Showing posts with label photographs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photographs. Show all posts


Mae Mae Paperie

One of the highlights of working freelance is that every job I do is an adventure at a new location with, normally, people I don't know. After I shot the cover for Rue of Woodson and Rummerfield they had a last minute shoot that I was able to jump on board for. And it was so worth it. I got to meet Megan at Mae Mae Paperie and Summer at Grey Likes Weddings and we spent the day styling the Mae Mae Studio, shooting the great line of stationery that you can get as a free download through Rue (on page 59), shooting Megan for the feature and eating really good pizza. (Look, this is us!).

Then, as though that wasn't a nice enough experience, I got this impeccably wrapped little package in the mail from Megan filled with a thoughtful note and little presents from Mae Mae.

Thanks again, Megan!

And Happy Weekend Everyone.


Anthology Magazine + New York Update

Update from New York. Had a great afternoon glass of champagne with Anh-Minh at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho to celebrate the launch of Anthology Magazine--a collaboration between Anh-Minh and Meg Mateo Ilasco, two incredibly talented and ambitious women. I got to thumb through the mock up copy and all I can say is that it's amazing (there's a sneak peak on AT, too!). I'm so glad I got to work on the magazine and if you haven't already ordered your subscription, do it now, it's limited run and you don't want to miss out on it. I mean, have you seen their stop motion video?

Here's a preview shot of the venice home I shot for the magazine. Love that wallpaper, it even inspired a mock up of my dream bathroom.

Now I'm off to check out the new AT offices and get lunch with the team, then tonight, the Rue Launch. I'm loving New York, the weather is still warm with the edge of Fall creeping in.


My Shot Made the Rue Magazine Cover

Drum roll please.

Rue has leaked their cover image on Apartment Therapy today and It's my shot that made the cover!!

I'm over the moon to be a part of such a great endeavor and so far, everyone I've met has been inspiring, together and overall awesome. It was a great shoot day and wonderful to meet Crystal and the designers who put together that great space (I won't go into details about them and the space until the mag is out--thursday!) Can't wait to meet everyone else in New York next week! (I bought the dress, now have to find the shoes, arg.)

Check out more of my photo work here on my website or in one of the other spreads out this month: here and here!


New Spread in Standard Magazine

September might not be so bad after all. A bunch of work I did over the summer is making its way into the public starting with a spread I shot for Kelly LaPlante's new online magazine (with a focus on green): Standard Magazine. I got to shoot this incredible home in the hollywood hills that married indoors with out. It was for a piece called "The Modern Man's Guide To Hillside Living' and it starts on page 66.

Here are some of my favorite shots (including some outtakes that didn't make it into the spread). See the whole thing in the new issue of Standard!.

Thanks to Kelly for the opportunity to shoot such a great place!


I Heart Cake

Hope everyone had a great labor day. I spent some time with friends and family out in Palm Springs. Thanks for everyone's suggestions for dealing with heartbreak. If I can offer my insights so far:

1) See friends often
2) Wear nice clothes (don't just sit around in sweats)
3) Exercise
4) Watch funny things (like this and this and this.)
5) Keep Busy (thankfully I've gotten a chance to work with some amazing people recently: from Kelly LaPlante to Rue Magazine to my old boss Nadia Geller).

Once I have my own place again I would love to get a series of these amazing Cake Paintings from Paul Ferney. They make me so happy.


Spread in Nesting Newbies

Thanks for all the kind words, it really does help (even though you're technically strangers, right?) You know what also helps? I shot this great project for Upward Bound back in February (maybe you remember this?) and it's now a pretty big spread in the most recent issue of Nesting Newbies.

It was awesome to work with such great designers and a big shout out to Nesting Newbies for doing such a great job with the layout and the story!

See the whole thing here (the article starts on page 155).

You can see more of my work on my website.


