a photographer’s lament

i am a photographer. i am also a mother. a mother of three boys where a huge reason for becoming a photographer was so that i could have fabulous shots of my boys. well, someone forgot to tell me that becoming a photographer would actually have an adverse effect on the “fabulous shots of my kids” theory.

apparently, mommy is just mommy, whether she has a camera and claims she is a photographer or not.

so, more often than not, this is what i might get…

but, after all of the weird armpit noises that only boys do, a few treats, a couple of shoves to big brother, and a bathroom break, i just might get something like this, and i am a happy mom. it’s not perfect, but it is our life. our imperfect, wonderfully happy life. and that’s what i want to remember.

and my little one? he’s not hard to please…he’s just happy to be along for the ride…

so, what is the conclusion to all of this? mostly that i just love my kids. and i love my job.



  1. Heather says:

    I hear ya! Amen! Your family is beautiful. Or should I say handsome? Well, they are both. LOVE that little tear on the last one.

  2. Jen Petty says:

    Such a great looking group of boys. It is so fun to see Isaac grow at the same time as Ethan. I love that last one!

  3. Carrie says:

    Very nice pictures, even the first one! But the tear is my favorite.

  4. Stueller says:

    Oh I am so seeing my future LOL! I’ve got two boys and am convinced that I will be destined to have all boys! Hop I can handle it! I love these by the way 🙂

  5. Ruby says:

    Ohhh Jean! Your little guys are precious!
    Your words are beautiful too.

  6. Paula says:

    So cute. I have to agree with everyone else, the tear is priceless.

  7. Kristin Cook says:

    very sweet. I bet they keep you on your toes!

  8. j.urbin photography says:

    Jean your post was beautifully written and the pictures aren’t to shabby either ;). I love how they show your boys being themselves…and that is something to treasure. 30yrs from now you’ll be trying to remember what they were like(because they say that the memory is the first thing to go or is it the waistline..anyway) All you’ll have to do is pull out you’re beautiful pictures of your boys just being boys and the memories of their sweet childhood will come rushing back. Love them.
    The one of Isaac is my fave. Precious.

  9. Bonnie says:

    Oh Jean, those were the cutest pictures and everything you wrote was so sweet! You have 3 very handsome little men!!

  10. Laurel says:

    Jean you are a really great mom and photographer. Both jobs suit you perfectly! Of course you would need to be a photographer to make sure someone takes lots of pictures of those handsome guys! I love these!

  11. Lindsay says:

    Jean they are so beautiful. Your seems a lot like my baby Kate. Just goes with the flow and deals with the chaos around them!

  12. Julie says:

    awwww! your post is so sweet…what a great tribute to your kids and mothering:) Love the pics!

  13. Brittni says:

    There is a special place in heaven for mothers of little boys! Amen to that! Love those pics!

  14. Melissa Koehler says:

    What adorable kiddos!! I love that last shot!

  15. Mike and Joy says:

    Your boys are gorgeous, I love the last one of Isaac, it’s so pure and sweet. I am staring at your damask trying to decide if it’s real or not and I have come to the conclusion that it is. Please share where you got it! 😉

  16. Peyton's Mama says:

    Oh my goodness…now I see why you’re a mganificent photographer! When you are blessed with such a beautiful family, inspiration surrounds you.

  17. Kelleeblog says:

    Jean… that last one killed me… I have tears running down my face… blow that one up BIG!!!

  18. Lesa says:

    The one in color of your boys is amazing! I LOVE the red hair!!

  19. Jessica Kettle says:

    your boys are adorable! I can fully relate- I just have one little guy who is 14 months- do I have a good one year old shoot ? no.

  20. Megan says:

    Oh, I love all three pics; however, I must admit my favorite thing is Barrett’s dirty hands. Nothing says “boy” like a pair of dirty hands 🙂

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