weekend moments

May 6th, 2013





Spending a little more time being quiet at home.

My happy begonia next to the kitchen window (and clean dishes), my new Sharon Mann mug, the bright yellow ranunculas on my desk (that the cat likes to chew).

isabel marant

May 1st, 2013

Last week I found myself shooting a couple doors down from the beautiful Isabel Marant boutique on Melrose Place. I didn’t have time to go in and shop but I did grab these images of the facade. The play of cactus and succulents against the simple white industrial windows and plain building is such a perfect mix of California + Paris. Everything that brand touches is perfectly sophisticated and demure, with just enough of the unexpected. Love.





Also for those following along, here’s what I was listening to in April.

new work: monroe workshop

April 24th, 2013



Last year I had the pleasure of working with Matt Monroe and his lovely wife, Jen. We shot Matt’s entire line of handcrafted furniture in their amazing Atwater workshop. He takes so much pride in his work that it more than borders on perfectionism, in the best possible way. His work is impeccable, grand and beautiful. Plus everything is made in LA. My favorites are the Seawall coffee table, the Independence Desk and the Haverhill Rocker. A special thanks to the talented Sarah Rainwater, who did all of their graphic design, for introducing us!

See all the photos and the whole line of furniture on the Monroe Workshop site. And follow them on instagram.














april in los angeles + playlist

April 3rd, 2013



It’s April in Los Angeles. Life is pretty good, if a little busy. These two shots are from one of the homes I shot last week for Barbara Bestor (dreams are happening). All the houses were on the east side, this one on a hill in Silver Lake with citrus trees going crazy. And the other picture? Well that’s Michelle Pullman, my assistant, my friend, a great photographer, the strongest person I know. I wouldn’t be able to do half the stuff I do without her. So that’s her, about 8 feet behind me minding my tether. Thanks Michelle!

I’m heading up to San Francisco for the next week for a handful of shoots. Follow me on instagram for updates on the road.

And for fun, I’ve started making playlists of what I listen to the most in a month. It’s partly to help differentiate the months from one another and it also forces me to listen to new things. This is the music that got me through March.

new work: braid lookbook

March 28th, 2013


As I hinted a couple weeks ago, I recently collaborated with my friend, and braid maven, Alison Brislin on a braid lookbook! We got to work with the beautiful and enigmatic Cheryl Nichols (look at this beauty) as our braid model for the day in an awesome location in Mt Washington. It was refreshing to step outside of what I usually shoot, take the camera off the tripod and have some fun. Special thanks to my favorite Kate Miss for designing the lookbook and generally being awesome.














Ali is available for private braid bookings (weddings, bat mitzvahs, sleepovers, braid bars, etc). You can learn more and book her here (here are some beautiful tutorials!). You can also follow her instagram here. Here are some other braids that have happened.

(Follow me on instagram if you don’t already!)

on the internet

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.

the 5

March 7th, 2013





This year is becoming the year of the road trip and I’m not complaining. A quick jaunt up the 5 this past weekend to San Francisco yielded miles and miles and miles of blossoming trees at sunset. Couldn’t have been more beautiful.

Highlights lacking photo evidence: starting our book club book, eating breakfast at st. francis where they have a bougainvillea cocktail (that I didn’t try but still…), checked out the new muji store, ate dinner at bar agricole (where everything is amazing and you have to have their old fashioned served in the thinnest most delicate glass you’ve ever seen) and saw a great show. Also I want to thank the future for allowing me to stream an episode of Nashville from the back of a moving vehicle on the 5 freeway onto my phone in present day time.

braids + intentions

March 7th, 2013

One of my intentions for the new year was to keep going down my path of shooting interiors and architecture, refine my process, get better, keep going. Another one was to push myself ever so slightly in new directions that might scare me a little. So I’ve been shooting things that move. Like people. And now I’m going to share a little. I’m really proud of work that I shot recently for Alison Brislin and her amazing braids. I’ll reveal the full shoot soon, but for now, it’s pretty fun to see one of the shots in her promo material (designed by Kate Miss) that she’ll be using at this weekend’s Cream Event. (Also I’ll be there as a braid model, if you’re there please say hello! This is me.)

(thanks to Kate Miss for the photo, from her instagram)

joshua tree

February 26th, 2013














Spontaneously spent the weekend in Joshua Tree with some lady friends. We were just there for an overnight so we packed in as much thrifting, eating and exploring as we could. The highlight was spending the afternoon right into the sunset in the park as the light got golden and the wind kicked up enough dust to give the landscape an eerie never ending horizon. We took pictures, shot a lot of vines (follow Cheryl Nichols on Vine, you won’t be sorry) and drank in one of my favorite places on Earth.

Thanks to Bethany, Cheryl, Kate and Alison for the good times.

See a lot more on instagram. On twitter. And follow me on Vine, I’m Laure Joliet.

paris

February 16th, 2013


























I realize I hadn’t posted pictures of my last trip to paris (besides these photos of taxidermy and these photos from pitchfork paris with bon iver). I didn’t shoot a lot, mainly places and moments that are familiar to me; have meaning for me for how invisible they can seem. These places normally live halfway around the world from me and my life in Los Angeles, but when I’m back in Paris, they feel so familiar and real and timeless that I wonder how I live without them so much of the time.

Images, more or less:
The crumbling stairwell and details and views around the apartment where I have my earliest memories and a place that has not changed in 3o years.
The fantastic blue ish light.
Fantastic real butter.
The Jardins des Plantes where I visit my favorite greenhouse, a lalanne sculpture and is also where I like to walk and people watch.
Palais Royale where my grandmother has the smallest shop in Paris–she sells music boxes and the shop makes a special cameo appearance in this local natives video.
My grandfather.
Walking with my family after a long lunch through the arcade of trees in Palais Royale
A plant-filled window I always loved in place des vosges.

Love.