Everyone has a "why" or two for why they do what they do. For me one of my big why's is my dad. This guy was behind a camera all the time growing up...and he always had the newest camera tech. He always had a laugh and a helping hand ready for his friends and family. November 30, 2001 was the last day I ever spoke to my dad, he passed unexpectedly the next day. Suddenly all I had of my dad were the memories of an adolescent girl, and the pictures he left behind. Those pictures are some the most precious thing in the world to me. Just looking at his face helps me hear his voice in my memory clearer, and looking at the pictures he took of me reminds me just how much he loved me. I communicate my love to my daughter in the same way even now- she and I have an awesome time playing dress up and doing photoshoots together.
So that's one of my big "why's." Because life is short, and we're not guaranteed tomorrow, and because every time I pick up my camera I'm reminded of my dad's prolific collection of cameras that were always pointed at me. Providing people with images of their favorite humans that will hang on their walls for years to come is something that is very meaningful to me. I know just how important a single picture can be to a person, and I consider it an honor and a great responsibility to create those special images of your most important people <3
Something anyone who works with eventually starts noticing is that you won't hear from me before noon. Often my emails will hit your inbox at about 2AM...and if you do see an email from me at 6AM it's definitely because I haven't gone to bed for the previous night yet.
That's because I have a super fun (not) sleep disorder called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. Which is a fancy name for a circadian rhythm disorder, which is a fancy name for saying I'm genetically a night owl. My entire life falling asleep at an appropriate time has been difficult on a good day and impossible the rest of the time. My body's natural schedule wants me to fall asleep around 7AM and wake up for the day around 3PM. Fortunately I'm able to move that back by a few hours- but no more than that (there's currently no cure and very little treatment available for DSPS.) Double fortunately I found a calling that allows me to work hours that are natural for my body- yay photography!
Things would have been a little easier had I had a name for this obnoxious affliction when I was younger. So I wanted to take a minute today to give ya'll some information on sleep in kids- we all know that a tired kid is a craaaanky kid and nobody enjoys that haha!
How much sleep should your kiddo be getting?
The most common types of sleep disorders in kids are;
I really hopes this helps anyone who's having sleep issues with their kiddos- or themselves...you don't realize how much you need it until you're not getting it!