Adjusting to Life as a Working Mom

Besides being a photographer, I also work full time in a Fortune 100 company. If I thought it was hard working full time and owning a business, it just got exponentially harder with a baby in the mix.  Even though Jonas is a piece of cake as far as babies go, I knew that life was going to change drastically once I started my 9-5 again. For starters, I’m not a morning person at all! But I knew that in order to maximize my day, waking up early would be necessary. And honestly, I don’t know that I could do it all if I didn’t.  It’s amazing how much I can get done in that short two hour window before the baby wakes up.  So goodbye days when I would roll out of bed at 7:30am, throw on some clothes and dash to work.  My day now starts 5AM and usually involves a hundred little tasks to get me and the baby ready for our day.  Another drastic change has been pumping on the clock.  I’ve been pumping since Jonas was a month old, but I never timed myself.  The pressure of having to pump a bottle of milk during 15 minute break intervals at work is CRAZY and if I’m being honest, kinda traumatic!  But keeping Jonas on an exclusive breast milk diet is super important to me, so I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.  By the time the day ends and I’m in bed, I’m completely exhausted because I’ve had what feels like three full days within one: first thing in the morning, the actual workday and again when I come home at night to do things around the house and work on my business.  There’s really no time to waste because there’s always something that needs doing or prepping.

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The good thing about these new changes is that I have definitely been more productive in the last two week. I always find that when I have less time to do things is when I’m most efficient with the use of my time. I also appreciate the time I do have with the baby because I know it’s limited.  Which means keeping work stress in the workplace and not bringing it home with me and just trying my best to be present. It’s pushed me to work smarter, not harder (that’s an advice post in the making!) and really be specific about the direction I wish to go in my business and the projects I take on to get there. I’ve said “no” a lot more times in the last few weeks than I have in all the years I’ve been in business – and that’s a good thing! Being a full time employee, small business owner and mom is not easy, but it’s definitely not impossible! Talk to me in a few weeks and I may be singing a completely different tune, but for today it’s doable and I’m going to continue taking it one day at a time and make adjustments as I go.

What are some of the challenges you face as a working mom? I’d love to hear from other women in my shoes! 

February 17, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Becky - I have thought of you a million times these last two weeks, Maddy. I know it will get easier and easier. You are a great mom and a fantastic small business owner. I am so proud of you.

I love your photos, your work ethic and your heart.

February 20, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Camila Faria - Waking up at 5 am, WOW. You’re my new role model Maddy. And Baby Jonas is so adorable, I almost can’t take it. So sweet. <3

Happy Valentine's Day From Jonas!


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February 17, 2017 - 9:39 pm

Beck - I thought this was the cutest thing ever when you posted on Facebook. You are so creative. Jonas is such an adorable baby. I love his smile. He has the best personality already. #BestKidEver

March 3, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Katherine Vargas - He trying to row over was hilarious..his photos are breath taking and that SMILE melt your heart with joy…god bless him Maddy he is so precious.

First Birthday Party • Hoboken, NJ - Event Photography

Ronav’s nautical themed 1st birthday party at Zylo in Hoboken, NJ was the perfect mix of fun for the children and adults alike.  The adults mingled over delicious food and cocktails, while the children were entertained with the balloon artist and cartoonist! That was my first time seeing a sketch artist at a party and I loved that all the guests left homewith a sketch they could hang at home, not to mention it was a fun way for parents and children to bond together.  A fun alternative to the traditional photo booth.  It was the perfect afternoon for the entire family.


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February 17, 2017 - 9:42 pm

Becky - WOW! What a party! That cake is unbelievable. Fabulous. The details this family thought of were off the chart! Beautiful job capturing such a special event. You are a wonderful photographer!