I had a few vacation days from work that I had to use. After looking around Big Sur all their camp sites were taken so we decided to go down to southern Cali, visit some family and maybe check out Joshua Tree. Some of the best photographs on this post were taken by Lucy, thats right, a five year old tearing it up with film.
We drove down late Sunday night and stayed at Grandmas house (Great Grandma to Lucy). After a day of visiting with family we headed out for our day trip to check out Joshua Tree for the very first time for all three of us. It took a while of randomly driving around the park to find some interesting locations. Lucy doesn't let much hold her back, after making sure it was safe you better believe she was climbing up some of these rocks to see what was going on (make sure you click on photos above)
After running around the park for a bit we found Skull rock, which I did not photograph because as it was neat, I did not enjoy it very much, however we did make some friends with some pretty cool dudes from upstate New York. They took a group photo of us for me and after showing them some camera tricks we all took a group photo together. Guys I hope your road trip is going well be safe and maybe if I make it your way I will hit you guys up.
The most fun I had while being at Joshua Tree besides being with my two favorite girls on this whole planet, would have to be showing Lucy how to photograph in film, helping her set everything up and just letting her do her thing. She has a knack for it and isn't afraid at all to tell someone what to do and how to model. "Kiss her!, Funny faces! Okay now hug her a little bit" These two girls have my whole heart for sure. No doubt about it.
All in all, Joshua Tree is a definitely something to check off your bucket list and we would really like to go back soon for some actual camping. If you are into photography I recommend taking film so you can retain all the details of the landscape, the film can hold the highlights of the clouds (if you enjoy that) while holding the information in the darks of the ground and trees themselves. It was a very full day, an amazing day if we are being honest here, and I am always honest. With two rolls of fujifilm 400 pro H 120 left the next day to come was a mock wedding with Ashleys brother and his wife. (make sure you click on photos above)
Now for the mock wedding
After the long yet wonderful day in Joshua Tree, we got a good nights rest and spent the day with Grandma. We took her to breakfast and all that kind of stuff, then it was time to get ready for the mock wedding with Ashley's brother Colt and his wife and Taylor. Now to my understanding Colt and Taylor didn't have the chance to have wedding photographs so this is a little present to them from us. Like always Ashley was in charge of hair, make up and styling. Let us not forget the flowers as well, of course she ask's me for my opinion and I will give it but I leave all that to her and I have never met anyone who does such a good job in so many ways.
Working with Colt and Taylor was a blast and they both did a wonderful job. Taylor use to model and now that I think about maybe Colt should too. The biggest problem we ran into was finding a location because I am not from the area. I love photographing in film and it is the only way I like like to photograph weddings. In all honesty its the only way I like to photograph in general. If we had more light I could of gone through maybe about three more rolls of film, and with the camera and they type of film I use I only get about 16 frames a roll so I am pretty happy with the 25 usable photographs from only having 32 shots available to me.