It's About Goddamn Time.
You’ll never know if you don’t try. Right? For years I’ve been styling, designing, hosting and photographing for family and friends and for years I’ve been been told, 'you should really do this for a living'. Well okay everyone, I got the hint.
My mom is a very talented nature photographer. She finds her bliss among the trees capturing the world’s natural beauty. Maybe she likes the calm of it all. The perfection in the everyday.
I find my joy behind the lens in a different way. My joy comes from capturing a person’s true self. As long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to beauty and emotions. I’ve always had emotional intelligence and a deep ability to feel things with intensity. My mom calls me an empath, or someone who has the ability to comprehend the emotional state of another. I pick up on people's moods quickly, which is both a gift and a curse. Because of this ability I strive to bring out a person's true personality in the photos I take.
Think of someone who sees you in a way you’ve never seen yourself, in a way you only wish you could see yourself; your whole self. Maybe it's a parent, a child, a partner, a friend or a pet. I hope to capture that sight in the photos I take. I want to see your joy, your beauty, your strength. But more importantly, I want you to see it in yourself.
Beauty isn’t about making someone into something else. Beauty is about seeing someone for who they truly are. It's what happens when we allow our true selves to come through. I believe the hardest lesson we learn in life is how to love oneself; how to be kind to yourself. The lack of this ability bleeds into all other areas of life. As a mom of two girls I know a thing or two about my needs taking a back seat. For a little over 3 years my entire focus has been on my children and somewhere along the way I forgot that if they don’t have a fulfilled mother they can’t be fulfilled themselves.
When I was pregnant with my first I felt like every person I interacted with was supporting me in my pregnancy, yet once I had my child, the help seemed to stop. The kindness ended. The judgment on mothers is never ending and comes from all directions. The last thing we need is to also judge ourselves.
Let's be honest being a mom is not always pretty, its not always easy and its definitely not always fun. I’ve learned if I'm not taking care of mama I’m not able to take care of anyone else. So I'm stepping out. I'm going to take the leap because it's about goddamn time.
Adrienne Leigh Photography is going to be so much more than just taking nice photos and I’m so excited to share this journey with you here.
Welcome and thanks for joining me on this next chapter.