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I am still sick, so while I’m no good for nothin’ today, I had some pretty good posts in the past – or at least my readers think so!

Here are the 5 most popular past posts on the blog:

1. Beauty & Hair tips: Having siblings in the beauty industry – priceless!

2. Make your own Sillhouettes: This one is all over Pinterest – thank you for all the Pins & Repins!

3. Adoption: I’m glad this is one of the most popular, I hope our family can encourage people to adopt.

4. 2011 Christmas Pictures: I think it’s funny that this is a popular one, maybe I am at fault for using a Beiber song and people just couldn’t resist?  

5. Baby Name Obsession: I am obviously not the only obsessed person!

That is such a wide range of topics that it actually makes me laugh. Hopefully that just means there is a little something for everyone!

I had a post scheduled for tonight, and drats, I got slammed with some sort of cold or allergies!!  I sat down to dinner and sneezed enough to just call it quits for the night. NOOOOO!  Anyway, I just couldn’t say nothing after all the sweet comments I’m getting so …Thank You! I really do appreciate every comment. I think I’ve been inspired to something new with the blogs, but I won’t say what yet until I have all the details worked out. And just in case you all thought I was blessed with the gift of meekness, I’m not. I am me 100% all the time, blog, life, whatever – I’ve, shamefully, never been ashamed. My thoughts were mainly toward those who might think me a gold digger (say it jamie & kanye style) and I realize that it could seem very true if I’m always pushing my product on people. And there’s that thing, the opposite of meekness, you know, I probably have that, so I wouldn’t want people to think that of me.

Sweet dreams! I’ve had too shots of Elderberry and I’m hitting the hay early (for me) to try to get myself better! XXOO

I never thought I’d be a working mom. Never.

Because all I have ever wanted to do is stay home with my children and homeschool them and make their meals and clean up their 800 trillion messes a day.

But then my husband’s photography business turned into “our business”, and then it was “mine”.

And now I’m a Stay-at-Home-Working Mom.

Give, it is the BEST of both worlds in so many ways.  I work 2 weekends a month (I up it to 3 during the crazy busy summer months) and while I’m gone, the children are either with Joel, or my parents, or their favorite Bekah, so I don’t even have to worry about them.

But, you know, everything has it’s pros and cons, and working from home is no exception.

Sometimes you feel guilty you aren’t doing enough for your kids.

Sometimes you feel guilty you aren’t focusing on your business more.

Which leads me to the real reason for this post: blogging. Because I am really something terrible at blogging on my work blog. I basically only blog about half, or sometimes less then half, of the jobs I do because I already blog here and 99% of my followers are on this blog. I feel like blogging my work stuff is too pushy. I have long been against combining the two because, god forbid, anyone think I’m trying to be pushy or self promoting. I hate that and I don’t want anyone to think I blog personally just to increase my business – because that’s kinda weird to me. But, I need to figure out a way to blog, work & personal, and not spend all of my life at the computer! (Remember I still have to sort & edit all my photos, so it turns into a lot of screen time.)

So I thought I’d ask you all here, in hope of some honest opinions on what you think about it?

Is it okay for me to combine my work & personal blogs? Do you read any other blogs where this is done tactfully?  I generally don’t give work/personal blogs a second look because I don’t like them, so I’m still leaning toward not combining them, but then I wonder if I’ll have to give up blogging personal posts here just to get work posts done on the other blog? (I don’t like that either!)

My work posts are just photos, I threw a few in here just for kicks, so they aren’t terrible obnoxious, but then again, maybe they are to some people?

What do you think?


  • jess - I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with combining the two blogs! Other readers who are like me will love to see your photography and your personal life blended together. After all, your work life is intertwined with your personal life anyways, right? And I know that you will do it tactfully!ReplyCancel

  • hannah - i would love to see your work here!
    i’m certain you’d balance everything nicely.
    photography talent is probably a huge draw here, so more can’t hurt at all;) gorgeous work, cousin!

    p.s. my blog friend jennifer recently combined her work and personal and i love it!