Before Photos

I have a soft spot for the mundane, the broken down, the empty and slightly sad in photographs. So it isn't really any surprise that I love these before pictures from a mid century remodel. They're a little Judy Fiskin , a little Bill Eggleston, a little Candida Hofer. They speak volumes about the history of the house. And though the finished house is basically a dream house (my dream house, even) the before pictures are so rich in texture and history that I have trouble looking away.

More images from Alaska are on their way, in a twist of the time/space continuum I'm actually going back up for a couple of days (leaving tonight) there right now, camping with my cousins.


Spanish Living

It's from a little while ago but I can't get enough of Cecilia and Roope's Barcelona Hilltop House Tour. It's open, has light, is a little helter skelter, has plenty of white and personality. I would love to retreat there for a month for an indian summer.

Also, the photos are beautiful, they're by Marc Goodwin


Rue Magazine

I'm sure most of you have already heard of Rue Magazine, a new online magazine launching this September. I just shot a spread for them and since I can't reveal much about what or whom I shot, I can say this: the magazine is going to be awesome and the ladies behind it are as passionate and excited about interiors as all get out).

I had a great time with them and can't wait to see the first issue! (You can see some samples of my photo work here or you can follow me on twitter.


White Photographs

It's been so hot that I'm drawn to images that are spare and full of space and cold even if some of these are the desert sand and some are icy mountains. T minus 36 hours until Alaska.

From great photography site: Lumas. Julia Christe and Jean de Pomereau.


Let The Right One In

I'm probably late to the train on this one, but I watched Let The Right One In recently (it's available on Netflix on Demand, the greatest leap of technology in my lifetime, I'm pretty sure) and the photography of it blew me away. The film itself is quiet with punctuations of drama, and the cinematography follows suit: wide open angles, landscapes reduced to geometry and textures thrown into contrast by moments of intense darkness or color.

I'll have to find more of cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema's work.


Interview with Sunset Magazine's Tom Story

In my life as a photographer I have had many heroes: Uta Barth, Robert Frank, Andreas Gursky, Julius Schulman, William Eggleston, the list goes on. I appreciate photographers that excel at capturing the mundane and who are able to translate real life into something that makes you look twice.

One of my heroes in the contemporary (and more practical world) is Tom Story. He is the man responsible for 90% what feels like 90% of the images you see in Sunset Magazine and is a huge inspiration to me. I love the way he captures a space: open, light, crisp, but always with warmth. He shoots architecture, lifestyle, decor, food, travel, you name it. He sets the tone for much of the magazine's more recent modern bend. He was also nice enough to answer some of my questions even though he is a very (very) busy man:

How long have you been working as a professional photographer? Were you trained or self taught?

Well, I've been with Sunset for going on 11 years now, before that I was freelancing, mainly architectural photography. I started college in Munich, Germany, went to Salem State College in Mass where I was extremely fortunate to meet with and take classes from an amazing photographer, Shelby Adams, who gave me the push to explore photography as a medium. I finished up my degree at the Academy of Art College in SF, where having landed at a very commercial oriented school I proceeded to primarily study alternative processes, such as making Daguerreotypes under another extraordinary photographer Jerry Spagnoli.

How did you start working with Sunset?

I was assisting different photographers who were shooting for Sunset, so I met and worked with various editors and directors on shoots. The director of Photography at the time, George Olson and I struck up a good relationship, primarily concerning vintage Mini Coopers, one of which I was the owner at the time and he got to see me working as an assistant on cover shoots and big home shoots and liked the way I carried myself I guess. Eventually, the staff photographer at the time Norm Plate decided to retire after 30 years and go freelance. Sunset asked if I would be interested in becoming the replacement garden photographer. This was right at the height of the dotcom explosion in the Bay Area and I was very busy, but also having talked to architects at the time who were telling me that this company just bought a new couch for 12k, but only had enough money to run for 6 more weeks etc. I had been hearing that story over and over and was realizing that maybe it was a good time to explore a steady paycheck.

With shooting such varied subject matter for Sunset, are there certain set-ups that intimidated you at first? Is there a style you prefer i.e. interiors vs outdoor travel shots?

