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.


Last summer, I was fortunate enough to embark on two backpacking trips throughout California with my girlfriend. As the weather warms up this summer and the final snow melts from high peaks across towering mountains, it’s time to journey again. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos from each of our trips, which remind me of how much beauty there still is to see in my home state.

The first set of photos are from our longest trip in Yosemite National Park – Tuolumne Meadows to Little Yosemite Valley. What should have been a 4-day trip accidentally turned into 3 days when we walked 14 miles the first day. I immediately fell asleep on the small rocky beach that welcomed us to Merced Lake high up in the mountains. Two days and no bear sightings later, we were back in the valley for a total of 27 miles. The second half of the photos are from a quick weekend trip up to Sequoia National Park and Sawtooth Peak. We were a bit dazed once we arrived at our campsite from lack of food and water, so we both basically passed out for the night from exhaustion. Luckily we got to watch a beautiful sunrise and finally appreciated our surroundings at the alpine lake.

We’re planning our next trip now, possibly up through California and into the Northwest. I’m excited to explore new territory and give my eyes a chance to soak up some natural beauty.

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