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Top three adventures that will actually raise your spirits | Boise Family Adventure Photographer

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Top three adventures that will actually raise your spirits | Boise Family Adventure Photographer

Sledding down the butte in my backyard, I was six years old. My sister, two years older than me, sat in the front of the sled. We always argued over who got to sit in the front. She won the battle this time and later regretted it. Falling headfirst into a bush, it was always hard to navigate around them as we went down the hill. And honestly, it made my day. Let's not for a moment think that I let her forget that moment...EVER. 

The adventures we go on as kids, often mirror the adventures we enjoy most as adults.

I am not sure why this is, but I can tell you that I would absolutely love to go downhill on a sled in the snow right now. Having kids myself, it makes it so much easier to share these kinds of experiences because its almost as if I want them to experience all the adventures I had as a kid. Knowing that I enjoyed them so much and knowing they would too if they just gave them a go, I try and implement as many as possible.

What are some adventures you did as a kid that you want to have your kids enjoy? Let's explore some of the most common things we like to do and see how they will make you happy.

1. Having past adventures

I know this sounds pretty simplistic and generic, but stay with me on this. I have no idea what you enjoyed doing as a kid. Hanging out at the local theater and becoming an expert people watcher? Riding a bike? Going on a hike? Playing at the local swimming pool? Again, the things you did as a kid for fun will echo what you want to do with your kids now. So start remembering your own adventures and surely your excitement will rub off on them when you go to complete them. 

2. Trying something new

Exploring the area in which you live, not only gets you out and about to meet new people in your direct area, it also is a fun challenge to find new adventures. Have you ever done paddle boarding? para sailing? hot air balloon rides? Try something different and see what kinds of adventures you can come up with.  This is guaranteed not only to raise your spirits, it teaches your kids that there is so much more in the world than their parent's past adventures. 

3.  Just staying in

People often think that adventures have to be outside doing something fun and exciting. Now, while I love those kinds of adventures, there are so many more adventures to be had indoors too. There is nothing like having a day where you just stay in and relax. Our bodies need to be in relax mode every once in a while. And I can't tell you how many times I got to know my kids on more of a personal level just by hanging out and chatting or watching a favorite movie or reading a favorite book. Playing a board game and eating dinner together are some examples of what fun can be had indoors. The togetherness is not only a necessity for you, but a necessity for them. Don't downplay the importance of these down times. 

Now, while my sister was not happy about the result of the sledding event, it did not prevent her from getting back out there and trying again. This time we tried a little harder to navigate around the bushes, and she let me go in front just a few more times than her after that. 

What adventures are you waiting to have with your kids? Are these adventures season dependent? or can they be done whenever you want? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Do you want me to come around and document your next adventure? Contact me today to set something up! 

Much love,

Heather 


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10 easy questions: confessions from a happy client

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10 easy questions: confessions from a happy client

The gratitude I feel for some clients is just immeasurable. The ones that totally "get" what I am doing make me the happiest. I feel a close connection to all my clients but sometimes certain ones take me over the edge. One example of this is the Edwards family. Their son "Mr. M" was the cutest little ham if I ever saw one. We had a ton of fun and I wish the session had been longer than two hours! I interviewed mom afterwards to hear her thoughts on the matter and this is what she came up with. There is never a dull moment when you have two dogs, a toddler and an awesome sunny day.

  • How did you hear about Floyd Family Photography?  

I found one of your video sessions on Facebook!

  • At what point did you decide to book with me?

I knew I would book a session at some point, but it took me a while to get over the idea of needing an "event" to have photos done.

  • Were you ever skeptical about doing a Day in the Life Session? If so, why? And what made you overcome it?

I loved the idea, but when I thought about my typical day with tantrums, reading Go Dog Go 100 times, and general pandemonium. I was afraid I wouldn't capture what I thought were the moments I would want to remember. I finally went to the place that said "I want to remember ALL of it!"

  • What was your favorite part of the session?

Just the overall feel of it. I'm married to someone who can't smile on demand to save his life. Also, now with a toddler I don't know how anyone expects them to sit still long enough to get a photo that isn't blurry - let alone an actual posed photo. Leading up to the shoot my husband was worried about what he should "do". I just told him to go about his day - he always smiles when he's playing with our son so I knew I'd get at least one great photo of him!

  • Were you pleased with the way your session turned out?

Beyond thrilled! And the turn around time was fantastic. Even with a busy schedule, instead of pushing back our viewing date it was moved up! The definition of professional if you ask me.

  • What is your favorite product that Heather offers in her line?

The USB with digital photos which is beautifully engraved.

  • Which do you value more? Digital photos or wall prints? And why?

I love receiving the digital photos so I can really take my time in choosing what I want printed and in what sizes. I also enjoy that I can more easily use them to create my yearly scrapbooks online.

  • If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your session? Anything? And why?

The only thing I would even consider changing would be to make the session longer - I would seriously consider a full day if i could! We did ours in the morning through breakfast , stories, and a walk. There are so many other things that make this time so precious... nap time on the floor because he refuses to nap in his crib, the sleepy after nap cuddles, playing outside with the water table and bubbles, the huge mess that dinnertime inevitably becomes, and of course bath time is always a blast... how can I choose just a few hours?!

  • Would you ever do a Day in the Life session again? And if so, when could you see yourself doing another one? What activities would you do on your new day?

I will definitely be doing another Day in the Life session! I know I will want another one once we have a second child, and another if we choose to have a third as well. Seeing how our every day routine changes as our family grows would be beautiful to see through this style of documentary photography. I think I would want to include some of our other favorite activities - especially ones I might not typically have the chance to photograph in the moment - such as: playing in the water (sprinklers, puddles, my kid loves it all!) or finger painting.

  • Why would you recommend Day in the Life sessions to your friends? How would you describe it to them if they didn’t know what it was?

When you look back through your photo album, you don't stop at the photo of your family standing in front of a backdrop with everyone posed and wearing coordinated outfits and think about what a wonderful day that was. It doesn't make you feel nostalgic the way that half blurred photo of you with the kids covered in stickers will. Or the one of the kids frosting Christmas cookies (and each other). But in all of those photos, you were holding the camera. Be a part of the memory! I have never been a part of an easier photo shoot. It requires quite literally zero effort. Sure, you may want to put on clothing, but there is no awkward posing, smiling, trying not to blink... just live your life! Hug your kids, jump on the trampoline, and bandage up a scraped knee because I guarantee you that THIS is what you are going to want to remember!

Do you want a session like this one? I LOVE documenting everyday stories as they are all unique. I am in love with this family for letting me document their adventure. I miss when my kids were this age. You never get it back. Contact me today.

Much love,

Heather


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