Moving On

Moving On In 2018

I’ve always been horrible at blogging but there’s no time like the present to make a change, right? I’m all about change these days. There were some pretty big changes in my life this past year actually.

My husband and I separated this past March.

It was a big shock because well, love is blind. It’s been a rough few months. I realized that this happens so much more than we realize and I’m not alone out here. While everyone’s experience is a little bit different, I am hoping that by sharing my story, my experience, and my perspective, I can let someone out there know that they’re not alone.

One day I think I’m fine and excited about the future and the next day I’m sad and lonely, and that part sucks. Feeling alone is the worst. Even with a great support system I realized that no one can make that feeling go away but me. And time. In the beginning I found myself often thinking about what could have been, and mourning the loss of the family (and Husband) that I once had. I got through the anger surprisingly quickly. Once I figured out the what and why, it was easier to move on from the anger part. Oh.. And therapy, thank god for good therapists.

No matter what I’m feeling during my rollercoaster of emotions, the one thing I am positive about is that I want to be strong for my girls. Children look to their parents to learn how to handle life, especially the tough stuff, and I just keep telling myself that if I’m ok, they will be too. They won’t have the family life I had hoped for us, but I’m choosing to believe that in the long run, it’s all for the best. I’ve always liked to believe that everything happens for a reason.

Marriage is never easy but I’ve learned you either choose to grow together or you grow apart. And sometimes, you don’t get to make that choice at all.

Here’s the great part though, it may sound cheesy, but I now have a second chance at love and at living my happiest life. Everyone deserves to be happy and I will never settle for less. We all have THIS choice. It amazes me how many people would rather make excuses and be comfortable, than strive for true happiness. Life is too short people!!

For me, making life changes is scary but regret is even scarier. Even though I’m still sad at times, I now have a new sense of hope and strength. And I’m grateful for that. I know that even if I’m single forever, I feel happier having that hope.

Thank you to all of you that were there for me, you know who you are. Hard times really do show you who your real people are. I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for me, my family, and my business.

This Summer I had some new photos taken of my girls and I. Thank you Anya Maria Photography. These photos mean so much to me. They empower me and remind me to be the strong, happy woman I want to be. I hope to be able to do the same for other Mom’s out there.

photos of a Long Island Mom enjoying time with her girls at the beach

Have you been debating booking a family photo session? Maybe your husband doesn’t want to spend the money or you want to lose weight first? Don’t wait. Time flies, families change, kids grow. And you can always find an excuse not to do it.

Weekends in May are almost fully booked.

Email me to book your session—> shira@shirazphotography.com

 

 

Long Island Beach Photos

Is it Summer yet?? I cannot wait to head back to the beach for sessions. This is probably one of my favorites from last Summer. These guys were moving out of Long Beach and wanted beach photos before leaving. Their little boy was so delicious I wanted to eat him up. Check him out in his adorable little outfit!!

Collage of a family beach photos in Long Beach, NY with a handsome little boy and his parents

Head to my website contact page or email me very soon if you’d like to book a beach session for this Summer! shira@shirazphotography.com

I try to schedule them as close to sunset as possible, so I only book a limited amount each weekend!!

 

Day 31 | Long Island Family Photographer | Shira Z. Photography

 

I did it! 3 Januarys in a row without cheating, which I did think about a couple times! I hate feeling like I need to have my camera with me at all times, but I do love having these memories captured (and not just on my cell phone).  I’m thinking about doing a monthly personal blog post. This way I’ll still be forced to take more photos, but not necessarily every day.  Good idea?

 

Thanks again to everyone that followed along and especially those of you that interacted on my Facebook page! Facebook has made it very difficult for people to see business page posts. The more interaction a photo receives, the more likely it is to show up in newsfeeds. So if you want to continue to see my posts, make sure to like, comment, and/or share whenever possible! You can also change your settings to receive notifications anytime I post. (click here to see how!)

 

Today we met my parents at the mall. Of course, they managed to convince them that they needed new dolls at the Disney store 🙂

January 31, 2016

2 sisters playing with dolls in play room Long Island, NY

 

If you’re interested in having your family photographed, don’t wait until Spring. Children grow and change so quickly.  I love to capture families in their homes, just as much as I love to outdoors! Email me today for prices or to book a session!  shira@shirazphotography.com

 

And a collage of my Photo-A-Day for 2016:

photo collage sisters in Long Island, NYpart two collage 2016blog

Day 22 | Long Island Photographer | Shira Z. Photography

Poor baby has been to the Dr.’s office 3 times this week, had 2 blood tests, 2 X-rays, and a few cultures. After all that, it looks like it’s probably (hopefully) just a virus.

Thanks to the Radiology office for giving my super girl a cape while we waited 🙂

 

January 22, 2016

little girl putting on a cape at X-ray office in Long Island NY