One of my intentions for the new year was to keep going down my path of shooting interiors and architecture, refine my process, get better, keep going. Another one was to push myself ever so slightly in new directions that might scare me a little. So I’ve been shooting things that move. Like people. And now I’m going to share a little. I’m really proud of work that I shot recently for Alison Brislin and her amazing braids. I’ll reveal the full shoot soon, but for now, it’s pretty fun to see one of the shots in her promo material (designed by Kate Miss) that she’ll be using at this weekend’s Cream Event. (Also I’ll be there as a braid model, if you’re there please say hello! This is me.)
Earlier in the summer I got together with Sharon Montrose of Animal Print Shop fame and Morgan Satterfield to collaborate on a design/interior/photo project. Sharon was excited to launch new prints and wanted to put Morgan’s design and styling talents to good use, putting together the most awesome of nurseries. A nursery to rival all nurseries. A nursery fit for The Brick House. And since Sharon would be busy helming the endeavor (and generally being pretty boss), she asked me to come on board and shoot it. It didn’t hurt that Morgan and I have a history of collaborating on projects (see here, here and here) so we all traveled out to Palm Springs and spent 3 days installing and shooting. Morgan totally brought it and made the best looking nursery I’ve seen. Arian from Modshift even came along and shot a a fun video (see it here)!
Oh wait did I mention there’s an amazing GIVEAWAY? Yeah, see that modern Oeuf crib, that Rove Concepts womb chair and the Animal Print Shop Prints? Yeah it’s all part of the giveaway (you get to choose your print (s) up to $1,000 worth). Enter the giveaway here! It’s basically all the elements you need to make your own modern nursery. And then some.
Can’t wait to share more of what we worked on that week.
And thanks again to Sharon, who is such a joy to work with, and honestly, my spirit animal. Also Morgan is cool, too.
(All images shot for Sharon Montrose and The Animal Print Shop)
Those of you who follow me on instagram might be familiar with all the awesome braids I wear. They’re all thanks to my friend Ali who is a braid genius. (She and Kate and I did a whole series of braid tutorials). And Ali needs all of our help. After a routine check up, it was discovered that she had a huge tumor in her ovary that needed to be taken care of immediately. She had been having symptoms but was misdiagnosed months earlier when she had insurance. So that meant she had to go ahead with an emergency surgery sans insurance. You can read her story here for more details.
The bottom line is that Ali has a ridiculous amount of medical debt and we all want to help her out. So Kate put this amazing design together and Whitney from Myrtle generously agreed to host a braid bar fundraiser on Saturday (Oct 20) with 10% of sales going to the fund. Ali will be offering 4 styles of braids for a suggested donation all afternoon to help you primp for your evening. And if you’re anything like me, the braids will last for days. PLus there will be ribbons and flowers and other fun things to add and play with.
Also I will be there documenting all the braiding action. It’s sure to be a good time and for a good cause.
Hope to see you all there.
1st row: Echo Park in the summertime, plum cake from Cookbook, humid sunset.
2nd row: favorite summer dress from A.P.C., the Poketo store opening (find me in this post), art openings in chinatown
3rd row: tabletop shoot props, baco mercat (get the bazerac and the original baco), photobooth fun with claggie at bootleg (we saw the union line)
4th row: my first dodger game since moving to echo park two years ago, beautiful california, summery cocktails by emma.
Brought my sx-70 polaroid land camera with me to santa barabara last weekend (I brought a lot of gear) and started playing around with impossible project’s new px-70 color shade film. Thought it would be perfect for capturing some of the sun drenched california landscape. The film is admittedly tempermental and even with the exposure setting turned to dark the images came out pretty washed out (even though I shaded them immediately) and some didn’t actually turn out.
I still love the aesthetic, just wish it was a bit more consistent (I remember the days of real polaroid film — one of my first photo school projects was done entirely with sx-70 film and though it wasn’t entirely predictable it wasn’t a complete surprise, either). Excited to keep playing with it on my next trip — shooting my first wedding, in colorado.
Have you tried impossible project film? Any tips?
Also, because I’m in love with california and road tripping now more than ever, I really appreciate these shots by brian ferry.
If you follow my instagram, you’re aware that my friend Ali is a master at braiding my hair (follow her twitter/instagram). And if you follow Kate Miss, you know that she, too, is a master braider (and really good at doing braids on herself). I can’t braid to save my life, but I have thick hair so…I’m a good hair model?
The point is that Kate, Ali and I recently got together to photograph our favorite braids so we could post tutorials — three different braids, three girls, three kinds of hair. The first tutorial for The Ali Special is up on Kate’s blog and it’s the one you most often see me sporting on instagram. Today we’re featuring Kate’s simple side bun braid — a braid you could more easily do on yourself.
