new work: shirley kurata for nothing major

Friday, June 28th, 2013






Catching up on some recent work (from 3 months ago, yikes!) that I did for Nothing Major’s new journal (they’re the visual arm of Pitchfork). I spent the afternoon with Mike and Dean and Martha and we collaborated on this interview and home shoot with uber stylist Shirley Kurata. The day was sunny, involved champagne and good friends. Thanks Mike and Dean for making it happen!

Read the whole interview and more photos over on Nothing Major.

mixed greens at plantworks in ny opens tonight

Friday, May 17th, 2013


Friends, I’m headed to new york next week.

But before I even get there, I have work opening in a show there TONIGHT. It’s a plant themed group show called Mixed Greens that Sight Unseen organized for the Noho Design District design week festivities. I was so flattered to be included alongside Brian Ferry, Debbie Carlos, Paul Barbera and Leslie Williamson. I have three prints in the show, below is a little peek at one of them.


I am in the process of choosing prints to offer for sale through my site so this show offered me the opportunity to see some things printed. It’s pretty exciting and I can’t wait to share the prints I’m choosing!

I’ll be in new york all next week and in boston the week after so get in touch if you’re around.

in the meantime, you can enjoy my in process May playlist.

tw workshop: new tees (and dresses) lookbook

Thursday, May 9th, 2013















I recently got to shoot a second lookbook for the brilliantly talented Tracy Wilkinson (see the first one here). She expanded her empire with a bunch of new tees in different cuts and colors and also the easiest breeziest dresses that I can’t wait to live in all summer.

We had such a fun time walking around the neighborhood and shooting. Our model, the beautiful Laura Taylor is also a super talented photographer and was a total dream to shoot.

You can find Tracy this weekend at Shopclass, she’s the guest artist for May.

You can also buy tees + dresses + pots online!

new work: braid lookbook

Thursday, March 28th, 2013


As I hinted a couple weeks ago, I recently collaborated with my friend, and braid maven, Alison Brislin on a braid lookbook! We got to work with the beautiful and enigmatic Cheryl Nichols (look at this beauty) as our braid model for the day in an awesome location in Mt Washington. It was refreshing to step outside of what I usually shoot, take the camera off the tripod and have some fun. Special thanks to my favorite Kate Miss for designing the lookbook and generally being awesome.














Ali is available for private braid bookings (weddings, bat mitzvahs, sleepovers, braid bars, etc). You can learn more and book her here (here are some beautiful tutorials!). You can also follow her instagram here. Here are some other braids that have happened.

(Follow me on instagram if you don’t already!)

on the internet

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

I’m still catching up from yet another road trip (this time back out to Joshua Tree for a camping trip that did not include the internet). I came home to find that quite a few recent shoots all hit the internet at once. Wanted to share some highlights before I forget!




I love shooting for Remodelista because I so often get to cover the places I go in real life. This time I shot Cortez, one of my favorite local restaurants. See the whole post here.

I was honored (and excited) to shoot a behind the scenes portrait of my friend and hero Sharon Montrose. Not only did I get to see her in action with baby animals, but I also had the pleasure of meeting Joanna from Cup of Jo. Check out the whole behind the scenes profile, right here. (I also shot this project with Sharon.)


These photos I shot of the workspace of wedding superstars Bash, Please got a second wind over on Style Me Pretty.






Emily Henderson and I have done a lot of shoots together and getting to shoot her bedroom redesign was one of the most fun: lots of laughs and lots of cat lady talk. Em posted the full tour on her blog, you can also see it on Apartment Therapy.





Otherwild recently moved into my neighborhood and I was so happy to get a chance to cover it for Pitchfork’s Journal, Nothing Major. They carry a great selection of locally made goods plus fun stuff from Portland and beyond. Now they’re right here on Echo Park Ave. (P.S. that poster is one of my favorites).

I have more to share, but this will have to do for the weekend!

