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berks county family photographer | celebrate

As my head sinks into my pillow at night, I often find myself having a mental replay of my day. What often comes to mind is the moments where I failed.

The moment when I got upset with my two year old for deciding to cover her arms in paint. I should’ve praised her artistic endeavor instead of focusing on the mess.

The moment I got frustrated with my six year old because he was not sitting properly at the table while doing his school work. I should’ve praised him for his neat handwriting even though he was practically falling out of his chair.

The moment I yelled about the mess of water on the floor from the kids “putting out a fire” with the firetruck hose. I should’ve praised them for playing like best friends.

A quick prayer of forgiveness for myself and a request for strength to do it again tomorrow is usually enough to go into deep slumber. Besides, there’s not much energy left in my body to do anything else but sleep!

How often do we focus on what we could have done better? How often do we feel like we are not enough? I do find myself saying (aloud at that!) that there’s just not enough of me to properly satisfy my family’s emotional, spiritual, and physical needs.

Thankfully, a quiet morning devotional is the best medicine for my negative, self-defeating thoughts.

And then there’s all the people that love me and encourage me that keeps me going.

A couple of days ago I chatted with a dear friend about the lack of celebration in our lives. Most days I’m so focused on where I’m going, who I want my children to be (not to be confused with what they will do), and all the work required to get there. The journey can get so messy and it’s easier to keep looking ahead.

But it’s just as equally important to look back and see how far we have come and celebrate the victories we’ve had along the way. I’ve arrived at this Mother’s Day with a different perspective.

Today let’s proudly celebrate all of our accomplishments as mothers. Let’s stand proud, not in a boastful way, but recognizing that we are enough for our families…

…that everyday we give them our best, even if that best doesn’t measure up to our high (and often unrealistic) standards.
And when those accusatory thoughts try to whisper in your ear, tell them to shoosh.

My dad recently sent me a YouTube video via text that made me cry. Perhaps it was what stirred the thoughts of celebration and started shifting my perspective on Mother’s Day.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, ladies! You are awesome and truly a SUPERHERO.

 

reading pa child photographer | stylish matilda jane clothing

It’s been a little while since I shared any images of my kids. I recently received a package of Matilda Jane goodies from the It’s A Wonderful Parade line. It was more than enough reason to take my little lady out for a quick photo session! I don’t know what it is, whether I’m doing something to encourage them or not, but they have both been eager to have their photos taken. I had a willing and cooperative participant for these images ๐Ÿ™‚

Any close friend of mine knows that I’m particular about what my kids wear. I do like them to look stylish, but not at the expense of age-appropriateness. This is especially true now that I have a little girl. She will be a teenager eventually and she can dress like one then. For now, I want her to look her age and not a mini grown up version. I love that there’s a clothing line like Matilda Jane Clothing. Matilda Jane Clothing does a fabulous job at creating unique wardrobe pieces that make any little girl stand out. Their “It’s A Wonderful Parade” line is full of vibrant color, which my daughter loves. I love that her outfit is fun, stylish, and perfect for her age. In the images below she’s wearing the Cloudy Puffer Tee, Love Bug Knot Top, and Sweetheart leggings. I’ve shared before (here and here) how the materials are a very nice quality that wear through a season very gently. The fabric is very soft and the prints are so happy. It’s hard not to smile when you see her dressed in this outfit; she received several compliments while we were at the park.ย  I’m practical too, though, so having clothes that my daughter can wear to church and play comfortably in if we decide to stop at the playground on the way home is exactly what I need out of kid clothes.

Scroll down through and then head over to Matilda Jane Clothing to check out their latest!

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Tre CavilAugust 14, 2014 - 6:33 pm

What a pretty young lady! Love her smile!

berks county pa baby photographer | sleepy bear

If you thought he was handsome as a newborn, do I have news for you. He just gets more handsome by the day! Or should I say by the growth of his hair? This baby boy is by far one of the most adorable babies I’ve ever photographed. I know there’s many men out there feeling threatened right now, but please, it’s okay. He’s only 7 months old.ย  And he only has eyes for one special lady in his life.

