We’ve been back from our Northern California adventures for almost 2 months now, and I am still dreaming about the coast. This wasn’t my first time visiting the coast of Cali, and it wasn’t my first time exploring Joey’s home turf- but it was my first time photographing couples and families in the California sun- and my goodness is it a totally different experience. I absolutely love the east coast- and am proud to be born and raised here!….But you just don’t get these back drops in the DC area. Rocky beach coasts, Lord of the Rings-esque forests, towering mountains….They are sights to see, and locations I only ever dreamed of shooting in- so when planning our most recent California trip- Joey encouraged me to make the most of the opportunity and to set up some times to shoot with these incredible backdrops. He had a few contacts from growing up in California (you’ll meet Natasha and Trevor next week!), and I had a few contacts through vendor and social media contacts (you met Tina & Jon, and Colleen).
The last time we were in California, Joey took me to Santa Cruz- and I immediately added it to my “dream shoot location” list. I’m a huge hash-tagger and hash-tag searcher on instagram- and I found Julie through searching Santa Cruz photographer hash-tags…and LOVED her work (check it out for yourself!). I contacted her with the idea of a portrait session for her, her husband, and family- and she so sweetly accepted the invitation!
Julie and her family are such a joy to be around- they were immediately SO welcoming, and the best BEST tour guides and models. I loved watching the four of them interact with each other– Julie and Rod have done an amazing job raising their two beautiful children- I’ve never met a brother and sister pair under the age of 13 who are SO willing to take pictures, and get along while doing so!It’s so obvious that this family knows how to love each other- and have FUN together.
It was also such a pleasure to work with a fellow photographer! I am so inspired by Julie’s work- and it was so wonderful to be able to pick her brain a bit about her work on the west coast!
Dear Cahill family- I can’t thank you enough for spending the evening with Joey and I- for showing us your beautiful coast- and for being the absolute best models. It was a true blessing to meet you all- I cannot wait till our paths cross again in the future <3