February was … fantastic. Island exploring, island hopping, swimming with dolphins, and spending a lot of quality time in the water.
finally back home after the past few months of travelling through australia, the grand canyon, and california. surfing once, if not twice a day was the prescription after such a length of time away from my favourite warm hawaiian water. here’s a few visual highlights and half-sentence anecdotes from the month of november:
I flew back to California with the expectation that I would at least be here for the next year, living at my dream spot steps from Blackies and the Newport Pier, then the opportunity to shoot content for Alison’s Adventures came along, so I dropped it all and deferred my last semester of uni, to literally work on project that’s in line with what I’ve been dreaming about doing for the past year … so the 1 month I was in California, I spent literally on the computer half the time, packing up, setting up Alison’s Adventures blog and getting some of the social media pages up and running … as well as a few surf sessions here and there, a wedding, portrait shoots, and drinking way too many Lavender Latte’s at MilkandHoney.
I wasn’t even supposed to be staying in Hawai’i this month, and I still can’t believe how this time last year, I was in Singapore and Bali, shooting photos and working on a short documentary. That experience gave me the travel bug and kick-started off into a great 2011, and this first month of 2012 is definitely going to be leading into some exciting times ahead.
A week on Oahu … spent eating delicious poke bowls, sleeping on multiple floors, avocado toast, bbq’s, polo, meeting new people, trespassing in a sunflower field, encounters with Wahaiwa’s finest on THEBUS, hiking Koko Head barefoot, eating Costco samples for dinner, 2 hours in traffic from town for 30 minutes of north shore sunset, hot tub hopping in Waikiki, and being a tourist at the new Aulani resort. Of course, none of those activities were photographed but the less-exciting ‘meantime’s were:
It’s funny how when the summer turns on, it really turns ON. The remainder of November consisted of meagre surf stifled by onshore winds, crowded beaches, 4:30AM sunrises, dealing with my wallet getting stolen then returned, spontaneous outings, and packing up to leave.
I’ll never forget (most) of the amazing people I’ve met over here, the adventures we’ve shared, and all the silly things we’ve done.
Final assignments, meagre surf conditions, and a little too much spontaneity.
Byron Bay round 2! Had the pleasure of hanging out with Mel and her friends for the weekend to show her some things about photography and take lifestyle/uw shots. I absolutely love spending time with people so they become more than just another client or photo subject – building friendships and turning photosessions into adventures always make for the best photos. :)
Also met up with Alex Frings, a highly talented surf shooter based out of Byron. So impressed with his work, check his website: http://www.alexfrings.com/
Can this semester in OZ get any better?! Spring break week hit and I headed down to Melbourne, Victoria to explore the city for a few days before meeting with uni friends in Ocean Grove. Couchsurfed the first night then was literally adopted by Josh Janssen & his girlfriend, Bri for the rest of my stay. Also had the opportunity to attend Semi-Permanent, thanks to Josh via Melbourne Geek. Had such a great few days and felt so blessed to be in the company of such amazing and talented people. :)
1st week in Australia! Everyone who was part of Australearn started up in Cairns for the “bridging cultures program” which included orientation lecture sessions, day trips to a wildlife zoo, beach clean-up, and swimming around small slice of paradise in the great barrier reef.
Masta blasta wiggly noodles. The bi-annual chapman university get drunk and 3/4-naked fessssst. Over 2,000 students (cougars included) stripped down and ran from the campus piazza through Old Towne Orange and back – hooking up, skinning knees, and cracking heads along the way. Definitely some fine moments, (probably forgotten) memories, and babies were to be made from this celebration during the midst of finals week.
Uber-creeper photodocumentation: 6400ISO, Aperture priority: 50mm f/1.4, Natural light.
We camped on a cliff next to a small fisherman’s village above a (potentially) epic right point-break. The S swell never hit like we had hoped, but it sure was an adventure to crave for again.
Ruby summation of our adventure:
“after camping in mexico for three days, being the designated spanish speaker and raw meat handler, encountering the cops, and surviving a flat tire, we all decided to bargain some ponchos and a full blown hammock on the freeway of oncoming traffic in tj on our trek back to the states. we survived. and celebrated. how? BOBA. so after a hyper rampage post boba tea upon our arrival in san diego i had an educational dancing sesh informing all how to accurately dance to shakira’s “africa (waka waka)” song at a gas station. this youngster to my left’s hips did not lie.”
Someday a video will be posted too. :)
visiting with the cousins from AZ
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