There are a lot of places I’d like to travel.
California was near the top of that list.
Thought politically we don’t agree on much, it’s a bucket list travel destination for many reasons.
COVID didn’t make traveling easier, but it did make it less expensive. . . so when Lee reached out and asked to purchase Brandi (one of my long time besties) a MOM WORKSHOP for her birthday, I asked if he’d prefer it IN PERSON. After some planning, we agreed that Jason & I would fly from Florida to San Diego for the workshop and make a quick mom + dad getaway out of the trip too. We scheduled our flights, booked our hotel, and planned it all out, but then> > > HURRICANE SALLY decided to hit, a few weeks before.
I was worried J wouldn’t be able to go,
but after spending nearly two weeks at home with my children (one entire week of that, without WIFI) while he worked 16 hour days. . .
I decided. . . I was going, with or without him.
((Luckily, he was able to join))
We flew in the first day and rented our car from a super cheap place on found on EXPEDIA > > >
I had read mixed reviews, but overall, their pricing for a car (a luxury one at that) was unparalleled.
I was disappointed to find out, they’d marked us as a “NO SHOW” when we arrived at 6pM, saying that we’d requested a 12PM pickup.
Needless to say, the only thing they now had, was double the price of the original car, but now the same price as most other regular rental companies, for things like toyotas or Chevrolets.
I won’t lie and say, the VOLVO they rented us, has me STRONGLY considering a volvo SUV the next time we upgrade.
It was a great car, but smelled A LOT like SAN DIEGO > > > ((more on that later))
We met Brandi & Lee downtown for a quick burger & then headed back to their place to get a good night’s rest before our workshop the next day.
That morning, we headed to La Jolla Beach for the workshop portion of the trip > > >
I LOVE TEACHING MOM WORKSHOPS.
If you live somewhere super COOL and want me to travel to where you are, and teach you how to shoot, PLEASE EMAIL ME <3
I promise, it’s more affordable than you think, and I am always up for a quick travel, to teach a mom in a new town!
Brandi was not just any mom though.
She has been one of my closest friends since high school.
It meant the world to me to be able to be in her new “hometown” teaching her how to shoot her two beautiful babes.
Here are a few pics she snapped of us IN MANUAL from our quick 1 on 1 workshop.
((don’t worry, we mostly shot her kiddos, but #dearjason and I could stand still for wayyyyy longer, which helped her learn her settings a bit quicker!))
La Jolla is beautiful because it’s got cliffs, a beach you can walk on, sea lions and much more.
We didn’t get to drive or walk around much because we had a photoshoot booked that evening ( and Brandi and I spent WAYYYY to much time buying all the cute things in target that AM ) but La Jolla is the first place I’d go back to, to spend the day at.
The beach was super foggy when we arrived ( I panicked assuming the entire state was actually on fire as everyone from Florida had warned us it would be) but as the afternoon sun peaked out, it all burned off, turning the water from a murky brown, to a bright kind of blue.
The water was chilly, but the air was warm and comfortable.
After the workshop was over, Jason & I headed for Annie’s Canyon to meet our photographer for our session, while Brandi and Lee went home to relax (being hostesses is a lot of work!)
We’d see them again the day before we left, for their photoshoot and a special farewell dinner.
We met our photographer (SARA) and she took a few memorable photos for me to stick into my cedar chest (and also post to social media)
as a token of our trip, which has become my new favorite keepsake.
Here are ((more than a few)) of my faves > > >
I will blog the rest of the trip soon, but for now, enjoy these beauties by DESERT BORN STUDIOS