I was lucky enough to photograph my dear friend, Vivianne Lapointe for Whil—where you can learn more about how she de-stresses in 30 seconds! She is the editor-in-chief of Los Angeles based Live Fast Mag, an ultra cool online publication.We met with Vivianne one morning outside of her beautiful home in Hollywood. I absolutely love photographing my creative friends because they continuously inspire me. Just being surrounded by them helps me stay creative!
This is the lovely Celestine Maddy, founder of Wilder Quarterly, a magazine for those that love nature. We met Celestine at her beautiful home in Venice Beach. I had the pleasure of photographing Ms. Maddy for Whil, where you can learn even more about her in 60 seconds! The below portraits are two of my favorites from our shoot together—she has the most beautiful facial features it was so easy to photograph her!
I’m often asked personal questions, like what inspires me, and how I became a photographer? I thought it would be fun to start using this space not only to share my work but to also share a little bit about myself and the steps I took to become a professional photographer. Recently, someone asked me how I stay inspired when I’m constantly having to be creative on a daily basis. I thought it’d be fun to share some of my personal tricks that help stimulate the right side of my brain.
-At least once a week I find myself on a “Barnes and Noble” date with Andre. For those of you that don’t know, Andre is my boyfriend, who also doubles as my photo assistant on most shoots. We spend hours flipping through editorial magazines, trying to find inspiration for the week that follows. I often write down the name of photographers I’ve never heard of before then rush home after our dates to google their portfolios. I love discovering new-to-me photographers. They constantly inspire me to be a better photographer!
-Taking a couple hours out of my day (twice a week) to sit at a coffee shop with my ipad and go through Pinterest. Some of the search words that always work for me: flamingos, kissing, editorial, smoke, sunshine, color, Hollywood, sky, candy, and yellow. What can I say? These are the things that get me excited to work!
-I’m always paying attention to anything that stands out—this usually means color walls and fashion billboards. This is probably why the Sunset Strip inspires me beyond belief!
-Writing down my ideas and organizing them so I can look at them on a daily basis without feeling too overwhelmed. This also means I carry a notebook with me at all times.
-People, friends, fellow creatives! I’m lucky to surround myself with creative people everyday and our conversations never get dull. We are always helping each other in the industry, comparing jobs, clients and creative ideas.
Whether you’re a photographer, a blogger, or a stay-at-home mom, how do you keep your head spinning with new creative ideas?
What do you do when you are in the middle of a portrait session and they shut down the studio? You take it to the nearest parking garage! The beautiful Allegra and I didn’t let an unexpected event deter us from having a blast! We made our surroundings the perfect studio for the night. The stark walls and lighting made for the perfect shadows to play with and Allegra’s expressions say it all!
Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I feel so blessed to be able to photograph some of the coolest people in LA. I had the pleasure of photographing Curtis Stone for Daily Candy at his new restaurant, Maude, in Beverly Hills. For those of you that don’t know, Curtis Stone is an incredible chef and TV personality. He was so much fun to photograph and had a total blast! It’s easy to do your job when you have such an incredible subject!
You may remember first meeting Nicola, the South African beauty, from my portrait session here. While those pictures were calming and serene, I was really excited to punch it up with showing a brighter side to the photoshoot. A bright pink wall was the perfect complement to Nicola’s color blocked shirt and her playful personality.
Chic California brand Thomas Wylde merges vintage rock and roll toughness with modern touches. I had so much fun photographing the uber cool Paula Thomas, creative director and designer of Thomas Wylde, for Daily Candy. Thomas showed us around her hip studio as we capture the unique space and latest designs. In addition to her latest collection, Paula styled Cameron Diaz for her new movie, The Counselor. She describes the look of Diaz’s character as much darker and the clothes added to that attitude. Fun fact: Paula kept sunglasses on for the whole shoot, which I thought was incredibly cool!
A few months back I photographed a really fun project with Moon Canyon and Design Love Fest for Moon Juice in Silverlake. I love juicing, obviously, so it was really fun to photograph the store. The space itself is incredible and the light was amazing! Kristen from Moon Canyon worked her magic on the space bringing in gorgeous pops of color. We’ve worked together a lot so know exactly how to get the perfect shots together. I have so much fun working with Kristen and Bri, they are incredibly talented and it never feels like work when we are together!
I recently photographed the lovely Beth Yorn at Roseark in West Hollywood for Daily Candy. I really loved photographing at Roseark, it’s such a hip space with a gorgeous interior.
I have to admit, I was quite excited to be meeting Beth and I truly admire her husband, Pete Yorn, as an artist. While we were there to photograph her jewelry line, it was also the launch of her art exhibit. The exhibit is a collection of Beth’s photographs over the past four years, most of her travels while on tour with her husband. I was fascinated by the artwork and can only imagine what it must have been like to take those photos!
As promised, here are some more photos of the beautiful Nadia from my shoot with Next Models. I had so much fun with this bold pink backdrop and Nadia was such a blast to photograph! I was a little obsessed with this incredible leather jacket from Wasteland, which toughens up the sweet tulle skirt.