Brightwood Photography » Santa Barbara + Los Angeles wedding photographer documenting adventurous love stories near mountains, lakes, and forests. This world is beautiful, so let's get out there and have an adventure.


Everyone needs a bit of inspiration in their life every now and then, so I decided to take a photo trip to the woods and surround myself in natural beauty. Samantha joined me as we headed up the 101 towards Big Sur for the night and what a better way to spend a road trip than learn every word to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” While driving along the winding road that tightly hugs the edge of the California coastline, we were treated to beautiful views of these monstrous cliffs meeting with the clashing ocean below. As the light quickly faded, we made a pitstop to watch the sun finally disappear below the horizon and begin the photo adventure.

Our campsite sat a few hundred feet away from the monstrous waves that roared throughout the night and kept the cold air full of a light mist. In the morning, we sat and watched these huge waves crash against the shore and spray upwards of 20 feet in the air. One of my favorite things about Big Sur is the proximity of the small Redwood forests to the cliff faces and oceans. Lucky for us, there was a small hike that we took a walk down and emerged ourselves amongst these timeless trees and flowing rivers. Spending the day in the woods with Sam was all I really needed to boost up my photo inspiration again. I found myself spending too much time working on the computer and trying to build up Brightwood amongst different sites instead of focusing on taking more photos and posting content.

While we were gone, Visual Supply Company also released a third update to their awesome presets which is aimed to emulate more of an instant film and polaroid look. Needless to say, I was super excited to test them out on the photos from our trip and I love the results. A lot of the presets seemed to be a bit too much for me (which hasn’t happened with any other VSCO Film set) but the ones that I ended using have become a favorite. Every image below was processed with the new VSCO Film 03 looks and minimal adjustments were made if any.

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