Maternity Photos In Morro Bay

The new year is getting off to such a great start. I had started with photographing sweet Elise's first birthday and the next day, on the 3rd, Ian and I work up super early and drove down to  San Luis Obispo (SLO) area for a maternity shoot.

We were meeting my lovely friend Katelin and her husband. Katelin is from the LA area and we had met a few years back and she's just one of the nicest people I've ever met. And since we weren't going to be in either regions during the time needed for the photos, we decided to meet in the middle in San Luis Obispo.

I had rarely ever spent time in the central coast so through the powers of Google Maps, I picked Morro Bay because the beaches looked really beautiful, and also, the GIANT ROCK!

We started with some yummy breakfast in Morro Bay’s downtown area, and took a walk around the town to check out some shops. Once we were ready, we drove about two miles away to a different beach that was so pretty. 

I had so much fun photographing these two. They have been waiting for the little one for a while, and when she found out she was pregnant, everyone has been so thrilled! They are so loving and supportive of each other and are going to be amazing parents. Matt is so hilarious and it’s cause of him that I was able to capture such beautiful smiles. Katelin is so gorgeous and I think she’s secretly a model, so Gap Maternity needs to hire her before she has the baby. 

I felt incredibly special that Katelin wanted me to do her maternity photos and she was willing to meet me in SLO to do so. I can’t wait to meet the little one and photograph them whey they come out. For now, best wishes for the final weeks for Katelin and Matt. 

Oh, yeah. They don't the sex of the baby. What do you think? Boy or girl?

Road Trip

First Stop: Oxnard

Took a road trip down to Southern California to see some friends and old stomping grounds. Decided to drive 101 this time and take in all the sights and see the beautiful California coast.

Right as we were about to hit the 1, we saw this abandoned plot of land and stopped. From what I could tell, it looked like it was a small motel oasis that must have been booming during it's time.

All that was left was a bowling alley, skate rink that was long forgotten and some buildings. There were some slabs of concrete that marked off former buildings and piles of rubble.

In the distance you can see new condos erected, a huge contrast to the old pastel signs.

I looked up Wagon Wheel and learned that it is considered a landmark for Oxnard and had set the trend for western themed motels and creating resort style space for car travelers. Google it if you have time.

I decided to edit these photos to look vintage to pay homage for the time when it was at its peak. I read they are going to still keep the iconic sign, so if you see it, wave hi.

To forgotten yesterdays.


Weekend Exploring

This weekend was fantastic. My friend came up to visit from LA and we went exploring with two other friends. Although heavy rainstorms were predicted, we decided to go anyway, and I'm sure glad we did. We drove out about 1.5 hours out and ended up in this abandoned building. The brickwork was still standing strong and you can see from the bones that it had a beautiful interior. It's interesting to see how things we've built stand over time and what happens when it is left to the elements.

There were moments when I just stopped and realized how extremely quiet it was, and seeing as how far we were from the main roads, it felt like we were the only four in the world, like a scene right out of Walking Dead.

All four of us are photographers and it was really great to go with them because we all aimed our cameras at different things, sometimes similar, but we all had a different way of seeing things, and that allowed us to be inspired by each other.

We stayed for a little more than an hour and as we walked back to the car the sprinkles were starting, and by the time we drove home, the storm was in full form.

These were shot with a Fujix100s, the newest member of my camera family and I love the camera so much!!

We continued on with our day with a self guided Vietnamese food tour and time in the local used bookstore. What a great way to spend the day.

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