Pacific Grove, Carmel & Big Sur, California ~ California Film Photography

I’ve been waiting for this email since we mailed our film out a week or two ago – and I was SO HAPPY to see it hit my inbox on Friday afternoon!! Our film scans from our time in California are back and I’m more excited than ever to share with you guys!! The more film I shoot – the more I want to work it into our client workflows as well – but that idea is still sitting in a little space in the back of my brain for now (maybe someday)! Although, I did shoot a roll at Eric and Aya’s wedding and I adore the photos I got from doing so… so maybe it is closer to happening than I want to admit?! haha.

Either way – for now I’m enjoying shooting film for fun on all of our trips and definitely plan to shoot film for our future family as well! If you guys want to know more of the details of our trip to California – please check out the post I did with all the information HERE. In this post I’m just going to let the photos do the talking other than to mention where some were taken. 🙂

As usual, all photos were shot using my Mamiya 645 AFD on Porta 400 film and were developed/scanned at the fabulous Richard Photo Lab! Enjoy! xoxo


First up is Carmel-by-the-Sea… We didn’t get to explore the town too much (what we did see was ADORABLE) – but we did make it to the beach! 😉


On the way back to our AirBnB in Pacific Grove, we took the scenic route home… i.e. 17 Mile Drive! Worth it!

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Then we ended the drive at the ceremony location for Eric and Aya’s wedding, Asilomar State Beach, which was so gorgeous!


And of course I had to snap at least a couple photos of our adorable AirBnB cottage in Pacific Grove!


I realize I said this was a post of personal pictures – but I couldn’t help but share a couple of the film photos I took at Eric & Aya’s wedding! The fact that they look like this straight out of camera will never cease to amaze me. *sigh*


Celebrating the end of a beautiful wedding day with my love!


Then we headed straight to the beach to watch the sunset! It was chilly, but so worth it.


We spotted all these people having bonfires on the beach at sunset and so we decided we had to make that happen the next night! We pretty much did nothing all day Sunday (recovered from the wedding & travel exhaustion) and then packed up to enjoy wine and s’mores with a bonfire at the beach that night. It was as beautiful as it sounds!


On our last full day there we drove down Highway 1 through Big Sur (oh-my-amazing!), saw the Bixby Bridge, hiked at Pfeifer State Park, and ended the day with a picnic at Pfeifer Beach (the windiest beach I’ve ever been too)!



Oh my gosh – I absolutely fell in love with this part of California while we were there and can’t wait to go back someday!! So unbelievably BEAUTIFUL! xoxo

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