Let Go of Perfection And Do This

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So often we find ourselves chasing after perfection. We want to have the best of everything and to be the flawless one. We are surrounded by to-do lists and magazine headlines telling us what we need to do to be perfect.

We are after perfect bodies, perfect hearts and perfect lives.

But yet, you see, this thing we've been told all our lives to chase after isn't real. And that is a truth we need to whisper to our hearts every single day, "perfection isn't real." It just isn't. Not for me and not for you. The pursuit of perfection leaves us exhausted, disappointed and in pain and that is why we have got to let it go.

We have to let go of our need for perfection. We have to let go of our need to be without flaw. Let's leave it where it belongs -- let's leave it in the dust.

So what is that thing we do instead?

If we are not pursuing perfection, what are we after? I think we chase purpose.

We open up our hearts wide to being alive and to being present. We take risks and step out in doing the things that we love. We dream bigger than we imagined possible and show up for people as they are put in our lives. We remember that we were divinely created with a dream in mind. And that dream becomes more alive the more we look we His eyes. We love people, we give generously, we stand tall with confidence.

Maybe life wasn't made to be tidy and placed in boxes labelled with what we think this life is supposed to look like. Maybe life was made to be messy, like finger-painting on the back porch, baking cupcakes or throwing water balloons on a hot summer day.

What if life wasn't meant to be contained, but slipping and overflowing and dancing over the edges like the gift that it is?

About This Family Session

Pete and Denise wanted some updated family photos. Pretty simple, right? Not only did we capture some updated family images, but we documented their relationships, their connection to each other and even those funny expressions between brother and sister that they know so well.

They're not worried about being "cool" or what other people think. During their Image Reveal in the studio, Pete said he just wants his kids to love themselves. And from what I've seen, they do.

I was so excited to photograph them because they're such a fun family, and you can tell by all the laughter in these images that we all had a fabulous time.

Megan is a competitive cheerleader and Girl Guide lover. Jakob loves videogames, Youtube and Scouts. Together this family loves camping, watching movies and simply spending time together.

Client Testimonial

"Karen made our family photo shoot experience a very comfortable one. We were able to laugh and even play together as a family! Our two tweens/teens were not excited about the photo session, but as soon as Karen gave them ideas for what to do and the freedom to play around, they settled in and were a little disappointed when the session came to an end! She chose a perfect location and time of day for our session, and we oculdn't be happier with the experience. I definitely recommend Karen and Reflections of Life Photography!" - Denise Rainford

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Hi there, I'm Karen Byker from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. I'm obsessed with newborn baby yawns, giggling kids and fancy flavoured tea.

I'm a mother of four that understands the overwhelm of the every day, but I've learned how to embrace and enjoy the beauty of it. I believe we should be able to enjoy this life we chose.

I've been a professional photographer since 2005. I've helped hundreds of mamas to slow down, pause and use photography as a reminder to take a breath.

I'd love to talk with you about documenting the beauty through your chaos. Let's chat!