I have this immense love of California that stems from my time of living there during college. California has always been for me a place of learning, a place of finding like-minded community and a place of exploration. I got to do all three last month when I traveled out to Santa Barbara for the Yeah Field Trip! (http://photofieldtrip.com/) and then stayed for the weekend to visit with friends and teachers from college. It did my heart a world of good. Traveling is not something that happens often in my life unless it’s within driving distance with children or for work. It was such a treat to have a trip on my own, to get to visit a place that I love so dearly and to reconnect with some college friends. I drove around after the Field trip was over to take photos of my old apartments, my school and the coffee shop that I worked at while I was in school to show my kids. I, also, had a chance to visit with my portrait teacher and she was such an inspiration yet again to me. The entire experience was fantastic. I loved that I got to return to Santa Barbara to meet with other photographers, to learn from them and alongside them…. It felt like coming back home. I hope you enjoy browsing through my favorite photos from my trip. Seriously, I love Virginia and it’s beauty but the photographers in California have a special opportunity afforded to them at all times. To my friends, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me with open arms and for sharing your sweet families with me that weekend. It was such a treat to spend time with all of you.
I hope that you all enjoy these images!