On Saturday, Adam and I nixed the usual AM workout to sleep in a little longer and then spent a relaxing morning at the pool. Afterwards, we headed over to Clearwater Beach and had such a lovely time walking up and down the shore.
I brought my dad's Canon EOS 70D along thinking we could try it out and I could teach Adam a thing or two (which is pretty comical because my knowledge is very limited). I basically learn through YouTube "How To" videos and my dad shows me how to do certain things with the camera, but I still have a lot to learn about its settings and quality photography in general. However this time I figured what the heck, we had nothing to lose and maybe Adam would enjoy trying something new and playing around with a good DSLR.
Well, lo-and-behold! Who knew Adam has an eye for photography and can work a complex camera so well?! Photography might just be a hidden talent he's always had but is just now coming to the surface! ;) (At least, that's what I tell him. Ha!)
I'm so happy with the photos Adam captured and I'm proud of him for trying something new. Seeing him smile and be happy with his work, especially enjoying something more than he expected to, was the best part of the whole thing. I couldn't stop complimenting his skills and maybe made him blush more than once ;) But seriously, I am so proud of my husband. My heart melted when he said he really likes taking photos and actually wants to do it more often! And not only that - he wants to explore and learn more about photography and turn it into a new hobby. I'm just so happy that he enjoys it and actually wants to learn with me!
^ When strangers know how to work a DSLR and take good photos ^ SCORE! Thank you, kind stranger :)
Even though it's nearly impossible to find parking in Clearwater Beach 99% of the time and it's always so packed (especially in the summer months), we'll be going more often because we have a great time whenever we're there (and we'll be living much closer to it soon, which we're excited about!). It was so hot when we first got to the beach, but as the sun started to set there was a nice breeze which felt heavenly. Adam took advantage of the opportunity to get some shots of my hair blowing in my face haha, and I jumped and danced in the wind like a little kid of course :P Overall, it was such a fun time!
^ These last two photos craaaack me up because they were taken at different times of the day (you can tell by the different lighting), but I just realized how similar our expressions are!! These were two candid moments captured at just the right time, haha!
We made our way to Pier 60 (a must whenever in Clearwater Beach) which is always so nice because it offers incredible views of the shore. It's so peaceful watching people bop up and down in the water and hearing the laughter of children as they play in the sand. There is always music playing at the beach and usually some live performance going on. This time there was a saxophonist just jazzin' away on the pier while a trio of break dancers danced on the boardwalk surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.
I'm not going to lie; I felt good getting my picture taken. I think it was the boost I needed in a time in my life when things are so hectic and sometimes I forget to appreciate myself. Like many (if not most) women, I get hung up from time to time on my imperfections and I can be pretty hard on myself. But I'm learning to let go of insecurities and be content with who I am today, and I think these photos captured that. (Plus, it was nice - and quite fun! - to be on the other side of the camera for a change.)
Our evening together was simple but wonderful, and just what I needed. The sun, sand, and sea are truly my therapy.
We had drinks at a hotel restaurant right on the beach as we watched as the sun touch the horizon. The sunset was beautiful with its bright and warm orange hue, even though there were some clouds! I plan on getting a better shot next time.
We wrapped up the evening with an Italian dinner (I had shrimp scampi) at Cafe Alfresco in Dunedin and chatted the night away. Of course, we ended the night by tuning into the Olympics with the Cook fam. It was a great day :)
Till next time!