There's a mantra in the photography world that I try really hard to live by and that's ABS: Always Be Shooting. There's a number of good reasons for this such as keeping you skills on point, expanding your creative horizons, adding to your catalogue, etc, but I also find it really good for the soul. So much of photography is EMAILING, bidding on projects, meetings, constant technology education, billing, accounting, and on and on. The business of photography is crucial, but you can't let it take over to the point where it's not fun anymore. So sometimes I like to set up the studio in my place and just photograph something pretty, like cocktails or food, like these.
In just a few short days it will be my one year anniversary of living in Los Angeles. It has been a great adventure and I am way happier living in the big city than I ever would have expected. A couple of weeks ago I had a shoot scheduled and due to the nasty flu virus going around it got cancelled. I had blocked off the day to shoot and there was beautiful light happening, and since my day was freed up I decided to bop around the hills of Hollywood and make some photos of my home city. Here's a little of what I made that day.
I love my ERB girls, Piper Denney and Emy Reynolds. They are currently in the studio in Ojai working on their latest album, due out Spring 2015. I got a chance to shoot them in the studio a couple of weeks ago and got an early preview of some new songs. As always their work makes me swoon. Here are some of my favorite shots of the girls. They have a show at the Lobero in Santa Barbara on Nov. 15th. If you're in the area it's definitely worth checking out!
I had the good fortune to be in Paso Robles on assignment when Domenique contacted me wanting to do a shoot. Domenique and I had previously worked together to shoot an athletic/sportswear inspired shoot in Paso Robles and she is a rock star, so of course we made it happen. We tried out a couple of different concepts and played around with wardrobe and scenery. The light was spectacular, and Domenique's skin was luminescent. Here's some of my favorites from that day.
I shot a mini-project while I was living briefly in Buenos Aires, Argentina featuring ex-pat couples (like me and my boyfriend) who were also living abroad in South America. I shot Sonia and Adam and Gustavo and Sophie who were from Spain, the US, and New Zealand. Like us they were enjoying the cheap pesos, good wine, and beauty that Buenos Aires had to offer. All of these images and more are available for licensing at Stocksy United.
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I was doing so well and then it all fell apart. It wasn't like I didn't have the opportunity. My laptop was always at my side. There was downtime at airports and coffee shops, but making a blog post just never seemed like the best use of my time when there were emails to answer, work to get to clients, and fantastic beef to eat and malbec to drink.
But now I'm here, at home, ready to make amends. I vow to get up to date with the blog world by making a few posts in the next week to get you caught up on the past couple of months worth of work.
Where to start? Let's start with the fun stuff! Justin and I spent November and December in South America. Namely Lima, Peru and then a month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He enjoyed a much needed break from work before he started grad school and I worked and of course had a great time exploring the new cities.
I shot travel stock which is mostly uploaded to my agencies. I still have some images to go through and hopefully now that things have calmed down I will have a chance to get to those stragglers! I also shot lifestyle images of people in the city. Those images should follow in the next few day. Here are some samples of the travel stock that I shot and the sights I saw.
I hope to be back here, writing to you again in the next couple of days with more work to share!
In the midst of packing for the move down south and finishing up client work, I wanted to take a moment to do a quick shoot with an awesome local model, Domenique Terry. One of the professional creeds of photography that I try to abide by is ABS: always be shooting. It's nice to do some personal work and keep focused on the bigger picture of growing as an artist and not just getting caught up in creating client prescribed imagery.
The sun was fading fast so we just shot for 30 minutes or so. I love the autumnal light and how luminous her skin looks as the sun dipped below the horizon. I'm leaving California soon, but when I return I know I'll be calling on Domenique to do another shoot together!
I do my best to keep up with marketing and promo materials. I try (with varying degrees of success) to send out some type of promo piece to my clients and people I want to work with about once a quarter. Typically this is in the form of an email promo with embedded images, but from time to time it involves printed mailers too. It's nice to show clients what I've been working on and remind them that I'm here and able to shoot. Also, it's nice for me to step back and assess where I've been and where I want to be going. Plus it's so nice to see printed materials! With everything being online now I kinda miss the tactile presence of a printed piece. Here are my newest promo pieces that will be going out tomorrow. I taylor which promo I send to the specific client based on their needs.
I have been working on a personal project on the California Central Coast wine grape harvest for the past few weeks. It's a work in progress and I am still waking up before dawn, pulling on my boots, heading out to some of the best vineyards in the area, and photographing the harvest. I vacillated between waiting until the project was completed, and releasing it in parts. I decided that it was best to give you small portions at a time. This is mainly because there are way too many images that I love to only show a final 10-20 once the edit was completed. Also, it allows you, the viewer, to see the evolution of the project and how things change over time. These images were shot at Fe Ciega Vineyard, located in the Santa Rita Hills area of California, and Laetitia Vineyard, located in Arroyo Grande.
September has proven to be a busy, busy month! I have started work on a personal project on the Central Coast grape harvest which has led to early mornings and long days! I don't think I've slept this well in ages. I have been incredibly lucky to have gained access to some of my favorite vineyards over the past few weeks and I'm so excited about the images that have come out of the shoots. Unfortunately the harvest project along with my normal assignments has left me very far behind on editing. I foresee weeks of playing catch-up at my computer in my future. The luxury of having time in the field is well worth the editing time later. I hope to have more images for you soon.
Katie and I have decided to go our separate ways, and America Eats is now a solo endeavor. Never the less, the project is moving forward with renewed zeal and gusto. I shot a Portuguese festa in Modesto, California and had a fantastic time. Everyone was so kind and welcoming, it was a great event. You can see more images from the festivities and read about the history of festa on the America Eats website.