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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.

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/ 

Palm Springs Photo Festival 2015

It's the end of Spring so that means that it's Palm Springs Photo Festival time again!  So much happened that my post is a little later than normal.  I worked with the incomparable Keith Carter this year, there was a wolf, lots of beautiful models, portfolio reviews, late night lectures and parties, and, it makes me emotional even to type this, the last talk given by Mary Ellen Mark. 

Mary Ellen gave a moving talk on Wednesday night of the festival.  She showed a greatest hits slideshow of her work which was powerful and moving.  I've been a huge fan for a long time, but this is only the second time I've gotten to see her speak in public.  The crowd gave her a well-deserved roaring standing ovation when she finished.  She was clearly ill, and her heroic efforts to continue to teach her workshop, speak on a panel, and then stay up to 10pm to give the late night evening presentation were truly admirable.  This was a woman who cared passionately about her craft and about the field of photography.  She was a trailblazer for women photographers and she will be missed. 

Onto a much lighter topic, the workshop with Keith!  Often times workshop instructors are great artists, but they're not great at teaching.  With Keith there was the magical combination of him being both an exquisite image maker AND an articulate teacher. He had many helpful creative exercises, showed work by interesting photographers that I had never heard of, and he had thoughtful insights about everyones work.  

We started the week with a little class time at the Korakia Pensione in the morning of day one. Then moved onto a mini shooting session at a hip private home in Palm Springs, followed by a critique of attendee work, and finally a quick trip to the thrift store to pick up props for the rest of the week.    

Day 2 we went to the spectacular Blue Ranch, an in-city horse ranch in the middle of Palm Springs. We had three lovely models, a couple of horses, and a wolf (!!!) to photograph and work with as subjects.  Although I was there to assist with the organizational part of the festival, with scenery like this I had to make some images of my own--especially since Canon loaned me a 5d Mark iii plus the AWESOME 85mm 1.2!  I want it!  It was very hard to give back that lens and I've been pining for it ever since. 

Day 3 we went out to Indian Canyon.  In all of my years going out to Palm Springs with the festival it was my first time at Indian Canyon. It's like this little oasis just a few miles out of town with groves of palms and a trickling stream running through it.  It was very cool and I will be back!  We had a big group this year (see below) but the last few years I've gotten very lucky with low maintenance attendees which makes my job so much easier!

The festival is a very intimate experience and there are workshops are going on all around the Korakia Hotel.  I got a sneak peek at Ian Ruhter's wet plate workshop in action using his massive camera. Such a cool process to watch!  Also, look at that focus on the 85 1.2, daaaaamn!

The week is filled with long, sometimes challenging days with little sleep and a fair amount of stressful moments. It's also probably my favorite week of the year.  That is in no small part thanks to the many great friends that I have because of the festival.  I am grateful every year they come back and we get to hang out in the desert together.  I get to see their careers grow and our bonds of friendship are renewed each spring.  It's a very special thing. 

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Until next year...

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!  

Field to Vase Florists for Edible SLO Magazine

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.

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 

Jennifer Muirhead Designs

Home in Los Angeles

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.

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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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

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.