New work for Edible Ventura County magazine, Summer issue 2016. For this issue I photographed chef Kurt Steeber and owner James Chan at Brasserie Communitaire in Oxnard and chef Richard DeMane at the Pearl District in Westlake.
New work with an awesome new client! I'm loving shooting more interiors but it is definitely making me want to do some home renovations. This house in Dana Point turned out great. Stacy Chiavaro designed it and it had a real lux beach house vibe going on. The kitchen is a dream. It's the perfect house to have a dinner party in.
To see more of Stacy's work you can check out her website http://chiavarodesign.com/
I've got new work out this week on the news stands for Edible SLO magazine. This was a feature on florists on the Central Coast who are involved in the "field to vase" movement. Each of the ladies in the article create beautiful floral arrangements and they strive to source their flowers and botanicals locally. You can pick up a copy of Edible SLO magazine now, or check out the digital version at EdibleSLO.com. The writer of the article, Kendra Aronson also has a great blog about the field to vase movement that you can see here.
There's something really satisfying about shooting interiors that quenches that obsessive perfectionist that sometimes resides within me. I find myself saying things like, "okay, one more inch to the left," and "let's take that blue book out and replace it with the green one." It's such a great feeling when all of the elements are in balance and the scene comes together into one perfect frame.
This shoot was for Los Angeles based designer Jennifer Muirhead and the home was a stunning modern Spanish bungalow in Hancock Park. The space was designed beautifully and felt very comfortable, yet with high-end elegant touches. The house had great art too! As a photographer I love when a designer uses lots of photography in their designs.
To see more of her work visit her website at
The past few months I've been shooting with a new client-- designer, blogger, HGTV star, Emily Henderson. I've photographed several things for her including a staff outing to the downtown LA fabric district for NatureBox, home holiday decor, DIY projects, and a Lo and Sons travel bag piece.
Emily and her team Ginny and Brady are just as awesome to work with as you'd expect. I have so much respect for them putting out almost daily blog posts that are super involved and intricate. I'm lucky if I manage to get out a post a month! Here is some work I've shot for them over the past few months. To see more click on the links above.
It's been awesome I get to shoot a variety of things for the team including more editorial stuff, interiors, product, DIY and design, and portraiture. A nice opportunity to test my skills and try new things.
New season, new work at Edible SLO. I was super stoked to have some of my harvest photos published in a photo essay for the magazine.
I also shot a story on some local businesses in the area including Komplete Kombucha, based in San Luis Obispo and Villacana Winery's RE:find Distillery in Paso Robles.
Years ago I had a friend that brewed her own kombucha and it was terrible. Bitter, acrid, and way to powdery and green tasting. I was pleasantly surprised that I really liked the brew made by Komplete Kombucha. I tried their ginger flavor and their hibiscus, and both were fantastic. They made me a kombucha convert overnight. The company is made up of three young and ambitious entrepreneurs and I see big things in their future.
RE:find Distillery and Spirits is owned and operated by the truly lovely Monica and Alex Villacana. They make vodka, gin, rye whiskey, and limoncello from the first press grape juice that comes from their own Villacana Winery during the winemaking process. With two businesses to run, Monica and Alex are very busy people but on the day that I photographed them I found them to be energized and very sweet and hospitable. They showed me around the distillery and tasting room and we chatted about the various projects they have in the works. When the shoot was over they very generously gave me a bottle of my choosing to take home. I went with the gin because there are few things better on a hot summer day than a gin and tonic. Wow, was I impressed. My boyfriend Justin proclaimed that it was even better than Hendrick's, which as all gin lovers know is the peak of gin perfection. You can find RE:find products at cool bars and liquor stores everywhere, including my neighborhood Oaks Gourmet in Franklin Village in Hollywood!
On Saturday, June 28th I photographed a pop-up supper club in Beverly Wood for DNA Dinners. It was a small, elegant dinner at the home of Debbie Alberts and prepared by chef Alex. Here are a few of my favorites from that night.
Check out their Facebook page to learn more about DNA Dinners or to register for their next event.
I had the opportunity to shoot portraits of Sunni Mullinax, the newly elected President of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce to go along with a press release announcement of her appointment. She is fantastic, and I know she'll be a great ambassador to the Paso Robles community!
