Big love to Voyage LA for this nice little interview. Click through for the full story. xo
Check out my new rebranding project for L.A.-based landscape architecture firm Viola Gardens at violagardens.com. It is always a pleasure to work with like-minded people on projects that incorporate practices of sustainable living with elegant design. That is the only way into a healthy future after all! The website design, logo design, and the majority of the photography are all by yours truly. I am proud and grateful to be a part of Viola Gardens moving with style into 2016. xo
Yoga teacher, masseuse, & leader of Global Tribe Retreats, Tom Morley, had me out to a gorgeous home in Malibu for a photoshoot last week. We were blessed with an out-of-the-ordinary, overcast day that shone a soft, muted light for us. I don’t often get the opportunity to shoot the male form, so this shoot was a welcome challenge in shape and line. Taking inspiration from Michalangelo’s statues, we worked toward the embodiment of those ancient gods. Tom is available for bookings in therapeutic massage, private yoga lessons, personal training, & luxury retreats HERE. xo
This past Summer in L.A I had the opportunity to shoot killer psychedelic rock band Brombones. They just released a brand new EP which you can have a listen to HERE. Take a peek through the link at all the album/EP/promotional photography as it is all by yours truly. We shot everything in one day on a dusty L.A. hill with a pile of smoke bombs and colour gels. The result is a surreal splash of colour, very much like Brombones’ music. xo
Driving north on the I-5 from L.A. to Monterey I stumbled into the epic territory of Midoil. Just as its name would suggest, Midoil is the town at the centre of a massive swath of thirsty birds dipping their heads into the earth over and over again to the soundtrack of a steady creaking groan that might be the earth suffering in protest. It is an incredible rape of the land. This is the cost of driving. A cop rolled by to see what I was up to as I was taking photographs in the field. He left quickly though and allowed me to continue shooting. I was surprised at the lack of security in the facility what with so much liquid gold flowing through the space, but also grateful as now I get to share this eerie landscape with all of you. x
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.