Last year I looked ahead to 2020 and thought “wow…what will the 10th year of my business look like? I can’t wait to see what is in store for Sara McConnell Photography?”

Closing the doors to my studio as a global pandemic escalates was something I never imagined.

I wasn’t going to say anything about the email I received this morning from NAPCP because there are so many scary and overwhelming things happening in the world around us.

Then this morning I received a message from a friend with the most wonderful news. News that made me so happy I cried. I realized that the scary things that are happening right now can’t take away the happy moments we are all still experiencing.

The email I received from NAPCP was to inform me that I was being recognized as a Master Photographer in Child Photography. I submitted a portfolio of 40 images in four categories: babies, toddlers, children, and siblings.

The objective is to demonstrate your skill and mastery as an artist who can shoot in a variety of different settings and situations, exhibiting mastery of the specific niche.


When I look through the images all I see is joy, love, and connection.

Right now, we all need reminders of love, joy, and connection.

Choosing the photos was agonizing but such a beautiful gift. I spent hours looking through hundreds of sessions from the last three years. Sessions and families who have brought me so much happiness.

Closing the doors to my studio is hard because I already miss my clients. I was incredibly excited about upcoming sessions and postponing them, even though we have an amazing plan for clients whose sessions won’t happen as anticipated, is really disappointing. I’m not going to lie, I have cried every single day this week.

I will continue to remind myself that the amazing gift of photography is that memories are beautiful no matter what the age and stage of your life and no matter what the season. I can’t wait to see you all in the next season!

If we aren’t already connected on Instagram I’d love to follow you and your family. Staying in touch with my clients is something that brings me a lot of joy. Also, I’m going to go into serious baby withdrawal and will desperately need photos of my adorable clients to prevent me from attempting to wrap and pose my cat.

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