So excited to finally unveil images from a home I got to shoot at the end of last year for a new (and very exciting) company building modern, sustainable, affordable homes in California. Sunia Homes have built their first model home right here in Echo Park and I got to shoot the new space with my partner in crime, Morgan who manned styling the space with Ali’s help.
Besides all the sustainable elements and concepts behind how these homes are built, the actual finished space is beautiful and full of light and I loved shooting it. Jerome, the mastermind behind Sunia, is so passionate about the company that it’s totally infectious. I especially loved working with Jerome because he wanted to make sure that the interiors stayed more relaxed, more like how the space is really used. So our styling inspiration was all about keeping it simple and alive (an image from my portfolio was a good reference, can you guess which one?).
Here are some of my favorite images currently up on their site plus a couple of my favorite outtakes.
Check out the newly launched site for Sunia Homes.
One of the highlights of alt happened when we all finally left the hotel and did some thrifting and sight seeing in salt lake. In the midst of our adventures, the weather started to change from dark and wet and stormy to freezing and snowing and white. I’ve never seen a city go from zero to snow before. It was magical. I took a lot of photos. And I also forgot my jacket at the hotel.
There’s so much to say about Alt that I don’t even want to try. I’ll just say it’s a bunch of like-minded people all staying in the same hotel in Salt Lake City talking about design and social media and blogging. It’s inspiring, it’s fun and you leave with new friends and stronger ties to old ones.
Obviously their panel was a big success, and very full. Look at those accomplished ladies. zthe panel was great covering everything from how often to post to how to get more clients, how to take the best photos you can and some really simple styling tricks to live by.
My old friend Maxwell from Apartment Therapy was one of the keynote speakers along with Deborah Needleman and Pilar Guzman on the relationship between traditional and new media. It was a great discussion, they talked about important things, I took pictures.
There was so much tweeting and texting and instagramming happening all the time that much of the coverage from Alt won’t be on blogs, but in photo streams and twitter accounts. You can follow me here on twitter and find me on instagram through that for a whole bunch of candids from the Summit.
These were some of my favorite ladies, my Crew, if you will: Emily, new friends Lisa Congdon and Rena Tom, Victoria from sfgirlbybay and of course, Morgan. Not pictured, but equally important were Haily and Julie, Rebecca and Jess.
There weren’t many men at Alt, so the ones who were there really had to make it count. This is Jason Hudson of These Roving Eyes, an incredibly talented and hilarious photographer from Toronto who is now one of my favorite people on Earth. We were roommates thanks to Morgan and became fast friends. He is Canadian and so extremely polite and then also completely irreverent and the most fun to be around. Here he is teaching a class on studio lighting with the equally talented photographer Ryan Marshall.
I leave you with this grainy iPhone pic of Emily, me and Morgan on our way out to one of the many (many) cocktail parties, basically sponsored by ban.do.
More pics coming including too many of pictures of snow.
After getting tons of requests for help with their photos, Morgan and I have teamed up to put together some awesome photo workshops to help everyone take better photos.
The first workshop on March 23rd is for all of you who have dreamed of a cheat sheet for taking better photos without having to invest in tons of expensive equipment or know what every single photoshop tool does. It’s about using your existing photos to teach you the most important tools and how to use them to get the most dramatic results. We’ll answer your questions about f stops, taking the camera off auto and show you how some simple tweaks in how you shoot and process your images can make a huge difference in the final outcome.
Whether you’re a blogger, own an etsy shop and need to shoot products or just want to feel more confident using that fancy camera you just bought, we’re here to help. We’re professionals.
Registration will be open soon, so stay tuned.
Remember back in November when I was in Paris and I didn’t blog at all? One of the reasons was because right when I got back from London, I got an email from my editor at the New York Times seeing if I could shoot a story in Berlin for the Home and Garden section 3 days later. Turns out Berlin is only about an hour and a half flight from Paris and since I will basically say yes to anything that involves taking a plane, I was on board. I had other plans in France before I came back to LA so I couldn’t spend more than 24 hours there. It was beautiful, it was cold and it got dark really early. I loved it.
According to my cab rides, it was definitely fall. The leaves were totally incredible.
I was shooting a co-op building project in berlin’s mitte neighborhood by architects and partners Christoph Roedig and Uli Schop. They greeted me with this breakfast spread and I loved them immediately. It didn’t hurt that their space was amazing, either.
After we went up to the roof to take in the views of the city, they took me into one of the other units. I snapped a couple of photos. The light was perfect. I also got a nice view of the back common space.
And then I was done, the light was golden and I had a couple of hours before my flight. I went for a walk.
Read the article and see all the main photos in Great Homes: On Location in Berlin, A Showpiece of Communal Living.
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!
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.