I still think he has the best hair ever. This time, however, his gorgeous big brown eyes got my full attention. His mommy and I had a lovely time a few weeks ago, getting to capture this huge milestone in his babyhood–sitting up! There was some charming done with his eyes and smile, some playtime, a few pushups, and even a cat nap involved. baby sitting upbaby brown eyesbeautiful baby boyWhat baby doesn’t like playing with sophie the giraffe? It’s such a classic.baby playing with sophiebaby feetsmiling baby boy on tummyHis mommy could not believe that he was napping away while I photographed him. I could not either! At one point as I worked to get him positioned with his teddy bear just right, he looked straight up at me, smiled, and then closed his eyes again. Phew! I thought that would be the end of the nap. You never wake a sleeping baby.sleeping baby with teddy bearIf you got through looking and want your hair to look this good, I can get you his hair stylist’s phone number. Just be warned, amazing genes played a role in that gorgeous full head of hair ๐Ÿ˜‰

Heather LeeApril 19, 2014 - 9:53 pm

I LOVE his hair!! He’s gorgeous and you got some great shots of the little sweetheart!

Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel)April 20, 2014 - 10:43 am

OMG that HAIR!!! I’m in love!!
Fabulous work, Beira!!

Maria NapoliApril 23, 2014 - 11:34 am

I Love all the pics you took of my Grand Baby
they are breath taking just Adorable thanks!!!!!
Maria ! !

BeiraApril 23, 2014 - 3:52 pm

I’m so glad you love them, Maria!

Narelle BaileyApril 24, 2014 - 12:32 am

Awww, so gorgeous. His hair is amazing!

Beth AnnApril 30, 2014 - 9:14 pm

So adorable! Love the hair too!

Tre CavilAugust 14, 2014 - 6:34 pm

OMG! What an adorable shoot! So much hair! ๐Ÿ™‚

berks county pa photography class | april 12th

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I’m happy to announce that I will be offering my photography 101 class once again on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 am to 1 pm. The class is for individuals who want to learn the basics of photography and how to use a dSLR camera in manual mode. Topics include:

ISO
aperture
shutter speed
the exposure triangle metering
focusing
how to achieve crisp images
the basics of light and composition

A portion of the class will be devoted to hands-on learning and practice of new skills. Each student will also receive a pdf of class materials covered as well as additional tips and information on camera shooting modes, storing photo files, printing, and more. Complimentary lunch is included. Space is limited!

The registration fee is $100 + tax. To reserve your class seat, please complete the registration form by clicking on this sentence.

family photographer in berks county pa | piggyback ride

A mild and sunny walk around my neighborhood last week was filled with birds chirping loudly, as if announcing their own excitement with the disappearance of all the snow that’s been covering the ground for months and the impending arrival of spring. Their loud singing and chirping was synonymous to the way I let out a sigh of relief having endured another long and cold winter without losing my marbles mid-February. On this particular walk, I was accompanied by my two (going to be three in three months) year-old daughter and our dog. I thought about a year ago when such a walk meant bringing along the stroller or having a workout because at some point Eliora would ask to be carried, usually at the furthest away point from our house. But this day was different. She happily walked all the way home without a single request to be carried. This victory (in her eyes) made me realize how few arms stretched up followed by the words “carry me, please” we have left with her. I was reminded of a similar walk last spring when the trees were beautifully blooming and she uttered those words to my husband. I was instantly thankful that I had preserved the memory with a photograph…little girl on daddyAs her little legs grow making it easier for her to keep up with us and her confidence bursts through to explore the world on her own, images such as this one turn into treasures that continually gain value as she reaches new milestones. For now, I will calm my heart knowing that I have many years left of her wanting to hold my hand.

So that heart-tugging thing your child is currently doing, don’t you want to remember?

Before you know it, spring will be in full bloom and picturesque scenes will surround us. Let’s capture the fleeting moments of childhood and family together. Send me an email or give me a call so we can chat about a spring session: info@beirabrown or 610-334-6027

P.S.–I did some early spring cleaning. Take a peek at my freshened up portfolio!

TreJune 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm

I REALLY like this one!