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Meet Southern Mother Jamie M. in a Cozy In-Home St. Louis Family Lifestyle Photography Session
Motherhood is laying your life down for another in unseen, small, ordinary ways that have eternal value beyond what we can see.
What are your must-have kid items?
Tell us about what each one of your children have taught you about life, love, and motherhood.
My son has taught me the importance of being present in the moment, the joy that children bring to a home, and that at the end of my rope- amidst sleeplessness & being physically depleted – they push us to a love we didn’t even know existed inside ourselves.
How has havinga child changed your relationship? Any suggestions on how to keep the marriage/relationship alive?
Our son had a really tough few months where he didn’t really sleep. It brought out our worst in those 3 am wake ups where we just didn’t know what to do. Don’t take those conversations and arguments personally. Trying to work as a team while your baby is crying and you guys disagree is harddd, but don’t hold against each other the things you say in those moments. Try to laugh. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
Another thing that’s super important is to remember your marriage needs to come ranked in priority before your children. Not that you shouldn’t attend to your child’s needs, but if your marriage isn’t given the priority it deserves, your children will suffer from that. Take time to be alone together, prioritize date nights, even if they’re just going on a walk together or playing a game after your baby is asleep. Let other people watch your child, you don’t have to do it all yourself, or go it alone. If you have a community, let them take care of your family. If you don’t have a community, get plugged in at a local church and allow yourself to be vulnerable and cared for there.
What are some of your most cherished memories of motherhood?
It’s hard for me to let myself “play”, and those moments where I let myself get in that zone, present in the moment & down on my sons level are some of the best.
What most surprised you about motherhood?
I really thought I’d have more time to work on the things that I did before he was born (my business, hobbies, etc).
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
Making time for myself, to take time to be alone and do the things I know are refreshing to my soul – without feeling guilty about it.
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
This sounds silly, but I used to wear my hair down a whole lot more, and now I don’t have patience for it being in the way so it’s just up a whole lot more. I’d say my style is a whole lot less fussy and more comfortable/functional now.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
I loveee gardening and spend time in the summer tending to my flowers, and in the fall/winter I take time to plan and dream about next years garden. I also love to read, and make sure to pick up new books at the library. It’s a win-win for me if I make space to read outside in the garden with a new book 🙂
Do you have a family tradition that you are passing onto your child?
I haven’t really thought too much about this yet!
How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning? What helps you juggle motherhood?
I don’t. We have such pressure as women to “do it all” and I just want to encourage other young moms that you don’t have to. I pick a few things that are important to me and I do those. It’s unfair to expect yourself to exercise every day, play with your kids for hours each day, eat only organic unprocessed foods, wear only secondhand or thrifted clothes, do your hair and makeup every day, host people in your home every open evening, have a spotless home, homeschool, stay home with your kids 24/7, run a business or have a job, have tons of hobbies, and go on date nights every Friday night… and I’ll admit those are things I definitely expected of myself as a new mom. Pick a FEW of those that are top priorities and fit them into each week (maybe not even every day). Give yourself so much grace. Ask for help. Communicate with your husband and work through expectations together to decide what’s realistic. Pray pray pray.
What is your greatest joy in being a mother?
I love the quote, I think it’s Andy Stanley “Your greatest contribution may not be something you do but someone you raise.” This helps me focus on what’s important, and remember motherhood is that long term vision, not just what happens today.
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
Seek the Lord first in all you do, but give yourself grace when you feel like you’re falling short.
Tell us about your session and what the images mean to you.
Jamie has been a friend for years and we’re so grateful to finally get to do a session with her. I love how she captured the love and energy in our family, and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She did such a wonderful job of making the experience feel authentic and candid while guiding us in our posing.
Hello! Jamie here. I photograph people who inspire others; whose lives exude raw joy and whose stories evoke emotion in those around them. I thrive with the natural, the imperfect, and the passionate – because I best create out of what I feel.
I’m an ENFP to a fault. As real as can be, I’m sensitive, expressive and honest with a touch of sass.
My husband Joe and I call Omaha home with our baby girl, Andrie. We love Jesus, traveling, and a good game of pool.
Some things that bring me life? Baking, creating, people…and an exciting episode of Wheel of Fortune.