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A Day in the Life of Us

In our group of friends, my girlfriend Carly and I are often considered to be a unique couple. Not only are we often the couple that has been in a relationship the longest, we are also a rare breed of romantics that can call themselves high school sweet hearts that have continued to date through college.

"How do you guys do it?"

As melodramatic as they come, this question is one we hear all to often, and Carly and I often laugh it off knowing that such a quandary is better suited for the tropes of marriage than a 3 year old relationship.

Though this got me thinking- what really helps Carly and I continue to learn and grow in our early twenties, a feat that seems to elude a wide majority of our close-in-age peers?

To answer this, I decided to document an average day in the life of us to reflect on what it really means to be... well, us.

Fergstock- a photo story

 A self portrait before heading out to an interview at the Cambridge times.

A self portrait before heading out to an interview at the Cambridge times.

On this particular day, Carly did me the official favour of driving me to a meeting at the Cambridge Times, where I would receive information detailing my first freelance photojournalism assignment for the Times. 

While I asked Car to drive me, she also helped me make sure my outfit didn't clash (prior to her help it did), ensured I had all important documents (with out the reminder I didn't) and that I managed to leave on time (I would argue that I was on time, she would say otherwise).

 Cruising through Hespeler backroads.

Cruising through Hespeler backroads.

I would argue that Car and I do a good job of sharing driving responsibilities. She would argue that she likes to arrive at our destinations alive, and for that reason, demands that she does most of the driving...

Coffee Culture

 Coffee Culture Cambridge

Coffee Culture Cambridge

Following the meeting, Car and I decided to grab a bite at a local Coffee Culture, a personal favourite thanks to their friendly service, and epic Gluten Free Cheescakes.

 White Chocolate Cake and Peanut Butter Cheesecake available at Cambridge's Coffee Culture

White Chocolate Cake and Peanut Butter Cheesecake available at Cambridge's Coffee Culture

 Relaxing in Coffee Culture

Relaxing in Coffee Culture

 Lifestyle Portrait of Carly

Lifestyle Portrait of Carly

 White Chocolate Gluten Free Cake Available at Coffee Culture

White Chocolate Gluten Free Cake Available at Coffee Culture

 Portrait of Carly drinking an Iced Coffee at Coffee Culture in Cambridge

Portrait of Carly drinking an Iced Coffee at Coffee Culture in Cambridge

Let's just say our snacks didn't last long.

Henry's

After our midday-munch, I figured we should go investigate Henry's, our local camera store. I was interested in fleshing out my camera kit and wanted something funky. Now, any 5 year old in a candy store would have have a more professional deportment than I do in any camera shop, and Hemry's is no differnt.

To this day I am at a loss as to why Carly even entertains the notion of following me in.

 Testing a Canon 85mm lens at Henry's Cambridge

Testing a Canon 85mm lens at Henry's Cambridge

I was caught up on two lenses- a super wide 17-40mm and an 85mm prime. Carly was my model as I hummed and hawed for a good 45 minutes.

 Test photo from a Sigma 50mm 1.4 art at Henry's Cambridge

Test photo from a Sigma 50mm 1.4 art at Henry's Cambridge

Notice how the light is slowly fading from her eyes, as well as her resolve to keep dating me.

 Test photo with a Canon 85mm 1.8 in Henry's Cambridge

Test photo with a Canon 85mm 1.8 in Henry's Cambridge

In the above photo Carly had just finished wiping boredom tears from her eyes as I told her I had made a decision.

 Canon 85mm 1.8, to be used in portraits and events.

Canon 85mm 1.8, to be used in portraits and events.

Millpond Books and Records

After my... thorough... test session in Henry's, I wanted to accompany Carly as she explored a local used and consignment book and record shop on Queen Street, called Millpond Books and Records.

 Carly scanning the rows of books in Millpond Books and Records

Carly scanning the rows of books in Millpond Books and Records

 Millpond Books and Records offering extensive selection of used books.

Millpond Books and Records offering extensive selection of used books.

I think a key difference between Carly and I is efficiency in decision making. While I will consider something thoroughly and completely, Carly is far more confident in making decisions on the fly. For example, it took me 45 minutes to pick one lens, where it took Carly 3 minutes to pick 4 books... point Carly.

Of course the great equalizer is on the dodgeball court and around deep puddles, both instances offering great occasion for me to decide to act for faster than Carly ever could- point Ferg.

A Quiet Evening In

After an exciting afternoon of meetings, and browsing fun shops, Carly and I decided to relax at her house where we would enjoy a hearty meal of Caesar salad and goat-cheese stuffed chicken.

In conclusion..."how do we do it?"

I would be remiss if I said there was any concrete answer to that. The only thing I know right now is that a little love and a lot of patience go a long way.

I'll finish with a few test shots I took with the 85mm 1.8 later that evening. If you finish this blog, and are so inclined, go hug a loved one. 

-BF

 Lifestyle Portrait of Carly preparing a Zuccinni

Lifestyle Portrait of Carly preparing a Zuccinni

 One of my favourite views in Hespeler, shot on with the Canon 85mm 1.8

One of my favourite views in Hespeler, shot on with the Canon 85mm 1.8

 Black and White Portrait of Carly taken with the Canon 85mm 1.8

Black and White Portrait of Carly taken with the Canon 85mm 1.8