Been wanting to start a new personal project for some time now. Get back to writing and updating my blog as well. But no idea really kept my interest, that is until I saw a post, of someone hanging a California flag in their office. It got me thinking of how much I love it here. Having travelled to 48 countries, I'm asked where I would like to live quite often. My standard reply is, I love California, this is home. For so many reasons.
Not many places in the world do you have the variety of life that we do here in California. I can surf and snowboard in the same day. Some of the worlds most famous cities are all within a relatively short drive. I have another country 2 hours south. I can be in the mountains, desert beach and city all within 2 hours. We have perfect weather 300 days a year. The list could go on and on. But don't want to have you here reading a novel. So i'll get to the point.
One main thing I love, is that California is such a melting pot of people. I myself being born in Mexico city, yet coming to Orange County at the age of 1. I feel its so rad to be mixed among so many different types of people, personalities and cultures. Even more so now, shooting portraits, I meet a variety of California natives to new residents, all with their own story to tell. One way or another we always end up talking about some of our favorite places and things to do here. So I searched the internet for a Vintage California flag so that I could incorporate into a portrait and share some of the awesome excerpts from a few natives and new comers with you.
One rule, they must live here. Project #localsonly🐻
To help me kick it off, the lovely, Jess Harbour