I was blessed to host a photography workshop back in April for the very talented Audrey Woulard out of Chicago. All who attended the workshop were women, and almost all of them were from the Houston area. Well, we just clicked – no pun intended… Seriously, it was one of the best things that happened to me as far as my business goes. This workshop was about a month after our daughter’s accident and I was really evaluating why I work, why I chose photography and there were some things I wanted to change. Mainly, the hours that I work because in an instant, my time became more valuable. See, the morning of the accident, March 14th, I had been editing. We were on family vacation and I had gotten up early to WORK. I think the thing that haunts me the most is the fact that I didn’t get up and cook the kids breakfast and then go ‘play’ with them outside. Granted, I have teens and preteens so playing wasn’t matchbox cars or barbies… ‘playing’ was the rope swing and riding the Polaris. FUN STUFF. I’m not a big what if person but I do wonder what if my sweet girl had died that day from her head injuries instead of just spending a week at Texas Childrens and losing her hearing in one ear. And the reason that is such a big what if is because leading up to that day, I had this terrible habit of working all day long, everyday. I had worked so many hours leading up to the accident that I had hardly seen my kids unless they passed in front of me while I had my head buried in my computer. It’s true… Not proud of it, but it’s true. If my precious, freckle-faced baby girl, my grand finale had slipped away into eternity that afternoon, I would have had a really hard time forgiving myself for putting my work above her and her amazing brother and sisters. So…this workshop and the ladies who attended, were a breath of fresh air for me. A gift from God just when I needed it. They have each taught me so much. And it was an absolute honor to be mentioned in this article by the one and only Bonnie from Two Birds Photography. What a blessing Neha, Kim, Nikki, Brooke, Melanie, Tori, Beth, Heidi, Jennifer, & Bonnie are to my life, more than just in photography, but in the way they challenge me to be a better person, a better wife, a better mom, a better friend… It is such an honor for me to be noted in the same category as these amazing, talented, giving women.