isabel marant

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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.

paris

Saturday, February 16th, 2013


























I realize I hadn’t posted pictures of my last trip to paris (besides these photos of taxidermy and these photos from pitchfork paris with bon iver). I didn’t shoot a lot, mainly places and moments that are familiar to me; have meaning for me for how invisible they can seem. These places normally live halfway around the world from me and my life in Los Angeles, but when I’m back in Paris, they feel so familiar and real and timeless that I wonder how I live without them so much of the time.

Images, more or less:
The crumbling stairwell and details and views around the apartment where I have my earliest memories and a place that has not changed in 3o years.
The fantastic blue ish light.
Fantastic real butter.
The Jardins des Plantes where I visit my favorite greenhouse, a lalanne sculpture and is also where I like to walk and people watch.
Palais Royale where my grandmother has the smallest shop in Paris–she sells music boxes and the shop makes a special cameo appearance in this local natives video.
My grandfather.
Walking with my family after a long lunch through the arcade of trees in Palais Royale
A plant-filled window I always loved in place des vosges.

Love.

2012 + magical greenhouses

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013










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.

You can always follow my adventures on twitter and instagram.

rainy day at the huntington

Monday, November 19th, 2012









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.

garden friends

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

I got to shoot a very special assignment over the weekend (details as soon as I can share it without having a heart attack) and in the process met up with my old friend Lora. She lives down the street from the place I was shooting and I got a peek into her garden: peach, meyer lemon, nectarine, and tangelo trees, chickens and some very friendly cats. Read all about Lora and her full circle gardening here.

hand picked

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Bianca surprised me with a bouquet of scented geraniums, rosemary and sage straight from her garden. It is so so simple and lovely and is making the house smell incredible.

More mexico coming up next week, promise!

wild flowers

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Sort of dying to play hooky and go for a drive to see all the amazing california wild flowers on display right now. Gorgeous images are from the wild flower reports.

begonias

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011




Begonias at mom’s house. Inspired, in part, by bianca.

cactus

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011


I’m obsessed with this giant cactus down the street from me. It’s makes me happy to live in Los Angeles.

Dwell Home Tour: Judy Kameon

Friday, July 2nd, 2010


Although I was mainly tied to the convention center for all of Dwell on Design, I did make it to one of the homes on the home tours: that of Judy Kameon. I’ve been a huge fan of Judy’s since I saw her speak on a panel at Dwell on Design three years ago. She owns landscape architecture firm Elysian Landscapes (they designed the garden at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs!)and has a line of mid century inspired outdoor furniture called Plain Air. I think she’s hugely talented and, at the same time, completely down to earth. So I couldn’t miss seeing her home.


Modern with definite mid century influences, Judy’s use of color is stunning. With a background in painting and some help from this guy, Judy and her husband have woven in color, texture and personality into their home. And even though there is color everywhere you look, the overall feeling in the house is one of lightness and space and warmth. The inside is seamless with the outside and the garden abounds with nooks and private spaces that make it feel much larger than it is.








The kitchen is particularly stunning with its aqua colored heath tiles and orange-red cabinet fronts. Judy’s husband built all the cabinets himself. The cork tiles throughout make the space feel open and warm. I also love how the downstairs is one big space that spills out into the garden–great for entertaining.



Happy Weekend Everyone!