The Happy Friday Series is a perfect name, especially because Fridays make me happy. This isn’t just because it is the end of the week; for us, it’s family time and about doing things together.
One of the highlights of my fine art photography business is sharing my work alongside family adventures. Having a super supportive wife and kids with a sense of adventure make it really easy to mix work with play although having a camera by my side for so many years if you were to look back at family vacations they almost look nonexistent for me.
What does a weekend of fine art look like from my wife’s point a view? It consists if of long drives, little sleep, singing songs in the car with my youngest daughter and breakfast on the run. I know to some it doesn’t sound like much of an adventure but it’s about family time, being a bit crazy and creating memories.
These times spent together are enjoyed by my daughter so much that on a Friday night with a blanket in hand she’ll ask where we are headed the next day.
This sense of adventure started way before the camera.
I’m writing a secret for the first time my wife Karen and I share. (I apologize to our parents!) When Karen and I were dating, most of our time together included drive time in the car. I picked her up in the early morning, and we headed to New Jersey 400 miles away or drove 11 hours cruising mountain roads in New Hampshire. We were hundreds of miles from home, and I would drop her off late as if we had been at the movies. Together we created some of the best memories of our lives.
The Wildest Adventure
Living in coastal New England there are so many beautiful locations to shoot. Sometimes I think my wife wonders what I see in water and boats hundreds of miles away where similar compositions can be found within a close walk of our Bristol, Rhode Island home.
Have you ever left the house at 11 p.m. Friday night to drive all night several hundred miles to share a sunrise with the ones you love? We have! And, then we continued to drive the coast for another 10 hours only to have dinner and get back on the highway with a warm
bed in sight.
Karen and I are both Gen X’ers but that doesn’t stop us pulling into a toll both at 1 a.m. singing do-op or the same set of songs from a tape (now CD) over and over and over. She is by my side because she doesn’t want me to adventure alone; I play that up because I want to adventure together.
Life Is About Balance
As a Gemini I internally struggle with balance. I have an internal light switch that is all on or all off. The one part of my life with no switch is my family, and to share the passion for family with the passion for photography and business make for the best Fridays a person could ever have.
About Ed King
Ed King is a freelance and fine art photographer living in Rhode Island with his wife of 22 years and their three children. Ed also has a background in business, sales and marketing and enjoys the artistic side of his photography business while influencing its growth from the ground up. You can find Ed on a variety of social platforms with Google Plus his top favorite as well as Facebook and Twitter, you can also find a large variety of his work on his site at http://02809photo.com/