Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a beach destination wedding. I decided to make a mini vacation out of part of it and stayed for a week. Of course it was not all sandy beaches and suntans but I was able to squeeze a little of that in and good thing too because I came home to a whirlwind of work.
While I was on the Gulf Coast I did an amazing editorial shoot, met with some wonderful wedding vendors, shot a moonlit portrait session and a beach wedding. But my favorite part was that I was able to take beach breaks each day. I would hustle in the mornings and the evenings but at the end of the day and several times in between I would go swim or walk the seashore and search for shells. I don't think I missed a single sunset either. I went back into hustle mode refreshed and ready to focus. It reminded me how important balance is in our busy lives. You know, the whole stop and smell the roses saying, well, for me it was more stop and listen to the waves. Setting time for breaks is so key in being creative on demand. And taking breaks among nature and with people you love is even better. You will notice that you are able to naturally reset your brain. I didn't really know how much I needed (need) that.
So now that I'm back and I have a jam packed month of weddings and editorial shoots in front of me. I'm trying apply what I learned. I want to block off certain days and times to "listen to the waves". And I highly suggest you do the same.
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