  • keri - the best blogs combine personal and buisness. I mean, they really draw you in, make you feel like a real person. Check out Jasmine star’s blog hers is very much the same way.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kearney - I agree with the first comment, I’d love to see your work on this blog. Honestly I didn’t realize that you had a work blog…I can’t speak for all the love lock readers but having it all in one place would make it convenient and definitely NOT pushy.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - You are an amazing photographer I don’t know who wouldn’t want to see your work! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael W. - I do read several blogs that are combined, and I love it. Because face it, to a stay at home working Mom that works and/or from home it IS personal in so many ways! Most of the stay at home working Mommies I know have found a way to take something they are talented at AND passionate about and turned it into a business supporting their being an at home Mommy. For many I know their business is as much their “baby” to them as a hot rod is to many men! I think you are an incredibly talented portrait photographer, that I would love to have photograph my family, ya know if there weren’t almost 1400 miles in between us! Besides, I think most of your followers on this blog are a) personal friends, family, or acquaintances, and b) are supportive of your work in photography!! I miss blogging, and when I start blogging again I hope to be able to combine personal blogging with my passion (real food&midwifery/doula) which I also hope to be able to in the future turn into a means of income and become a stay at home, traveling, working Mommy too! Keep up the awesomeness! :)ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - Although I like the “idea” of combining the 2, in reality I must say that if I were looking for a photographer and saw a bunch of personal blog stuff, I would probably look elsewhere. I would suggest keeping the 2 separate. If you want to show your work on your personal blog though, do it. Always nie to get encouragement from friends & family about what you’re doing.ReplyCancel

  • Linnea taylor - First of all, this is YOUR blog so you can write/post about whatever the heck you want! And especially because your work is also your craft&talent it’s completely normal to post about it.

    I also like how you say “Stay-at-home-working-mom”. I am going to start using that! I think it’s the best AND worst of both worlds!! I am working, and usually work in the wee hours before the break of dawn, and then come home and still spend the day with my little cherub, meals, and putting the little darling to bed. But boy do I feel like I burn the candle at both ends.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Corley - I think you should do what you need to do…not what you think others would want or not want you to do. If you need a break from the computer and you need to “kill two birds with one stone” then go ahead. I think you can do it tactfully…your personal blog already has lovely photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Be yourself and be you. Given that your work is in a creative field, this allows you to be creative in expressing yourself. So do what comes naturally and artistically for you. From a customer point of view, photography is personal, and if I were having my wedding or a special event photographed, I think it would only add to my decision to use you as a photographer to know more about you. As long as you keep your blog true and artistic and not commercial or fake, whether you are talking about work or personal, it will be interesting and authentic-like who you are!ReplyCancel

  • melissa - I always want to go and see your work blog, but I always forget or am too busy. I would love to see more of your work photos added in. I don’t know how that would work from your business point of view…but I love seeing your camera angles and ideas! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Stacie - Perhaps categorize in the best way possible and then you will much better about the combo factor! I love your personal/family blog posts as I can get to know you better and just see how God is using you and your skills. Maybe use a bold title to distinguish a work post or have a fun category title. The posts that are personal are pretty obvious. I have no problem seeing both together. I have seen blogs done separate but for your own sanity and your own eyeballs, I say do what works for you. And pray on it – so that God can show you that peace and you’ll know how to best serve your clients! : )ReplyCancel

  • Stacie - I just looked at your work blog (again) and there is a great quality to keeping it separate from your personal blog, actually! Hmm. so I say put into your schedule the best you can, set aside time to work blog! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ele - If you care about what branding is you shouldn’t combine it. If you don’t care, you should be yourself. I believe that through art you are a little personal in a way because your art is an expression of yourself. But again… Is up to you. You should do what you can handle. People like the personal touch of a business because they feel part of it too, they feel engage in your work and thats good. Tough decision though. I wouldn’t do it if i was you just because I don’t like combining my personal life with my work life. I like to have a private life.ReplyCancel

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