We don’t think about it, but rest is an important part of growth.
I shared a hotel room with two lovely ladies: the Groom’s sister and cousin. The first was the sweetest woman, and the second was the coolest, so I felt pretty lucky. They both enjoyed staying up later than I *I’ve never been one for staying up late as I love being awake and having adventures during the day* So, that meant that early in the morning I tried to quietly get dressed and vacate the room so they could continue sleeping.
It also meant that I was awake and walking around the resort earlier than a lot of people. But I kind of loved this time. The beaches were clear of people, and the only ones awake and bustling about were the lovely Jamaican people themselves. It meant I could walk about and explore areas, and take photos, with relatively few people caring about what I was doing.
Though to be fair, I think by this time I had earned myself the “crazy photographer lady” title as on the wedding day and the day before during the detail shots I was both a contortionist and throwing little ants out of my shot. People generally just gave me a wide berth, after all I might snap at any second. Even the ants did not escape my wrath.
The day of the wedding came and I got dressed and ready to rock ‘n roll in a simple white tee, and loose Arnhem pants. I thought this would be the perfect outfit for a twelve hour day of shooting. Two braids keep the hair out of my way, the hat keeps the sun off my head, and the white tee and loose pants are respectable yet light.
Little did I know how humid it would be! We all pretty much sweat through our clothes. And after my pants got wet from the ocean, I decided to suddenly bend down. Now since they were wet, they didn’t move with me and split right down the seam!
Thank goodness the lovely Bride, whose hotel room was right next to us, lent me a pair of shorts to rock the rest of the shoot in. That’s all I care about – the shots. And boy did we get some stellar ones. I’ll be sure to post a link and let you know once they’re done and up on my site.
‘Cause this couple + this location = photo gold!
That’s right. You read that right. I’m headed to that lovely land. Actually, I’m there right now, and I’ll be home on Thursday very very late. Expect some fabulous shots from Jamaica next week, ’cause weather permitting I’ll be on the beach.
Also, I’ve been looking for that great pair of neutral sandals for a while now, and I’m so thankful to Easy Spirit for providing them. These are gonna go with everything, and I love that they have just a touch of a heel.
In the meantime, get those dresses out, get those frilly tops, and let’s all enjoy the sunshine.
Love to you all.
I’m back! Thanks for all your words, tweets, email, and facebook messages of support. It meant the world that you hung in there with me and were so encouraging.
I’m happy to say that I’m back. I’m feeling better, and I’m healing. It was not a fun time. Without going into too much detail, because I don’t want to, I spent a lot of time shuffling between doctors, and specialists, and no one could figure out why I was having the debilitating symptoms I was having. Everything showed up normal, and functioning.
Drugs to help allieviate my symptoms just gave me side effects without actually getting rid of symptoms. It wasn’t until I went back to what has worked for me in the past with any ailments I’ve had – naturopathy – that I started feeling better. My naturopathic doctor was the only one who had a very grounded and common sense theory as to what was happening and why my natural treatment was helping. So we boosted the natural treatment I was already doing with herbs and supplements.
Now, I’m feeling much better. I’m working on supporting my immune system to help my body heal.
And I’m looking forward to getting back to the life I put on the back burner for a month. Speaking of, I’ll have some thoughts on that tomorrow.