If you follow my Instagram feed (go ahead and take a sec to click on follow, I’ll wait…), you may have noticed a pattern. It looks something like this: an outing in the mountains, generally over the weekend, followed by daily posts over the course of the following week derived from this outing. Sometimes this program varies with assignments and travel schedules, but it’s a default that I fall back on time after time.
Here’s why I dig the pattern I’ve got going.
- It’s a great inspiration to make sure to get out every week, not that I really need any extra inspiration…
- It gives me opportunities to point and shoot with my phone at everything I find interesting without actually having to do anything with the photos or the internet or connectivity while I’m in the mountains.
- The style of shooting is fast and playful. It also serves as a photographic test tube. Often, I find an interesting shot with my iPhone and immediately break out a bigger camera to shoot the same theme or subject.
- It inspires people to get outdoors. I have heard time after time that people have visited either the exact place I’d shared photos from over the week, or they find something similar in their own part of the world. This is the ultimate reward.
- Playing in the mountains, making pictures, and sharing the experience is the combination that drives my entire career. It’s just that simple.
So, despite a packed work schedule and a wedding to attend, I’m going to find a way to spend at least a few hours in the great outdoors this weekend, and I’ll be sharing the fruits when I get back to the real world.
I’d love to hear about it if you’ve got something similar up your sleeve, how to find you on Instagram, and while we’re at it, let’s all hashtag photos from the weekend #weekendstoke. So, whatcha doin’ this weekend?