My first intention in LA was to go for work. I had a scheduled photo session with these two beautiful young ladies below.
Taylor, who has been a friend of mine from Seattle, contacted me for new head shots. Her new life chapter brought her to LA, so of course I was excited when she wanted some photos done. I have been trying to take photos of this girl for a few years now!
The other beautiful soul here is Maddelin, a friend of Taylors. After Taylor had shown my work to Maddalin, she wanted to join in on the fun and get some photos of herself as well. We Washingtonian gal pals made this portrait session into a trio collaboration, and had fun in the LA sun.
I was excited to see Taylor, but disappointed to not have spent any quality time together while I was in town.
To be honest, I wish that I would have seen more of my friends in LA. To not have spent quality time with the people that I consider friends, made me feel lonely, unwanted. I did not cherish any time with the people who I would have loved to see. Many people told me they would love to see me, and it just didn't pan out that way.
I learned that staying in my van in Hollywood probably isn't the best idea. I was safe, but it was not comforting place to be in while living that solo young gypsy vanlife.
I made my way to Venice beach, brought my camera, ukulele, and my personality. I found some awesome glasses that matched my gypsy ensemble, complete with flowers running across the top heart shaped frames.
I realized that I was here for a new experience. I was here to collect the laughter, conversations, music, and smiles from the strangers I passed by on the boardwalk.
I met a group of 4 guys from Switzerland, with broken English. I used to be afraid to try to have a conversation with foreigners. When there was a language barrier to get past, I used to steer away. Now, I find it to be one of the most fascinating situations to get through. Trying to communicate with someone through body language, phrases, and lots of talking with the hands was something that I found as a challenge.
I still find it challenging, but the reward comes with finding that level of understanding with that stranger, one that you navigate through a conversation, picking and choosing the right words, ones I can try to define after being spoken.
I met vendors, beach bums, and even friends of friends of friends.
I had a different experience from the one I was expecting to get once I arrived. Not every city or town I go to is an exciting one, and this time in in LA, I didn't get the experiences I had thought I was going to get. But, I never do though.
My new slogan -- LA, “Maybe next time”