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California Road Trip

If I am not working, 99% of the time I am shooting film. I find that if I am not taking photos for a job, I rarely spend the time in Lightroom to edit the raw digital files and I started crazily hoarding unedited raw files on my harddrive. It also meant that we would go these amazing places and the photos would never see the light of day. Which makes me sad. Shooting film also just feels a bit more soulful (even though writing that makes me cringe) and is a fun way to document the everyday. Like most years, we spent the holidays in California with my family. This year though we spent an extra week there and had the chance to actually do some exploring and lots of relaxing. Andreas and I spent a few days in Oakland and San Francisco, escaped to downtown LA for a night and another day drove up highway 1 for lunch at Nepenthe. Looking back through these images I get a giant pang of homesickness, I think no matter where I live, California will always have my heart.

scans by Richard Photo Lab

pismo beach

Walk on Pismo Beach

Surely most people think of snow and frosty weather when Christmas comes to mind, but for me, Christmas means time with my family and walks on the beach.  I always cook up a big breakfast (with my cinnamon rolls), open presents, and then get some fresh air and exercise before preparing our Christmas dinner feast.  This year was no exception with an afternoon walk along Pismo Beach, somewhere that holds a special place in my heart because I spent so much time there growing up and still remains one of my favorite beaches.

hometown love

Christmas in CaliforniaReturning back to Germany after two weeks in California, I am feeling all kinds of blessed.  Being able to spend the holidays with family and friends in such an incredible place as the central coast of California, was the greatest gift of all.  I feel so very lucky to call this my home.

Here are a few shots from an afternoon hike up Madonna Mountain with Andreas and my mama.  After a week of almost non-stop grey days here in Berlin, I could really wish I could teleport myself back.  Oh sunshine, I miss you.

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we were missing miss hazel so much that we had to kidnap one of my best friend’s dog, Emmy Lou, for the afternoon

Madonna Mountain

Christmas on the Central Coast

a gift I am hoping is a joke & FaceTime with Hazel in Germany on Christmas morning.

my sister-in-law’s impressive wrapping skills

I have made cinnamon rolls every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.

wine tasting in the evening at my favorite local winery, Kynsi.

checking out the butterflies at Monarch Butterfly Grove

Andreas was very excited about a walk on the beach

No Christmas is complete without a stop at the wonderfully gaudy and fabulous, Madonna Inn. It is one of our favorite places to grab a cocktail, people watch, and admire the explosion of Christmas decor.

All in all, it was a wonderful two weeks of relaxing, eating and celebrating with family and friends. I took a very lovely and much-needed break from my computer, which those of you who own your own business know, is very hard to come by. I am starting the new year off playing catch up, but it was well worth it! I hope all of you had a great holiday as well. I have a sneaky feeling 2013 is going to be a really great year!