Thursday, February 07, 2008

santa barbara

so, i got to go straight from kim's visit to a trip to santa barbara with my dear friend suzy.
this was a bittersweet trip, as it was to remember my friend jay (who is suzy's son) on the fifth anniversary of his passing. jay and i moved to california together when we were twenty to chase our photography dreams. we became so close and i treasure the years that we had out there. he is my daughter's God father and is now her guardian angel. jay passed away in a car accident in 2003.
since then, suzy and i have traveled to california three times, and have really got our vacation down. she is so dear to me and we have such a great time together. we've become great friends and we really made the most of this trip. we spent our days watching the sunrise at the beach, hanging out at brophy's, shopping, seeing a lot of great art, and just drinking in the scenery. it is a truly incredible place.
we went down and picked up my friend erin 1/2 way to los angeles in the middle of the week. erin also made the trip to california to remember jay with her husband and the three of us had some really fun girl time in sb. (erin and i have been friends for 30 years-but we met in grade school, so that seems ok) she is a real beauty inside and out and somehow hiked about three miles in heels because she absolutely can not wear tennies with jeans. it just bugs her. she is a very down-to-earth, gracious and proudly high maintenance girl and i love her dearly. she is also one of the funniest people i have ever met.
we rounded out the week with a trip to l.a. and the getty and a big, jay-esque party in hollywood. we did NOT watch the sunrise following the big party in hollywood.
i took a lot of great photos in santa barbara and at the getty, but i've decided to spread them out over the next few months. that way i get to look at them again and share them in a way that they get to have their own little moments of fame. i will start out with photos of the girls.
love to both of you.

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