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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Harvest at Edible SLO

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. 

See full issue here

www.jaymeburrows.com/harvest

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!

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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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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

Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Elects New President

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!  

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Spring at Edible SLO

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

 

Palm Springs Photo Festival 2014

Another year, another Palm Springs Photo Festival!  I got back last Friday and I've just started to process all of the good things that came from my week in the desert.  This year I assisted fine art photographer Todd Hido in his workshop called "A Method Demystified."  I'm a big fan of his work and was excited to be chosen to assist his workshop.  We started the week with a meet and greet at the beautiful Korakia Hotel. Todd and his studio manager Jena met with the workshop attendees and we discussed the plan for the week.  The weather was great all week and we were fortunate to be able to sit out in the sunshine and chat. The first official day of the workshop was a time for Todd to discuss his work and process.  We brought in a model, the lovely Brooke Lynne, to give a demo on lighting and how to work with a model.  

*All photos shot with an iPhone.  I know, I know, I should have toted around the Canon, but my job this week was to assist and organize, not to shoot.  

Meet and greet at the Korakia Hotel.

Meet and greet at the Korakia Hotel.

Todd talking to the workshop attendees about his work on Day 1. 

Todd talking to the workshop attendees about his work on Day 1. 

Day two was where the rubber met the road.  We all (Todd Hido, 14 attendees, 3 models, 2 assistants) headed out to Bombay Beach in the Salton Sea.  It was very windy and hot, but not sweltering.  Each of the attendees got to work with each of the three models (Zoe, Ali, and Brooke) in the abandoned buildings that make-up about 50 percent of Bombay Beach.  The group made some fantastic images with the girls.  It was nice to see them experiment and grow in their ability to direct and stage the models.  

Day 2: Our vans at Bombay Beach in the Salton Sea. 

Day 2: Our vans at Bombay Beach in the Salton Sea. 

Scenes from the Salton Sea.  

Scenes from the Salton Sea.  

Stephanie and Zoe shooting at Bombay Beach.

Stephanie and Zoe shooting at Bombay Beach.

2013 vs. 2014 The Salton Sea is such a strange, ever-changing place.  The photo on the left was taken almost exactly a year before when I was assisting Roger Ballen's workshop out at the Sea.  The wind, the sun, the transient population all alter the landscape dramatically. 

2013 vs. 2014 The Salton Sea is such a strange, ever-changing place.  The photo on the left was taken almost exactly a year before when I was assisting Roger Ballen's workshop out at the Sea.  The wind, the sun, the transient population all alter the landscape dramatically. 

We spent about 4 hours at Bombay Beach shooting, and then we all headed over to the infamous Ski Inn to grab a cold beer and look at some work.  I can't recommend the Ski Inn enough.  The staff is really sweet, they have a great old-school jukebox, the beer is always cold, and it's basically your quintessential desert dive bar.  While we were there Todd showed some work that he had shot the previous day of Brooke, and then he did a mini-session with Zoe.  There was an old, beat-up piano next to a window that created a timeless scene.  The sun started to set and we headed back to the "beach" for a night shooting demo. 

Todd showing work to the group in the Ski Inn. 

Todd showing work to the group in the Ski Inn. 

Look for our PSPF dollar!

Look for our PSPF dollar!

Todd shooting Zoe in the bar.

Todd shooting Zoe in the bar.

Model shooting model.  Brooke is a great photographer and she had the opportunity to take a couple of snaps while we were out.  

Model shooting model.  Brooke is a great photographer and she had the opportunity to take a couple of snaps while we were out.  

Day three the group went out to Indio to the Western Sands Motel.  The Sands is an old motel that hasn't been renovated in decades.  It was the perfect place for us to work.  Each of the students got more time to shoot with the models and use hot lights if they wanted.  

Day 3 at the Western Sands Motel in Indio, CA. 

Day 3 at the Western Sands Motel in Indio, CA. 

Some of the guys shooting with Zoe by the pool.

Some of the guys shooting with Zoe by the pool.

Ali in the "vintage" motel. 

Ali in the "vintage" motel. 

Todd shooting with Brooke at the Western Sands Motel. 

Todd shooting with Brooke at the Western Sands Motel. 

The last day the attendees got to show the work they shot during the week to Todd and get feedback.  I must say that the images that they created were lovely.  I was very impressed. This was my sixth year working with the festival and this group was by far my easiest, most low-maintainance group. They made my job much easier than it could have been and I am very grateful for that!  

I got to see the magical Duane Michals speak, the weather was manageable, Todd was very cool, I got to see lots of old friends and make many new ones, overall it was another great year at the PSPF!    

A much needed cocktail after a night in the desert. 

A much needed cocktail after a night in the desert. 

Brittany in Santa Monica

I've been shooting a ton of food and restaurants lately.  I love this, I really do, but it was so nice to take a day off from that and be out in the fresh air, romping around the Santa Monica Pier with model Brittany Cerra. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun.  Although we got shooed away from taking pictures in the arcade, we made some lively images at the amusement park and around the pier itself. 

