My big West Coast roadtrip and travels with the wonderful Brienne kicked off in Los Angeles this September. (I swear getting out to California at least a couple times a year is just good for my soul!) And getting to spend a little down time with family before our road trip began was the perfect way to unwind from a crazy busy nonstop summer. Dining alfresco, midday shopping breaks, margs with friends, sunset drives along the water, my mobile office taking place under a patio umbrella and palm trees every morning, total LA perfection, if you ask me! But, before we left LA, I shot an incredibly gorgeous wedding in downtown LA at the Carondelet House (that I cannot wait to share!!!) with Bree, then, with ginormous Starbucks coffees in hand, we hit the road before the sun was up the next day!
Our first day of driving took us up the Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1, through California. We watched the Sunrise over Malibu beach. Stopped for some scrumptious local brew in Santa Barbara as we wandered through the city on a lovely Sunday afternoon. Stumbled upon the prettiest little cove with a beautiful ship anchored in it near Pismo beach…only to discover it was a nude beach. And there I am, totally unaware, with my telephoto lens on, looking like a creep. And those were just the adventures of day one!
We ended our day in the bay area at the Sutro Baths (Have you scoped out the session we did there?! So obsessed!) with a picture perfect moody San Francisco sunset. After shooting our hearts out at Sutro, we crossed over the glowing Golden Gate bridge as night fell and exhaustedly landed at our lovely lodge for the night in Tiburon with the most delicious unsuspecting gluten free meal found at Sam’s Cafe, a local restaurant in town (one of only two real meals we had on our whole road trip! Who knew road tripping along the coast was so hard on celiacs, gah!). As we relished in our delicious meals, late on a Sunday night in the sleepy (totally adorable!) town, the only two in the place, with cocktails in hand, and the pretty boat lights sparkling across the water, we deemed Day 1 of our epic road trip to be a total success! (Oh, and then we went back to our lodge and popped some more bubbly just because that’s what you do on a girls trip!)
The beauty of traveling with another photographer (especially one as amazing as Bree!) is you get double the gorgeous photos to share after! Thus, these road trip posts with be a combination of my photos, Bree’s photos, and even some iphone snaps from along the way! (Basically all photos of Brienne were taken by me and all the photos of me were taken by Brienne. )
Click through for more of a mish mosh of photos from Part 1!
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