happy new year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

here’s to a new year of simple pleasures.

happy new year, all.

west elm beverly

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

While I was in Paris I got contacted by West Elm to shoot their brand new LA store. I’ve used West Elm so much in my own home and on the tv show and was super excited to be asked to document the Thomas O’Brien designed space (the old blueprint on beverly blvd). I shot it a couple of weeks ago (with some help from morgan and ali) and wanted to share some of my favorite shots.

The space is HUGE and gorgeous and has beautiful light that made anything glass just light up. They also have that amazing living wall, exposed beams, industrial elements and two levels! I’ve already bought half my xmas presents here.

Big thanks to Kendall, Ed and Aaron from West Elm for all the support!

flowers + polaroids

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Took a break over thanksgiving weekend and slowed down. Ended up splurging on these incredible flowers from cookbook and trying them on all over the house. Then I tested out my old polaroid (buy film here). Turns out this one doesn’t work. But I still like the results. More like paintings than pictures.

not what I expected

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

In a good way this trip has not at all been what I expected. This is a shot from the 24 hours I spent in Berlin (my new favorite place) on friday/saturday for the new york times. It was in a cemetery not far from where I was shooting.

Also do yourself a favor and listen to some Lykke Li. She was my favorite at Pitchfork Paris. Lots to do before I leave for LA on thursday.

breakfast in london

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Extravagant breakfast in london with abby. Such nice light in her kitchen. Such good coconut yogurt.

musée de la chasse et de la nature

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Took a quick detour after a very long sunday lunch with the extended family (wine! for everyone! champagne aussi? pourquoi pas!) into the musée de la chasse et de la nature in the marais. It was just stunning. Outside was bright and sunny, the streets teeming with people out for a stroll. Inside it was dark and quiet, just you and the beasts.

Reminded me that I want to go to Deyrolle before I leave.

bon voyage

Monday, October 17th, 2011

So many last minutes things to take care of before a big trip! Leaving tomorrow and will be reporting back towards the end of the week. Here are some french related posts to keep you in the spirit: how to make croissants from scratch, perfect for fall – my take on boeuf bourgignon, Claude and Francois Lalanne, my dad’s favorite store in paris, making madeleines and some art nouveau inspiration.

Also I branched out and shot an entirely person-based shoot for Refinery29. Natalie was great, it was hot, we made it happen. See it here.

tracy’s house

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Jonathan and I went to visit our friend (and hero) Tracy and her new house earlier this week. I’ve loved her style ever since I shot her last house for At Your Leisure last year. She is the definition of effortlessly chic. Ask anyone that knows Tracy and they’ll admit to having a secret crush on her.

She met us in her hillside place and gave us the full tour of the airy, seventies retreat complete with flagstone fireplace, decorative concrete tile and wall to wall carpet. Only Tracy could make it work. She served us quiche and arugula salad, Simba lounged next to us, and we soaked it all up until it was time to go home. It’s the kind of thing that makes me nostalgic for California while I’m sitting right there.

Read Tracy’s blog and check out her amazing hand made hanging pots here.

new lens

Monday, October 10th, 2011

I bought a new lens over the weekend that goes down to 1.4 (this one). Look at all that beautiful out of focus madness on my maiden hair fern! I got it just in time to shoot a bunch of ‘beauty shots of silly stuff’ for the new york times yesterday. It’ll be out soon and I’ll share.

I also shot a lot of pictures of hazel. I will spare you and just share one of them. This is her on the fridge.

Getting ready for my trip to Paris and loved all the responses about what you’d like to see. I will be committed to documenting (or at least reporting) on the art of doing nothing, my secret spots in Paris and carousels (ahem, summer).

wade graham for the new york times

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I shot Wade and his garden on the hottest day of the summer. I decided, since it was all about his garden and los angeles and it was for the New York Times, that I wanted to shoot at sunset with warm golden light. I wanted to make east coasters jealous, just a little bit. And even though I showed up at 3 or 4 o clock, it was still somewhere around 95 degrees and humid. So I love the images, but it was not an easy shoot because of the heat.

Wade was great to work with. He told me all about his garden while I shot. We talked about LA and plants and bees and adventures. It was great and easy going. Loved reading the article because he’s a really fascinating person who’s led an interesting life. He was shy about having his picture taken so we kept it really brief — it was funny to see his portrait was the hero image for the article (see it here).

That’s been a big part of my learning curve working with different editors all the time. Sometimes I love what they choose for the final images and sometimes I’m really disappointed. Overall, I have been so so happy with what the Times has chosen. They also do a little extra retouching of the photos–crunch the blacks and add some saturation, and I like it.

These are some of the images that didn’t make it in that I liked–the crazy Aloe Forest, the view driving up to the house in los feliz at sunset, the peek into the chartreuse side yard from the bathroom. See the whole NYT slideshow here.

Here are some outtakes from another nyt shoot I loved.