A little less than four years ago, I took my first trip to California. Being a born and raised in the Midwest girl, I loved seeing this part of the country. What I loved even more was that I got to experience it with Mike. He was born in California so he knew a thing or two about The Golden State.
We flew into LAX and stayed with friends for a few days in Santa Monica, then stayed a few days with Mike's family in Riverside. Midweek, we left Orange County a did the famous drive up Highway 1 on our way to San Francisco. And my born and raised Midwestern mind was blown. I knew I'd enjoy Highway 1, but I was not prepared for a jaw dropping view every five feet. But there it was. Every five feet. This.
I will forever remember that trip for a lot of reasons, but one of them is my camera. I had been a little nervous about trusting my skills in manual mode, but I decided to make the trip to California the time for me to get to know that setting like the back of my hand. I set it my camera in manual and for the week that we were in California, it did not leave that setting.
I was so inspired by my surroundings that I could not stop shooting - from the wineries to the redwoods to the characters in Venice Beach to the seals at Fisherman's Wharf. When I got home and sifted through my images I was pretty impressed with what I captured. Below are just a few of my favorites.
In just a few days, I will be returning to California for a long overdue vacation. I am excited to return to this beautiful state and be inspired once again. I cannot wait to have a week's worth of quality time with my camera. Oh yeah, and this guy. This guy is pretty great to spend a week in California with too.
Just a heads up that while I am gallivanting in the California sun, I might be a little slow to respond to emails. But I will respond. Promise.