Call me crazy or call me lucky; I drove down to Los Angeles twice in two months. The first time was to photograph Allie and David’s Redondo Beach wedding and the second was simply to attend “Second Thanksgiving” (our version of Friendsgiving). Of course lots of food and friends were involved, and I snuck in quite a few plant shops too!
Ramen with Margaret and the Yaus.
Game night at the Yauhaus.
Pei’s brand new tattoos! And chicken pho from Jenny’s mom.
Father-daughter watercolor time.
A visit down to the Canon mothership in Irvine to get my gear serviced. Thank you Canon Professional Services!
Lunch with Connie.
Dots cupcakes and Folia Collective (cutest plant shop) in Pasadena
Portola Paints with Alice.
And the last stop on my November trip: Dubsado, which is my client management system! I got to meet their small, hardworking team in Burbank before driving back up to the Bay.
Round two in December: “Second Thanksgiving” at the Yauhaus! The LA folks normally have their friendsgiving the Saturday immediately after Thanksgiving, but since several people were out of town for the week, they pushed it back to the second week of December. Since I was free, I made the trek down to join in the feast!
Such a great crowd.
On Sunday, Renegade Craft Fair! It was 85 degrees every day I was there. In December.
I am very much coveting these Uno + Ichi face planters! Someday. They do carry them at Crimson Horticulture, the cutest plant shop in Oakland.
One of my favorite things about Second Thanksgiving: the leftovers made into Turkey rice porridge! So good. And Kevin’s turkey take on Chiayi chicken rice.
Taking a little plant tour with Jon. Mickey Hargitay’s! Great value and selection.
I spy a selection I picked up for my birthday party! More on that soon.
Back at Portola Paints for more limepaint.
A little stop at Eggslut before my Yayoi Kusuma visit.
And finally, more plants. This time Ponderosa Cactus.
Cheers to Los Angeles adventures!
Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco but often traveling and working around the world. She creates beautiful, soft, and timeless imagery while capturing the most fleeting of moments. View her work at annawu.com, follow her daily adventures on instagram, or contact her to book your own session today.