My happy begonia next to the kitchen window (and clean dishes), my new Sharon Mann mug, the bright yellow ranunculas on my desk (that the cat likes to chew).
Last week I found myself shooting a couple doors down from the beautiful Isabel Marant boutique on Melrose Place. I didn’t have time to go in and shop but I did grab these images of the facade. The play of cactus and succulents against the simple white industrial windows and plain building is such a perfect mix of California + Paris. Everything that brand touches is perfectly sophisticated and demure, with just enough of the unexpected. Love.
Also for those following along, here’s what I was listening to in April.
It’s April in Los Angeles. Life is pretty good, if a little busy. These two shots are from one of the homes I shot last week for Barbara Bestor (dreams are happening). All the houses were on the east side, this one on a hill in Silver Lake with citrus trees going crazy. And the other picture? Well that’s Michelle Pullman, my assistant, my friend, a great photographer, the strongest person I know. I wouldn’t be able to do half the stuff I do without her. So that’s her, about 8 feet behind me minding my tether. Thanks Michelle!
And for fun, I’ve started making playlists of what I listen to the most in a month. It’s partly to help differentiate the months from one another and it also forces me to listen to new things. This is the music that got me through March.
After a lot of traveling and the flu, I arrive back at the same resting place; los angeles is the best place.
Outtakes from a recent NY Times shoot are up top–a mid century gem in encino, a couple photos from a party this past weekend at my favorite house (I even got dressed up for it), and a couple things I picked up at this weekend’s LA Art Book Fair which was enormously overwhelming and inspiring since I’m thinking about printing things that you can hold in your hand and put on your wall. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ye Rink Mok and thought the Book Stand booth was really stellar.
It’s Monday and I am editing 4 shoots that happened last week (they all pushed me into new territory and I’m really excited about them) and listening to this song on repeat and these half hour music podcasts.
I instagrammed some pretty sweet views from last week’s shoots since I can’t share those images yet.
One of my favorite moments of 2012 was a rainy day at the Huntington when my mom and I sought refuge in the magical greenhouse. It forced me to focus and really look. I love (am obsessed with?) greenhouses and plants and I’ve made a career (at least partially) of taking soft, quiet images and still I had to flex something in me to settle in and not just quickly want to move on to the next thing. I was reminded how fleeting all this is. All these minutes that can so easily blur into the next. And so I looked.
I don’t have it in me to write a 2012 recap other than to say that it was a lot. Incredible new friendships, good times, heartbreak, risk taking, seeing my work show up in lots of new places, not having much time to rest, beautiful spaces, karaoke, so many road trips, insomnia, inspiring clients, being in front of the camera and always, instagram. There are so many adventures I went on that I haven’t had a chance to share (a couple that I did). But that’s what 2012 was about. Being out there and not so much on here.
I’m planning a bit more downtime for 2013, making each project count in new ways, expanding and updating my portfolio, offering limited edition prints, taking on new and challenging projects, collaborating and above all looking and noticing what is quiet and important.
Lots of shooting, little messes piling up, falling behind and looking forward to a bunch of projects and news I’ve got cooking. Also going through the archives to update this place. And I really just want to hang out drinking egg nog with my friends and soak up the end of what has been, really, an excellent year. Excited to set my intentions for the next.
This is a little behind the scenes shot from a recent shoot at Cortez that you’ll see more of soon.
Some links for fun because I don’t normally:
Miss Moss looked at my blog.
The flashdance seriously knows how to rock a party and has mixes you can listen to online.
Please tell me that you’re watching Nashville. If only so we can sing along to this song together.
The most popular picture I’ve ever posted to instagram is obviously of hazel.
The obscure geometry of a flower
Sharon Montrose and Clare Vivier are speaking at creative mornings at Poketo on Friday!
Tracy’s House captured beautifully by Brian Ferry
Jessica is the only person I follow on spotify
I switched to this blush and instantly got compliments.
I want these wooden sunglasses made in san francisco.
The Echo Park Craft Fair is this weekend, but it’s downtown, across from Poketo. Can’t wait.
A story that weaves together the immortal jellyfish and karaoke in the new york times.
Have you seen the new grown up print from Sharon Montrose and the Animal Print Shop?
Great example of how Sharon’s prints aren’t just for nurseries. I have the baby camel in my bedroom and also love the cougar close up and the vulture. If you’re not ready to go big, you can buy all the prints, including the american bufallo in a smaller version.
This weekend was heaven. Rainy days in Los Angeles are my favorite.
Went to the Huntington with family on saturday and and basked in the misty day and the even light.
Highlights: pottery made by Robert’s sister Leslie Greene, Brutus, handmade guacamole by Anna, introducing them to Henri, Robert’s note filing system. The light, everywhere.
Here’s the whole article: “Renovate Like a Master”.
About to head up to san francisco for some shoots and wanted to share these photos from my last trip. They’re from the foggy walk I took on my last day in the city after helping Yellow Owl Workshop make a book (here’s a candid) along with Miranda Jones. I slipped away trying to take in as much of the cold weather as I possible could. 100 degree temps were waiting for me in LA, but on this walk, I had my puffy jacket on and my hair blowing around my face. And it was glorious.
I instagrammed a lot of that trip, you can follow me on instagram here or just look me up, @ljoliet.