There is a quote that I adore. That I try to structure my business & family life around.
“We give our lives to that which we give our time”
-Elder William R. Bradford
I think that all of the photographers reading this blog know how easy it is to just work ‘a little longer editing photos’,
or to answer ‘just this one email’ after business hours.
While it is great & important to be efficient business people, our clients deserve it;
our families should not be robbed of us.
I try to implement “email free weekends” as a way to take time away from my office &
remember the most important people in my life.
As a result, I feel that I work better & am more creative. Everything still gets done on time.
It is just a matter of making choice & making sure that the things that matter most don’t get
put on the back burner.
One day when I was pursuing the dating diva’s blog; it occurred to me that it had been a while since I did something random & nice for the love of my life.
Has this happened to you as well?
I knew in an instant that I needed to suprise Adam. He is constantly doing thoughtful things for me, and it was high time that something be all about him.
So, here is what I did.
After shooting some Engagement Photography in Edmonton I handed him the picture above. A little scroll thingy
of wrinkled paper.
Inside was a cheesy poem & a map. The map was a 2hr radius around Edmonton.
I said, “pick a place you’ve never been”.
He picked Whitecourt.
Neither of us knew anything about whitecourt. (we are experts now).
Whitecourt is near(ish) to Edson, Hinton, West of Edmonton.
So off we went.
I secretly wanted to go to San Fran and visit my darling photographer friend Gladys as it was her birthday ;)
The point of this excursion was you sleep in little local motels & eat at little local ‘mom&pop’ shops
& shop at vintage shops & go on hikes,etc.
This was the Hotel that I wanted. Adam convinced me to stay at one slightly more modern
as I guess this one wasn’t even in business anymore….
We had picnics (that I packed in advance), we went on hikes, we drove around.
We laughed. We ordered late night pizza. We had sparkling juice by the River
We went swimming at whitecourts fantastic aquatic center (seriously so great!!), we scoped out locations for
wedding photos in case we get a whitecourt wedding booking.
We drove out to the country side & saw random things such as this…
and they made us laugh.
We held hands everywhere
It as divine.