on the internet

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I’m still catching up from yet another road trip (this time back out to Joshua Tree for a camping trip that did not include the internet). I came home to find that quite a few recent shoots all hit the internet at once. Wanted to share some highlights before I forget!

I love shooting for Remodelista because I so often get to cover the places I go in real life. This time I shot Cortez, one of my favorite local restaurants. See the whole post here.

I was honored (and excited) to shoot a behind the scenes portrait of my friend and hero Sharon Montrose. Not only did I get to see her in action with baby animals, but I also had the pleasure of meeting Joanna from Cup of Jo. Check out the whole behind the scenes profile, right here. (I also shot this project with Sharon.)

These photos I shot of the workspace of wedding superstars Bash, Please got a second wind over on Style Me Pretty.

Emily Henderson and I have done a lot of shoots together and getting to shoot her bedroom redesign was one of the most fun: lots of laughs and lots of cat lady talk. Em posted the full tour on her blog, you can also see it on Apartment Therapy.

Otherwild recently moved into my neighborhood and I was so happy to get a chance to cover it for Pitchfork’s Journal, Nothing Major. They carry a great selection of locally made goods plus fun stuff from Portland and beyond. Now they’re right here on Echo Park Ave. (P.S. that poster is one of my favorites).

I have more to share, but this will have to do for the weekend!

P.S. I’ve been listening to this song and this song nonstop.

robert greene for the ny times

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Recently shot the Los Feliz home of author Robert Greene for the New York Times. Really loved getting to spend the day with Robert and Anna and Brutus. So much California. I had to share outtakes.

Highlights: pottery made by Robert’s sister Leslie Greene, Brutus, handmade guacamole by Anna, introducing them to Henri, Robert’s note filing system. The light, everywhere.

Here’s the whole article: “Renovate Like a Master”.

And here are some other spreads I’ve shot for the New York Times: in Berlin, in Los Feliz, in Fallbrook, in Hollywood and in Silver Lake.

ny times: coney island boardwalk

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I shot part of a story for the ny times recently about all the places the reclaimed wood from the coney island boardwalk has ended up. Including right here in Venice at the home of Travis Lett, chef slash co-owner of my favorite restaurant (really our collective favorite if we’re being honest, right?) Gjelina. (This was a little peek I offered on instagram).

It was honestly one of my top 5 favorite homes (designed by Gjelina designer Sam Marshall) full of glass and amazing, beautiful light. Can’t wait to share some more of the images that didn’t make it into the story as soon as I have clearance.

House of Honey for Rue Magazine

Friday, May 18th, 2012

I got to shoot with the lovely Tamara Honey of House of Honey for the May issue of Rue. Spectacular house full of contrast and color and unexpected elements. Fun to play with the grand scale of the space, too. See the whole thing starting on page 68 of Rue.

You can also see one of my favorite spaces of all time that I got to shoot for Rue of wedding planner extradordinaires: Bash, Please.

big jambox

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I hinted at it before, but I’ve been working on a big campaign to help launch Jawbone’s latest wireless and all around awesome speaker, The Big Jambox. It was designed by Yves Behar to be the big brother to the ultra portable original jambox. And having spent the week with the big version, I can tell you the sound is amazing and really good for larger spaces and outside (parties! picnics! I’m not being paid to say this!).

I got to work with a great ad agency based out of San Francisco and, together, we created a series of images of the big jambox in some seriously great interiors. It was all very exciting, I had to sign an nda since it hadn’t come out yet and we had to be very hush hush about the product. I’m lucky to have a network of people with great homes that I could call upon at the last minute (like Tracy and Gregory and Simon and Laura and Elsie and Abby and Erin and Jerome–thanks to all of you!).

It was also a great chance for Morgan and I to do more work together–she handled the props and styling of a ton of different interiors and probably made 4 million decisions every day. And though I almost completely wore her and Heather out–we shot 3 locations a day for 4 days in a row–I thought everyone did a fantastic job and couldn’t be happier. You can see all the images for the Big Jambox on pinterest.

