A THANK YOU

It’s the end of another year. I know I say this every time, but that seemed like the fastest year on record. I’m guessing it all has to do with aging … the older you get, the faster the years go by and the more you realize how short our time on this Earth truly is.

It’s been a fast year because of the action-packed calendar I’ve kept, filled to the brim with sessions for amazing clients whom I’ve grown to call friends. Filled to the brim with new personal challenges. Filled to the brim with reckoning, therapy, and forgiveness. It was a year filled with self-doubt, self-awareness, and self-improvement. I have much more of the latter planned for the new year.

Thank you to everyone who gave me a chance in 2018 and put the preservation of your family’s memories in my stead. I have been so blessed to get to know you during these times and hope you were pleased with your investment in me.

I look steadily forward, anxious to begin the new year full steam ahead. I’ve got a great feeling about 2019 and I hope you’ll follow along with me as your journey takes you onward as well.

Merry Christmas, friends. Here’s to all the goodness that awaits you.

WE ARE MOMS

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to share with you some of the remarkable women I had the pleasure of meeting this past Friday who truly inspire me. 

A few weeks ago I was working a vendor booth at the National Capital Mom Conference in Springfield, VA. I love supporting my fellow moms so I was happy to host my booth at this event. What I didn't realize was how much the women I'd meet there would end up supporting me. In addition to the guests I met at the conference, I got along great with the other vendors. One of those vendors was Shannon Link, owner of the Fit4Mom in my region.

Fit4Mom hosts a range of classes designed to support and encourage women on their fitness journey throughout all stages of motherhood. Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Running Club, Body Back Transitions, Prenatal Workouts .... To put it simply, it's an incredible program and Shannon didn't have to do a whole lot of speaking to convince me to join right then. Her energy and passion alone had me hooked on everything about the Fit4Mom Village. 

During our discussions at the event I mentioned I was a photographer and didn't hesitate to accept when Shannon asked if I could donate some time to take Mommy & Me photos of her clients during their Mother's Day Celebration workout. Absolutely!

(Oh, I should mention that I joined the Body Back Unlimited program and have been getting my butt kicked by their High-Intensity Interval Training program, and as the great Martha Stewart says "It's a good thing." I am looking forward to so much more of it!)

So yesterday was the special Fit4Mom Mother's Day Celebration, which was a massive Stroller Strides workout in the park, complete with a visit from Elmo, Chase from Paw Patrol, product vendors, raffle prizes and free breakfast and coffee. The mothers attending were kicking it into gear during their workout ... running with the strollers, squats, sprints, pushups, doing knee-ups while breastfeeding babies, and so much more. Some mothers were there with brand new 5-week old babies, others with 3 or more kids in tow. ALL of the moms were practicing some sincere self-care and making their well-being a priority for themselves and their families.

I was so inspired and encouraged by them all. Yes, life does get busy. I'm sure each one of us can say our lives are packed and maybe even overwhelming, with long to-do lists and tiny dictators pulling us in all directions while we juggle between our many roles. But something that I'm personally working on is prioritizing my needs, and instead of working so hard to please others, changing the focus of that effort back on myself. It's a work in progress definitely, but seeing more than 115 moms out there busting butt with their kids locked tight in strollers, I realized how strong we women are. How determined. How resilient. How compassionate. And how we need to give ourselves the compassion and credit we deserve. WE DESERVE IT. Get out there and give yourself the love you need.

These are a few of the amazing, strong, incredible women in attendance at the Mother's Day Celebration and whom I was fortunate to photograph. I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day!

 

Hello, World!

I've heard it's bad luck to start a blog without a first post that says hello to the world. So here we have it. "Hello, world!" And let me tell you how glad I am to be here. 

A little about me: I graduated from college (years and years ago) with a degree in Graphic Design. I've been fortunate to love what I went to school for and to always find employment that allowed me to do the work I studied. With an active duty husband in the United States Coast Guard, I'm also fortunate that this line of work has been very portable and has allowed me to find work all across the country. 

While my day job title has always been "Graphic Designer," my deeper love is for photography. For as long as I can remember, I've always had a camera around my neck. It's just as much a part of me as my leg or my arm and I've shared my journeys with many a model. When my son was born three years ago, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom for him and quickly realized that I now have the flexibility to really get my photography dreams off the ground. 

So there you have it. Jaime England Photography was officially born in 2016 and I've been working hard to build my client base and earn your greatly appreciated referrals. Thank you so very much to all who have passed along my name to friends and family. I work hard to satisfy my clients with the memories I present to them. I can't wait to capture yours!