new work: the plant whisperer for the new york times

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Recent work for the New York Times had me photographing Mileece, a plant whisperer of sorts who makes music out of plants, lives in an airstream, bathes outside and has performed at MOMA. Her home was a wonderland, see all the pictures and read the article on the NY Times.

Check out some other stories I’ve shot for the New York Times:

A personal design hero in LA
This creative compound (and lively inhabitants) in Santa Monica
A landscape designer in Los Feliz
This coop in Berlin
This interior photographer (and his amazing modern home) in Los Angeles
This outsider artist in Palm Springs

See other recent work in Anthology, Nothing Major, T Magazine, Lonny, Cup of Jo and design love fest.

Follow me on instagram (I’m @ljoliet) for all the latest in my adventures.


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.


2012 + magical greenhouses

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

One of my favorite moments of 2012 was a rainy day at the Huntington when my mom and I sought refuge in the magical greenhouse. It forced me to focus and really look. I love (am obsessed with?) greenhouses and plants and I’ve made a career (at least partially) of taking soft, quiet images and still I had to flex something in me to settle in and not just quickly want to move on to the next thing. I was reminded how fleeting all this is. All these minutes that can so easily blur into the next. And so I looked.

I don’t have it in me to write a 2012 recap other than to say that it was a lot. Incredible new friendships, good times, heartbreak, risk taking, seeing my work show up in lots of new places, not having much time to rest, beautiful spaces, karaoke, so many road trips, insomnia, inspiring clients, being in front of the camera and always, instagram. There are so many adventures I went on that I haven’t had a chance to share (a couple that I did). But that’s what 2012 was about. Being out there and not so much on here.

I’m planning a bit more downtime for 2013, making each project count in new ways, expanding and updating my portfolio, offering limited edition prints, taking on new and challenging projects, collaborating and above all looking and noticing what is quiet and important.

You can always follow my adventures on twitter and instagram.

walking in san francisco

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

About to head up to san francisco for some shoots and wanted to share these photos from my last trip. They’re from the foggy walk I took on my last day in the city after helping Yellow Owl Workshop make a book (here’s a candid) along with Miranda Jones. I slipped away trying to take in as much of the cold weather as I possible could. 100 degree temps were waiting for me in LA, but on this walk, I had my puffy jacket on and my hair blowing around my face. And it was glorious.

I instagrammed a lot of that trip, you can follow me on instagram here or just look me up, @ljoliet.

my kitchen

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Took advantage of the rainy weather and spent a little bit of time nesting this weekend. I puttered around rearranging tiny moments in the kitchen and putting things away. I also hung my other favorite tw pottery and added a purple basil plant to it for springtime. I’ve lived here for a little over a year and feel like I’m only just embracing it as home. It’s exciting and also, in a weird way, a loss. It seems it takes a long time to let go.

(Have you seen Tracy’s house? (From TW Pottery))

hand picked

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Bianca surprised me with a bouquet of scented geraniums, rosemary and sage straight from her garden. It is so so simple and lovely and is making the house smell incredible.

More mexico coming up next week, promise!

brick + haus sale this sunday

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I’m interrupting my mexico reportage to remind everyone to come out this sunday to score some awesome furniture and plants at the brick + haus vintage modern sale. I will be there all day so come and say hi. And seriously, I’ve seen Morgan’s garage and it is packed with treasures that will all be for sale at flea market prices. Big things and small things. Whatever you’re looking for. Plus hang out times and refreshments. Good times.

And TerriPlanty will be representing with the best terrariums, seed bombs, air plants, hanging, driftwood goodness you could imagine.

See you sunday!


Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Begonias at mom’s house. Inspired, in part, by bianca.

Rainforest Flora

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Phew, I’m done with Dwell on Design! What. an. experience. I met so many awesome plant people and solved so many problems and basked in the glory of a beautiful outdoor section and got so little sleep. It was all worth it. But now I have so much I want to share that I don’t even know where to begin.

Well, hopefully you saw the show, but if not I’ll be posting some pictures here soon — and I posted some fun behind the scenes pictures on flickr. I worked closely with Jen and Ive from Shades of Green who are up in Northern California. Even though I’ve only known them a couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve known them for a lifetime (working on Dwell was kind of like summer camp) and one of the first things we did when they got down here was going to Rainforest Flora down in Torrance. They loaned us Tillandsia (or air plants) and Bromeliads for the show.

Rainforest Flora is basically a wonderland. Jerry and Paul, who run the place, have been in the business of tropical Tillandsia and Bromeliads for 30 years. Paul has even written a couple of books on the subject. They’re passionate, they know what they’re doing, and they have a lot of plants.

We weren’t there for long, but we got a quick tour of their space (they have an even larger farm (?) down near San Diego) and it was beautiful, and overwhelming and full of magic. My appreciation for air plants skyrocketed after this trip. Bromeliads (which I had associated with dated house plants) have also made their way to the top of my list in terms of interesting plants to rival succulents (though, don’t be mistaken, they need a totally different climate.)

They’re largely wholesale but have a retail space and sell everything in their online store. And considering what a huge trend air plants are becoming (they’re the new terrarium, according to me) they are a great resource.

Thanks Paul and Jerry!

(Find their online store right here.)

Dwell on Design

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

So another couple of busy weeks are ahead as I’ve been hired to help out with Dwell on Design’s Outdoor Spaces. I’ve just jumped into it today so there’s lots to learn and do, but I’m really excited to be on the floor while everything gets delivered, help set it up and enjoy the camaraderie of long days.

Are you going to Dwell on Design (June 25-27)?
How about one of the cool home tours?
You can also volunteer to man a home on a home tours or at the convention to get in for free (plus some other goodies)?
And there’s a great party happening for a good cause on Saturday the 26th.
You can also follow the event on twitter or follow me!.

Phew. I’ll keep you all updated as much as I can. I’m already so inspired by the vendors I’m working with!