I was definitely doing some California dreaming on this rainy and cold January day. It seemed like a nice time to share a personal blog post with some photos from my family vacation this past August. We headed to the West Coast to visit my parents and have some fun in the sun. It was two weeks filled with all different kinds of adventures- the beach, the ocean, hiking in the woods, and oodles of sightseeing. While we had a schedule we followed, we made sure to leave a lot of time to explore and roam. This was a refreshing change for my super scheduled family. We didn’t have to fit in any appointments, soccer practices, baseball tournaments or even set bedtimes. It was fabulous. I knew I wanted to travel as light as possible, so I opted to leave my professional DSLR at home and brought my Nikon F100, 1 lens, and lots of film to document our trip. That gave me a “vacation” from editing too, it was so liberating to shoot film and know that all I had to do was mail it to the lab to be developed! And nothing beats film. I mean the colors, the fine grain, the fact that you need to slow down when you shoot to make sure you get it right in camera- it’s a win-win-win! I’ve selected some of my favorite moments. I hope you enjoy this little slice of life I am about to share. I really can’t wait to get back to California. We are already planning the next trip out there! In the meanwhile, we will have to rely on the photos to take us back, and keep us warm this winter!
Techie Specs: Shot with my Nikon F100 // 50mm // Kodak Portra 400 & 800 // Ilford XP2 Super 400 // Processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab