The Wild Animal Park.

July 31, 2010 | 7 Comments

Hello again everybody (I hope more than one of you read this post, otherwise that will sound pretty silly)!

Recently Matt and I took a trip down to Coronado in San Diego for a couple of days to take it easy and enjoy both the cities of Coronado and downtown San Diego.  As we meant it to be, the trip was very relaxing, and we even had a celebrity sighting (Will Ferrell) while hanging out on the boardwalk in front of the Hotel Del on the last day we were there.  It definitely got me revved up to go on more mini vacations down there in the future (the entire vacation that is, not just seeing WF).

In any case, I brought a pair of San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park tickets with us that were going to expire in a few months, so we put them to good use.  I’ll admit, I was a bad photographer and completely forgot to pack my camera’s battery charger (I was so elated to get out of town for a few days, I frolicked past it without a second glance when I was leaving).  So, the photos I took at the Wild Animal Park are the only photos I have from the trip; shortly after we left my camera gave up on trying to stay alive.  I am pleased with the turn out though, and would like to share them with you all.

Part 3 : The Last Day in Ojai.

July 23, 2010 | Post a Comment

Alright guys, today I bring you the third and final installment of the Santa Barbara trip photos : our last day of vacation in Ojai.

The last day of our vacation was spent in a little town east of Santa Barbara called Ojai, hidden behind many winding twisting roads and hills.  Mark (Matt’s father) has cousins, Merle and Melanie, living in the hot, veiled town who invited us to come by for lunch before our journey back home.  Upon arriving at Merle and Melanie’s house, I began exploring the area with my camera immediately.  Melanie has an amazing collection of decorations, some of which are from Germany that her mother gave to her after they moved to the United States, and some are just plain neat to look at (and photograph), while Merle has a collection of 15 classic cars (not counting the 4-5 part cars he keeps in a car graveyard behind his garages) that he restores and works on in his free time.

Lunch was delicious, which I began to suspect it would be after I smelled what was coming out of Melanie’s kitchen while running around her home photographing anything and everything that caught my eye, and after our meal Merle was more than happy to show us around his garages and let us take a look at his work, complete and in progress.

So I hope you all enjoy the last installment of our Santa Barbara trip photos, and keep checking back for new shoot posts!

Part 2 : The Beach House.

July 20, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi again, and yes, so soon!  I’ve got part two of the Santa Barbara trip to share with you guys today : the beach house!

The beach house we stayed in for the week was an adorable minuscule vintage building.  It was built in the 1920′s and reached a grand total of 600 square feet; 300 upstairs and 300 downstairs (apparently people in the 1920′s didn’t need a lot of space).  It was quite cozy.  Despite its size though, there were a ton of different things to see, secret rooms to explore, and it was about 50 feet away from the ocean.  So, whenever we decided to hang out on a balcony (upstairs or downstairs), we were able to watch and listen to the waves constantly crashing in and then slipping back, which was very relaxing.

Read : the first two photos were taken before we actually left for Santa Barbara, making this post a little backwards, but I hope you enjoy, all the same!

(Ours was the one with the white umbrella)

Santa Barbara trip. Part 1 : 4th of July.

July 17, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hey all!  As many of you know, I recently returned from a week long vacation trip from Santa Barbara with my boyfriend and his family for 4th of July.  Every year a few days before the actual Independence Day celebration, they head up north to relax on the beach, visit with old friends, and watch a phenomenal 45 minute long fireworks show at the pier (along with thousands of other fireworks connoisseurs).  This year, I was lucky enough to go with them on their vacation, and I am (to say the least) enormously grateful for all the kindness they showed me throughout the week.

Today I’m going to share with you all photos from the 4th, which consisted of exploring the Santa Barbara pier while we had a few hours to kill before the fireworks show started.  Matt (my boyfriend), Lindsay (his sister), and I found chocolate truffles in a little candy shop tucked away at the end of the pier, giant ice cream in waffle cones, a pirate with a baby cannon, and at the end of it all we were rewarded with fireworks.

With this trip, because there are so many photos I want to share, I’m going to break it down into 3 separate posts : 4th of July (today), The Beach House, and The Last Day in Ojai.

Anyway, I’m done talking now, ENJOY THE PHOTOS!