P.S. I’ve been listening to this song and this song nonstop.

animal print shop american buffalo print

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Have you seen the new grown up print from Sharon Montrose and the Animal Print Shop?

When I was shooting the nurseries, we also all jumped over to Morgan’s and used her amazing house as a set for this GIANT and amazing buffalo print.

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.

tw tee shirts + store.LA

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012







Recently had the pleasure of shooting with Tracy Wilkinson in my favorite house that has ever existed. Tracy just launched a new online shop with Simon Story where they sell the things they make (Simon’s speakers are getting a lot of traction).

The new shop sells Tracy’s great hanging and regular pots and also her newly launched line of tee shirts (long sleeve coming soon). I shot the lovely Nathalie in the white short sleeve and muscle tee versions. It was a hot day. We ate cupcakes and had fun. Love these images.

Find all of Tracy’s stuff right here.

p.s. I’m wearing a long sleeve one right now and never want to take it off.

sf bound + yellow owl workshop

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Heading to San Francisco this weekend to work on something I’ve been planning for…maybe a year? I’m teaming up with Yellow Owl Workshop and shooting their next book! I’ll be back next week with more France updates. (Pictured is one of their stamp activity kits).

Happy long weekend, all!

things to watch on netflix instant

Saturday, May 26th, 2012


It’s been a long week and a long time since I did any kind of round up. I don’t know what I ever did before netflix and hulu, but I end most days in bed with my ipad streaming something. I need to do that to wind down and fall asleep. A lot of times it’s a terrible tv show, but sometimes I motivate myself to watch something important or cultural. So I thought for the long weekend I would share some of the less embarrassing films I’ve really enjoyed recently, all ready to stream. It’s like I’m doing the work for you:

L’Amour Fou: a documentary about, more or less, the relationship between Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Berge, the life they built together and the dissolution and auction of the estate when YSL died. It’s slow and incredibly moving with beautiful shots of their homes in Paris and Morocco and their extensive art collection. The narration and the stories about YSL’s career and personal life are captivating. The still above is from the movie, and is admittedly a little nod to my family.

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Any fan of architectural photography, los angeles or modernism will get a lot of out this doc. It tracks Julius’ career and his start with Neutra. There are great interviews with him and lts of footage of him actually shooting and explaining why he’s shooting what he’s shooting. I met him once, on his 98th birthday, and I was speechless. He is a hero of mine.

Tiny Furniture: A film by Lena Dunham of Girls fame. She wrote/directed/starred in this and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s thoughtful and awkward and painful and hilarious. She’s not afraid to be ugly, to be vulnerable, or to be strong. I really appreciate it.

Bill Cunningham: Most everyone has seen this by now, but if you’ve been putting it off, it’s great and light and happy with some very poignantly sad moments thrown in for good measure. I definitely teared up.

The Gleaners and I: I first saw this film in an art house theatre in Seattle when I was visiting a friend on bainbridge island right after college (I drove to Seattle from LA and back, one of the best experiences ever). Agnes Varda became my hero. The film is partially autobiographical and partially about the idea of collecting, scavenging as it relates to the food left over at the marché and to the making of artwork. It’s very meta about the creative process and the process of a life well lived. Some of it is kind of weird, but it’s poetic and thoughtful and very very french.

Wet Hot American Summer: I’m not even going to describe this. If you’ve seen it, you understand the genius. If you haven’t seen it, watch it this weekend.

Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Drive is available to stream now. And I still need to see Eames: The Architect and The Painter and Manufactured Landscapes.

What should I add to my queue?

[image: still frame from L'Amour Fou]

House of Honey for Rue Magazine

Friday, May 18th, 2012





I got to shoot with the lovely Tamara Honey of House of Honey for the May issue of Rue. Spectacular house full of contrast and color and unexpected elements. Fun to play with the grand scale of the space, too. See the whole thing starting on page 68 of Rue.

You can also see one of my favorite spaces of all time that I got to shoot for Rue of wedding planner extradordinaires: Bash, Please.