A Day Off | The Green Barn Berry Farm

Every so often... I need to detox.  And by detox I mean I need a day to do simple things that I always want to do and don't often have the time to do.  For me it's not even kicking my feet up to relax, it's getting out to see something and do something and feel something.  I'm not a very stagnant person, and although I do love to curl up on the couch every now and then I'd much rather be making memories and savoring experiences and feeling the warmth of the sun and the smell of the sweet summer air. For the past 15 months, I have been working a full time job as well as running what I like to consider a fairly successful little photography business.  No, I don't plan to work 80 hours a week forever, and I'm not sure what the future holds, but at the moment I'm still enjoying both as much as possible, building up quite the dream assortment of photography gear, and saving some money for some projects we are working on for a new baby who will grace us with her presence this Fall.  And that means I get tired sometimes.  Not even tired in an 'I'm exhausted' sense, although that does happen, but more so tired of my brain running in circles and the helpless feeling of being incapable of shutting it down.

Monday I took a much needed vacation day (funny, because I just had 4 days off earlier this Month) to do some of the simple things I enjoy, and one of them was berry picking.  I have been picking berries since I was a little girl, when I used to sell my bounty strawberries at the hospital where my Mother worked, roaming the halls and hiking my price up to something slightly unreasonable.  I guess my Mom taught me to be an entrepreneur at an early age, and no one can resist a fresh quart of strawberries from a kid.

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I enjoy mostly any outdoor activity, but I strangely enjoy monotonous things like weeding and picking berries where I can just let my mind wander and admire something as simple as a perfectly created, juicy berry have always been high on my activity list for summer.  We headed to The Green Barn Berry Farm in Muncy because it's blueberry season and I love blueberries.  It was my first time visiting the farm and we will definitely be back!  The staff was friendly, the farm was beautiful, and the rows were easy to navigate.  Picking was good (I like a slightly less ripe berry... I love the tart!).  Aiden (my 6 year old) had a blast (he made it into a competition to see who could pick the most berries, of course), and we even met up with some good friends.

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I will cherish this day for years.  This may sound so silly to some of you, but I'm sure someone can relate.  There are always a few days of each season that just stick out in my mind into the next season and especially the next year as great days, and this was definitely one of them.  And they never have to do with a fancy amusement park or an elaborate vacation.  I find that most of the spare time in my schedule is much better spent going for a walk at home, playing catch in the backyard, taking a drive through the countryside and stopping at the Amish stands along the way.  There is so much beauty around us to be enjoyed.  Get out and do something simple.

For more information on The Green Barn Berry Farm checkout their website here:

http://thegreenbarnberryfarm.com/

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Summer Engagement Session | Amy + Allan

This summer engagement session features Amy + Allan, an awesome couple who I have the privilege of working with for their September wedding!  I often get couples who have either already sent their save the dates out, or have had engagement sessions with another photographer, and are unsure whether they really need an engagement session with me.  Well, my answer is typically just go for it.  Even though you might have worked with another photographer or feel you don't 'need' an engagement session, it's always helpful to get comfortable in front of the camera prior to your big day!  And they are included in my packages, so it's a win/win.  After all, you only get married once (hopefully), and most couples don't have a lot of experience in front of the camera!  An engagement session is the perfect place to get all of the pre-wedding jitters out, let loose, and realize that I'm not out to make your portrait experience miserable (I'm looking at you, grooms out there). Amy and Allan were such a pleasure to work with, and I always like it when I have a couple who isn't afraid to joke around and show me who they really are during a session.  Allan definitely did not have a problem with that.  Congratulations again, Amy and Allan and I look forward to your wedding day very soon!

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