Shooting

Tons of Shoots in Thailand

Thailand proved to be our most productive location yet.  We had at least 10 stock shoots, shot two-dozen Airbnbs, and even had some editorial work.  I was amazed at how much media is created there, from TV, to print ads, to commercials.  This means that placed like Bangkok are filled with tremendous talent for photo shoots.  There we worked with top-notch international models, makeup artists and hair stylists.  Had we stayed longer we would have utilized the vast network of sets and studios.  I have nothing bad to say about the people, food, or transportation in Bangkok, we loved it all.  Our return to Thailand can't come soon enough! 

I really should have broken this up into multiple posts, but this will have to do.

Shooting for Stocksy: Europe Edition

In both France and Italy I had several production lifestyle shoots for Stocksy.  Justin has become a savvy producer and he's been a tremendous asset and has helped in the creation of lots of new work.  Here are just a few of the shoots we have worked on in the past months...

If anyone has the illusion that we're on an extended vacation, the sheer volume of work we've created should demonstrate that we are hustling out here (and loving every minute of it!). 

Leaving Los Angeles

OMG, it's a blog update!  The busier I get the worse I am at updating this thing.  As I head out on a massive adventure I hope, nay, I PROMISE, I will do better. Here are a few images that I shot out in front of my house in Hollywood a couple of weeks back as smoke from the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita covered the neighborhood. 

Chiavaro Designs Interior Shoot: Dana Point

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/ 

Girls Wine Weekend Lifestyle Shoot

While I was up on the Central Coast shooting for some magazines I produced and shot a "girls wine weekend" concept for Stocksy.  My models were my longtime friend Becca and some of her girlfriends-- Mindy, Stacie, Caitlin, and Stephanie.  We bopped around a few Central Coast wineries and got to drink some fantastic wine.  What's more fun than a beautiful, sunny day, drinking wine with fun girls and making some photos?

Deanna at Griffith Park

I've been on the road a lot this month, but in a brief moment at home in LA I was able to snag the fabulous dancer/model Deanna Reeves for a shoot in Griffith Park.  We had a great time in the park and I definitely put her to work!  She was powering over boulders, balancing on logs, and running up and down steep hills. Oh the glamorous lives of models.  

Cocktail Quickie

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.  

Production Shoot for Stocksy: Female Friends at the Beach

As a photographer you are always creating work a season or two ahead of when the images will be used.  Thus Christmas shoots in July and romantic Valentine's themed shoots are scheduled for November.  Famously Sports Illustrated models often have to brave frigid temperatures in bikinis to get that summertime look in the off season.  Luckily for this shoot, my models Brittany, Bia, and Amy and I had the great fortune to "endure" a 72 degree February day at the beach. It's rough.

The girls and I along with my trusty assistant Justin went out to Santa Monica for a fun "girls day at the beach" themed shoot.  The models were great and we had a lot of fun running around an almost empty So Cal beach.  You can see more images at my Stocksy page and even license them if you'd like.  Thanks so much to Amy, Bia and Brittany for having so much energy and making the shoot a blast!  

Interior Shoot for Jennifer Muirhead Designs

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 

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Shooting for Emily Henderson Designs

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.  

Rob Martin

It's a weird thing living in LA.  I think of myself as a country girl, but I've found myself oddly at home here. After almost 10 months as an Angeleno I am happy to report that I am super loving living in the big city.  I love my corner coffee shop, checking out various happy hours in the neighborhood, and I love that I can WALK, take Uber, and ride the subway to get around town.  My tired, old car is getting a much needed rest.  And it goes without saying that the tremendous amount of capital "c" Culture around is such a great perk. 

One thing that has made the transition easier is that there are many old friends happen to live very close (sometimes across the street) to me.  In this vast city I have discovered that there are at least 10 people whom I knew prior to moving here living within 0.3 miles from me.  How cool is that?!?

One of those people is Rob Martin.  I had worked with Rob when I lived on the Central Coast on two other shoots: Lake Nacimento and Avila Beach.  He is a great model and has recently moved to LA to pursue modeling and acting.  I was happy to shoot some headshots for him as he enters this crazy industry down here.  It's great to see him grow and become such a handsome young man.  

Emy Reynolds Band in the Studio

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!

New Work with Domenique

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.      

 

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Chinatown Lifestyle Shoot

I shoot a lot of different things in my life as a freelancer. I shoot food, travel, products, lifestyle, portraits, both in the commercial and editorial worlds.  People always ask me, "If you could only shoot one thing" or "which do you love the most" and it's so hard to choose because each type of work makes my heart flutter in a different way.  If my feet were held to the coals and I HAD to choose only one thing, I would choose the production lifestyle work like the images shown here.  

It's so nice to take a concept, think about wardrobe, location, styling, mood and bring professionals into the picture who can take an idea and transform it into a reality.  On this shoot I worked with models Xiaolynn and John in iconic Chinatown, Los Angeles.   We shot at sunset (my favorite time to photograph) on a quiet mid-week evening.  They were flirty and joyful and I love the palette that the lanterns of Chinatown give to the images.  

Images available at Stocksy United---www.stocksy.com

Stephanie Barkley

I photographed production designer/artist/comedian/actress Stephanie Barkley in her home in Los Angeles in early June.  She is a lady that wears many hats, and it was a blast to photograph her for her various projects.  

If you follow her on Vine or You Tube, you know that she is very funny with dozens of characters in her back pocket to pull from.  Her puppets were my favorite!  Check Stephanie out on one of the many platforms she rocks...

http://www.stephaniebarkley.com/

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Production Work

DNA Dinners Supper Club

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.

https://www.facebook.com/dnadinners