Major Girls Go To Cali | Central PA Photographer

In mid-September, this Central PA Photographer had the opportunity to go to California for a one day photography conference. When I mentioned it to my daughters, they told me I couldn’t go without them, so we made it a vacation. We crammed a TON into the 4 days that we were there and checked off many things on my bucket list! It certainly is a beautiful state and we only saw part of it.

Pictures of Hollywood California
Chinese Theater, Hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame

We started on Wednesday in Los Angeles. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. 75 and sunny. We rented a little car that you’ll see later in this blog and drove all around LA. We tried going up close to the Hollywood sign but didn’t quite make it before we needed to head to the beach for pictures at sunset.

Teen girls at Santa Monica Beach and Pier

We chose Santa Monica beach and pier for our next stop and it did not disappoint. What a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I’ve seen the Atlantic Ocean MANY times in my life, but this was my first time to see the Pacific.

Santa Monica Beach and Pier

It was really windy and got chilly as the sun went down, but having our feet in the ocean and sand made it all ok. I don’t think that there is any place more beautiful than the beach. God certainly went above and beyond when He created beaches. This Central PA Photographer’s favorite place is the beach. I don’t think I’ve ever not liked the beach! We ate at a little dive bar type place on the Santa Monica Pier and then went for a walk. Brielle almost got taken out by a drunk guy trying REALLY hard to be sober and walk straight, but he was failing miserably. 🙂

Central PA Photographer in the Hollywood Hills

We finally made it up the hills to the Hollywood sign and saw some beautiful, HUGE houses on our way. I’m not sure how I would’ve made it in a stick shift car. Man, there were lots of curves!

Santa Monica Beach, Hollywood sign and The San Francisco Bay Bridge
Proof I was along for the tip. Cell Phone Pics

On Thursday afternoon, we drove 6 hours from Los Angeles to Granite Bay, CA. The drive was beautiful. I felt like I was in PA on some of the interstates, but instead of beautiful green, it was brown and dry. Yet somehow, just as beautiful.

High School Senior Girls in nature Central PA Photographer

On Friday, the girls hung at the pool in the morning, even though it was a chilly 65 degrees while I attended the conference. We learned all about the two hosts ways of photographing and posing their high school seniors and then in the afternoon, we went outside and put into action what we had learned. These girls in the pictures are all high school seniors from California that modeled for us. How cool is their job for the day?

Senior pictures with 3 girls in boho outfits Central PA Photographer

As a Central PA Photographer, I was blown away at the weather there. It was absolutely perfect. Mid to high 70’s and VERY little humidity! YES PLEASE!

Photographer visits San Francisco and Fisherman's Warf

After the conference on Friday, we drove 2 hours to San Francisco. That night we pretty much crashed and got up on Friday to play tourist. We drove to Fisherman’s Warf and saw Alcatrez Island and the Sea Lions at Pier 39. We could’ve spent hours there watching them yell at each other and sleep and swim. They were so cute!

Teen girls in San Francisco at tBaker's Beach

Next we drove to Baker Beach to get some pictures of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Not a cloud in the sky. What a beautiful location to check another item off of my bucket list; seeing the bridge.

Painted ladies houses in San Francisco

Our last stop before heading to the Oakland Airport was to see the Painted Ladies. Or the Full House House as most of us know it! We wanted to ride on a trolley but they were all shut down for maintenance! The park across from the houses was full of people picnicking and hanging out! you can also see our little Kia in these pictures!

While we enjoyed our time in California, we were glad to be back home. Funny how that works, isn’t it? The time change and red eye flight took it’s toll on us and we spent Monday relaxing. Back at work and school on Tuesday and all of the “How was your vacation” questions.

I’d go back anytime anyone needs a travel buddy! What a beautiful state!

As a Central PA Photographer, I spent some time out there working on my Class of 2021 majorSENIORS Crew info so if you know someone that would be interested, send them to the Info Page on my site.

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  • Julie DibbleOctober 24, 2019 - 9:11 am

    What an amazing trip, Jodi! Your eye for photographing people outside is a gift straight from God! Keep going, my friend. God has plans to make your prosper. Love, JulieReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyOctober 24, 2019 - 9:29 am

      Thank you so much, friend. It was a beautiful place, filled with God’s beautiful creation!ReplyCancel

  • Tara GilesOctober 24, 2019 - 11:06 am

    I love how you incorporated a family vacation into your photography conference dates. That’s a great way to do it!! I’m from WA, so I love going to California for any reason, and have been bringing my senior models there the past few years for destination shoots. I agree with you… the CA weather and beaches are so fantastic!!ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyOctober 24, 2019 - 11:15 am

      I thought I’d seen you post some Cali images. I’m jealous that you have that option for your seniors to book with you! I’m sure they love that!ReplyCancel

  • Magical Memories By Michelle, LLCOctober 24, 2019 - 1:58 pm

    Wow, what an incredible vacation for you and your girls! So smart to take advantage of your photography conference and have all these beautiful California memories too! We’re in AZ and go to CA often, so it’s fun to hear from someone in another part of the country. Love Santa Monica pier! Definitely a favorite!ReplyCancel

  • JeanineOctober 24, 2019 - 5:09 pm

    What a great trip!  Smart girls, going along with mom.  I love photography conferences.  I also know those SF sights very well!  Glad you had a great trip.ReplyCancel

  • AndreaOctober 24, 2019 - 6:11 pm

    This California trip for the girls looks like fun, excitement and memories. Your photos bring to life the experience that you and the girls shared! So much fun! ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyOctober 24, 2019 - 8:38 pm

      Awww thanks, Andrea! Wonderful memoriesReplyCancel

  • ShawnaOctober 24, 2019 - 8:30 pm

    Amazing trip! I would love to make it out there to shoot sometime! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing all of the places you made it to! ReplyCancel

    • majorclicksphotographyOctober 24, 2019 - 8:38 pm

      Thanks Shawna. We had a great timeReplyCancel