Bryan. The husband. The father. The electrician. The archer. He's many things, to tell you the truth.
While on our annual vacation to Cape Cod, he decided to focus on mastering his archery techniques.
His love for archery began as a child. His Dad won many competitions. Bryan remembers at the early age of five, coaching his father. He told him, "The trick is to focus on nothing but the target."
Now that we're parents, we realize the importance in taking time out for ourselves. Bryan and I often talk about this. I want to do yoga, he wants to hike in the mountains, I want to play the ukulele, he wants to do archery... but we just seem to run out of time! Watching him really buckle down and taking the time to go shoot his bow, makes me want to do the same. With my ukulele, yoga mat, or camera, that is.
On our vacation, I decided to join forces and do this mini shoot of Bryan working on his archery skills. He's quite good! He seems to be able to correct his form more and more each time he shoots.
He tried to get me into archery. Before kids, we loved playing darts together. We bought a board for our first apartment and would often have a few beers while we played in our kitchen at the end of the day. That board now hangs in our garage, collecting dust but recalling fun memories. We'll dust you off someday, dartboard!!!
I guess I have something called a hyper-extended elbow which gets in the way of shooting. It was incredibly painful when the bow snapped back, giving me one of the worst bruises I've ever had. There are ways around it, but it feels very awkward and I'm quite honestly scared of getting hit again!
I'm proud of Bryan. Archery gives him a place of focus, stamina, and stimulation. All of which will help him in his daily life and the future of his health!
Capturing memories for me and for you!