Something Splendid Photography Blog » Splendid Somethings - Photography by Laura Wilson

So, this was one of the first mini sessions of the season. This family was so much fun, and the kids were AMAZING. Perfect little angel models. I definitely walked away from this session with a big smile. I love watching love between the kids, and capturing that little first missing tooth, but love even more how the personality of these two little balls of joy came through the lens to enjoy for later!

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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Hugs from this Mama!

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Our little guy has been having trouble staying asleep these last few nights. We think it’s a little bit of night terrors. There is not much that can wriggle its way into parent’s heart like waking up, and hearing your child scream and inconsolably upset. It’s terrible, but I know that it’s not real. I know he will get through it. I know that what he’s experiencing at that moment feels real, and feels terrible, but that he will wake up, and the sun will come out for him in the morning, and it will all be new.

Becoming a parent is a funny thing. When I was young, and I imagined having children, I always pictured being a parent as simply being a nurturer, a playmate, a “boss”. Now that I’m grown, and actually have a child of my own I realize how it isn’t so black and white (and if we are being honest, am I really the “boss”? Ha!).  But truly, I know now, that just as God uses marriage as a tool to teach us, and help us grasp more deeply an understanding of His love for us, so He does with giving us children. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “that’s a no brainer!”… Why yes, yes it is, but what I keep coming back to, and what keeps settling on my mind, is the creativity in His examples when He seems to be whispering to me.

When I was holding my son tonight, I took a deep breath after he finally calmed down, and I pictured myself laying nestled in Jesus’s arms. I pictured myself in His arms after being exhausted by something that wasn’t real, and His promise to me was that it would be new tomorrow. The sun WILL come up in the morning, and He will make all things new.

I am constantly amazed by how such little child, only just created, can help teach me something so big and so true… And now on to tomorrow, because I can’t wait for another little moment and another pearl of wisdom and delight that will surely come from that little ball of energy and light.

I hope you have a beautiful day! Hugs from this mama!

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Anyone who knows me WELL, knows that I am a total introvert. I LOVE people, but a lot of people at once can put me into turtle mode if I don’t push myself.

A few weeks ago a couple of friends, and some inspiring leaders made me take off my shell. I was at a HUGE conference, and I was asked to talk with the people at the conference during lunch about zyto scans (a service I offer through my essential oils business). This meant I had to walk up to complete strangers, and give them a brief description of what we were doing, and ask them to join us. At the moment I was asked to do this, my first instinct was to ball myself up in a corner with a cloak of invisibility, but part of me knew I could do it, and wanted to know I could overcome my fear. I know you can’t see the words on the paper (and I’m pretty sure the words are backwards…but it’s late, and my brain is on information overload…but in a good way!) so I’ll tell you what they say. There are two circles. The small one says “comfort zone”, and the much larger one says “where the magic happens”. Ahhh! And then I realized… I want magic to happen!! I want to inspire people, help them find truth, and meaning and freedom. I want to be a part of their stories. The first step… Stepping outside of my shell… even if it was WAY outside of my comfort zone.

What makes you step outside of your shell??? I wanna know! It may be speaking to strangers about your business, it may be trying to make friends with other parents at the park, but I can tell you that when your insides are pulling you kicking and screaming to walk outside your comfort zone, LISTEN! Only good things will come from it.

Have a beautiful day, and hugs from this Mama!!

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I don’t know how it gets much better than 2 year olds and 6 month olds. Photographing six month olds is like when you bite into a big piece of juicy watermelon in the middle of summer. There is nothing bad about it, and it’s just so refreshing a delightful! Six month olds always have a smile on their face, and along with the rolls, and adorable tu-tu… I’m not sure you can get much better.

Two-year-olds on the other hand, resemble your best DIY project finished. It’s a little bit of work, but so rewarding, and makes you giddy whenever you look at the finished product. You can’t get fake from a two-year -old. They are always bursting with energy, personality and ATTITUDE! I love it.

You never have boring with these ages. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Splendid Mama. Not that I am, but that I strive to be. Words that resonate with me, and who I have been made to be. Words I don’t say because I believe I am, but words I believe are possible–Splendid Mama.

When I became a mama a little over 2 years ago I was not prepared for the way I would judge, ridicule and just plain question mySELF. As a woman, no one is a worse critic than, you guessed it, your self. It’s easier to let critique from others roll away (as long as it hasn’t already found a place to bed down in your mind), but as quiet days of semi-solitude during the first few months of being a mama (not because I intentionally did this, but as a new mom I just had a hard time getting out!) creeped into weeks and months, I had plenty of time to let thoughts, especially negative thoughts widdle their way into my being. Well, enough is enough, and I am making a statement to myself, and to anyone who listens. Tell yourself you can do it, and do it. I was made to be a splendid, fun, creative, loving, nurturing mama and wife, and I can totally do anything I wanted to do!

Saying I can, and actually carrying it out are completely separate things. So what is the key to success? One of my dear friends sat me down, and asked me: “Laura, what brings you joy?”. This simple question has wrapped itself around my heart, and forced me to dig deep within my soul to find answers. I couldn’t believe I really didn’t have an answer. I should have been able to say “being a mom” or “being a wife” or any number of things, but I realized those are too complicated. Finding joy in my life comes in much more simple examples. This life changing question has made me realize how much I need to know and to seek joy. If I can find joy in my everyday life, and recognize it as pure joy, there is no room for critique, no room for dark, and no room for anything but splendid. That’s my quest, and this is what I have found so far.

I find joy in being outside. Why has it taken me so long to take advantage of our gigantic backyard? I recently planted a garden with my son. We go up to the top of our hill, play in the dirt, talk about how God is helping our baby plants grow into vegetables for us to eat, and how we have to take care of them. It feels so amazing and freeing!  Dirt, sunshine, fresh air, and lots of baby giggles. PURE JOY.

I also find joy in simple home projects that make our life more natural, homie, and “back to basics”. I know it’s silly, but I made wool balls for our dryer. I looked it up, and actually followed through on a pinterest project (what-what?!)! It was fun, and now I can make our clothes smell delicious with our essential oils, and I feel like I did something my grandma would have taught me. Something simple and healthy.

My last joy source of today is this. Revealing a little piece of my heart to hopefully help and encourage someone else. I’ve always believed God put us on the earth in a world with others for a purpose. He didn’t put us in a box with some words of truth so we could figure out what we believe on our own, He put us in a community so we could build each other up, and learn and grow together. I hope and pray I can become better at encouraging, and help others experience the same joy.

So again I say, Splendid Mama. I want to strive to be a Splendid Mama. For me, for my boys, and for God. I refuse to be negative to my self any more, and I strive for lasting joy in my life in the every day moments, experiences and relationships.

Have a beautiful day!


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