A few weeks ago, we decided to take a “babymoon” to take advantage of the precious few days that both Chanda and I have off together. We’ve got all kinds of ideas for short little trips that would last about a day or so, and we started off in our old stomping grounds in La Jolla. While I was attending school at UCSD, I remembered an old patch of dirt across from where I used to park (Torrey Pines Gliderport) and make a trek up to my old workplace on campus. That patch of dirt is now the high end hotel and Spa, Estancia La Jolla. We’ve always wanted to come back and stay there, and we finally had a chance to do it.
|Estancia La Jolla's inner courtyard. It's like a drug lord's villa.|
We snapped a few photos, and then made our way back to the hotel. Chanda sat down in a chair in our room by the window, and I thought to myself how cool it would be to do an impromptu maternity session there.
|Resting after our brief walk, this moment sparked my idea to do a maternity session by the window.|
Earlier in the month, Chanda had told me her vision for a maternity shoot, and since the quick shoot in the hotel wasn’t really her idea, she still wanted to do it her way. So here’s her vision: She said she wanted to shoot outdoors in a natural environment, and she wanted blue balloons in her hand. Pretty simple enough! We narrowed the location down to two different spots, and decided that the best spot would be to go back to the location of our engagement session in South Pasadena.
After settling on Saturday as our maternity session date, we drove out there, with a pit stop to a local supermarket to pick up some balloons. We really should have left a little bit earlier because the girl who sold us the balloons took a little too long to inflate 3 balloons. By the time we got to the park, we had roughly 10 minutes left of that beautiful golden light, but I think we worked a bunch of different spots and maximized our time. Overall, we were able to achieve the look that she wanted – in her own words, “nature, blue balloons, and lots of sunlight behind me.” Mission accomplished! Enjoy the photos!
|Switching up the style. Not my thing, but I like it for this particular frame.|
|Somehow, I think Chanda is the real dog whisperer. Everywhere we go, these dogs just keep finding their way to us.|
|Why hello there!|