McG vacation recap (the people-less version) | McGowan Images Blog


McG vacation recap (the people-less version)

I admire landscape photographers even more than I admire children’s photographers. Just like I can be paired with the right child, in the right circumstances, and walk away with some awesome photographs, I can also get lucky occasionally with landscapes. The difference? Landscape photography quite often bores me to TEARS. I enjoy the rapid pace of shooting people as they’re living in front of me. Mostly, I think it might be that I just don’t have the patience to sit and wait for the sun to move to juuuuuust the right spot to perfectly light a mountain. Ansel Adams’  legend is certainly safe from me! 🙂

In general, you won’t see a lot of landscape pictures from McGowan Images. Except, well, when we road trip through New Mexico, Arizona, and my beloved Southern California.

I hope you’ll enjoy my favorite three dozen or so “people-less pictures” from our vacation. I know I enjoyed taking them!

I was so excited by all the snow on the ground in the high desert. These images are from Carlsbad, NM.

I saw this next spot driving by at 85 mph a reasonable speed. I then made Mack turn around so I could get out and explore it a bit. I’m so lucky he indulges me!

This next shot was taken from the tower in Devil’s Canyon, that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post. I pretty much adore the negative space above a desert… or an ocean… or a couple. Ok, I’m a fan of negative space in general!

If we lived in San Diego, it’d be hard not for me to shoot 100 sessions a year at Seaport Village. I just love it so much.

See the steep, heavy-with-cars road on the right? Yeah, I parallel parked on that road. IT’S A BIG DEAL.

The next picture is blurry… probably because I was taking it while holding Dot up to see, and yelling at Jack not to fall off the cliff… but I couldn’t help sharing it anyway. Love me some sea lions!

That’s it for the McG vacation updates! We’re heavy back at work, shooting, meeting tons of new brides, and planning something pretty cool to announce in the spring. Things are cookin’ around here… you’d better believe it!

  1. Bre says:

    The picture with the birds flying towards the sun is my favorite! That’s a beautiful shot!

  2. Danielle says:

    I grew up in Arizona…and your pictures make me SOSO homesick for the desert! Fantastic pictures…the snow on the cacti should be framed and remembered…that almost never happens!!

  3. Christian U. says:

    Wow!! I don’t think I can even pick a favorite! I LOVED the picture of the steep hill with cars parked on both sides (the bug on front left);)!! It is awesome!!! And the ocean photos turned out amazing, the waves splashing in and sunsets!! I bet y’all had a wonderful time, and you are truly talented!!

  4. Misty says:

    YAY! I *am* a fan of landscape photography, so glad to see you expanding your horizons while on vacation 😉
    My faves are #2006 (EXCELLENT), #2012 (seriously, put those branches on a postcard!), and ummmm yeah ALL of the ocean/beach pics! Great stuff, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Ambo says:

    OH my….I’m gonna need some of these to hang in my house!!! Wow!

  6. Nicole says:

    I really want to see Seaport Village now! And I agree…the birds flying pic is awesome!

  7. Anne Marie says:

    I loved your people pictures!! These are beautiful though too 🙂

  8. Liesa says:

    It’s a tough choice for my second favorite, but my top favorite o’ the blog is 2020. 🙂 B-e-a-uteefull! Something about the green ground below it reminds me of Ireland pictures or something! I love taking landscape pictures, but I could never be patient enough to wait on the sun. I just take them and hope they look good. Haha

  9. Courtney says:

    The 6th from the bottom is BREATHTAKING! Love them all! I love landscapes, they make GREAT home decor! lol

  10. Mike says:

    Reasonable speed. I’m going to use that henceforth to describe my driving. 😉 Great landscapes! SoCal + McG = explosive creativity. I think my favorite is also the hill with the cars. Parallel parking…*high five*

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