Holiday Greetings | Charlotte NC Family and Child Photographer

Oh this family! We have worked together several times now and it is such a joy and honor to be able to call my clients friends! This baby girl is just to die for. She has the sweetest disposition and cutest little faces. Miss Devan totally won us over! Enjoy some favorites of our time together and get in the holiday spirit……….

 

 

 

 

 

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Shannon - Erin & Madison Lane Photography you’ve done it again! What a fun day and absolutely gorgeous images. Thank you, thank you, thank you friend! Happy holidays! Xo

Do It Afraid! {Making Things Happen}

{photo credit: @emilymarchpayne}

This image, this group……so many tears, so much love and so much heart behind this picture.

About a year and a half ago I found out about the “Making Things Happen” conference through my new friend Nancy’s blog. I randomly stumbled upon her blog one day and little did I know the profound and lasting effect it would have on my life.  It came at such a time in my life where I was in quite a bit of transition. I was saying goodbye to many things I had been holding on to and making room for God to work BIG in my heart.

This year I had some big goals set for myself, specifically 1) Meet my photography mentor and 2) Attend Making Things Happen. Both of which terrified and excited me all at once.  As Lara says, decide you can and do it afraid! So that is just what I did.

In June my long-time photography mentor, Munchkins and Mohawks Photography, invited me up to Pittsburgh to visit. Meeting the person who has played such an important role in growing my business for the first time in person was incredible. I was scared to death to “meet” this person I had only knew through a phone call every other month and online. I will share with you all more about that life-changing experience another time, but it was so worth getting to truly know the heart behind someone who has invested so much into me. I am forever grateful for that opportunity, love you Tiff!

Right after I booked my flight to Pittsburgh, I bought my ticket to Making Things Happen. Again, terrified and excited. I didn’t know a single person going, but I just knew this is where God wanted me to be.

So last week I headed up to Chapel Hill and had two of the best days of my life. I had no idea what to expect. I turned in my cell phone, disconnected from everything I knew and was just STILL. Clear of distractions, bad habits, my every day life, I was ready for God to work in me.  And He did. He was waiting for this moment, for me to just STOP from the everyday hustle of being a Mom of three little ones and running a small business.

{photo credit: @emilymarchpayne}

For two days layers and layers of stuff was peeled off. Hearts were shared. Tears poured out. More layers peeled back. We dug deeper. And more tears came. With every tear, you could just feel weights being lifted and chains being broken from all of the beautiful women and brave men in that room. It was completely freeing for me. I was suddenly not alone with all of my thoughts and fears that I thought I could only understand. Others shared them too and they were not afraid to say it.

I’m not sure how to really describe exactly what we do at Making Things Happen, words just don’t seem adequate enough, you’re going to have to experience it for yourself!

What I can say is this, I don’t want to live a life of default. I don’t want days to turn into years and all of those things I’ve always wanted to do just pass me by. We were made for so much more! I want to have a marriage that is more than ok. I want to have memories and experiences with my kids in both the every day things AND the big adventures. I want to create meaningful relationships and art for my clients. I want to share my heart story with others and encourage them to share theirs. I want to live on purpose so that when I am 80 years old, I don’t wonder where the time went. I am the only one who has the story God is writing in my life and He’s not asking me to keep it quiet.

Two days ago we had a health scare with my oldest son. He started limping at his soccer game Sunday and by Monday morning he could barely walk. Blood tests and x-rays were ordered to rule out some extremely scary diagnoses. Monday was a day of “in-between”. As I watched the blood being drawn from a nervous little boy and his little seven-year-old body lying on the x-ray table, I sat there wondering if the life I knew was about to take an entire 180. Everything that I had been worried about the day before REALLY DIDN’T MATTER. All the stresses and fears meant nothing. Praise God, every thing came back normal.

I want to live a life on purpose. I want to make what matters happen. I want to be who God called me to be. God is taking a whole lot of broken pieces in my life and little by little making them into something beautiful. That is how He works, we just have to do our part. What story is God wanting to write in your life? I would love to know. If you want to know more about this conference, I would be honored to share my experience with you!

Thank you to all of the girls pictured above. My heart is so full. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am for each and every one of your brave hearts. Love you all so much.

Living a meaningful life is hard work. It is a process. It usually starts with very very small steps. But it is worth it. Life is too short to live in fear, shame and guilt.  I am Erin Jackson and I am enough.

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Amber Housley - Love your heart and all that you shared. Sending you hugs! xo

admin - Love ya girlie!

Ashley - Beautiful words :)

November 2014 Goals

{photo credit: Glessner Photography}

I’ve been an on and off goal setter type of person. I believe goals are SO IMPORTANT but I often get overwhelmed by them. Anyone with me?

This past week I attended an amazing conference with a beyond amazing community of women. The experience was a huge leap of faith for me and it was worth it. One of my biggest takeaways was knowing the “why” behind my goals and dreams. I am still processing everything, but I will share more about my Making Things Happen experience next week so be sure you check back in!

Today I wanted to share with you my goals. Mostly because I want to have a place where I can document them and be able to look back and see how far I have come in the years ahead and for accountability. My goal is to post my goals each month here. It is so scary to say that because while I actually love blogging, I have to really fight to make the time to do it. But I don’t want to regret not documenting my life. So here’s to imperfect progress!

November Goals

Fine tune and post MLP’s Mission statement and core values

Create ideal week and day

List and schedule holiday family adventures and traditions

Analyze MLPs income projections and expenses and brainstorm ways to be more efficient

Watch Love and Logic parenting video with Brandon

Host Thanksgiving

Read: Finish Love Does and start Think and Grow Rich {read 15 pages/day}

Create Family Christmas cards {style and schedule photo shoot}

Blog once a week {personal and business}

Sign up for 10K to run in the spring

Pack 15 lunches with the kids to give to homeless children

Schedule MLP’s First Christmas Party

 

 

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