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Fall is just around the corner and this weekends weddings at the Stateroom and the Gables felt like full summer! I love documenting weddings for a living but Fall weddings are always my favorite and I am excited for what the rest of my 2017 season has to bring!
A few months back I teamed up with Shore Perfect Farms in Barnegat to rent space to grow a sunflower field to use for my photo sessions. I did the research, endless hours of it in fact. We spread the soil, about 25 tons in just one weekend. I ordered a wide range of seeds, the best I could find on the web. We installed sprinklers and experimented with watering more and less over 90 days. I planted three times the amount of wildflowers suggested.
And what happened?
There was definitely some blooms and growth but not nearly the 1500+ seeds I planted.
At first I was slightly embarrassed. I spoke to soon, I advertised something I can’t deliver. I then moved to frustration. Dylan and I put a lot of work into the field and it yielded little results. I then realized this is a learning experience and it’s something I can grow from, pun definitely intended.
I realized it was something we genuinely enjoyed doing. I seriously loved my time at the farm. I would feed the horses and bring Tucker almost daily. Duane and I had many chats while hanging out with goats. It was quiet. It was beautiful. It was peaceful. It was not a failure.
It didn’t yield the results I wanted, but it made me want to learn more and want to do better next year. I genuinely feel I was as prepared as I possibly could have been. But there is a lesson in this and I look forward to learning the what and why of it all and learning to grow, pun definitely intended again.
Here is a photo of Dylan and I from a few years ago, not in my sunflower field lol!