I’ve been collaborating with Alissa Walker for the last year and a half on a bunch of stories about LA people/places for the New York Times T Magazine. It’s fun discovering new things about this city and also celebrating its history. I also just really love working with Alissa on our pitches and things we’re noticing. We have a lot of fun together. I’ve also been assigned a couple of stories on my own. Here are some recent stories we’ve collaborated on and a couple I just shot:
The opening of Night Market Song in Silver Lake. The east side finally got some fiery authentic (sometimes weird) thai food. Alissa and I got to go and taste everything for research and it was amazing. it’s a local favorite now:
See more photos and Alissa’s whole article here.
A place in my neighborhood that I just adore, Ouli. It’s a tiny shop in Echo Park run by the sweetest most design savvy people and I love seeing them thrive.
Read Alissa’s article about Ouli here.
The revamping of the San Vicente Bungalows. Jeff Klein, the hotelier behind the Sunset Tower in Hollywood, has bought the old bungalows and has grand plans for revamping this oasis in the middle of the city.
See more images and read the full article here.
Lombardi House, a recently redone Victorian house in the heart of Hollywood is now a great event space along with a place to stay:
See Alissa’s full article here.
This year has been epic. Which is one way of explaining why I haven’t updated this place for a while. My business has taken off, I’m shooting all the time, I’m having to say no to jobs, something I thought would never happen. I’m so grateful. I’m getting to travel, I’m working with really talented people, I have a rep! And also I am tired. And in the throes of expanding my business and figuring out what I want the next chapter to look like.
I just got back from a trip down to my dad’s house in baja. The trip helped me slow down and pull focus on what makes me feel good, not just what makes me efficient. And I miss sharing bits about my life here. So many of you have been with me since I was only a blogger, when I booked my first New York Times job and then when I started really making a living as a photographer.
This is also the only place (well, besides instagram) that I have total control over my images and have the freedom to share outtakes, fun moments, mistakes etc. It’s also a place where I can rest for a second and be thoughtful. So I’m going to post a little more often. I want to share some of the things I’ve done this year: places I’ve gone, things I’ve shot. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and want to make sure I acknowledge that journey for myself instead of getting wrapped up too badly in the day to day anxieties and unknowns.
But if you don’t hear from me, you can always check my instagram feed.
LA Friends! Come hang out with me this thursday May 1st from 6-8 at the Madewell at the Americana. We’ll be celebrating the new Spring looks with drinks, treats and tunes by my own Jeff. Stop by and say hi, I’ll help you pick some new looks out and also we can just hang out. Special bonus: if you spend $125 or more you get 20% off plus the first 15 people that spend will get one of my posters to take home! Hope to see you there!
(Also p.s. I just changed my social media from @ljoliet to my full name @laurejoliet. It should all happen automatically if you already follow me, but just in case this is a heads up.)
You can still find giant black and white posters of my work in my shop but now, for a limited time you can also buy one of 2 GIANT COLOR posters over in Debbie Carlo’s shop. Debbie is a hero of mine so this is a big deal for me. Get all the details over in her shop. (There’s a deal if you buy both, FYI).
Had an amazing day discovering this hidden gem in silver lake. Stay tuned for more pictures of the studio. For now hop on over to remodelista for a tour through ceramicist Kelly Lamb’s beautiful home.
A little nod to my favorite shoe and big part of my shoot uniform, the slip on bensimon. I’ve worn them since I was a little girl and recently they’ve taken me all over the place. Some of the spots we’ve gone together (all from my instagram): San Francisco, Mexico, Hawaii, Boston, New York, the desert, Vegas, Portland, Paris, Provence, on my daily walks and all over LA. (Follow me on instagram!) Here’s to more travel for everyone in 2014.
And for good measure, a couple of candids of yours truly thanks to Michelle Pullman.
Epic travel recently including a 36 hour trip to honolulu. I was up before the sun both days and it was so quiet and full of magic. I tried to soak up every second of it. Find me on instagram to see this all unfold in real time. @ljoliet.