Thad and I made a tradition a few years ago to plan trips together instead of buying each other Christmas or birthday gifts, but somehow Thad always surprises me with the sweetest, most thoughtful surprises. Since Thad went full time, I always write our to-do work list for the week in a notebook that keeps me very organized. I am & always will be a pen & paper type gal (for most things). Thad is the opposite- he does EVERYTHING on the computer- but he started to get the hang of my paper to-dos, & even started jotting down a few things of his own. Right around Christmas time, he put a small package under the tree & said it was just a really simple little surprise for me to open on Christmas day. I convinced him to let me open it a little early & it was two field not 56-week planners. Now I know that for some this may not sound like much, but I know a few of you can relate to the excitement of starting a new planner at the beginning of the year, especially one that lets you fill in every detail, & even tear out mess up pages. I honestly couldn’t have come up with a more thoughtful gift from my tech-savvy, everything on the computer, google drive loving guy.
The first page of the planner seemed like a good spot to write down a few ‘2016 goals’. New Year is my favorite holiday, & I had already been coming up with some personal, but mostly photography related goals. One of them was to shoot more personal shoots. I even jotted down some brainstorms of shoots that I wanted to try out. The photography industry is filled with so much talent & inspiration. It’s hard to be constantly influenced by the people you look up to. A favorite of ours has always been Ben Sasso. He constantly pushes himself forward by challenging himself in pretty specific ways, & he’s all about creating community over competition in the industry saying that ‘we are all in this together’. He did a few shoots focusing on entirely close up shots of couples, & I figured this would be great practice for us. Our friends Pam & Ian were happy to help. They came over, we shot close, & here’s what we came up with: