As I started typing out my very own personal blog post last night I was sitting on the couch between my dog and 9 year old watching my 5 year old sit on the kitchen table eating a bowl of cereal. I’m not sure why she decided to sit in the middle of our kitchen table but it was pretty darn cute and she was so sweet during our photo session today and I honestly don’t feel like raining on her parade! Olivia has a mind of her own and I love that about her but she has given me a few extra wrinkles…but hey…all part of motherhood!

Where to begin with such raw feelings I have from time to time about my life and how it’s far from perfect other than the fact I have the most amazing healthy daughters and a career that any woman could dream of. Personally, and I’m just going to say it…it’s been a pretty tough year. No other way to put it. However, there have been many other great things that have been such a big part of my life so I have to personally let these “Great” things shine through which totally outweigh the bad. My business has been amazing and I’ve built a career from the ground up, and have made some great friends and lifetime clients and I am forever grateful for this life I have not even chosen. It has chosen me and I, myself have contributed to it. I can honestly say, I have NOT been this Happy in a long time. I have everything I could possibly ever want right now. My beautiful gals (I’m about to share some images from our photo session yesterday), my gorgeous Chocolate Lab who keeps me company all of the time, and a career which I am so passionate about and allows me to be at home with my girls when they are out of school. This is my life. We live in a cozy little condo here in Midlothian and life is simple! Simple is great for me these days!

I moved to Midlothian about a year and a half ago to really focus on my career as a photographer. I lived out in a rural part of Powhatan and I felt a little isolated and wanted to move in closer to every day life. My kids switched schools and we all settled in just nicely. It was the perfect move for us. Shortly after I moved to Midlo I met some really great girlfriends, one of them a new neighbor who I adore! And our kids would stalk each others houses waiting for their pals to get home. And another girlfriend who for the life of me, reminds me so much of my best friend from home. They are so much alike it’s crazy and I know this is why I was so drawn to her because she reminds me of home, my roots…where I come from. So, my move to Midlo could not have come at a more perfect time in my life for many reasons and I’m so thankful for the many other friends I have met and become super close to since my move.

This is my Life…right here…in these very images that my girl Tess caught yesterday. I can’t thank her enough for these special memories that will soon be plastered on canvas all over my wall above my bed. I have envisioned these very images in my mind the past few months and they are very special to me. I am typically on the other side of the lens and being in front of a camera is not something that comes natural to me but yesterday it didn’t matter because it was all about MY LIFE and creating some special memories for myself and taking the time to do something for myself for a change. Something I have not been accustomed to for some time now. For those 10 short minutes during our session I just wanted to squeeze these beautiful girls and kiss their little cheeks off. I am such a lucky gal and blessed with their presence every single day! These pictures just bring tears to my eyes! Happy tears of course!

Smiles, Ainsley