When I first photographed Renee a few years back she was in the middle of changing careers and reinventing herself. She decided that she wanted to be a teacher and that her years in fashion marketing and product development were coming to a close. She was also in the middle of having babies, so I photographed her little ones and at the time she was not in the photos.
Now, a few years later she has three school-aged boys. To say her life is non-stop would be an understatement. So on this day, Renee wanted to slow down with her loves and spend time together and finally be in the photo. She knows she matters, and she wants them to know how much they matter to her too. She has so much to be grateful for, including their action-packed life and their support when she decided to go back to school to follow her dreams.
Life with three young, active boys and having a successful career can be a constant juggle. One thing is for sure, Renee isn't afraid of a little challenge. In fact, I get the feeling that she thrives in intense or demanding situations… after all, she is a 3rd grade teacher now. ;-)
Helping kids and making a difference in their lives is what Renee loves most about her work, and let's face it… she probably doesn't get nearly enough thanks for all of her dedication and the blood, sweat and tears that go into empowering children, changing their lives and being their fearless leader.
So today, as you look back upon these photos and how much you've accomplished with your career and your family in such little time, I hope you will take some time to celebrate yourself and all that you do. You mean the world to all the kids you influence in school and those who also live under your own roof.
Renee (and teachers everywhere), You fuel more than just a kid's learning or interest, you inspire them to dream, to achieve, to pursue their passions and be the best individuals that they can be. You care, you support, you nurture and protect. You do all that just by being YOU! From all of us who don't get to say it often enough... thank you!