The L.A. government has put a budget in place to assist and encourage its citizens to get rid of their water hungry lawns and replace them with drought tolerant California native plant gardens. Beautifully designed landscaping is no longer just for the wealthy with the average rebate running around $6,000. This has given the landscaping industry in the city a huge boost. Viola Gardens is one such company who had me out to shoot their magical Malibu Beach project. Nature of Things then gave me the opportunity to rebrand their business with a fresh logo, brand new custom website design, and of course all the photography also by yours truly. I love taking the heart of a brand and creating a simple yet elegant space for a business to thrive. Here’s to more rebranding opportunities coming across my desk in the near future! x
I had the pleasure of shooting this stellar, permaculture, drought-tolerant, landscape design by Viola Gardens at a Malibu Beach residence today. Viola introduced me to the design philosophy that is permaculture and I’m hooked. The most poetic permaculture lesson I learned was to keep a focus on the edges of things, as it is often in the space between, not in the things themselves, where new growth occurs.
It’s not very often I get the opportunity to do interior shots so when Madonna’s new gym on Yonge Street, Hard Candy, called me up and requested my services I eagerly agreed. This place is a playground for big kids and somewhere to get seriously ripped. The trainers are smoking hot and the massive images of Madge littering the walls provide constant body sculpting inspiration. They have a largest spinning room in the city with stadium seating for better views. They also have men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms; a luxury in the fast approaching Winter. All the equipment is brand new so go sign up quick so you can help break it in. x
I had the great opportunity to travel to Versailles on contract this past May. The palace is the best proof I have seen of that great sin, Gluttony. King Louis XIV had 10,000 workers on staff just to keep the palace running for the luxury of himself, his ‘favourites,’ and his close family. It is no wonder he ran France to ruins with his extravagant spending. Take a look at the carefully maintained gardens, the artful statues, the gold trim on everything and, my favourite, Marie Antoinette’s bed. xo