As you may have read earlier, I took my daughter to New York City back in December. Well I'm all about making things fair so I asked my boys where they wanted to go. My youngest son quickly tells me, "McDonalds!" I thought, hey that's easy! Then my older son tells me he wants to go to Disneyland. We are huge Disney freaks so I was up for this trip! My sister lives in San Diego so I thought it would be a perfect chance to visit. Now I will tell you I have lived most of my life in the south and am used to the slow southern hospitality so my immediate thought was California (minus Disneyland) is just not gonna be my thing. Wrong!! I LOVED it!! People were so nice and friendly and it was absolutely gorgeous!! We spent the first day in San Diego and then headed to LA. I got an air bnb for the boys and me in Hollywood. We were a block away from the chinese theater and it was amazing!!! We walked around Hollywood and saw the Chinese theater. I of course had to see Clark Gable's hand print and my boys were excited about Donald Duck. It was much smaller than I had thought but still very cool to see. We walked around and they were getting ready for the Academy Awards. Again, I thought it would have been bigger. As we walked down the street a man with a snake offered to let us hold it and take a picture (for a small fee of course). I couldn't say no to that! I tried to get my boys to hold the little guy but they wanted nothing to do with it so I looked like a hero to them and put it around my neck, cringing the entire time. They were laugh the whole time. We also hit Venice beach on our little trip and it was so gorgeous. People were so friendly and the boys and I ate at a charming restaurant right on the beach. We walked around and watched all the surfers and headed on our way. We finally got to Disneyland and of course it rained the entire day but we made the most out of it riding every ride we were able to get on. The boys had such a great time! We headed back to San Diego after two days to spend some much needed time with my sister and her family. We spent the rest of the week hanging out at museums and parks. Although I was disappointed my boys and I weren't "discovered" in Hollywood or that we didn't see any celebrities, t absolutely loved this trip and will be going back very soon.
I met this family through a referral from another client that has become a good friend. I instantly fell in love with them! They were all so close and when you watched mom and dad interact with their sweet babes you could tell they are such a close family. There was no mama's boy or daddy's girl... both the kiddos adored their parents and were so well mannered. As a photographer I love this because we can all just have fun during the session. During this session we started on a walking trail in Richmond Hill and were truly bombarded by mosquitos. And I'm not kidding! It was out of a scene from a cartoon where the cartoon character walks into a bee hive and gets chased down by bees, instead we were chased by mosquitos the size of my head... and I have a big head! This didn't stop this family. No, no they all kept going with smiles on their face! After getting eaten alive, we headed over to the marshes in Richmond Hill. It was a beautiful sunset and we were able go get some great shots! These are some of my favorites from the session. Hope you enjoy!
I have decided to start a yearly tradition with my daughter. We went to NYC right before Christmas to see the decorations and just spend some quality time together. It was a great decision! My daughter Claire is only 6 but we always have the best time together. We went with one of our friends and started the trip out with a delayed flight so we hung out at Chic Fillet for a few hours. A few hours later we headed over to the airport and boarded the plane. It was my daughter's first plane ride and the pure excitement must have worn her out because she was snoozing after about 20 minutes. After the scariest plane ride of my life, we finally made it to NYC at about 11 pm. After an even scarier cab ride, we got to our hotel and crashed once we hit our room. Our first day in NYC was fabulous!! The weather was super cold but we made the best of it. We headed over to Time Square to check out the sites. My daughter and her friend were in awe. The decorations were amazing! We checked out the window displays and then headed over to Rockefeller center. Claire was dying to ice skate but there was too much to do and I promised her we would do it next year. It was so fun seeing the tree in real life after watching it on TV on all the Christmas movies for so many years. The next day was pretty much detected to shopping. Ohhhh the shopping! Good thing this is just a yearly trip! I could have shopped for a week! We were only in NYC for two whole days but it was such an amazing experience. It was something special my daughter and I will have forever and we are both excited to keep up this tradition.