A quick note that these tutorials aren’t going to teach you how to French braid hair (here is an incredible thorough tutorial that you can use to practice on friends and your own hair) but are ideas for how to apply braiding to some of our favorite looks.
A wide tooth comb
Clear elastic bands, like this (http://www.drugstore.com/studio-35-small-clear-polybands/qxp398901?catid=183396)
Bobby pins – if you can get them, these Japanese pins (http://www.shearworld.com/428-5610/Nishida_Hair_Pins) the best, you can also get them in Japanese beauty supply stores
Tips: Dirty hair is better for braids! Greasy? No problem, it will hold better.
Brush your hair out and grab a small section of hair behind your ear to start with. The braid shown in the photos is an inside out French braid, or Dutch braid – which means instead of grabbing more hair and putting it into the middle braid, you grab more hair and pull it under. Kate finds this braid much more easy to do on myself do to the position of my hands behind my head. But this braid can also be done as a regular French braid. You want to braid the back of your hair straight across until you hit your ear, then tie it off with an elastic band. Wrap the rest of your hair into a loose bun and pin in place. If you have really long hair you could tie the rest of the hair into a bun with an elastic band and then pin the sides of the bun down. The bun looks better messy and loose. Alternately you could braid the rest of your hair all the way down and rock a side braid, but this is better with longer hair!
Kate is inspiring me to shoot film again (more soon!) so that second to last shot was taken with her Mamiya 645, the rest are my normal 5D Mark II.
Stay tuned for Ali’s braid on friday!
I hinted at it before, but I’ve been working on a big campaign to help launch Jawbone’s latest wireless and all around awesome speaker, The Big Jambox. It was designed by Yves Behar to be the big brother to the ultra portable original jambox. And having spent the week with the big version, I can tell you the sound is amazing and really good for larger spaces and outside (parties! picnics! I’m not being paid to say this!).
I got to work with a great ad agency based out of San Francisco and, together, we created a series of images of the big jambox in some seriously great interiors. It was all very exciting, I had to sign an nda since it hadn’t come out yet and we had to be very hush hush about the product. I’m lucky to have a network of people with great homes that I could call upon at the last minute (like Tracy and Gregory and Simon and Laura and Elsie and Abby and Erin and Jerome–thanks to all of you!).
It was also a great chance for Morgan and I to do more work together–she handled the props and styling of a ton of different interiors and probably made 4 million decisions every day. And though I almost completely wore her and Heather out–we shot 3 locations a day for 4 days in a row–I thought everyone did a fantastic job and couldn’t be happier. You can see all the images for the Big Jambox on pinterest.
Obviously no shoot would be complete without a cameo appearance by Hazel. Check out all the images on pinterest.
So excited to share images from a recent shoot for Design Sponge that went live today! Not only did I get help from Morgan on styling, but Abby came armed with props and Grace hosted the shoot with Nutella cupcakes and huskies. Grace’s house had really nice light and, of course, interesting spaces and getting to spend the day working with friends is always the best.
See the whole spread here on Design Sponge.
At the end of last year I got a call from Rachel and James Morrison about shooting their salon in Laguna Beach. They were in the beginning stages of renovating a spanish style home and turning it into their family business and wanted me to shoot it when it was all finished. I loved them and the space immediately and couldn’t wait to work together. So when they asked for help with the design I was definitely on board. And when that quickly turned into a full design of the space it was the perfect opportunity to bring Morgan on to team up and design together. It was so much fun and so great to work with Rachel and James who trusted us to help create their ‘non salon’ salon.
I’ve also included some befores and afters so you can see the raw space and then the finished space. And you can read more about the details of the space on Morgan’s blog.
The best part about the salon is that the whole idea that Rachel and James had was that they wanted people to come in and feel like they were being invited into their home. So there’s no real ‘reception are, you just enter into a living room that comes complete with a whole beverage bar so that you can make yourself a cup of tea and relax before your appointment. (and yes that’s a custom terri planty on the table and Morgan’s Lindsey Adelman chandelier that I convinced her to give up for the good of the salon.)
The main salon area we wanted to keep really simple and a little industrial since it would be full of hustle and bustle once the salon opened. We also wanted to make it completely gorgeous with the live edge dry bar perfected by Dusty Wheeler. Here’s a before and after:
Here are Rachel and James being totally adorable. James is kind of a big deal ( I found out later, you would never know, he’s so approachable and down to earth, but he was the artisitc director at Toni and Guy for…decades…and one of the founding partners in TIGI).
Check out the gorgeous Morrison Hair website.
Thanks again Rachel and James for letting us be a part of the family!