For a wedding photographer, December is the beginning of vacation and the year-long feared slow time with little work coming in. Well this year, a few months before that “vaca” time I decided I actually was going to take a vacation this year! My best friend had just moved to Newport Beach, California and I had never been west of Ohio (and that needed to change). I needed to get out of dreary December Pennsylvania for a little bit and her blow-up mattress was calling my name all the way across the country. I sure love my husband and 3-year old son, but I was really excited to get away and let loose.
So the whole week I was there was spent relaxing, hanging in the hot tub, playing house with the coolest dog I know Huckle-hoofen, eating tacos and drinking margaritas. YUM! Oh, and a drag contest with Willam and Raven as the hosts for all you Rupaul’s Drag Race fans (unfortunately no pics of that).
Most of our time was spent in Newport Beach / Irving area, going on walks to admire the beauty that is the west coast. I saw the Pacific ocean for the first time when we went on a whale watching boating adventure, which turned into a dolphin watching/ seal spotting/ trying to not get sea sick adventure. The 2-3 hour boat ride ended just as the sun was setting. And can I say WOW west coast sun sets!! Now that is a sight to behold. We also visited Huntington Beach, and saw the most amazing sunset I’ve seen in my life. It was during Taco Tuesday where we tried to find a good deal on tacos but instead took advantage of all the free samples at the street fair going on. We spend one afternoon in LA playing in West Hollywood. There we went to the Museum of Death, saw some rad art at the MOCA Design Center, explored the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where we met some cool native cats, hit up some stores on Melrose Ave. and of coarse got some tacos at Frida’s Tacos.
All images where taken with varying degrees of expired Kodak Portia and Kodak Gold 35mm film. The older film gave some interesting color surprises and made editing the images a fun challenge. I hope you enjoy looking at my travel photos as much as I enjoyed making them!