The importance of making the time to get out and photograph

Lately, I have been going through my archives and pulling out old photographs because I haven't had the time to get out and shoot. As some of you know, I teach English at schools and companies and recently, I have started second shooting for a photographer in my area. For the last two or three months I haven't really had a chance to go out and make the photographs  I want, and that has been frustrating. 

Last week, we watched one of those Ted Talks about time management in one of my classes, and we had a brief discussion on the topic afterwards. Basically what the speaker said was that we only find time to do the things that we consider are priorities. So if we make up excuses to cancel a dinner or maybe we don't spend enough time with someone or we don't read that book that's been on our nightstand for half a year now...  it's because we don't consider those things our priorities at that certain time. Yes, we can all be stressed out (I sure was with all that exam grading and wedding editing) but I could have figured out how to make time to do the things that I want and really enjoy. I neglected many things, and one of those was wandering around forests or the sea for even less than an hour to just create photographs. 

So I'm slowly trying to change that attitude and I'm making a priority to go out and shoot for me at least once a week. Three weeks ago, in one of those misty mornings, I finished my first class of the day at 8.30am and quickly drove to Oiz (a favorite location where I usually shoot trees covered in fog).

That same weekend, my husband and I went for a walk to the beach. It was rainy and windy, but we still managed to enjoy the time just talking and walking near the shore.

A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get away for the weekend to hike to one of the most beautiful lakes I've seen near where we live. If you have checked the previous blog, you might have seen the photographs of the frozen lake. It was a wonderful experience, not just walking on the snow and ice, but being able to get out and experience something different. Here is a favorite photo from that trip...

And last weekend, my friends and I went to catch the sunset at one of the most beautiful places of the Basque coast, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. There were lots of clouds and I was not expecting any mind blowing sunsets, but I totally changed my mind as soon as we walked down to a viewpoint and looked towards the west...

What works for me is carrying a camera everywhere I go, so when I have 20 minutes for myself I still have something to photograph with. Most of the time it's my X100T because I can take it in my bag and I don't even notice it's in there. I'm sure many of you do the same, but I can't stress enough the importance of always having a camera on you because you never know when to expect the magic to happen. Sometimes it can be even on your way to work, just like yesterday morning.