Monday, July 30, 2018

Work and Play in New Jersey



Sorry for blog posts being absent during the middle of last week, but the rain rearranged all my plans for the week. 

Back when I was in Phoenix I did lots of blogger photography (my absolute favorite), and one of my old clients contacted me a couple weeks ago asking if I could go to New Jersey to shoot some extended family pictures for her. I pondered for a couple days whether I wanted to make the 4 hour drive for the shoot, and then decided to say ok since I need to build up my business here on the east coast. In reality a four hour drive isn't that long for me since I built up a 10 hour drive immunity back when I commuted from AZ-UT every 3 months. 

When I agreed to shoot in New Jersey I had one of my best friends Shannon in the back of my mind. Since her husband is from Jersey they go back every summer, and I was hoping that the stars would align so that my business trip and her family vacation would overlap. It's crazy how life works because whether it was fate or just pure luck it happened. 

My shoot was originally suppose to be on Tuesday, but because of the rain in Jersey we had to move it to Thursday. During this time Shan text me that she was going to arrive in Jersey on Wednesday, and was going to be there until Saturday. My heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest because what are the chances that I was going to see one of my best friends of 17 years?! 

I woke up early on Thursday to go to the gym, and finally headed to New Jersey at 8 am. The drive felt like it took forever since I was giddy with joy to see Shannon! I arrived at her in laws at 12:30, and was greeted by my beautiful friend riding a 4 wheeler. I immediately took the backseat of her 4 wheeler, and we spent the next hour getting dirty as we drove through the mud. 

I spent the afternoon hanging with her and the family until I had to head to Sea Isle to shoot my clients family. You can follow my Jessica Edmunds Photography Instagram account here


When I got back from working I met Shan in Ocean City. I stayed with her from Thursday until I left to go home on Saturday. Seeing Shan was something I desperately needed because it gave me a piece of home, and took me back to a time where we lived careless and free. Our friendship is a beautiful thing because after the babies, getting married, going to college, and moving away we still have the friendship we made 17 years ago. People like this are a rare find, and feel so blessed to have them in my life. Love you Shan!


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