that need to be mailed often sit in my car for a week.
  • I rarely get Eleanor to school on time, and by rarely I mean never.
  • I refuse to take Eleanor to the park anymore because I can’t stand making small talk with the other parents.
  • I convince myself of reasons why I just don’t have time to go the gym today.
  • I could add twenty more things to this list, but I have a short attention span, so I have to move on to something else now.

Now you know my secret to doing it all! Don’t do it all, or do most things half-way! And, you know what? I think I’m okay with that.

Happy Mother’s Day!