June Southern California Trip | Travel Film Photographer

Since I’m doing some blogging catching up, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from our June trip to California. This seems like a lifetime ago and A LOT has happened since then, but it’s so good to look back at these pictures and remember this trip.

So many firsts on this trip! This was the longest/furthest away I’ve ever been from Louis and we couldn’t have done it without my mom and dad watching Louis. Louis does not take life slow, so chasing this kiddo around and keeping him busy for 4 days was no easy task. I feel so blessed to have so much family around helping us. We couldn’t do this or even go out for date nights without all this help. It’s transformed our marriage and made it so much stronger to have these times to focus on just our relationship.

That was the plan behind the California trip a little adventure to get away, see some new things and focus on time together! For me, this was my first time further west than west Texas, so I’ve officially made it to the West Coast, and I can definitely see why people love with California. If I could take Southern culture and food and move that to the scenery of California, I’d have my paradise!  

We started our trip off in LA doing a little driving and sightseeing. The weather was gloomier and cooler than we anticipated, but we set out for a hike to Griffith Observatory and when we arrived up on top, we found the skies clear and the sun warm and hot. I love the architecture of the Observatory and the iconic LA views!  

Tommy found an awesome car rental app - Turo - so we rented a manual convertible Porsche (which may have broken down on the side of the road at one point - but it was good while it lasted)! We had so much fun driving the winding hill roads and the convertible was perfect when the sun was out. Thanks to AirBnB we scored a mountain Malibu hideaway with stunning hill and ocean views. The owner was, an artist and her land was complete with chickens, fig trees, and brightly colored art. This cozy remote location was the perfect spot to retire to retire to for evening relaxing!

With the weather cooler than expected we decided to do a little more adventuring. It was a quick drive up to Santa Barbara, where we found the sun shining and some seriously picturesque views from the belltower of their city hall. We indulged in a little California Mexican food (just for comparison purposes) in town and spent the afternoon walking and just soaking up the views.

Fortunately we did get a glorious sunny day in Malibu which we spent exploring the beaches and watching the sunset on the beautiful El Matador beach. On our last day in town we had brunch at the AMAZING Nobu while soaking in morning views of the Pacific, spent a couple hours walking around Venice beach, and visited San Juan Capistrano.

It was the perfect mini-getaway for both of us and on this cold winter day in Dallas, I’m missing that brisk salty ocean air and those lush green hills! These pictures are taking me back, now if I could just pick a few to print and frame for our home…