35mm Film // California dreamin'

Welcome everybody to the wild wild west.

Rachael and I took nine days to travel from sea to shining sea, from Massachusetts to California  on the first of July. The past two weeks have rocked my world in amazing ways and terrible ways, but that's life. I saw some amazing things on this trip, and experienced it all with my best friend.

I interviewed with ad agencies in LA & SF for art buyers to look at my book (my commercial portfolio) - they went so well. The meetings were a lot of fun and the art buyers & directors I met with were more than fabulous. I couldn't be happier about how they went.

We stayed with the amazing Cat Gwynn in LA, watched the surfers at Venice Beach, drove up the Pacific Coast Highway to El Matador Beach to swim in the beautiful Pacific, had coffee on the porch and overlooked the mountains, visited the Hollywood sign and put our hands in Judy Garland's handprints in the concrete at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Instagrammed our feet on the stars on the Walk of Fame, went to meditation, took walks to get breakfast in the mornings, laughed every night, played Rummikub while we drank multiple bubble teas each day, rollerbladed on the Santa Monica pier, ran into the gushing warm waves, and listened to fireworks explode in the distance on the Fourth of July.

In San Francisco, we stayed in the middle of Union Square, rode off the side of a cable car to the waterfront, saw a disappointing number of sea lions at Pier 39, stuffed our faces with ice cream at The Ghiradelli Factory, walked up and down Lombard Street, drove over the Golden Gate Bridge singing with Pharrell in our little car, got lost in Sausalito, pretended to be hippies at Haight-Ashbury, ate some amazing food in Chinatown, went on a private after-hours tour of a winery in Sonoma, shot at the most incredible, incredible farm in Santa Rosa for SheStock, met my AMAZING editor and founder of SheStock, Karen, laughed way too loud in Petaluma, stayed with her family, trekked through the Redwood Forest, and took a nap on the beach.

Nine rolls of film, eight long nights, seven cities, six bubble teas, five postcards, four souvenirs, three airplane rides, two exhausted girls, and one amazing state.

California, I kind of love you.

Lena Mirisola

Boston, MA 01886, USA

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.