My love for the Pacific Coast | Becky Moen Photography

I have found myself day dreaming about the Pacific Coast for the last week or so. Not sure what has triggered my day dreaming but I gotta admit that all this snow and endless cold has got me feeling a little homesick. If you are at all keeping up with the news weather, you have heard about the insanity we have going on out here. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Minnesota, snow and all.

A few days ago a dream I had reminded me of my first trip back to California after I moved to Minnesota in July 2012. I had come back to Northern California for a wedding at the end of September.

It felt good to be someplace familiar. I was “home” and I made it a point to stop to see the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.

Sadly I had missed the sunset and of course San Francisco offered up all the fog it is famous for. Nevertheless the Golden Gate bridge was gorgeous.


Of course I couldn’t wait to hear the waves crash and feel the sand on my toes so I stopped at one of my favorite beaches down by Fort Kronkite aka Rodeo Cove down in the Marin Headlands.


I got so caught up in the moment texting my husband to tell him how happy I was to be at the beach that the waves hit me and I was soaked. I had thought the surfers were crazy to be out in the water until I realized the water was actually warmer than the air and I found myself playing in the waves until the sun went down.


A few months later I was lucky enough to make another trip out to Northern California, only this time my oldest daughter was with me. By this time Minnesota was covered by a thick blanket of snow. California on the other hand was green and warm by comparison. Luckily this time out the sky was clear blue and I squealed with excitement the moment I saw the ocean.


The weather was absolutely perfect. I could have spent hours on the beach if I didn’t have to run off for a photoshoot in Petaluma, Ca

A few days later we made another trip to the coast. It was too cold and windy to play outside so we drove up to Bodega Head.


A week before leaving California for good, my girls and I took a trip up to Harris State Beach in Brookings, OR to go camping with one of my very best friends and her two kids. At the time I had no idea I would be saying good bye to the Pacific Coast for good a week after getting back from our trip.

I had never seen the Pacific Coast from Oregon so this particular trip as a new adventure for myself as well as my girls.


After setting up our tents my girls and I took another trip down to the beach to watch the sun set.



While gathering images for this blog post I came across a few of my favorites from a trip to the Bath Houses in San Francisco. One of my favorite images came from that day and is currently my wall paper on my phone.


Overlooking the bath house ruins at sunset made for a romantic setting.


Right before leaving the heavens poured down on the ocean.


eSession: Jamie + Vern | Bodega Bay, CA {Becka Lynn Photography}

Super fun eSession with Jamie + Vern. It was an absolute blast despite the weather being difficult. The coast was cold and windy but we managed to find a perfect spot. Only took us an hour driving up and down the coast LOL Can’t wait for the wedding. If its anything like our day, the wedding day is going to go down in the record books under extreme fun.

♥ Instant favorite ♥

Jamie and Vern brought their two dogs with them for their session. I swear there was no staging here. These two were just too cute.

Oh how I miss the California

I can’t wait to see these two (four) in a few months when I am back in California for their wedding.