On Traveling, Work and Life

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Before I get into my rambling blog post about unplugging, I want to briefly talk about something I would LOVE to do more of this fall – adventure sessions.

Adventure Sessions

Adventure sessions are basically a couples or family session where, for the price of a regular couples/family session, we spend half a day or so together hiking or climbing or swimming hole finding or whatever adventure you have in mind, and I document it. Think of me as the friend with a camera who's just kind of hanging out and grabbing moments as they come.

As far as I know, I'm the ONLY photographer in West Virginia advertising something like this. So if this idea resonates with you or  your lover or friend group or family, shoot me your idea! I would love to plan an adventure with you!


New River Gorge Adventure with Friends

Launching a small business while continuing to work full-time is no joke.  Basically, it's awesome and exhausting at the same time =). So when three of my closest college girlfriends came to West Virginia a couple weeks ago for a long weekend of camping, hiking and swimming hole jumping, the break was desperately needed.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from that weekend!

Travel and Thoughts

Sometimes I dream of the freedom to hit the road full-time, traveling from national forest to river to coast with nothing but the dogs, Austin, and a good camera by my side. Because, as anyone trying to do this adult thing knows, oftentimes, the daily grind is just that, a grind. Even though I love my day job and business, keeping it all together is really hard most days.  I'm guessing I'm not alone in this, though.

It's not the work itself that gets overwhelming, I LOVE working with clients and helping their vision come to life. It's more the other part of life - the constant pull of responsibility, financial obligations, family, job(s), school, debt that tugs at you in a thousand different ways until you feel ragged – like your psyche has stretched as far as it is capable of managing and needs to spring back for a while so it can stretch a little farther next time.

Maybe that's why there's been such a movement toward simplicity, minimalism and embracing the slow life. In an effort to find balance and prioritize the one commodity we never get back – time – people are shedding things, mortgages and long work hours.

The Forest

This morning I took the dogs on a long walk in the state forest. I don't have cell phone service there, which is always a bit of a relief. I'm a little addicted to my cell phone and social media. Not in the sense that I LOVE it, but in the sense that I check my phone and accounts all the time. Too much. On the bright side, if you ever email me, I'll probably be the most responsive photographer you ever work with.

Being in the forest and spending time with good friends is a little bit like hitting reset for me. Like suddenly being able to take deep breaths that I've been holding in while trying to swim underwater.

I need to carve out more time for those breaths.

If you've made it to the end of this super rambling blog post, KUDOS. It was a long one. Until next week, folks <3. Kara

 

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