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Spring Break Road Trip | the kids Love it when Daddy has a Destination Portrait Session in California!

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So happy when we have work in fun destinations. This past week, we were lucky enough to photograph a beautiful family of three girls in Manhattan Beach. I love this town. How have we never been to this outpost of LA before now?

Look forward to sharing this session! Stay tuned for a new product offering that goes along with it!

Well whenever we have a destination portrait session or really any job that requires us to travel, we do our best to bring the kids along. Fortunately for us, last week was spring break, so the kids were happy to take a trip to the ocean!

The ride from Phoenix to LA (yes a stop was needed at Samy’s to buy some film) was really low key. The kids were so good about reading, drawing, drawing and reading. They loved driving through LA, seeing the Hollywood stars on the sidewalk, identifying some familiar studios and just really feeling the vibe of the city.

We actually stayed in Long Beach. It worked out perfectly, we came into town a few days early to give the kids a chance to do the touristy thing. Stop 1 – the Queen Mary. Isabella has had a crush on the Titanic tragedy for well over a year. In fact, last year, it was bordering on obsessive. She watched the movie what seemed like a gazillion times, read every book she could get her hands on and even went so far as to plan a Titanic party to celebrate the 100th anniversary last year. Needless to say, she wanted to check the Queen Mary out in person. I know the ships were built close to 30 years apart, but a big grandiose ship is a good starting point for her to feel a little kinship with the sea.

Stop 2 was for Gabby: The Aquarium of the Pacific. Gabby took a million pictures of fish, sharks, jelly fish. She touched everything they allowed her to, scoured every exhibit and wanted to double back and do it all over again. Boy she loves her animals/sea life. Somehow we escaped out of the aquarium without her mandatory gift shop stop. Incredible. All four of us really enjoyed it. Give it a try if you find yourself in Long Beach!

Delicious breakfast at The Crema Cafe in Seal Beach (delicious breakfast crepes, even Gabby ate one!!), fun at the beach, afternoon at the swimming pool and we were even able to catch up with friends that had moved from Scottsdale to LA. So much wrapped into just a few days.

Looking forward to our next trip back to California in June!

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