Back to School

Wauwatosa Photographer's Kids Go Back to School | Quick Before They Grow Up.

Happy First Day of School!

I have a lot of friends and family out of state and they have been back to school for several weeks already, but hey, it's our turn now.

This time of year is confusing to my heart and my brain.

My brain is all, "Get those kids back in school! They have some learning to do! And I have a TON of work to catch up on! Go! Go! Get back to school!"

And my heart? Oh, my HEART! My heart is going, "Hey, hold on there. Hang on one hot minute! We didn't have nearly enough fun this summer! I wanted to do so much more with those kids of mine! And oh my, they're growing up so fast! I can't believe she's in ___ grade! And how did he get to be in __ grade already? Oh, my breaking, crying heart!"

And so.... if you've ever wondered where I got my tagline, QUICK BEFORE THEY GROW UP, well, now you know. My babies... who aren't babies anymore.... who are in 5th grade (David) and 8th grade (Sam, Sammie, Samantha, or whatever she calls herself now). 

Cue the tears. 

And then there was yesterday...

This is why you should not wait to have your kids' portraits taken, your family photos shot or your student's senior pictures done. They grow and change so fast.

Blink and you'll miss it.

Quick, before they grow up.

How old are they? | No two tweens look alike.

These three girls were my first models for #MKEkids. I did not know them ahead of time, so there was no planning for what I would discover...

Honestly, when I laid my eyes on the adorableness of Emily, Erika and Megan, I did a double take. And then I asked probably three different times what grade they were in. 

See, these three different girls are the same age and the same grade in school. Yet their appearances are completely unique and totally different. 

This is why I need to photograph tweens. They are ever-changing, you never know what you're going to get - and it's all so fleeting!

So... did you guess their age yet?

They are ELEVEN. They are all going into 6th grade next week.

Crazy, isn't it?

Don't forget your own tweens as they head off to school next week! Book a Back-to-School session now and an End-of-School session in the spring. You will be amazed at the changes and thankful that they were captured.

Quick, before they grow up. 

Back to School, Back to Routine | Stories Framed Photography | Wauwatosa Family & Child Photographer

Yesterday, a great and powerful SIGH was heard from all the mothers of the land.

Some mothers sighed with grief. How could their babies possibly be old enough to leave their side? How did they grow so fast? How on earth did time go so quickly? These are usually moms of wee-little ones - ones headed to their very first day of preschool.

Other mothers sigh with relief. These moms don't love their babies any less, but they have also learned to love routine. And when the first bell of the school year rings, it's the moment they get their routines back. These are also the moms who look around at their work and their house and gasp with horror, "Oh. My. GAWD. Everything in sight is a complete and absolute disaster!" (I'm just guessing, he he.)

Every day I am blown away by something my kids do or say, proving once again how incredibly quickly time goes by and how amazingly fast my babies have grown. My daughter is in middle school. My son is in third grade. There is baby gear that has been invented that I've never even heard of. How did this happen???

Once upon a time, I was the mom who cried all the way home after dropping off my oldest at her first day of preschool.

I was the mom who sobbed on the street corner as her kindergartner got on the school bus for the first time.

(I was also the mom who, six months later, sobbed upon learning that there are no buses in our current school district.)

I was the mom who returned to an empty house when her youngest went to his first day of preschool. And then, while sitting at the dining room table with a bowl of cereal, I completely lost it. I mean, really LOST IT.

Now I'm the mom who wishes summer could last forever... until about August 1. Then, I can't hardly wait for all of us to get our routines back in gear. C'mon school bell! But I still get sniffy watching my (big!) kids walk off through the thresholds of their schools.


Time goes fast, people. So fast, indeed. Make sure you capture every moment you can - whether in a camera, in words or simply in your mind. That's what we have to do... Quick, before they grow up.

Let me help you capture some of those memories. Click HERE to schedule your back-to-school photo session or fall family session. I am also now booking holiday sessions.