hello again

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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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.

madewell event : come say hi

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


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.)

new work: kelly lamb studios for remodelista

Sunday, January 26th, 2014




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.

wonderful simple things

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Hi. I’m spending less time around here since I started working on an updated portfolio and launched my posters (I love seeing them in other people’s spaces, like Lisa’s and Erin’s!). I’m also trying, with varying degrees of success, to disconnect from the computer and the internet every once in a while. For some perspective. For some quiet. For some rest.

I’m filling the well in other ways. Like reading. I’m reading Swimming Studies and loving it. I just finished A Hologram for the King” and wasn’t disappointed. I’m a dave eggers fan, though, so there’s that. In the queue are The Pale King by David Foster Wallace and Just Kids, Patti Smith’s Memoir. Reading is fun.

I’m walking more. Attempting to sleep more. And thinking about what things might be ahead. What other things I might want to do, creative and otherwise. Lots of questions and the space around them to wait for an answer.

I’m thinking about simple ways I can be nice to myself. Simple things that make me feel full. I’m not much of a shopper but I got myself new jeans. They are part of my shooting uniform, along with the only shoes I wear and simple tees. Having a functional uniform for shoot days is something that gives me enormous peace of mind. It’s the little things.

I have also been loving lily stockman’s thoughtful blog.

xx
Laure

new work: lonny

Saturday, September 7th, 2013




Shot a beautiful residence in San Francisco designed by Chloe Warner for Lonny. See the whole spread in the July/August issue of Lonny.

art book stand / book club at griffith park

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013







Claire Cottrell and Jordan Sullivan’s art book stand / book club popped up quietly on saturday afternoon in a cedar grove in griffith park and was, honestly, magic. The heat gave way to a California golden hour and the walk back down gave us views and inspiration for days. The stands themselves offered unusual/hard to find art books/zines/posters hand picked by people who love images, who love art.

Was thrilled to get to meet some internet friends in person: Dario! Lili! And to hang out with some faves. Hamish and Andi of vacation days. The loveliest Lauren and Claire.

Also, made me want to make images I can hold in my hand.

Thanks to Tracy and Scout Regalia for the great company.

snaps + links

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013









Some photos from summer so far. All from my phone. (Who wants to carry a big camera around all the time?). Some of these are on instagram. Most of them have a vsco filter on them. Highights include the re-opening of echo park lake, evening drinks and dinner at Laura’s, Claire and her yellow bike, hang outs, afternoon light hitting palm trees, hands in sun, the sun kept at bay, the beach.

I’m heading to portland this weekend (get in touch if you’re around!). Follow my instagram for the latest.

Also, I’m slowly re-working my portfolio which means endless editing of work that currently isn’t in my portfolio. Here’s a little peek (you have to push play!).

Some things:
I can’t get enough of Daniel’s renovations.
Claire offers a window into a different kind of traveling.
A creative compound I shot for the NY Times
Music I’m listening to.
The crepe recipe I use (beer!).
Love everything happening at Vacation Days.
Summer flowers.

new work: shirley kurata for nothing major

Friday, June 28th, 2013






Catching up on some recent work (from 3 months ago, yikes!) that I did for Nothing Major’s new journal (they’re the visual arm of Pitchfork). I spent the afternoon with Mike and Dean and Martha and we collaborated on this interview and home shoot with uber stylist Shirley Kurata. The day was sunny, involved champagne and good friends. Thanks Mike and Dean for making it happen!

Read the whole interview and more photos over on Nothing Major.

#bougainvillea

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

I’m finally back home after trips to new york and boston, big bear and palm springs. So much I want to download (especially my experience at CAMP which was just…incredible) and I will get to it all soon.

First I wanted to announce that inspired by CAMP, Alissa Walker and I are collaborating on a new project. The details will be rolled out shortly but for now know that it involves our love for bougainvillea: that wild, thorny, boisterous vine that explodes its colors all over this city (and many many others).

We’d love for you to participate. So all you Angelenos, please hash tag all your bougainvillea photos with #bougainvillea and make sure your geo tagging is turned on.

And if you don’t already, start following us on instagram! I’m @ljoliet and Alissa is @awalkerinla.

tw workshop: new tees (and dresses) lookbook

Thursday, May 9th, 2013















I recently got to shoot a second lookbook for the brilliantly talented Tracy Wilkinson (see the first one here). She expanded her empire with a bunch of new tees in different cuts and colors and also the easiest breeziest dresses that I can’t wait to live in all summer.

We had such a fun time walking around the neighborhood and shooting. Our model, the beautiful Laura Taylor is also a super talented photographer and was a total dream to shoot.

You can find Tracy this weekend at Shopclass, she’s the guest artist for May.

You can also buy tees + dresses + pots online!