Everybody needs a moment to just relax a little bit, and for me going to beautiful places and doing what I love is the perfect way to do so. My friend and I like to do shoots, including makeup, different outfits and different locations. So, during our Christmas break, we decided to do another one of these, and it has honestly become one of my favourite shoots we’ve ever done together.
To be fairly honest, the day started in a perfect way already, as it was only a week or so after Christmas, we decided to celebrate it together before doing the shoot. We basically set a budget and a minimum of items and it was incredibly funny to see everything we bought for each other. I got at least ten presents from her and I gave her just as much in return, which resulted in us creating a flat lay of everything we gave each other.
Of course, I just needed to try the new nail colours and makeup items, and it was well past lunchtime when we decided it was finally time to actually do some shooting. We hadn’t chosen the best day to do so, as the weather was absolutely horrid. As my friend went by train and bus, I cycled about half an hour to the spot I had chosen – and had kept a surprise from her – through the harsh wind, and we were already frozen by the time we got there.
My new items, my beautiful long coat, her cute scarf, the perfect glasses and the picturesque location I had chosen were combined and with frozen toes and fingers we started to shoot. As always, we needed a minute or so to get in our shoot-mood, but once we had an idea of what we wanted, it went as smooth as ever, and after every twenty shots, we just had to compliment each other on every single thing.
The wind was crazy, honestly, and my hair was flying around in the wind. Me having been too stupid to think of wearing a ponytail during the shoot went out with styled hair, and by the time we actually got at the little beach, the whole thing had been destroyed. We tried to look serious while actually laughing our asses of and wanted to show our faces when our hair was actually blocking any kind of sight.
But every time we took a look at the pictures, we happily returned to our spots, switched places once in a while and were very happy when it was our turn to wear the gloves that I had brought. We had to watch our stuff, had to take cute pictures of each other, had to try and pose the best we could while the elements were working against us.
When we came home, we took a cup of nice, hot tea while scrolling through the pictures and selecting which ones we liked. Luckily, even though there was a lot of drama and inconveniences, there were too many shots I liked. In the end, I settled for only posting three on Instagram, though posting about ten to fifteen to my Facebook.
And it’s days like these that I enjoy, that I have the most genuine smile ever, and that I cannot and don’t want to forget. Although there’s a lot of stress and shivering involved in this shoot, this is the most relaxing thing I’d done all Christmas break, and in the past few months. It’s times like these that I really enjoy nature, and take time to actually wind down.