Started off 2015 with the news that I’ve been selected for Photo Boite’s annual online publication of 30 UNDER 30 | WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS. I’ve long appreciated the mission of this project, and I’m once again impressed by the huge scope of photography represented from women based all around the world (Russia, Egypt, Lithuania, Bangladesh, Yemen, Columbia, etc.) I’m honored to be in the company of these talented photographers. Take a look at their website to see more!
One of the highlights of this past year was getting the opportunity to spend three days in the south of France documenting life around a beautiful fig orchard. I was invited to fly out by my clients Amber + Alexis, who hired me to shoot their wedding in Los Angeles the summer before. Alexis is from France, and since most of his extended family couldn’t make the LA ceremony they decided to host a party on his grandfather’s 100 year old property, where the family gathers together every summer. The first couple of days centered around lots of cooking, swimming, drinking, eating, and chatting in a circle. I really appreciated this opportunity to immerse myself in their environment and daily routines, something I may not have ever otherwise experienced as a traveler on my own. The country home was quintessentially French — filled with charming touches, the smell of warm baguettes, and ordinary chaos of a home taken over by four generations for the week. What I really loved about this experienced was that there were no parameters for these photos. I had total creative freedom to just simply document whatever I saw, with the goal to create a little time capsule of memories from the summer shared by this close knit French family.
The last day spent in France was all about the party. It was a low-key affair, marked by a ceremony in the village church and food, drinks, and dancing back at the orchard. Alex’s family also owns a home in Solliès-Pont — a little village that might otherwise be very typical, except for being known as “the fig capital of the world.” I took them around town for portraits, incorporating the architecture of Alex’s childhood and the rich colors often found in the Cote D’Azur. One of the more special parts of the night was when all of the cousins surprised the couple by singing a song (to the tune of “place des grands hommes”) about the nostalgia of growing up together, and how despite the distance of Alex being in America with his love, Amber, they are always able to reunite and celebrate at Solliès-Pont.
The Washington State International Kite Festival was a happy little discovery I made while traveling in the Pacific Northwest this summer. The concept is simple: people who love kites get together once a year and enjoy a colorful weekend on the beach. I was so enchanted by everyone I met that day — each one of them beaming with giant smiles and positivity. I think it may become an annual thing for me, too.
One of the more visually unique events I shot last year was a wedding at the American Cement Building in downtown LA. The mid-century architecture and stark white studio was the perfect backdrop for minimal details, inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. Following a sunset drenched ceremony was an elegant dinner, prepared by the one and only Heirloom LA. We’re so excited to have this featured in the Fall 2014 issue of C Magazine, on newsstands now!