Dad Nature? | Ankeny, Iowa Child Photographer

Lake and sunset

I was minding my own business in the kitchen as I was preparing dinner, part of our evening routine, when Anthony, our kindergartener, asked me, "So mom, what is Dad nature?"

Dad nature? Huh? Where did he come up with that?

My thoughts exactly!

"You know. You said, like, Mother Nature. So, then what's Dad nature?," Anthony asked.

Oh, now I see where he came up with that! As we were driving home earlier that evening, I was commenting on the stunning sunset and beautiful Mother Nature.

You see, ever since becoming a more "serious" Photographer, I have seen life in a completely different light. I have a new perspective and am able to soak in so much more. One evening, our one year old was spoon feeding himself chocolate pudding. Can you imagine how messy that was?! (I've included a collage photo here to prove it.) Typically that would have sent me into anxiety central, but the camera allowed me to take a step back and soak in the moment. Messes can always be cleaned up later. :-)

One year old boy, spoon feeding himself pudding

I'm thankful that a small device has made such an impact in my life, and I hope my boys learn to appreciate life's hectic moments as well as nature (Mother Nature, Dad Nature, or whatever you want to call it).

For me, a camera has a much larger purpose than simply "snapping a picture."