Since I was little, I’ve needed a little time to be creative, to be around beautiful things and to be by myself. I certainly love the fray of crazy family and busy kids but I deeply crave a little time alone too. It is most certainly the reason why I stay up way too late at night, loving the silence.
I was so fortunate to go along with Ben on his most recent trip to Santa Barbara and it was just what I needed. Three days spent walking, looking at lovely shops and streets and beaches, taking photos, eating at cafes with my book. Then at night Ben and I talked and laughed and ate great food (the famed lobster bisque that I rave about!) together. We needed to get off “business mode” of family life and just to have a few days together. I love him and it was good to remember how much I like him too! It was our 13th anniversary when we were there.
I usually photograph people so I had no real agenda but to look at things that felt beautiful or inspiring as I walked. The lines, the color, the space, the feel. It was fun to take my time and just play around.
Here are some of my favorites. This time I traveled with just my 35 mm 1.4L and my lensbaby pro composer as I wanted to practice a bit with the manual focus…and got a little carried away.