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Letting it go.

Motherhood has been really good to me. I credit it for being the one and only thing that has helped me let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies. If I have learned anything on this crazy journey, it’s that seeking perfection as a mother is detrimental to all involved. I have loosened up a lot in the last 15 months. And it has been a very good thing.

What I still can’t let go of is perfection in my images. There are so many ‘near perfect’ shots that get dumped because I fear that they are not good enough for my own inner critic. However, there are some images that capture moments that just cannot be deleted from my hard drive. Perfect or not, they are real. Real enough for me to want to remember the imperfections forever. Not perfect light. Not perfect focus. Not perfect anything…except that moment that I cannot bring myself to delete.

Sometimes, my clients get imperfect technical images because as a mother, I feel the moment is worth sharing. I can pick the technicalities apart, but what about the bigger picture? The love. The smiles. That is what I care about.

This is my imperfect Saturday. Grain. Missed focus. I could go on…but that little girl was giggling and crawling between me & her daddy and I can just hear her every time I look at this…I couldn’t let it go. Pretty sure it’s going on my new picture wall. I love it that much. :)

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  • Casey - LOVE IT!!! I Would DEF add that to my photo wall!!! Would bring a HUGE smile to my face every time I walked by ;)ReplyCancel

  • The Up North Writer Mama - Aww, love it! I’m far from being a photographer, but I have saved a bunch of images (and plan on printing them off) of my son because the cuteness or specialness portrayed is more important than fussing over some blurriness or having to squint because it’s a bit dark.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Sometimes the most imperfect things end up being just perfect. :) Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Heather F. - Shawna, I must say… I am no photographer. I don’t know the first thing about taking a “good” picture. It makes me so sad to see how critical you can be of yourself!!! I’m happier to know now that you realize the messages and feelings the images convey are much more important that “missed focus” or “graininess”. I don’t notice, and I’m sure most others don’t either! You take beautiful pictures- not to mention you have an adorable subject- and I think you need to stop being so hard on yourself sometimes :) Trust me, you have a pretty big following and I can almost guarantee you no one else is sitting in judgment of these.ReplyCancel

  • Abbi Z. Meadows - CUTE. CUTE. CUTE.

    I have some blurry shots of my baby that I love, despite the fact they are BLURRY (which, honestly, makes me go ARRRGH! inside. :)ReplyCancel

  • nowlin roberts - Shawna, I am ready for my photoshoot, if you PROMISE to make them blurry too! I think it might help~ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - She is just too sweet for words. I love this picture.ReplyCancel

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