I'm a mom, wife, and photographer.
First and foremost, I am a mother of 2 amazing little boys, and a wife to an incredible husband. I’m also a family photographer, a self-proclaimed happiness junkie, and someone you would generally consider confident and well balanced.
While I love this quick description of myself, I would say it is more accurate to say that I live a rather normal, chaotic life along with all the usual stresses that come with raising children and running a business and just from our existing in our modern, urban world. But. no matter how messy my hair is, or how much falling apart I seem to be doing at the moment, I LOVE IT ALL!
Like so many women I know, my love for photography grew with the birth of my first child. I spent almost 10 very rewarding and challenging years teaching in the Philadelphia School District. I had committed to a career that I still love and respect. I have always had an interest in the art of photography; the stories, preserving memories, but never took it seriously until my son was born. As many mothers do, I found myself with an inner struggle of career versus being a mother. I found it really hard to do both, so, after a year of back and forth, my husband and I decided that I would stay home.
In the days that followed, I found myself with no daily agenda, and the opportunity to enjoy my time with my son the way I wanted to; just plain fun. My photography became my therapy. I took pictures of my son, to remember every moment, every memory, every look in his face. When I looked back at my photos, I knew I had made the right choice for my family.
Then, I took pictures of other friends and family members to capture the happiness in that moment. Life happens f a s t , and I loved capturing the little moments for myself, and wanted to do the same for others. I started my photography business, which allows me time for something I love, and still gives me the time I want with my family.
My Family Photo Credit: Desiree Hoelzle Photography