Confessions of a Photo Junkie Mom

I’m a mom with a camera. A photographer with kids. I’m not just your ordinary {run of the mill} snap happy parent. I can be obsessive, some might even say compulsive; relentless in capturing my family’s every move, every milestone, every laugh, every cry.

I find comfort in knowing I’m not the only one out there. You might not yet know it, but you could be a junkie too. We probably have a lot in common. Our spouses secretly hate our cameras. Our spouses openly hate our cameras. Our kids suffer from camera shock, (also known as photographer’s kid syndrome) and will likely need therapy in the future.

I sometimes exhibit additional compulsions like prop junky-ism and Facebook-oversharing-ness. Mostly I prefer to hoard all the pictures on endless hard drives and in old shoe boxes, vowing one day to finally create 15 years worth of family year book photo albums. But there are times when I overshare every snap of the camera on social media while sitting in the dark with the glow of the screen on my face, waiting for the likes to roll in. It’s a problem, and I’m ready to admit it.

I’m a photo junkie – and this is my story…


Little boys face in the early morning hours
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September 24, 2016 by Jenni 


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September 12, 2016 by Jenni 


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June 10, 2016 by Jenni 


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May 21, 2016 by Jenni 


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May 6, 2016 by Jenni 


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#4 Picture Show
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#3 A Whole New Perspective
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July 17, 2014 by Jenni 


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May 26, 2014 by Jenni 


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May 11, 2014 by Jenni 


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April 30, 2014 by Jenni 


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