Learning How to Take It Easy

Rest. This is a natural necessity that I struggle with daily, especially after a semester packed full with 3 jobs, part time school, graduation, and rediscovering my love for photography. After my good friend, Amy Walz, asked me to come and spend a week in Hawaii, I couldn’t wait to get a chance to fully rest. And this trip was so restful and good for my soul! I had my camera and iPhone glued to my hands most days in Hawaii, but really tried to soak in experience through my eyes and memory. I remember several times laying on the beach or walking under palm trees during sunset where I forced myself to take in the scenery. Put your iPhone down. Look around. Breathe in the air. Notice details. Get swallowed up in the experience.

 I’ve been thinking about this as I’ve been back in the PNW, and the importance of rest. To really notice the little things that we all take for granted at some point or another. I encourage you to really take in your surroundings, and find joy the in small beauty of everyday life. People are my favorite to photograph(I have a ton of portraits to share, don’t worry!), but I wanted to share images that are a little different than what I usually post. I will be sharing a few portrait sessions while in Hawaii, but for now here’s a sneak peek of my trip.

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