A “Working Vacation”, I’m sure we’ve all heard the term before. Without hesitation, I’m also pretty sure that everyone reading this post could identify someone in his or her network that needs a vacation from their regular 9-5 grind. If done properly, taking time off can actually be quite beneficial to your relationships, your creativity, and most importantly, yourself………………….

If you’re a creative type that doesn’t vacation that much, getting stuck in some sort of repetition mode is something that can easily creep up on you without warning. Trust me though, even though you think that your still doing a good job, and not plagiarizing yourself, others take notice.

Case in point; you’ve seen a multitude of crooked grinds and method airs shot by the same photographer. In one sense, it could be the easiest route when trying to solve the lack of creativity. In the other sense, it is the easy route to trying to solve the problem.

More then often, we overwork our selves and tend to loose sense of the fact that time moves really fast. Before you know it, an entire year has gone by and all you have to show for it is a bunch of work. You’ve actually lost touch with the big picture and missed out on a lot of fun times, stupid ideas and random activities with your friends.

This brings me to the point of always making time for yourself.  Sounds easy right? Trust me, it is. Planning far ahead and setting your goals out in advance will leave you no excuses when it comes time to even thinking of backing out. I recently took a vacation from my work as a skateboard photographer and ventured out to Maui for some much needed relaxation.  You know what? It actually proved to be a good work program (or at least that’s what I told the boss…….).

Seriously though, once you slow down and have some time to really look at what your doing, how your spending your time, and what’s important, you just might end up making a few changes. While laying poolside, I came to the conclusion that my work was looking stagnant and made an “on-the-spot” decision to implement some of them right away. What better time to make changes then when you’re as relaxed as possible?

This time off from my job gave me the necessary headspace to realizing what I needed to work on, how I was going to do it. As a professional photographer, my job is of course, to shoot photos. Taking this time away from shooting something other than editorial and work based photos allowed me to get back to having nothing but pure fun with my camera.

The photos in this post have no real purpose other than simply documenting my trip. Most importantly, there were no goals or restrictions with the photos that I shot on this trip. Being as open minded as possible is something we need to work on as people. Simply slow down and make time to take a breather.  With the internet at your finger 24 hours a day, there’s always work to be done.  Even though I’m not really a even a 9-5’r, I’ve learned that work will always stress you out if you let it.

Hopefully spending the time reading this allowed you to take a mini vacation away from working your ass off. Always remember to relax and do a good job because I as stated above, others notice when you don’t.

Brian Caissie

About Brian Caissie

Do what you love to do" is a common phrase that's rarely accomplished. It takes a lot of hard work, but for Brian Caissie's skateboarding and snowboarding lifestyle, capturing both through photography became a natural pursuit. Born in Nova Scotia, at 18 he headed to the west coast of British Columbia in order to enjoy the mountains and the epic skate mecca of Vancouver. Working as Concrete Skateboarding magazine’s photo editor for 11 years and counting, Brian's 20 years of photography experience has also led images appearing in SBC Skateboard, The Skateboard Mag, Skateboarder, Color, Transworld and more, with ample catalogue and advertisement work for numerous companies in the industry.