Colorado Springs photographer travels to the west coast
My family and I traveled to Los Angeles and San Diego, California earlier this year. We were missing three of our five kiddos but we still had a lovely time. My son, who is 6 and my daughter, 13 had never seen the ocean before. You can imagine their faces when we first laid eyes on that vast sea of blue. We visited in the early part of the year when the beaches were mostly empty. It was perfectly perfect and it filled our souls to the brim. Open spaces and the sound of waves lapping on the sand. Giggles, running, squishing the sand between our toes and loving on each other, the way families should.
We loosely planned out this trip. A day in Hollywood checking our the stars and Chinese theater. Eating pizza as big as our heads. We even hiked up to a fabulous view of the Hollywood sign. My son had just watched a show the week prior that showed the sign so he was quite impressed with himself. We spent a day on Venice Beach. Collecting sea shells, building sand castles and running to and fro with the waves. I can still hear the laugher and the tears of this day. We were all having a blast and then my daughter lost her phone to the sea gods. Lost and gone forever. Forever a lesson learned. On our last day, we traveled down to San Diego and stayed the night in a marina on a houseboat! It was a treat to say the least. The visit to Sea World the next day was equally impressive and fun for our family. Over all, this trip was a huge success for us.
I finally had a chance to work through these images over the past few weeks (months after our trip) and it filled my heart again. Knowing that I took my "big girl" camera on this trip and making sure I captured these moments means so much to me. I often debate on whether or not I will lug the giant camera around with me because it is often in the way and ever so heavy. I have learned an important lesson with these images. Yes, it is worth it. It is so worth it. Every single image brings me back in a way I don't feel my phone camera ever could. I feel content with these. I feel happy with these. I feel fulfilled with this choice. Forever thankful.