camping + work
My kids are growing far too fast for my liking. So this year I decided to be a bit selfish with my calendar and we spent a lot of time at the lake camping. I've also got this voice in the back of my head telling me to "slow down and enjoy my babies". that voice is my beautiful grandma. Before she fell very ill she sat me down and told me straight up, it's stuck with me years later. She's right. My internal is to go go go. I can't help it. I like to be busy and get things accomplished. But I'm learning to really be present and enjoy all of their little bits and quirkiness. So taking off on 2 week holidays comes with it's downs for me as it's my high season. I have a bazillion images to edit and get back to my beautiful clients. So the laptop comes to the lake. Amazingly I get tons done on road trips. Since having kids I get extremely car sick but thankfully I'm still able to stare at my screen. So a good 3 hour trek and I can get a lifestyle session pretty much wrapped up. Although there's the occasional sibling scrap in the back seat to break up. I'm certainly not complaining as I'm pretty blessed to be able to bring work wherever I go. Especially with nature out the window and a ceasar in my hand. The second part of this is mom guilt. Sitting in the camper to edit while my kids play at the beach. I have gotten pretty good at closing the lid when needed but its so hard sometimes when you're in the middle of a set. I did my best to only edit while the wee one naps. Then shortly before or after supper I'd get another set done. Once I get going on a wedding it's game on and I have to get it done. Editing a wedding is like editing 7 lifestyle sessions. So tons of work yet SO satisfying once I hit that save button to wrap up the whole wedding. WOW. If you're a fellow wedding photographer you'll know all about these good feels. I'd tend to emails as they came in. I would draft them up and when I complied a bunch I would launch the hot spot and fire them off as to not eat up our data. ( which we went way over on camping trip number one)
Over all, I could completely live at the lake all summer long and I'm missing our long slow days already. It's a happy place for me. Not going to lie I missed my bed but the zen of the spruce trees and sound of the loons is pretty amazing. Of course the best part of it all, was simply spending time with my husband and our little minions. The best.
So I'd love to hear about your camping experiences or your fav spots to camp in the comments below. This year we did Emma lake and Greenwater Lake. So we're always looking for beautiful new spaces.