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A couple of weeks ago I took my kids out for a little photo session to document this age for their upcoming birthdays. During our session I was my usual self snapping pictures and giving them a little direction as they played on a swing. On a whim I decided I wanted to be captured in some of these moments and took turns securing my camera strap around each of my kids’ necks as I asked them to photograph me with their sibling. I put my focus point on my camera to the middle point and just asked my children to “point and shoot”.

I honestly had no idea what we would get. Would our eyes be closed in the moments the rookie photographer snapped our pictures? Would our expressions be honest or pleasant to look at? Most of all, would we even be in focus???? I decided I wasn’t going to “sweat the small stuff” as the saying goes and instead enjoy spending the time with my kids in hopes that even one image might come out that would remind us of this time in our lives.

Later that evening as I was looking through the images I came across this one my daughter took of me pushing my son on the swing.  Amidst a surprising number of fairly focused images was this one.

Completely and perfectly out of focus.

It wasn’t that the focus dropped in front of or behind us, there was just absolutely nothing in focus…except the light. That beautiful, pure light of the sun.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”                    – John 8:12Family Photographer_0011-1

This week as we’ve been preparing to remember the horrific death Jesus suffered so that we might be saved and his miraculous resurrection three days later, this image kept coming to mind as a reminder of where my focus should be. In a world intent on filling our minds with images, words, challenges, busyness, disparaging thoughts, hopeless losses, seemingly needless pain and so much more, I needed to step back and refocus on the Giver of light and life. I need to focus more on the sacrifice and death He endured and the hope that came through His resurrection. I need to daily remind myself how much He loves me. That regardless of anything I could ever accomplish in this life, I am enough. I am precious. I am HIS. And you know what?!       You are too!

Where is your focus today?

Is it rushing around thinking of last minute activities to do with the kids before Spring Break is over?

Is it stressing out over how much you have to do for that Easter egg hunt and get together?

Has your focus moved into next week already overwhelmed by how you’re going to be in 2 places at once and get everything on your “to do” list checked off?

If that sounds familiar then you have a glimpse of exactly where my focus has been off and on the last couple of days. I get it. I understand.

Join with me as I try to push aside those nagging “to do” lists, the pressure of being a good mom and making sure I’ve got everything taken care of. Let’s try to take some time this weekend to focus on the One that loves us deeply even when it’s 5pm and we haven’t showered or figured out what is for dinner yet. The One that cares for us unconditionally even when we’ve lost our temper or said something we shouldn’t. The One that doesn’t care if our cookies are the chewiest or our house the most spotless. The One that gave His life so that we might live.

“For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Focus on the light this weekend – the beautiful, perfect, life-giving Light of the Lord.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

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Since I began as a Sacramento Photographer my business has grown and become such a blessing to our family and my creative soul.  From day one I have always been open to bartering photo services for other services I regularly use and need such as massages (these have become much needed with so much time spent at my computer), haircuts and printing services.

A couple of years ago I went to a networking meeting and met Kimberly – a kind, fun-loving and talented hair stylist.  This year I contacted her about trading hair styling services for a Fall family mini-session and it worked out fantastic!  They love their photos and my daughter and I love our new stylish hair!  Her 4 kids were so fun to meet and they were a lovely family to photograph.

Kimberly has a salon in her home and does a fantastic job.  If you are in need of haircut, color or styling services you can contact her here. Thank you Kimberly for being open to trading services and I can’t wait for our next session together!

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Families come in all shapes and sizes and if you are anything like me, you agree that dogs are most certainly part of the family. In fact before my parents became grandparents of human grandkids, we would say between their 3 kids they had 6 grand pups!

As a huge dog lover and past animal shelter volunteer, I was thrilled when this couple called me to capture their family – including their two adorable and active Boston Terriers.  We met at their house where Murray (6.5 years old) and Rio (3.5 years old) had a fantastic time playing chase, trying to get my dog treats and snuggling with mom and dad.  I loved photographing these two dogs and boy did I have to be quick!  I caught my breath while photographing their sweet mom and dad and am always so thankful for this gift of photography that has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people!

If you are looking for a Sacramento Family Dog Photographer please send me an email to mindynewtonphotography@gmail.com and let’s plan a session soon!

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As a mama I remember when each of my children turned one and the overwhelming emotions I felt in realizing how quickly that year passed and despite the many sleepless nights and days of exhaustion and frustration over whether I was doing this mom thing right, I glimpsed the truthfulness that I had heard from so many to enjoy these times because soon my babies would be all grown up. I realized how important it would be to cherish this stage and each one to come after, with photographs and memories.

Documenting families and these special milestones and memories are why I do what I do – I want to help capture the photos that tell your family’s story. For this sweet session mom contacted me to capture her daughter and celebrate her first birthday. As a Sacramento Children’s Photographer it was my delight to meet them one morning at McKinley Park Rose Garden and spend a little time toddling about together and enjoying the love and joy mom and dad have for their little girl!

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I love being a portrait photographer, but first and foremost I am a mom. Regardless how much my heart is filled with joy in capturing incredible moments between my client families, it doesn’t even touch the wonder and awe I feel at being trusted to be “mom” to my two children.

Yet sometimes I take the role of “mom” for granted and allow time to tick by without appreciating the gradual growth and change in my children. I get caught up in the day to day busy and forget to reflect on the blessings I’ve been given.

Then one day….BAM! Something happens that makes it crystal clear that time is marching on and my babies are growing up!

One of these revelation moments happened just a few weeks ago as my oldest had braces put on. He still has baby teeth to lose, how is it possible he’s old enough for braces, one of those distinct adolescent milestones that I had to endure and now so must he??? I tell you in a matter of an hour my little guy went from being my baby boy in my mommy lens to a growing up 4th grader. Oh the pain in my mommy-heart!

But then….the cuteness of him in braces won me over and I took a few steadying breaths and adjusted to our new normal.

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