isabel marant

Wednesday, 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.


Saturday, 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.


pitchfork paris

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Thanks to Mike and Dean I got to go to the big Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris with backstage access and a press pass. Yes, that means I brought my camera and took a ton of pictures. It was a 2 day festival with Bon Iver headlining in the beautiful Grande Halle de la Vilette. I was super excited.

I was surprised and blown away by Lykke Li who played right before Bon Iver. Her performance was incredibly powerful and moving. She was kind of badass. Like way more than I would have expected. I could have gone home right then, but instead we all waited patiently for Bon Iver.

And then I got to go into the photo pit while they/he came onstage. All the photographers were piled up on each other, so I took the other side and tried not to shoot in a frenzy.

The crowd was great and I would say 90% of them recorded the concert with their phones. You can also see good quality videos of the show here for skinny love, here for The Wolves, here for for emma.

I floated around and shot from all over. There was nowhere I couldn’t go. Including backstage.

Converse sponsored the backstage area and built this cabin complete with an old Nintendo system, taxidermy, plaid and lots of uber hip people. It was awesome.

I loved all the piles of gear out in the fluorescent lighting just a hundred feet from the booming concert in the other room. I also loved the cups the beer came in.

And all the Bon Iver stuff was really beautifully labeled.

musée de la chasse et de la nature

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Took a quick detour after a very long sunday lunch with the extended family (wine! for everyone! champagne aussi? pourquoi pas!) into the musée de la chasse et de la nature in the marais. It was just stunning. Outside was bright and sunny, the streets teeming with people out for a stroll. Inside it was dark and quiet, just you and the beasts.

Reminded me that I want to go to Deyrolle before I leave.

place des vosges

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The oldest square in paris and where my grandmother had her apartment. I chased pigeons here when I was a toddler. Today I sat under the fall foliage, bundled up, eating a tarte aux pommes and enjoying it all.


Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

It’s been 3 years since I visited my family in France and I’m way overdue. So I took the plunge and booked a ticket (slowing down and asking myself what’s really important) and I leave in 2 weeks. I’ll be staying in the studio my dad keeps near Bastille. It’s in this amazing old courtyard where I spent my earliest years, have my earliest memories and where I lived when I was 20. (also, it was featured in this movie).

That’s me with my dad in the courtyard before my parents split up and my mom and I moved to LA. My parents’ old apartment was sold to the designer Paola Navone a couple years ago. She renovated it and got a ton of press (here). Here are some pics of it when it was under construction (here).

The studio we still have is on the floor above that apartment and is teeny tiny but has a beautiful view and good neighbors. I guess you could call it a pied-a-terre if you wanted to make it sound fancier than it is. It just got streamlined so I’ll take pics when I get there. We still have the house in Provence but I probably won’t have a chance to make it there on this trip.

I’m planning on working on a couple of special assignments while I’m away. I’m almost as booked as I want to be but If you’re looking for a photographer in Paris (or London) between Oct 20 -Nov 10, you can email me laure (at) laurejoliet (dot) com.

I’ll also be updating my various guides to paris I wrote a couple years ago.

What would you guys like to see from Paris?

my dad’s favorite store in paris

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

It’s where the rugs in the house in mexico came from. Dad loves the briht colors, fun patterns and low low prices. La Compagnie du Sénégal et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest is in the 3rd arrondisement in Paris, but you can also order things online. Dad sent these images the other day along with a bunch of others seemingly designed to make me feel jealous (?).

oh, and now he’s in Portugal, in case you weren’t jealous yet.