for memorial day, morgan and i took a long road trip. four states in four days. after spending a night in vegas, and then another night in zion np, morgan and i drove another two hours to page, az. the reason? antelope canyon. it's gorgeous, scary (hello flash floods) and, if you're looking to take photos, requires A LOT of luck. when we first got into the canyon, it was beyond crowded...like radiator springs racers crowded. luckily, we were able to find a pocket between two tour groups and we were able to get some pretty empty shots.
Morgan and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary at the Madonna Inn last weekend! If you know me at all, you probably weren't surprised that we stayed in one of the all pink suites. The weekend was filled with champagne cake, secluded infinity pools, and pink everything. Here are a few of my favorite shots.
Last month I traveled to Portland. It was awesome. It was 48 hours of donuts, rain, shopping, and hotel happy hours. I took my canon a-1 and snapped a few pics around the downtown area....this is what developed.
A few more tips if you're planning a trip to Maui. Buy the GyPSy Guide app for your iPhone for the entire island of Maui. It's a cool audio tour and it's 10 bucks. Drive all the way to the West side of the island to Julia's and buy a loaf of the banana bread. It's the best i've ever had and you will definitely want to spring for the liliquoi butter. One last thing, drive slowly up Haleakala. I think I got a little attitude sickness and by brain started feeling funny. All in all, Morgan and I had an amazing time and we can't wait to go back.
I think I'm in love with Hawaii. It probably has something to do with the hot sun, warm water, mellow lifestyle, and shave ice. This was my first visit to the valley isle of Maui and Morgan and I spent seven glorious days there. We stayed in a beautiful condo at Kamaole Sands where the beach was 3 minutes from our lanai (patio). We ended up also renting a jeep and kept the top off the entire time, even when it lightly rained.
Here's a few tips if you ever find yourself in paradise. If you rent a car and plan on driving all the way around the island past Hana, rent a jeep. Bring bug repellant...even if you wear pants. Stop at as many fresh coconut stands as possible. Try fresh liliqoui, it will change your life. Apply sunscreen every couple of hours. Pack light! I packed seven dresses and only ended up wearing three of them. If you're in Maui on a Saturday, stop by the Maui Swap Meet for fresh cut hawaiian flowers, vintage aloha shirts, passionfruit donuts and guava dogs. Get brunch at The Five Palms in Kehei and order their signature mai tai. Get shave ice daily at Ululanis and splurge on the snow cap. Buy a pari of Locals (sandals) at the local ABC store (you can only get them in Hawaii and they are always my go to pair). Buy a tiki mug from Beach Bumz. Do the hike to Waimoku Falls and do it early - when it gets darker, the bamboo forest gets creepy.
Morgan's parents are housesitting a lovely home in Santa Barbara for the Summer and there was an open invitation to spend Fourth of July weekend with them. Having stayed before, this literally translates to hot tubbing, drinking wine, and playing countless games of Cards Against Humanity and Mille Bornes. With no hesitation, we packed our things and headed to the Central Coast to soak up the sun. I've been wanting to take more photos with the DSLR lately so, naturally, we headed to the closest beach. Part dog beach, part sun bathers paradise, Hendry's Beach is known for their killer sunsets and long stretches of sand. Oh, and did I mention there's a beachfront bar?
Morgan and I have a running joke about how we're Central California snobs and never like to venture south of Irvine. We laid that joke to rest this Memorial Day weekend when we decided to explore San Diego. We also, technically, didn't have a choice because we rented our apartment out through Airbnb.
Having no set plans, we finally made the decision to check out Cabrillo National Monument. The park is located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula and admittance to the Monument is only $5 dollars per car. We were late getting into the park so we only had enough time to check out the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and take these lame pictures. As you can see, It got pretty windy on the west-facing side of the park. Wind aside, I definitely want to go back sometime soon to check out their tide pools and hiking trails.
When you put beaming natural light and a gorgeous redhead in a room together - magic happens. It's just that simple.
This is my beautiful friend Jenny. Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of photographing her in an intimate boudoir session. She came over and we drank margaritas, girl talked, and sung along to Demi Lovato's Pandora station. It was the beginning of the end of a wonderful weekend. Doesn't she look divine in her skivvies?
If you live in Southern California and haven't taken the drive up to Big Sur, what are you waiting for? It's magic. Plain and simple. Once you're on the 1 and pass Morrow Bay and Cambria, you're pretty much in another world. But, before you leave the land of farm-to-table restaurants and lose cell reception, do yourself a favor and stop at Sebastian's in San Simeon for lunch. The line might be a little long, but trust me, it's worth it. I got their veggie sandwich and it was divine! In fact, everything we have ever eaten there is pretty amazing.
Further up the coast, you must also stop at McWay Falls. We were lucky enough to stop at a time when it wasn't that busy and a cooling fog was rolling in. I'm telling you now, the water in the lagoon is THAT amazing. Oh yeah, and that waterfall cascading into the ocean, that was pretty cool too. The path can be sort of hidden, but just look for the cars parked on the side of the road - you can't miss it.
For this impromptu trip, we stayed at the Big Sur River Inn, which was great and got the job done. I do, however, want to save up some bones and stay at the fancier places with infinity pools nestled into the cliffs that overlook the ocean...kind of like this. I also want to try the hot springs at Esalen. Anyone have any other cool must dos while up there? I'm thinking another trip some time this year is in order.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I'm a sucker for Geronimo balloons. They get me every time! To kick off my birthday weekend, Morgan surprised me with a visit from Jihan and this sherbet colored beauty. Not wanting to leave the party behind, Morgan and I decided to make it the third wheel on our mini birthday getaway up to Big Sur. While on the drive up, we found out what happens when you combine a Geronimo balloon with a newly thrifted birthday dress - an awesome beach photo shoot! We stopped in Grover Beach to snap a few photos, have some fun, and cause a small scene.
This weekend, I went on a photo walk in the Happiest Place On Earth - Disneyland! Wanting to stick to a certain theme, I decided to document the different type faces in California Adventure and Disneyland. It was particularly fun in Disneyland because of the the different themed lands and it's 50 years of typography history. I had Morgan try to match the letters to their specific attractions and, surprisingly, he got most of them. How many can you identify?
A Holiday that celebrates love can never be wrong. Whether you are single and fabulous (and not the a Carrie Bradshaw ambiguous way) or spoken for, telling those close to you how much you love them will always be okay in my book. The morning of, I surprised Morgan with a homemade breakfast consisting of heart shaped eggs, strawberry topped waffles and candied bacon. That night, we ended up watching Warm Bodies at the Arclight in Hollywood. A lot of other couples I talked to this year had decided to keep it low-key and stay home, cook, and enjoy a bottle (or two) of wine! Sounds perfect to me!
A couple weeks ago, my dear friends Ann and Ryan celebrated their seven year anniversary. As a token of his love, he gave her what many women dream of receiving: a Geronimo Balloon. It was beyond perfect! They wanted to document their joyous occasion so she called me up and we decided to shoot an impromptu engagement session. We shot in front of the Paul Smith store on Melrose and the bride-to-be wore ban.do from head to toe. The shoot was nothing short of magical and I'm so excited to show you some of the final images!
Today, Morgan and I went to LACMA. We wanted to take advantage of the Bank of America discount but we ended up just testing out our remote trigger outside the museum and sampling the food from the trucks across the street. This was the first time both of us got to pose together in front of the camera and it was awesome. We had so much fun goofing off and trying to figure out darn timing of the trigger. I can't wait to take more photos like this from all our adventures!