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.

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.

new work: anthology magazine

Monday, 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.

new work: monroe workshop

Wednesday, 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.














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.

braids + intentions

Thursday, 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)