a day in Bodie CA with San Diego Wedding Photographers


i’ve been dying to post these images! they were all taken by kim and i during our family trip to Bodie, CA. april opted to sketch that day. where’s bodie you ask? it’s just a short 8 hour drive from san diego. (less than that if you don’t mind visiting for a few minutes with a friendly chp officer.) if you’ve never been to bodie let me just say that pictures do not compare to actually being there. it is such a cool place for the whole family to visit and learn a little about california history during the gold rush. not to mention it’s also a photographers gold mine.
my wit is unrivaled! (translation – i’m a dork.)
as an added bonus i’m throwing in some responses to a “get to know you” questionnaire that was emailed to us. if you don’t want to know more about us you should stop reading now and just get on with the show. :)

1. what is your occupation?

david- san diego wedding photographer
kimi- super hero by day, blog stalker by night, and san diego wedding photographer on the weekends :)
april- artist, would you like fries with that?
rain- extreme gamer

2. what’s your favorite curse word/saying?

d- cripes!
k- is this a cable channel? no? then i will say, crap.
a- umm my parents run this blog.
r- my tongue tastes like burning

3. name 3 things/people who made you smile today?

d- kimi, april, and rain, and the fish tacos from rubios.
k- a panda at the san diego zoo and david crackin’ on april in the vehicle.
a- dave’s face (it’s so funny it counts for three)
r- a german shepherd, purple, and a big teddy bear

4. what were you doing at 8 am this morning?

d- squat thrusts
k- above is a lie. he was sleeping. i was stopping crime. all of it.
a- getting pants thrown in my face by rain. um wth?
r- yelling at april to draw disney’s bolt on my pants

5. what were you doing 30 minutes ago?

d-responding to emails
k- washing the dogs and the cars. count on it raining in san diego soon.
a- getting hit in face with my door because rain doesn’t know how to knock. true story.
r- yeah, that was pretty funny

6. what will you be doing 3 hours from now?

d- going to check out a friend’s band
k- same as above, only with a beer.
a- drawing probably
r- annoying april probably

7. have you ever been to a strip club?

d- once, for research purposes. one other time to confirm my hypotheses.
k- yes. a few in mexico and almost didn’t get back that night. looong story, not pretty.
a- do life drawing classes count? i guess not they don’t serve chicken wings.
r- once, on bring your child to work day

8. what is the last thing you said aloud?

d- SHUT THE F…..ront door!
k- the new phonebooks are here!!
a- aloud

9. what is the best ice cream flavor?

d- vanilla bean – i’m the mayor of simpleton
k- chocolate malted crunch from thrifty’s
a- all of them
r- goofy goober sunrise sundae

10. what was the last thing you had to drink?

d-coke zero with a water chaser
k-corona with lime
a- milk
r- water with lots of ice. i likey ice. it’s like water, only frozen

11. what are you wearing right now?

d- an invisible track suit
k- david :)
a- i’m too traumatized from the previous answers to type anything
r- um, clothes

12. what was the last thing you ate?

d- tacos de pescados
k- ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, what?
a- spaghetti
r- marshmalllloooowwwsss

13. what is the last item of clothing you purchased?

d- socks to go with the aforementioned invisible track suit
k- some sweet black sequined chucks
a- a shirt with batman sound effects on it. POW!
r- a yo gabba gabba it’s dancey dance time shirt

14. when was the last time you ran?

d- yesterday on an sdpd obstacle course.
k- a few weeks ago before my knee went on the failed blog. and i ran, i ran so far away…
a- with dave on his stupid sdpd obstacle course
r- runnin’ from the po po. naaaah, at the zoo with noah.

15. what’s the last sporting event you watched?

d- too painful to talk about. take one guess. i’m a san diego native.
k- let’s not go there, thank you very much.
a- i steer clear of my mother when it comes to sporting events
r- the chargers game

times up! pencils down.

now we can all sit back and enjoy a little slideshow with more images of Bodie, CA. if you ever have the chance, even if it’s 8 hours out of your way, we highly recommend going here. nevermind the expenses like the ones we had on this trip. for example, we got a ticket for doing 10 miles an hour over the limit (in the middle of nowhere), followed shortly after by our front windshield being shattered by a bunch of rocks that fell out of a dump truck doing about 125mph towards us on the opposite side of a 2 lane highway. the windshield showered me with glass shards while i was driving. luckily, i was able to stop safely. the dump truck never even slowed down. thankfully we were all safe. we continued driving up to mammoth and then on to bodie. this was some trip. we all came home with lots of memories that will last a lifetime.
another bonus, for those of you who don’t know, U2 did a series of photos at bodie during the 80’s. since we are HUGE U2 fans it was extra cool seeing bodie in-person. i could have stayed out there for days taking pictures. we are definitely going back!

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The photos are nice… but I LOVE the get to know you questions. You guys crack me up :)

wow, what a rad place!!love the q&a too….what a hoot.

While I love the photos. the writing made me laugh out loud.

Ooooh, I love the vintage processing on these – the whole vibe is awesome!! Gorgeous shots!

And thank you guys for your sweet comments on my blog :-)

these images are incredible!!! wow. i love each and everyone.

man i wish i could hang out with you guys! The pictures are amazing!

I’ve been dying to go to BODIE. I have a friend on a photography forum I frequent and he always goes there and gets the most amazing photos. I love what you’ve shown here…the angles…the processing..everything..amazing! Awesome work!

wow, that’s like walking through history. Awesome. BTW did you see any dead people in the coffin?

