Fall in Pennsylvania is incredibly beautiful. The leaves and the rolling hills make for the most picturesque landscapes I’ve ever seen. Sometimes while I’m driving, I find myself wishing for my camera because it’s so beautiful I almost can’t bear not to capture it.
This weekend, possibly the peak in Pittsburgh for fall colors, Arnie and I decided to spend our Saturday morning horseback riding at Rolling Hill Ranch. It always makes for fun “day date” together, taking in the beautiful weather and country air. We had visited the ranch last fall and had wanted to make another go of it this year.
October was such a crazy month, always something going on during the weekends, so if we didn’t fit it in soon, we knew the opportunity would pass. We made our plans to go nearly two weeks in advance and, despite the fact that I was also photographing Christmas family portraits the same day, we decided to make it work.
Arnie won the lottery where horses were concerned. His horse was beautiful and listened really well; he was even able to run with him in the open trail. I, on the other hand, was paired with a horse entirely too much like myself. He wanted to be the decision maker, and only after several minutes of coaxing did he give in to my requests. He also wanted nothing to do with the mud–a trait I could wholeheartedly relate to–and did just about everything in his power to avoid it.
As an aside, Arnie and I unintentionally wore the same outfit in different colors. When we saw each other, it was that “Are-We-Really-Going-To-Be-THAT-Couple?” exchange where, in the end, we just laughed and wore matching the outfits anyway. (In fact, we even wore them to the Christmas portraits, and it just became a joke throughout the day.)
For Arnie and I, but me especially, it’s hard not to get caught up in life’s many day-to-day tasks. There will always be something to do–a few loads of laundry, cleaning the apartment, tasks for work–and it’s hard to force ourselves to do something just for us. Every time we do though, it’s so worth it. It’s good for the soul, good for your relationship… it’s just good to disconnect for an hour.
After our morning day date, we were able to come home and recharge before the afternoon’s Christmas portrait sessions, which gave me more energy and allowed me to be totally present with the families I was working with. (I will be sharing photos from some of the different sessions over on W&K Photography throughout the week, in case you’d like to check those out.)
Looking back through these pictures already has me wanting to go back. It’s such a fun and out-of-the-ordinary weekend activity to do with your significant other or a group of friends, and a really wonderful way to enjoy Pennsylvania’s pretty countrysides.
I hope you all had wonderful weekends as well, and if you’re looking for outfit details for both Arnie’s and my outfits, you can find them at the bottom of this post. (Quick side note: My flannel is a petite size and styled as a relaxed fit. If you prefer a tighter fitting shirt, you might consider sizing down on this one.)
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