“When it’s time to change…

…then its time to change
Don’t fight the tide, come along for the ride, don’t you see
When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange
who you are into what you’re gonna be.
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na
Sha na na na, na na na na na, sha na na na na”

Gah! I loved that Brady Bunch episode where they sang that song! And then Peter’s voice changed! Oh man, that was crazy. This song has been running through my mind a lot lately. This year, will certainly be a time of change.

I have no words to express how deeply grateful I am to the many friends, family members and clients who have helped to make Jaime Lenhart Photography a huge success. I have learned more about business and working with people, in the last few years, than I ever dreamed possible. I have obsessed over this sweet little biz of mine for days and nights, growing it into something that I am profoundly proud of. I have trusted my own idea of art and turned that into a brand that very much represents me. I have worked hard to attract people to my business who are like me (one of the keys to my success, I think) and have gained many clients that I now happily call ‘friend’. The memories and images we have created together fill me with happiness and pride.

But, it’s time to change, it’s time to rearrange…this year, I feel called to return to my teaching roots. In the Fall, our little William will be going to Kindergarten (what?!) and for me, having a career where the hours are similar to those of our kids will be huge for our family (for any family!). I have always known I am a teacher and always knew that someday, I would be ready to return.

So, where does this leave JLP and the many families whose memories I have been lucky enough to capture? The truth? I don’t know. I do know that it seems unfair to book sessions a year in advance (like I have done in the past) when I truly don’t know what the year will look like for me and our family (as I have not actually procured said teaching position just yet).

This year, I will not be opening up my 2015 calendar in February as I had planned. Instead, if you are interested in a family or senior session with me in 2015, you can shoot me an email (jaime at lenharthome dot net) and I’ll add your name to a list. If  the opportunity arises for sessions in the Summer or Fall, I’ll be in touch with you. But, if, in the mean time, you’d like a more secure-for-sure-date for family photos, I would encourage you to take a look at some other local talent and reserve your spot with another photographer…the good ones fill up fast! And, when you post your family photos on Facebook, I promise I’ll (try to) look at them with a (half) smile and will be (mostly) not jealous of the time that lucky photographer got to spend with you and your family.:)

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for understand and for your support. I am excited for the changes that 2015 will bring…and whatever those changes may be, I will always be grateful to the business you’ve helped me grow and the friendships we’ve formed.

As always, much love-

Jaime

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December:Iphone::2014

fun at the museum…playing train…silly boy

it’s good to be will…homework by christmas-tree light…dressing by christmas-tree light

sisters…livin’ lodge…lodge fun

decemberiphone14-15buckeye making…painting night…santa’s shop gift exchange

sue and i out for st. baldrick’s…dj will…mixin’ some jams

nutcracker night…girls and grandma…sofie in the nutcracker

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proud piano players…so fun…morning with will’s class

pop’s cookies are the best…picture for santa…all she wants for chrismtas is her 2 front teeth

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cousins on stage at GOHS…kayla’s last HS christmas concert…last day of school

xmas break sleepover…date night…new bangs

wilson christmas…happy family…christmas evedecemberiphone14-18gram…”is this a selfie?”…favorite boys

cousins…santa…cookies for the big guy

anticipation…first look…lucky kidsdecemberiphone14-19

art set…thank-you’s…more gifts

will gets corey a football…OMG…TAYLOR SWIFT TICKETS!!

the artist…what a morning…cousinsdecemberiphone14-20frozen on ice tickets…stop playing with your pork!…family

girls lunch date…sofie’s birthday party…bye-bye tonsils:(

giant cheetahs make everything better…meditating will…NYE cheers!

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New Year, New ‘word’

I started 2014 off in bed, with the covers over my head. I knew it was going to be a tough year. I knew that there would be friends to say good-bye to, illness, heartache. I knew, without a doubt, that it would be a difficult year for so many. I opted out of choosing a ‘word’ for 2014, like I had done for so many years in the past. Secretly, I told myself that if I could just “show up and pay attention” I’d call it a win. A friend of mine told me that maybe my word should ‘home’…not a bad idea. I never wrote about a ‘word’ on my blog, because if I couldn’t be honest, than I thought it better to say nothing at all. Showing up and paying attention was all that I could muster this year. Looking back on the year, I can see now that showing up and paying attention was exactly enough. It’s something that I can see now and feel proud of, even. 2014 was hard, brutal even…for me, for you, for so so many. But I learned a lot, and showing up for my family, for my friends, for myself was just enough this year.

The start of 2015 has me feeling more clear-minded than last year. I know that the year may bring heartache, illness, change…but I feel more prepared? Less prepared? More sensitive? More open to my sensitivity? More positive? More hopeful in the lessons I’ve learned? More at peace with the lessons I have yet to learn? Than last year. This year, I think I do have a word (but if I didn’t again, I’d be ok with that too…) and the word is ‘intentional’. I’d like to be more intentional with my time, my thoughts and my actions. More intentional with my kids, my husband and my family. This life, this time that I have is such a gift and if that means spending more time cuddling on the couch with the kids than working at my computer, I want to do that. If it means making changes to benefit my family, I want to make those choices. If it means “guarding my time fiercely” and at the same time, being “generous with it”, I want to do that too. HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends!

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January 1, 2015 - 12:40 pm

JMorgan - Well said, my daughter, well said. You are always such an inspiration to me and to all of us who love you. I love you.

January 5, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Jen - YES, oh wise one. I like your plan and I know you’ll rock it.

All She Wants for Christmas…

…is her two front teeth…kind of…Anna held on to her loose baby tooth for sooooo long that her grown up teeth are already on their way in.  Anyway, I can’t get enough of a Little with her two front teeth missing (now, the wiggling of the teeth, I can do without, but that’s another story).  I grabbed this little giggler after school today for a few toothless pics.  She said I could see her teeth better if she was giggling with her eyes closed, I agree.

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November:Iphone::2014

homebodies…destruction…supposed to be sleeping…talked me into a snack

will asks for his two front teeth…date day…newzies…my guy

playhouse square…corey takes a trip…sleeping boy…beary special student

shaving cream…they love each other…dance party…must be winter

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pictures with papa…girls weekend…the girls…happy buddah

new do…first snow…magic…cold kisses

ballerinas…hipster…our big guy…date with the cavs

cavs game…lights at the jake…eskimo kissess…the great closet clean out

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birthday lunch…birthday friends…skymax…girls take will to school

breakfast date…thanksgiving tables…turkey head…birthday cake

present time…make a wish…shopping on cate’s bday…my 9 year old

birthday dinner…night out…unpacking of the nutcrackers…christmas has arrivedNovember_iphone142

sibling love…anna and her pop

thanksgiving gang…cate is 9!!

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