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The other night, when I was out watering my sad looking plants, something struck me. Gardening has a lot of parallels to parenting (and by “parenting” I mean parenting children in the toddler and preschool set – I do not claim to know how to parent a teenager, but I suspect in some ways it’s like parenting a 3 year old… Ha!).

Without proper care (food, water, naps, structure, discipline, etc) a child won’t thrive. In fact, that child will look kind of like this Hydrangea – sad and droopy. And probably a bit mouthy… thankfully, my plants can’t mouth off.

With proper care though, you can see your child begin to grow, blossom and change. Children go through a ton of this growing and changing in the early years, but even  teenagers do a fair amount of growing and changing. After all, they’re trying to figure out how to be an adult and what they want to “be”.

Sometimes you can be doing everything “right” and still not see the fruits of your labor. Kinda like this Azalea… I planted two of these 4 years ago (at the same time I planted my Hydrangeas) and have yet to see even one bud on either of them. I don’t get it, and yet I refuse to give up on them. I continue to water them, continue to feed them, continue to care for them because I have hope that someday, down the road, I’ll see a beautiful flower.

Parenting is hard work, isn’t it? There are times I feel like beating my head against a wall because what I say means squat to a herd of crazy 3 year olds, but there are other moments of wonderfulness where I watch my children share, care for each other and be sweet to everyone around them (yes, including me!). I cherish those moments, just like I cherish the beauty my garden brings. The beautiful moments (and flowers) are like mini-rewards for a job well done, or at the very least, a job done.

  • June 16, 2011 - 8:18 pm

    Cassie (Bake Your Day) - Helen, your pictures are beautiful, so are your kids! Great to meet you the other night!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2011 - 6:40 am

    Stephanie - I love the last pic! with the flowers peeking through the leaves. You are very talented. Your new photography career is going to do great! Good luck and God bless with all your endeavors.ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    pop pop - what a great analogy. The pictures are fantastic as usual.ReplyCancel

I have loved photography for years. I can still remember the very first camera I owned (a Vivitar that I got for Christmas when I was a child), and when I finally bought my first DSLR (a Nikon D3000) I felt like I had hit the photography jackpot. I spent hours with my camera and the laptop learning how to use the camera to its fullest potential (it’s not a magic camera – I had to actually learn how to use it as more than a point and shoot). I’ve taken thousands (seriously – I surpassed the 10,000 mark in just over a year) of pictures both for practice and because I love it. Nick calls me the paparazzi and has definitely teased me for my obsessive photographing ways.

For years I’ve thought “wouldn’t it be cool to be a professional photographer?”, and whether “professional” meant focusing on portraits or on landscapes, nature and buildings I didn’t care. To spend your life photographing beautiful or unusual things seemed like a far-off but awesome dream.

Late last fall I started to wonder if I had what it would take to go into the portrait photography business, but considering I was 6 months pregnant at the time I figured it was an idea I should spend some serious time mulling. I mulled and mulled, and mulled some more.

After a whole lot of mulling, talking to friends, talking to photographers, talking to Nick, more mulling, more talking and quite a bit of research thrown in for good measure I decided it was time.

With great excitement, and a healthy amount of fear, I am pleased to introduce Faces You Love Photography. I feel like I’ve had another baby, but with the speed I’m booking sessions I think this baby is going to be forced to grow up rather quickly. You can check out my site here: and my Facebook page here: If you’re in the Kansas City area, I would be honored to be your photographer (if you don’t already have one of your own, of course)!

I have a hunch life is about to be crazy. I assume things will calm down once the “newness” wears off, but for now I see some late blog posts every so often (like today) as I tend to this newborn. I’ll have to find that happy balance of business, family, blog and me-time. Here’s hoping I don’t fall asleep from exhaustion!


  • June 15, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Courtney @ Cooking Up A Family - congrats!!

    it was great meeting you last night.ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2011 - 11:42 am

      Helen - Thanks, Courtney! It was wonderful to meet you last night too!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Aunt Sue - I’m sure there’s been no small amount of prayer involved in this decision as well — God bless this new endeavor Helen! You certainly have the talent for it!!! love you!ReplyCancel

    • June 15, 2011 - 1:12 pm

      Helen - Oh yes, prayer was included in all the mulling. God and I were in conversation a lot :) Thanks, Aunt Sue!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    Nellie Bragg - Helen, you have my prayers and blessings as you embark on this endeavor! Wishing you the very best! Photography has been a “love” for one of our daughters for many years!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Kelly - Congratulations! May you never lose your passion!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Sarah - Good luck! You’ll be great!ReplyCancel