Dear Summer 2014,
You were awesome. Thank you. You have officially come to an end though and I really wanted you to stick around. You are donezo. Now what? I’m sure some of you are excited for the leaves to change colour and to wear big fuzzy sweaters. I am not one of those people. I live for warm temperatures and the sunshine on my face. I suppose the upcoming rainy season will give me plenty of time to catchup on the backlog of blog posts I should have done this summer. Hopefully I’ll have more personal posts and some exciting photos to share in the coming months. For some reason those tend to be viewed the most… So if you are interested in my sub-par writing and me rambling on about my summer please feel free to scroll down
(Above: The view at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. The evening before Kristen & Dave’s Wedding.)
Aghhhh as the days get shorter it kind of sends me into panic mode. No more summer beach days. No more drinks on the patio. No more sundresses. Summer wedding season is wrapping up too. This summer has been roller coaster filled with amazing weddings, lots of self reflection and a whole lot of fun. I bit off more than I could chew as per usual, but it was all worth it. I kept pretty busy and was basically on the go non-stop. I ended up taking 9 road trips from mid June to Mid Sept. I left my suitcase open in the corner of my living room the whole time and just changed out the clothes. Speaking of that I should probably go unpack my suitcase and car from last week. Some of my favourite times this summer have been simply driving in my car solo listening to music with the wind blowing in my hair. One drive was a bit long and I couldn’t talk that great when I arrived at my destination due to my sing along sesh… It’s better to get the singing done in the car, rather than harming the ears of my friends. This summer I travelled for client weddings, friend weddings, bachelorette parties, friends & family visits, and some just to get away from it all. I think the busyness it left me scatterbrained on the best of days. I can’t even tell you how many times I greeted my fabulous assistant photographer Jen with “I’m really sorry. I’m so out of it today. I’m a hot mess. I apologize in advance.” Jen always looks so well put together and she’s pretty sharp. She always managed to make me feel better and was a huge help with everything. She kept me sane this summer and as a team we conquered. Jen I was so lucky to have you work with me many times this summer. Thank you times a Bazillion xx I’d also like to thank all of the wonderful couples I had the pleasure of photographing this summer. You were all so sweet and I will always treasure each and every one of your wedding days.
(On a boat after wrapping Chris & Alex’s Sunshine Coast Wedding. Thank you Jen for the photo. Jen is the best…)
Summer 2014 also marked 10 years since I graduated high school. Well that sure flew right by. Am I where I thought I would be 10 years later? No. Are you? Are any of us? I will say that I feel so lucky to have had so many incredible experiences in the last 10 years. I thought 10 years after graduating I would seem more grown up. I predicted for myself that I would be married, probably have a very professional job with an important title, a really large fancy house, lots of money, a couple of kids and a few pets. Hahaha oh how that makes me laugh now. Sure I’ve made some progress and accomplished a few things. I don’t have a couple extra Mil$ on hand to buy that fancy house here in Vancouver and if I see someone make one more cheesy baby shower diaper cake on my Facebook newsfeed I might punch myself in the face (Sorry. Seriously though they are super tacky though. Also- sorry this blog post went from saying bye to summer to saying I might punch myself in the face). I don’t have everything figured out. I don’t know what things will be like next month or next year. I don’t know what will happen or where life will take me. With that said I do believe unpredictability is a very exciting and beautiful thing. My life is a constant battle to balance my love for spontaneity and my need for stability. Where will I be 10 summers from now? I’d like to be living/sailing on a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean sipping blended drinks. Maybe that’s slightly unrealistic, but hey you never know? Maybe I will move somewhere that has summer year round? Anyways… I’m going to focus on right now and you should too. One simple thing that most people fail realize: life is a journey, not a destination. Stop waiting around for “someday” to experience the things you want in life. Go out and do them now. The yacht might have to wait. I love the quote “Do the best you can with what you have”. In that case I might just go rent a canoe and bring a bottle of wine with me…
Farewell summer. Until we meet again.
(Oregon Coastline. Indian Beach at Ecola State Park)