I love spending a Richardson Thanksgiving in San Luis Obispo with my family. Ever since I was a little kid, my family and I would drive up Hwy 101 to spend time with our relatives throughout the year. Recently, a central coast Thanksgiving tradition has developed and it’s become my favorite holiday.
Every time the Richardsons get together, you can expect these things: a ton of folk music, coffee, wine and laughing.
These trips are where I find great inspiration as a photographer. I’m drawn to the powerful currents in the ocean, wide green pastures, and fresh white fog hovering over Morro Bay make me feel alive. These scenes of nature always bring a fresh perspective to my life and my camera lens. I have a vivid memory of spending those long car rides staring out the window and passing by sprawling, aged, oak trees. This is what inspired the image of an oak tree as my logo.
Every oak tree is unique and different in its own way. Oak isn’t going anywhere. It’s one of the most deeply rooted trees. It’s faithful, sturdy, and something that lasts – just like a marriage, which then grows into a family.
The images below show a brief snapshot of what it’s like with my family during Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for the chance to preserve my family’s legacy through photographs and I love to watch the Richardson Family tree grow. My hope is that future generations will have the opportunity to look back and see where they came from, to experience for a brief moment what life was like in 2014 and how we desired to create rich and meaningful memories.