August 23rd, 2013

Didn’t take my camera out for much in portland, except for a visit to a friend’s farm where everything was happy. The real highlight for me were all the camera-less day trips to various rivers (here and here) and maybe also this giant fern and all the beautiful roses.

snaps + links

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.

old proof sheets

July 15th, 2013

Had a little flood in my storage and unearthed some old proof sheets of my gramma’s house. I shot her house quite a bit over about 5 years. Her home was the subject of my senior thesis; a place I spent a lot of time as a child. I turned my camera on it in school and I kept photographing it until she passed away (in the house). I think these are the pictures I took of the garden after she had died and before the house had been sold; as a way of keeping it forever. Made me think of this Susan Sontag quote:

“The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.”


July 9th, 2013

Just 6 months ago I was on a road trip with Ben and Makoto of Scout Regalia across the southwest. We shot this amazing project of theirs in Snowmass over new years and then crossed through Moab, Monument Valley, the Painted Desert, Navajo Nation, the Grand Canyon and Route 66 through Joshua Tree and back home to LA.

On that trip I had so many thoughts and dreams for what this new year would look like. So much hope and possibility. So many lists. So much feeling.

It was one of the best road trips I’ve ever been on, maybe only because I love Ben and Makoto so much. But also because of the sense of possibility that any trip will usually bring.

It’s summertime now. I’m looking at the half of the year that has passed. What’s happened? No less than half a dozen road trips. Other trips. So many projects with people I love and admire. So many pots on the stove. So much possibility.

And now I’m in the throes of updating my portfolio to represent more of where I am now. It’s been 3 years since the last time I updated it. And I’m filled with wonder. So much has happened. I’ve made so many friends through this crazy internet world. Learned so much about myself. Made so many photographs. And now it’s time to distill that all down to help point me to what’s next.

See more photos from this trip and more day to day stuff (including some fun projects) over on instagram, I’m @ljoliet.

new work: shirley kurata for nothing major

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.

new work: anthology magazine

June 17th, 2013

One of my favorite shoots happened late this winter for the print magazine, Anthology. I got to collaborate with all around food genius Nicole Mournian (Chef at Gjelina Take away, winner of all things pie related and spectacular human being) on a beautiful outdoor entertaining story styled by Justina Blakeny (an equally talented and intimidating designer and color genius). We spent the day together prepping (and documenting) a fresh, beautiful, delicious dinner party in honor of Nicole’s birthday.

In the issue, Nicole shares recipes and stories about some of her favorite easy dishes: a perfect roast chicken, strawberry rhubarb pie, deviled eggs. See a preview of the issue right here or subscribe here. And you might remember I shot a home feature in Anthology’s very first issue.

east coast

June 13th, 2013

Some highlights from a walk in the charles river peninsula just outside of boston. I spent a couple days in the area after my trip to new york and did very very little outside of relaxing, watching some garbage tv and taking this spectacular walk. We saw turtles, baby turtles, a nest of eggs, an old rail line, and lots and lots of reflections. I missed bougainvillea, of course, but the east coast made up for it in spades by offering up some beautiful rhodedendrons:


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.

mixed greens at plantworks in ny opens tonight

May 17th, 2013

Friends, I’m headed to new york next week.

But before I even get there, I have work opening in a show there TONIGHT. It’s a plant themed group show called Mixed Greens that Sight Unseen organized for the Noho Design District design week festivities. I was so flattered to be included alongside Brian Ferry, Debbie Carlos, Paul Barbera and Leslie Williamson. I have three prints in the show, below is a little peek at one of them.

I am in the process of choosing prints to offer for sale through my site so this show offered me the opportunity to see some things printed. It’s pretty exciting and I can’t wait to share the prints I’m choosing!

I’ll be in new york all next week and in boston the week after so get in touch if you’re around.

in the meantime, you can enjoy my in process May playlist.

tw workshop: new tees (and dresses) lookbook

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!