Every year we go for a walk in the woods.
But it's no ordinary walk. It's the pre-Thanksgiving dinner walk. The walk of all walks. The walk you happily go the extra mile (literally) on, so that you are actually hungry for turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes galore. This year my family all merged together at Ethan's parent's home in New Hampshire. We love it there. It's cozy, the town is quintessential New England, and all in all the perfect place and the perfect people to spend Thanksgiving with.
There's a special trail just across the street from their front door that in the winter turns into a network of cross country skiing trails, passionately maintained by the community. This time of year, it's freshly cleared and perfect for a family walk. We embarked on our annual walk a few hours before dinner, and everyone happily chased after Lila as I snapped away on my DSLR. I'm totally uncomfortable with my camera, but it's experiences like these that really give me an opportunity to play with the "exposure triangle" as I navigate the setting sun and moving subjects. As always, there were a lot of misses in my collection from our walk, but surprisingly there were a lot of total hits. After editing, these photos are actually works of art that I'm humbly very proud of. They're not perfect, as I'm still really just a student to photography, but they're pretty good for my second time actually shooting in manual.
My favorite part of the walk, though, was taking a minute to get lost in the woods with my sister. We played around snapping some portraits (below), and got totally turned around. We ended up walking an extra mile, just the two of us giggling about crashing some other family's holiday. We made it back in time, and were ready for turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes galore.