My West Coast Tour in 60 days

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I just finished my West Coast Photography tour, where I took photos of people all over the West Coast. I’m currently living in the Seattle area, and figured, “Why not travel the whole west coast?” Here’s a few things I did and places I visited along the way.



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I found this adorable little koi pond at the Japanese Gardens.



At Salt and Straw, I enjoyed the world’s best salted caramel ice-cream.



I discovered the necessary persistence for shooting during a sandstorm at the dunes in Florence, OR.



I realized the importance of rest and relaxation during this perfect picnic with friends.



San Francisco


I found the most enchanting cliff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge at Lands End.



Next to the Land’s End, there is a beautiful museum called the Legion of Honor, where I visited the High Style exhibit. High Style is a costume collection from the Brooklyn Museum featuring gowns and accessories from the most influential designers over the last century.



I discovered the incredible architecture at San Francisco City Hall.



At Point Reyes, I was surprised to find that such vast natural beauty can be so close to a large city like San Francisco.



A close friend treated me to a magical night of homemade sushi and the San Francisco Ballet.


Los Angeles


I worked with a talented team — fashion model Ashley Ying, and hair and makeup artist Jessica Hoffman — for a creative beauty shoot, in Venice.



Model Aidan Anderson and I enjoyed the sunshine for a shoot on iconic Manhattan Beach.



I found fascinating rock formations at El Matador beach.



At Ponto Beach, I did a few portraits sessions with some wonderful ladies.



In Wasilla, I photographed a charming wedding at Gloryview Farm.


While staying in Big Lake, I explored on waverunners to find the cutest cabins on the lake.


I lugged around 5 books, but thankfully not in vain! I actually read them all on my trip. I found that reading was good balance between all the hustle and bustle of traveling from one place to the next.


At Earthquake park, I found a distant and striking perspective of Anchorage across the water.



I unsuccessfully fished at Russian River.


I discovered the blessing of having connections when the Brett Ice Arena opened just for me to do a private shooting.



It never fails — any shoot, anywhere, there’s a windstorm there just waiting for me to take photos in it. Working with talented wardrobe stylist, Christine A E of The Luxist (ig: @xpressionista) and hair stylist, Kristin Forbes of Untamed Hair (ig: @untamed907hair), was the perfect reminder of what wonders can happen with a great team.



I found that the perfect picnic is one with a dock, your best friend and brie cheese.

And, last but not least, I spent some time with my adorable little nephew. Looking back on my trip, this was definitely a transformational experience. Time is precious! And, it should be used wisely.

-Alecia Lindsay




Alecia Lindsay
Alecia Lindsay is a 23 year old fashion photographer whose work has been featured in Photo Vogue, Ellements, Facade, Solis, as well as many other magazines. She’s Alaskan born, and is currently based in Seattle, Washington.