I’ve been talking lately about taking time for yourself, and relating what I do personally. This was another one of those rare photoshoots that I went out without a plan in mind, which always ends up producing some of my favorite photos. I had been waiting for the perfect weather to shoot my latest favorite Spell Jagger Dress, and was trying to decide between shooting in a field or on the beach. I gravitated towards the beach, allowing myself to not think and just go.
I stopped to pickup some props on the way, having envisioned a market basket paired with this dress. Naturally, I had to fill it with pretty things such as a big bundle of peonies! I find the most pleasure in the simple things. It doesn’t matter how extravagant my life can be, I love more than anything the beauty of simplicity. Like an empty beach, the sun setting across a vivid blue sky, the waves rushing towards me while I run barefoot in the salt water. I love the feeling of being there, watching the day end in such a magnificent way.
When I’m at the beach, it’s like I’m dedicating my time to just me and the moment. There’s nothing around to distract me, and only beauty to enjoy. I can literally watch the performance of the sky changing colors and fading into dusk just for us- something we probably take for granted day to day.
It was so refreshing to shoot with Josh in this freely creative way. Normally it’s “work.” As much as it looks effortless, each photoshoot is a job, and it’s my full time job to create inspiring content.
Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that even if you’re struggling and working through hardships, it’s always worth it for the job you’re passionate about. There really is no job without hard work and struggle. It’s just when you’re working for what you love, you’re willing to go through those struggles to do what you’re passionate about. But what’s also important, is keeping the balance and making time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Like buying flowers for yourself, and chasing the waves on the beach. Be like a child, enjoying your time here. It doesn’t last forever.
I read that Aquarius personalities don’t associate with age, which couldn’t be more accurate for me. I’m always feeling younger or older, depending on the situation. Which I think can be a healthy way to go through life. Be free and openminded like a child. See the beauty in everything like you once did. But be ageless, and soak in the world with all its culture and wisdom it has to offer. This makes you grateful and content. There is so much more out there than living for the weekend. Live every day. And if you can’t, find the freedom to do so!
Dress: Spell Designs via Turquoise Lane Shop
Pink Choker Necklace: Flynn Skye
Basket, Hat, Scarf: Target