All images available for licensing at Stocsky

Couples in Buenos Aires

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

You can view my entire Stocksy catalogue here http://www.stocksy.com/JaymeBurrows

Central Coast Chefs for Edible SLO Winter 2014

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.  

Chef Jensen Lorenzen photographed in the gardens of the Cass House restaurant in Cayucos, California. 

Chef Jensen Lorenzen photographed in the gardens of the Cass House restaurant in Cayucos, California. 

Chef Shaun Behrens in front of Luna Red restaurant in San Luis Obispo, California.  

Chef Shaun Behrens in front of Luna Red restaurant in San Luis Obispo, California.  

Chef Julie Simon of Thomas Hill Organics restaurant photographed at Olea Olive Oil in Paso Robles, California. 

Chef Julie Simon of Thomas Hill Organics restaurant photographed at Olea Olive Oil in Paso Robles, California. 

Travel, Work, and Moving = Winter Blogging Fail

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.  

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I hope to be back here, writing to you again in the next couple of days with more work to share! 

Cheers, 

Jayme

Lovely Domenique in Paso Robles

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.    

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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! 

Campaign for Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance: Part 1

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. 

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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!

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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.  

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Paso Robles Farm to Fork Progressive Tour

Last Friday the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Farm to Fork Progressive Food and Wine Tour.   The tour was a multi-location food and wine extravaganza of some of the best things the area has to offer.  Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for local high-schoolers.  I donated some of my images to be used for promotion of the event and they were nice enough to invite me along for the day.  At right is the brochure for the event with some of my work.  It was a delightful, hot, whirlwind day (filled with lots of cool swag), here are a few of the highlights...

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A breakfast of bacon wrapped fig strata, quinoa with apples, roasted rosemary potatoes and chimichuri at the Pioneer Museum was the way the group of 100-plus people were welcomed to the tour. We then boarded buses and headed off to our first stop, Windrose Farm in Creston.  Once there we were treated with chipotle and heirloom tomato bloody mary's made with a local grape-based Re:Fined vodka.  In my book it doesn't get much better than this.  Then, bloody marys in hand, we were given a tour of the farm by owner Barbara Spencer.  Windrose is an organic, bio-dynamic marvel, growing more than 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, apples, squash, peppers, and almost anything else one can imagine.   After the tour the group sat down for a tomato tasting and some lemonade, then on to our next stop...almost.   

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I won't get into the details, but there were some bus issues that caused some very uncomfortable time in the sun.  Luckily there was a bottle of water in my goodie bag and my bloody mary was still in effect.  Once a new bus arrived to take us to our next stop we were in business again.  The second stop, Windfall Farm, was the apex of the tour.  A cooking demonstration by cookbook author Brigit Binns while sitting on bales of hay and sipping J Lohr Viogner was just what I needed after the bus debacle.  Even better, we all got a copy of the cookbook which I've been eyeing in local shops for weeks.  

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Binns demoed the food which we were to be served later, a pear and fennel salad and a braised short rib with creamy polenta, yum!  The wine continued to flow as we moved onto communal tables for lunch.  I moved on to some Petit Syrah to pair with my short rib and stopped to stroll through the spectacular foaling barn near where lunch was being served.  The group was mostly women and I had a very diverse, interesting bunch of ladies at my table.  After lunch it was time to grab a bottle of J Lohr's premium Hilltop Cabernet, and proceed to our final stop, Pasolivo for a little something sweet.  

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A tour of the olive orchard, followed by an olive oil tasting were a nice way to round out the day.  I enjoyed some local Leo Leo strawberry gelato in the shade, and the tour was complete.  Such a fun day surrounded by people who are doing truly impressive things with their resources.  I am so proud to have become a part of the Paso Robles food and wine community over the past couple of years and it brings joy to see good, hard working people thrive.  

Stocksy and Me

I am super-duper excited to be a part of the new photo co-operative, Stocksy!  Stocksy is a new concept in stock photography that gives contributing photographers 50% of all normal licenses and 100% of all extended licenses.  Started by iStock founder, Bruce Livingston, Stocksy seeks to create a stock business model wherein its contributors can make a sustainable living from photography, and not sell their images for pennies on the dollar.  

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Stocksy has quickly become my go-to place to get inspired and see creative, beautiful imagery.  They have a very stringent acceptance policy and only accept work that transcends typical stock photography.  Some seriously talented photographers from all over the world have joined Stocksy, including a couple of my favorites, Kevin Russ and Darren Muir

I have a tiny portfolio with Stocksy thus far, you can see it here, however I'm looking forward to uploading more of my work when I get some time.  I'm thrilled to be part of such a cool community and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the upcoming months.  I noticed that their imagery of Buenos Aires is quite slim, so hopefully I can fill in some gaps for them with my upcoming trip!