A Party in the South of France: Part One

12/28/14

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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.

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A Party in the South of France: Part Two

12/28/14

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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.

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CAMP Collection Studio Tour with EMMADIME

6/25/14

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Call me a sap, but getting to work with friends is the best part of any job.  Getting to work with friends on a camp-inspired shoot that involves a beautiful river in northern California, running around throwing water balloons during golden hour, canoeing, and eating s’mores is even better.

Recently, my super talented friend Wade pitched an idea to create a studio tour for Camp Collection — a camp-inspired ready to wear clothing line based in San Francisco.  The video would be a continuation of the other studio tour videos he’s collaborated on with EMMADIME, but instead of doing a traditional studio tour, he dreamed up a world where the members of Camp would run every aspect of their business in the woods, from production to sales to social media.  The result is beautiful, and some of Wade’s finest directing work to date.  Take a look at the video below!

I tagged along to take still photos of the day and help Wade co-direct.  Tamar and Greg couldn’t have been lovelier to work with and we’re so excited we could produce such a fun project about the spirit of their brand.  You can read more about the Camp Collection on Emma’s blog here, and check out some of my favorite photos below!

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Heirloom LA + Individual Medley Camp Dinner

1/30/14

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This was one of my favorite events last summer.  The always amazing Heirloom LA teamed up with Individual Medley to create a camp inspired gathering filled with good food, good people, and hand picked details perfectly curated to feel like you escaped to a summer camp for the evening.  For more behind what inspired this dinner, check out the interview on The Chalkboard Mag!

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Mister Goodnite Behind the Scenes

10/11/13

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Like everyone who worked on the “You’re Too Cool” music video, I was eager to support the supremely talented Mister Goodnite in any way I could.  It was an honor to be brought on as the behind the scenes photographer for this chill, overcast morning at El Matador and to watch Wade’s directing talent shine.  Check out these snaps from our production day below!

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