Obviously no shoot would be complete without a cameo appearance by Hazel. Check out all the images on pinterest.

design sponge: grace’s husky ranch

Monday, March 12th, 2012

So excited to share images from a recent shoot for Design Sponge that went live today! Not only did I get help from Morgan on styling, but Abby came armed with props and Grace hosted the shoot with Nutella cupcakes and huskies. Grace’s house had really nice light and, of course, interesting spaces and getting to spend the day working with friends is always the best.

See the whole spread here on Design Sponge.

new work: sunia homes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So excited to finally unveil images from a home I got to shoot at the end of last year for a new (and very exciting) company building modern, sustainable, affordable homes in California. Sunia Homes have built their first model home right here in Echo Park and I got to shoot the new space with my partner in crime, Morgan who manned styling the space with Ali’s help.

Besides all the sustainable elements and concepts behind how these homes are built, the actual finished space is beautiful and full of light and I loved shooting it. Jerome, the mastermind behind Sunia, is so passionate about the company that it’s totally infectious. I especially loved working with Jerome because he wanted to make sure that the interiors stayed more relaxed, more like how the space is really used. So our styling inspiration was all about keeping it simple and alive (an image from my portfolio was a good reference, can you guess which one?).

Here are some of my favorite images currently up on their site plus a couple of my favorite outtakes.

Check out the newly launched site for Sunia Homes.

24 hours in berlin

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Remember back in November when I was in Paris and I didn’t blog at all? One of the reasons was because right when I got back from London, I got an email from my editor at the New York Times seeing if I could shoot a story in Berlin for the Home and Garden section 3 days later. Turns out Berlin is only about an hour and a half flight from Paris and since I will basically say yes to anything that involves taking a plane, I was on board. I had other plans in France before I came back to LA so I couldn’t spend more than 24 hours there. It was beautiful, it was cold and it got dark really early. I loved it.

According to my cab rides, it was definitely fall. The leaves were totally incredible.

I was shooting a co-op building project in berlin’s mitte neighborhood by architects and partners Christoph Roedig and Uli Schop. They greeted me with this breakfast spread and I loved them immediately. It didn’t hurt that their space was amazing, either.

After we went up to the roof to take in the views of the city, they took me into one of the other units. I snapped a couple of photos. The light was perfect. I also got a nice view of the back common space.

And then I was done, the light was golden and I had a couple of hours before my flight. I went for a walk.

Read the article and see all the main photos in Great Homes: On Location in Berlin, A Showpiece of Communal Living.

wade graham for the new york times

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I shot Wade and his garden on the hottest day of the summer. I decided, since it was all about his garden and los angeles and it was for the New York Times, that I wanted to shoot at sunset with warm golden light. I wanted to make east coasters jealous, just a little bit. And even though I showed up at 3 or 4 o clock, it was still somewhere around 95 degrees and humid. So I love the images, but it was not an easy shoot because of the heat.

Wade was great to work with. He told me all about his garden while I shot. We talked about LA and plants and bees and adventures. It was great and easy going. Loved reading the article because he’s a really fascinating person who’s led an interesting life. He was shy about having his picture taken so we kept it really brief — it was funny to see his portrait was the hero image for the article (see it here).

That’s been a big part of my learning curve working with different editors all the time. Sometimes I love what they choose for the final images and sometimes I’m really disappointed. Overall, I have been so so happy with what the Times has chosen. They also do a little extra retouching of the photos–crunch the blacks and add some saturation, and I like it.

These are some of the images that didn’t make it in that I liked–the crazy Aloe Forest, the view driving up to the house in los feliz at sunset, the peek into the chartreuse side yard from the bathroom. See the whole NYT slideshow here.

Here are some outtakes from another nyt shoot I loved.

32 + sfgirlbybay

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday in a quiet way with some friends, some wine and some beard papa. I’m planning to stretch out the celebrating for at least another week in various ways, possibly swinging by the Ace, glasses of champagne shared with friends, etc.

I also got a nice little birthday present this morning when Victoria featured me and my apartment on sfgirlbybay.

Thanks to Morgan who helped pull my place together and thanks to Victoria for asking me to share, it was a great motivator for getting the place done. Hop over and peek into my apartment.