San Francisco

Sailing Through the 4th

My friends and I thought it would be great to spend the 4th of July sailing in San Francisco and watch the fireworks from the boat.  It all sounded so romantic and fun, but alas, we all found out I don't have sea legs so I spent the day dizzy and extremely nauseous.  Has this ever happened to you??  It's pretty awful and I don't think I'll be sailing again any time soon, ha.  I guess what I want to say is thank God for good friends.  They managed to still have a good time despite constantly checking in on me, bringing me water, avoiding the high current as much as possible and helping me in ways I don't even want to get into...I'll spare you the details ;) Annnnywayyyy...I snapped a few photos when the day started (you know, before my world got fuzzy) so I thought I would share.  I'm also excited to share a fresh new look here very soon so stay with me, k?  Here's to good friends and a better 4th next year.

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Friendship in your 30s + a Dance Party

October was crazy with work and planning new shoots so adding travel to the mix was a little stressful, but very worth the stress.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been back and forth between LA and San Francisco lately.  A big reason for that is some of my closest friends live there so we spend a lot of time visiting each other as much as possible.  Every year they become more and more important to me and I smile knowing they feel the same way about me.  If there is anything I have learned in the last couple of years it's that the circle of people in your life is something you create; it's not something that just happens. I have friends who are like family and I know it's not because I just got lucky.  In your 30s you start to reevaluate friendship and who you really want around you for the long haul.  It's not about convenience and quantity anymore, it's about quality.  Its incredible that my closest friends not only date back to high school and college, but also just five or six years ago and still going strong.  They make the effort to stay close just as much as I do and I'm so grateful.  It only gets harder to do as we get older and I'm so proud that I have surrounded myself with people that not only find it equally as important, but also don't consider it a chore.  Whether we live down the street from one another or across the country, we make the effort to check in, facetime, etc. and it never feels like an obligation.  It feels like a necessity and that is amazing.  When we have a trip planned it's all we talk about for weeks and literally count down to our next dance party (it's a thing).  Speaking of which...please click here, turn up the volume and scroll down.  You're welcome.

Thanks for capturing this ridiculous moment in time Elyse :)

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A Nod to Summer's Ending + Photos from Cancun Mexico

Oh Summer.  It really IS all it's cracked up to be.  Every spring I think to myself, this summer is going to be better than the last and you know what?  I'm usually right.  I was so inspired this summer and I realized that I shot more these past few months than ever before.  I went on more trips, I saw more friends, I threw more parties, I mended a broken heart (including my own), I watched dolphins swim in the ocean and I ate my way through LA.  The list goes on and on.  I hope the following reminds you of your summer and perhaps inspires you in some way.  

* The sun coming in through my window every morning telling me to wake up and get outside.

* Iced coffee I chilled the night before.

* Welcoming home friends that moved back to LA from the east coast and beyond.

* Dinner parties in my apartment filled with music, laughter, hugs and twinkle lights.

* Days at the beach that started at 11am and ended at 7pm (or longer).

* A Road trip with the windows down to watch two of your most special friends get married.

* A Road trip to your cousin's wedding in Palm Springs and being honored with the responsibility of photographing it for her.

* A sweet, short flight to San Francisco to visit your friend that moved and forced everything to change.  That first beer together in the bar never tasted so good.  Maybe it was because we missed each other or maybe it was because catching up over a beer felt familiar and that in itself felt like nothing had changed.

* Driving to the desert to photograph a girl with the most stunning skin I've ever seen and capture that beautiful warm light.

* Allowing myself to cry due to a broken heart, but better yet, allowing a friend in during such a dark time to comfort me (something that is hard for me to do at times).

* Taking walks at night with my girlfriend who lives next door to buy salted caramel ice cream followed by long talks on my couch.  Sometimes we laugh so hard I wonder what life was like before we shared a wall.  There is nothing like a delicious laugh attack.

* Singing on the top of my lungs while driving to orange county with the sun roof open and all the windows down.

* Getting to orange county and being greeted by an old friend who reminds me every single day that I'm worth it.

* Taking a long overdue trip to a beautiful country to lay in the sun with a friend.

* Stumbling upon a new friend at the beach who not only makes everything better, but shares cupcakes with me on a weekly basis and realizing they are one of the best surprises that summer could bring...

* Letting go of the past and allowing that sweet, warm summer air to take the pain away.

* The ocean whispering to keep my heart open because anything can happen if I just listen.

* Watching my bedroom turn bright tangerine orange as the sun sets over the city and then just like that, it is dark, cool and I am fast asleep (kind of like falling in love).

* Getting all your friends together for no reason at all and enjoying cocktails under a blanket of soft lights.  Looking around the room that night my heart was full and never have I been more proud of the friends I have made in my life.

 

Photos I took on my mini digital camera in Cancun last month.  We stayed at The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya and it was by far the most beautiful resort I have ever been to and I can't wait to go back.  We made nothing but warm memories there.  Here's to summer...

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Wanderlust No More - For Now | San Francisco

I think the hardest thing about growing up is seeing your friends move away.  They are so much a part of your every day life for so long and then one day they meet someone, fall in love and move to a new city.  It's happened several times now where close friends of mine move away, but the one thing that has remained the same is our friendship.  I'm proud of the fact that my little circle stays close no matter the distance and I think that's because we just really need each other.  A codependency in the best way!  We may have separate lives, but at the end of the day we still need that phone call or that text or that little weekend trip to reconnect. Last weekend I took that trip to see my friend Matt in San Francisco.  Once upon a time we were having dance parties in his living room every Saturday night and trying out new bars in Silverlake.  Then one day everything changed.  I miss those days, but so happy about his new life.  Cheers to friends, dance parties and new chapters._MG_3481_MG_3487_MG_3488_MG_3492_MG_3496_MG_3500_MG_3502_MG_3507_MG_3518_MG_3524_MG_3531_MG_3532_MG_3538_MG_3554_MG_3555_MG_3561_MG_3569_MG_3572_MG_3576_MG_3585_MG_3593_MG_3620_MG_3632_MG_3637_MG_3639_MG_3658_MG_3667_MG_3669_MG_3674_MG_3680_MG_3688_MG_3691_MG_3692_MG_3695_MG_3706_MG_3707_MG_3711_MG_3712_MG_3714_MG_3715_MG_3726_MG_3728_MG_3731_MG_3733_MG_3734_MG_3747_MG_3760_MG_3763_MG_3768_MG_3770_MG_3774_MG_3776_MG_3792_MG_3794_MG_3798_MG_3847