The first three years were almost exclusively garden oriented, which really taught me the patience for light, early morning, late afternoon the weather such as wind, taking advantage of overcast days (giant softbox!) ~ at the time, there was another staff photographer, the very talented James Carriere who primarily shot food and I learned a lot from watching him. Slowly I shot more home stories, and felt my strengths lay in the home/garden realm. Over the years I have started shooting food more which I love to do, and travel, which I think takes an incredible amount of energy and concentration, organizational skills, and finding ways to work with people as subjects. That has probably been the most fun and the biggest challenge in my career. Most of my people photography up to that point had mainly been contained within a home or garden shoot. So learning how to take a shot list, break it down into a schedule, dealing with travel light weather etc has been a fantastic challenge on many levels and completely enjoyable. I have to say that I am incredibly lucky and fortunate that I am shooting food in the studio one day, a home the next, traveling to Hawaii or Canada or New Mexico the next week and then shooting a garden in SF the next day. It keeps all of it fresh and the skill sets are definitely interchangeable.

Do you like to work with a defined shot list or do you like to go off the grid during a shoot?

I generally work with a shot list, fortunately there are editors and writers and they do a great job researching and narrowing the story down to fit the pages and needs for that issue. That said, I can't remember the last time I ever stuck strictly to a shot list. There's a reason behind hiring photographers, you need to be engaged in the story, experience it for yourself and bring your vision back also. If I find something that seems visually more appealing or a better fit for a certain story, I'll definitely shoot it and let the editors make their choices back at the ranch.

Do you have any tips for amateurs that are shooting their homes for blogs?

Level your camera, use the longest lens possible for the shot, use a tripod, slow down and compose. It's all about editing. You have four walls in which to compose your image, be aware of your focal point, but have fun playing with the edges. Expose for a mood or feeling. Vignettes tell the story better than 1 wide angle shot. Details tell the story too, finishes, hardware etc... not everything has to be in focus...

Are there some homes you've shot that stand out as favorites?

My personal taste runs more in the mid-century modern and I've shot quite a few of those for Sunset, but I really like it when you can see the owners personality in the home.

What camera do you normally shoot with?

They will pry my Contax 645 out of my cold dead hands. I use the Phase P45+ back on it, upgrading to the P65+ hopefully soon (hint hint Sunset!). I primarily use the Contax glass, but have collected some tilt/shift lenses that I use when I shoot homes. I also use a Sinar P2 when I shoot food or product in the studio. The Canon 5dMKII comes along also, I primarily use it when I need the speed of use, or any ISO over 800 which the Phase does not handle well. I also picked up a Panasonic GF-1 this year which I love, have adapted manual focus lenses for (a whole nother conversation) and I tend to use it for things like a Bi-Plane ride I had to shoot this year or where I want to be a little more low key. The RAW files are quite nice.

Do you continue to shoot for pleasure when you're off the clock? What do you like to shoot?

I have two small kids now, Clara age 4 and Miles age 2 so there is no shortage of material on my days off! When I do shoot on my days off for projects it tends to be more landscape oriented.

Do you have an iphone or use any of the camera apps for it?

I love my iPhone and use it ALOT. I almost exclusively use shakeit, I have an extensive SX-70 collection and miss the images from that camera, but feel like the look I get from Shakeit comes real close. Really the best camera is the one you have with you, and to be able to shoot snaps or video with something that's almost always on you is fantastic. The editing process that comes with the Phase files can be exhausting time wise, it's really nice to have something that shoots jpeg and I don't have to deal with it in post.

Thanks Tom for taking the time to share!

(All Images: Thomas J Story for Sunset Magazine)


Shake It

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I spent mine married to my phone since I found this app that approximates the look of the old SX-70 land cameras. I got tipped off by one of my heroes, Tom Story at Sunset (interview with him forthcoming) and have gone a little crazy.

Since it's not easy to get film for them anymore, it's nice to be able to play around with the look from the comfort of my phone. Here are the deets on Shake It for the iPhone.