I closed Amber Wilkie Photography last week to unplug after my wedding season "wrapped". Not that I'm not going to photograph an intimate wedding today (I am). Before I delve into the handful of images from my travels, I want to introduce you to my sister. We don't get to see each other very often, so I have a habit of thinking she and her brother are much younger than they are. Hard to deny that she has become a very lovely young woman. This was a challenging shoot, technically. I didn't bring my gear with me - just my Fuji x100 - my travel camera. It's a wonderful little camera and great for snapshots, street work and some architecture/landscape stuff. But it's challenging as a portrait lens. Everything is big in the wrong spots and 35 is not a length I generally choose for portraits. All-in-all, I'm very pleased with our little mini-session in the preserve. The x100 has some seriously great flare. This is my brother. We hiked through the redwoods a bit. And then we went to the beach. On my way down south, I stopped in at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of my favorite places in California. Finally, the very awesome Ken let me stay with him in San Luis Obispo - home of the bubble gum wall. For some reason, I didn't take many photos after I arrived in San Diego to hang with the rest of the clan. Truth is, I'm a terrible travel photographer. I end up keeping the camera in the bag the whole time. For me, it has to be a photo expedition or not - I'm very bad at the in-between "sightseeing and take some photographs" type of excursions/trips. This was about seeing my family and not checking Facebook. I accomplished both, thankyouverymuch. And now, it's back to booking, networking, processing and getting ready for 2013.