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.


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.

oh california + vsco film

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Going through photos from the middle of summer from a quick trip near santa barbara. It was overcast and moody and a bittersweet trip, I won’t go into details but, yeah. On our last morning we drove around so that I could find some bougainvillea to photograph. We found that first house and I fell in love. We also ran across some suburban gardens and moments that seemed so very southern california. So very perfect for applying VSCO Film to.

Visual Supply Company was nice enough to send me a copy of VSCO Film (in may I think, oops!) to play around with. It’s a plug in for light room (and aperture) that has presets that emulate different kinds of film. Once installed you just scroll through and can apply different treatments to your photos and then adjust using the same tools you normally use in light room for all kinds of film looks. I especially liked using the presets on some of the darker photographs to add more depth and emotion. Reminded me of my film roots *though I do not miss printing in the darkroom. Excited to get more practice, especially with black and white (they have t-Max 3200! as a preset!). They also have an iphone app called VSCo cam that I use sometimes on my instagrams (instead of an instagram filter).

These images also reminded me of this video posted on Curbed of, basically, a french existential look at 1960′s los angeles (like this). It has everything that this video has only it is 100% sincere. And it’s why I love the french. And los angeles.

sf bound + yellow owl workshop

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Heading to San Francisco this weekend to work on something I’ve been planning for…maybe a year? I’m teaming up with Yellow Owl Workshop and shooting their next book! I’ll be back next week with more France updates. (Pictured is one of their stamp activity kits).

Happy long weekend, all!


Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Some selects from the first leg of my journey–I stayed in a beautiful and secret house in St. Jean Cap Ferrat right on the bay. We could walk down stairs and directly into the sea, spending hours just floating, picking yachts in the distance to try to swim out to, referencing the count of monte christo. I ate my weight in saucisson, shopped for fresh fruit at the local marché and got to spend time with family. We took some afternoon trips to villa Kerylos and Eze (for the views and the champagne) and a quick morning in Monaco (meh). It was my first time really spending time on the cote d’azure and I guess I get what all the fuss is about.

dix jours en france

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Just back and have too many images to share. So I’ll start here. At my family’s house in Provence we always eat outside together, in ‘the tunnel’. It’s one of my very favorite spots on earth.

aspen to crested butte road trip

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The drive from Aspen to Crested Butte was everything I hoped it would be. And when we all got there, a beautiful spot to relax and take it all in.

Heading to Nice and Provence for the next two weeks to visit family. Follow me on instagram and twitter for more immediate updates.

Some of my favorite other instagrammers: the brick house, oliviathe, kylesteed, katemiss, ejaphoto, sethsmoot, rubi_jones.

And some of my favorite places online: le catch, weekend, for me, for you, jessica comingore, the brick house (duh), happy mundane, pennyweight, manhattan nest, la in bloom.

And happy summer.

crested butte in instagram

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Crested Butte was a little like summer camp. The plane ride over was full of friends all going to the wedding, I ate ice cream every day, went kayaking with the ladies, took lots of pictures of the sky, drove around with the windows down, saw cows, hung out in a teepee, saw a double rainbow, slept in a bunk bed made of logs, saw the worlds largest aspen forest, hot tubbed and watched the olympics. Oh, and Morgan and I shot keith and alissa’s wedding (peek). All in a day’s work.

You can follow me on instagram via statigram or look me up, I’m @ljoliet.
I also sometimes post my instagrams on twitter.


Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Getting ready to go away this weekend I started feeling like it is really really summer time. I took these photos last year when I visited my dad in Baja and we drove to La Paz and he showed me this secret beach. It was paradise. It was summer.

And here are some songs that have been on repeat over here:
The Union Line
The Deadly Syndrome
First Aid Kit
Francois Virot

Happy summer days.

my camera gear

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

So, people ask me periodically about my gear and what I like to shoot with. I’ve been getting everything prepped for a trip to the rockies this weekend to shoot a wedding for friends of mine and thought I would share. It’s my very first wedding (not counting assisting Yvette way back in the day) and I’m really excited. Plus I’m bringing Morgan to help shoot and we get to mini roadtrip from Aspen to the wedding site with other friends.

So here is what I use, mostly: Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4 (for tabletop and portraits), 24-70mm 2.8 (this is the lens that lives on my camera normally), piles of memory cards, a Rolleiflex twin reflex for film, Portra film, SX-70 polaroid and new Impossible Project Film, and I just bought a little fuji instax to test out after playing with Emma’s.

Not pictured: the best manfrotto tripod in the world that they don’t make anymore, a 5 in 1, a wide angle lens (I normally rent either a fixed 14mm or, if I’m shooting for the NY Times or for an architect, a 17mm tilt shift lens. I also travel with a mini external hard drive, card reader and laptop. Also not pictured is my iphone, which is almost always in use. But I needed it to take this photo.