Love Bodie! Been there 3 times but never as a photographer just as a historian. The best part is the shakes you get prior to arrival, a whole body massage for the price of fuel. Love the pictures you got, really spectacular but what did I expect?

Awesome photos!! I am going to have to check this place out. There is a ghost town by Wickenburg, AZ that you guys might like. It is called Vulture mine, it is about the same distance. Let me know if you ever want to go, I will tell you the back way in. I loved the q and a!! Too funny!

You guys are the cutest EVER. And you crack me the heck up! Amazing photos – that coffin one gives me the heebie geebs! Love it!!

I’ve been hearing about Bodie for about 5 or 6 years now. Somebody I know takes an annual trip there! These are so interesting…I love this series! I feel like I’ve been there now that you’ve captured the essence of the place so well.

Great shots!!! And such fun answers to those questions. :)

God, I love ya’lls blog! You started my day with a smile, thank you!! :)

Awesome images guys! Rain’s answer on #7 was friggin hilarious!!! and I thought Aprils answer on “”what are you wearing” was also way too funny! lol

never fails…reading your blog makes me SMILE :)
of course i visit to check out your awesome photos…but your personalities shine through my computer screen so dang bright…and your comments and stories are ca-laaaasic! please don’t ever stop doing what you do~

Hilarious answers and AMAZING photographs! Bodie looks like a photographer’s dream!

So highly entertaining! LOVE the photos, what a fun place to go. I’m really looking forward to blue CA skies. Thank you for incorporating the two together. That was hilarious. =) See you guys soon!

Love reading your blog…you guys are oozing with coolness! The images are FAB! Thanks for sharing.

OH MY GOD >>>>>>> OH MY GOOOOODDDD>>>>>>>>> OH MY GOOOOOD GOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDD>>>>>> where is this place!!! Bodie??? this is crazy!!!! you nailed it. you need to publish a book on this and i'll buy it. seriously!

PS: all of you are so funny…simply adoorable :))

love love love it!

LOVE the questions and getting to know you guys a little better and these pictures are AWESOME!!! I wish it were just a little closer because that’s a bit of a journey, I would LOVE to check it out some time though!

Hmmm, what did I enjoy more? the photos? the questionnaire? Tough choices.

This Bodi place rocks, can you take me with you next time?

Oh, giggles. That was awesome – thanks for sharing!

These are so amazing what a great location.. so much history..

Wow, what great images, they are fantastic. Keep up the awesome work!!!

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Awesome images!! One of my favorite posts yet! I have way too many favorites to name them all. Great job, guys! Love the info too! :)

what an awesome location! I’ll meet you there this Sunday — I’ll be the one standing in the middle of nowhere with a camera.
LOVE all these shots.

My parents used to have a car with a broken windshield and they were too cheap to fix it so we all rode with motorcycle helmets on. True story.

Dude I love theses you should start a fine art page on your website.. Great stuff here!

This blog post is like a rollercoaster of love. You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me spit my water out a couple times.

What I wanna know is – who actually wrote the answers for everyone. Classic. And I love seeing the U2 locations and I love your pics and love that song and ….Whew!

Sorry about the 10mph ticket. I got one from that same trooper. Argh! : /

Great pictures…I was laughing the whole time reading the answers to the questions!

Very nice. I just found your blog because a bunch of friends and I are planning a trip here also from socal.

Wow, I want to clear my schedule and take a roadtrip to Bodie right now. Such cool pictures!

Wow, really cool place! Dude those coffins are scary.

oh my gosh! Thank God you guys are alright!! Awesome images by the way…makes me wanna go up there right now! Oh, and I love the ‘take your kid to work’ day. stinkin’ hilarious!

I am actually heading to Bodie this summer for a little retreat with a friend- yes, hot! But now I am even more excited than I was- absolutely inspirational!

How have I never been to Bodie?? Looks like the epitome of awesomeness. Loved all these shots and loved reading the hilarious questionnaire answers! You guys are definitely the cleverest ohana ever!!

Awe its been years since I’ve been to Bodie! I love how you documenting the greatness.

Cali is just to cool. Maybe someday I can come out and get the Ohana Cali tour?

Sweet images!

wow! this series of photos is amazing! I love your post processing in all of them, its like eye candy for the eyes over and over and over again :)

Love these–how fun to shoot just for yourselves. But now I wanna see a bridal session out there. :-) Loooooved the q&a, y'all are hilarious!

you guys are entertaining and talented! Love the shots. i love bodie.. ever since a little girl! can’t wait to go a as a grown up photographer!

I wanna… I wanna… Oh! How I wanna be you!!!

I loooove LOVE these images!!! Love them! The “get to know you” had me rollin! I actually spit on my screen!

u got it goin on;) i am listin’ to and watching your slide show of this shoot. your work is so revealing i can feel the moments wow. i no that u have to love what u do. it really shows in each image. iwanttogrowuptobjustlikeu:) A * MOMENT * IN * TIME

What an amazing place, captures, and killer show!! You must have been going bonkers trying to decide what to photograph first. Totally worth the road trip, man!

wow what an amazing place. I will for sure makes sure that I stop by next time I am driving through. Looks awesome. Thanks for opening your lives to all of us. You people are fantastic!

I wanna go to Bodie soooooooooooooo Bad!!! These photo’s are amazing dudes! That one of the coffin’s is really pretty freaky! I love that Rain said, once on Take your kids to work day!! I laughed so hard, I spit out my coffee!

I want to GO THERE! love this type of location shooting… love the images you captured here.
truly wonderful…

My dad and I were just talking about Bodie the other day. I end there when I was in HS a few times and loved it. Such a cool ghost town and all the superstition of that deserted town. Very cool images!!!