This past weekend I found myself with no wedding on Saturday! What to do with all my free time?! A whole day with no wedding to photograph? Yes, it does happen - from time to time. It was actually perfect timing because I really needed to clear my head, I needed to get out of the groove I had fallen into in my life. I'm the kind of person that just craves change. I reorganize all the furniture in my bedroom and living room at least 4 or 5 times a year because I can't stand it when things are the same for too long.
Anyway - so I found myself needing a change of pace on this past Saturday so I grabbed one camera with one lens (I decided to go with digital so I could share color photos with everyone so much easier than having to wait for film to come back from the lab) and drove into San Antonio. It was a crazy grey day, and it was drizzling, so I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to stop at the Japanese Tea Garden to grab some "textural" shots that I can use on social media and for various miscellaneous things.
Overcast, slightly rainy days aren't what get very many people out of the house - but it's kind of dream lighting (if you can avoid the rain) for a photographer. The overcast sky diffuses all the sunlight, so everything is very softly and evenly lit - no harsh shadows, no blown out highlights, it's a great light to photograph in. The Japanese Tea Gardens are a very popular place for San Antonio family and portrait photographers (I've even shot a wedding there) and I was lucky, at 9am on a rainy Saturday there was only one photographer with an engaged couple.
It was really nice and relaxing being able to just wander around, stop when I saw an interesting photograph, and then move on when I was ready to. No rush, no responsibility, and schedule. Below are my favorite photos from the hour I spent there, I'm sure you'll be seeing some of these used in my marketing materials later on. Just fun little images. Maybe I'll print some of them for my bedroom "photography" wall that is currently in progress, not sure yet. Needless to say at the end of my walk I felt very refreshed having been able to just take photographs for the fun of it. I was intending to head home, but I decided to stop at MILA coffee for a quick pick-me-up (because lattes and rainy days go together like peanut butter and jelly), and promptly got super distracted by all the cute little shops in Airstreams in the lot there and I spent the next few hours talking to the business owners and photographing literally the cutest little shops I've seen in my life - but I'm saving those images for future blog posts!
I'm going to try my hardest to keep these fun little personal blog posts going each week, hopefully I don't bore you guys to tears! You can always click on the "Recent Wedding" link at the top of each page if all you care about are the wedding blogs posts. I can't wait to work on next week's personal blog post, it's about the cutest little shop called La Casa Frida.