Our Life {August}

Happy Friday all!  I’m finally getting caught up on our personal pics and I wanted to post a few from our various travels in August…  We had a super busy June/July and a super busy September/October lined up with an almost empty August in the middle, so we took full advantage and traveled a bunch.  First up is my (Derek) camping trip in Mammoth:

It was me and just two other guys for a long weekend of man stuff.  Within about 20 minutes of arriving, we saw the only bear sighting of the whole weekend.  For this shot I had my 85mm lens on, which if any of you own one, you know exactly how close I was.  There were two little cubs in tow, and they proceeded to rummage through all of the nearby campsites.

The next morning I woke up at 6:15 (can you tell I have kids) and decided to take a walk around the lake.

This couple canoed up near where I was standing and began to pray- so sweet.

About 45 minutes north of  Mammoth is the ghost town of Bodie.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it is a MUST.  At one point 10,000 people inhabited this gold mining area; now it’s a state historical park, and is totally preserved.  The whole time I was thinking, “Man, this place would be perfect for an engagement shoot…”  So, if anyone is interested in doing a Mammoth/Bodie engagement shoot, I’m game!  Also, side note: there are two roads into Bodie; I strongly advise taking the road that connects directly to the 395; the other way in is an extremely rough dirt road and you have to go about 10 MPH in some parts.

How RAD is this barn!?!

We also stopped by Mono Lake on the way back.  This is the South Tufa Trail.

This was the sunset on our last night in Mammoth.  Another side note: on our first day, we hiked up that waterfall.  In the water.  Yes…it was awesome.

The day after I got back from camping we left for our annual summer trip to San Diego.  The kids had so much fun exploring around Balboa Park.

If you throw a fit in the Frenzel household, you get your picture taken.  Don’t mess.

On a happier note:

Back relaxing at our resort…

San Diego Zoo.

I had to lean over the rail juuust a little bit for this one.

We had a summer hangout with Sarah’s extended family…

…with our brand new little niece Susannah.

We took the kids and their cousins on the metrolink down to Zoomar’s Petting Zoo for the day.

When it comes to food, these sheep and goats mean business!

No better way to end the day…

Thanks to one of our wonderful clients, we were able to stay for a weekend up in Lake Arrowhead with Sarah’s family.  This was the view from our cabin:

My beautiful ladies.

Total stud.


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  • September 23, 2011 - 5:41 pm

    Lauren Hidalgo - These are photos are absolutely perfect! If you don’t mind me asking, what type of camera body and lens(es) do you take on vacation?

  • September 23, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Derek & Sarah - Lauren- Canon 5D & 5D Mark II, but most the the 5D for these shots. Lenses are 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 35mm 1.4, and 45mm 2.8 tilt shift. Hope this helps!

  • September 24, 2011 - 1:42 am

    Rachel Yeager - Love these! Beautiful family. And Jeff would have done our engagement shoot in Bodie in a heart beat!!

  • September 24, 2011 - 5:07 am

    Charla - These are priceless. So many beautiful moments captured. <3

  • October 3, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Brandy Starnes - Awesome pictures! I was entranced. Thank you so much for sharing. I honestly felt like I was there with you all! A perfect way to spend a Monday morning (when I should be working :))

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