Although I've moved away from the Central Coast I just can't seem to stay away. I love shooting for Edible SLO magazine because I always get to photograph an interesting, eclectic group of people. This issue I shot four women who are making waves in the farming community as well as their "Neighborhood Dirt" section which is a spread of images that features a local person with a cool living space.
This issue one of my images of Bonnie Sayers was on the cover. Pretty cool! We shot at her house in her spectacular backyard that was turned into a garden wonderland. She is an avid seed saver, focused on heirloom corn seeds. I once had a very large selection of heirloom tomato seeds and I understand how important it is that people continue to not only grow heirloom seeds, but to preserve them from extinction.
You can read more about Bonnie and all of the ladies featured in the article by picking up an issue of Edible SLO, available at foodie locations and wineries throughout SLO County or on the website www.edibleslo.com.
Back in October I had the opportunity to photograph three chefs from some of my favorite restaurants in San Luis Obispo County for Edible SLO magazine. The magazine came out in January and is on news stands now. Each of the chefs are committed to sourcing local, seasonal, sustainable products and are really at the forefront of the farm-to-table dining movement. I have eaten at each of the restaurants featured in this issue and I can safely say that if you're on the Central Coast and looking for a spectacular meal you will find one anywhere these chefs are cooking.
A few months back I did some work for the Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. Robert Hall is one of the pioneers of Paso wine and has one of the coolest barrel rooms around. The ads have been popping up in various publications. It's always nice seeing work in print. Cheers!
Over the past few years I've fully fallen in love with Paso Robles. Combining that with my love of food and wine, being asked to shoot for the PRWCA was a really cool honor for me. Here are some images that will be used in the 2014 "Grow Wild" campaign to promote the Paso Robles wine region.
A big part of the campaign focuses on Paso's sustainable practices including use of animals to abate weeds, fertilize the soil, and promote a holistic farming practices. Tablas Creek Winery was nice enough to let the animals loose in the vineyard for us even though the grapes were still on the vines. Perhaps a bottle or two worth of grapes were sacrificed to the animals for the cause, but hopefully the images were worth it!
We also shot in the barrel room at Robert Hall Winery. The size of the cellar always shocks me and it's a challenge to photograph in such a cavernous space. The barrels go on for days and the smell of oak and fermentation is heavenly. Not a bad place to work for the day.
A few months back I did a shoot for the new publication, Edible SLO. It is on news stands now; the Summer 2013 edition. The Edible Communities publications are fantastic local resources, and Edible SLO is off to a great start with cool articles and beautiful layouts. As a photographer it is such a pleasure to work for them because they utilize photography in a prominent way with lots of images and full bleed spreads. Look how adorable the cover is!
I shot a profile piece on Chaparral Gardens in Atascadero. The owners Cari and Craig Clark were very sweet and were kind enough to show me around the garden and let me try all of their products. The Clarks make artisanal vinegars from the produce they grow in their garden. I have been enjoying the Tuscan balsamic ever since my visit. Thanks to the Clarks for being so generous (I saw them at the farmer's market and they loaded me up with produce!) and the editor of Edible SLO, Karrie Crane for choosing me to shoot for this issue.
It's been too long since I've posted! Traveling, shooting, work, work, and more work and I have yet to get quite caught up. My summer resolution is to be better about posting about what I'm working on and projects that have wrapped. Where to begin? I guess food is alway a great place to start.
In March and April I worked on a series of recipes and food photos for a client. It was a mixture of recipes that we've cooked in my household for years, and new stuff that I wanted to try. It was a large project, 50 dishes, and the house was always filled with awesome aromas.
There was so much food around that I had to resort to begging people to come over and help relieve my refrigerator of some of the prepared items so that I could make room for new ingredients. Luckily Becca, Justin, and Patrick were kind enough to eat some of the leftovers and take one for the team to keep the ball rolling. I don't think they minded too much!
I've just gotten back from my annual week in the desert at the Palm Springs Photo Festival: Connect 2013, shot some travel pieces, shot some lifestyle work, and have even done a beer label for a new brewery. More to come soon!