The best compliment you can get from a photo editor (besides the occasional wonderful “We love these photos, thank you!” type emails), is when a photo editor is really excited about giving specifically you a really fun and amazing shoot because they thought of you for it. And their enthusiasm is infectious. This is what happened when Alex reached out to me to photograph Paul and Colette Pondella and their pack of 10 wolves (wolfdogs, actually) at the Shadowland Foundation. Alex knows I love animals (like, a lot) and she was right, this shoot was a a treat. Read More
We went exploring and camping for five days all along the California Central Coast for David’s birthday. It’s a truly beautiful area. Read More
I photographed my first fashion show and it was extraordinary–Louis Vuitton’s 2016 Cruise Collection in Palm Springs. After the fashion show there was a dinner and afterparty outside in the winding gardens of The Parker and after that an amusement park for guests to enjoy–complete with bonfires, bumper cars and even a claw machine that awarded winners with a Louis Vuitton clutch.
My best friend since I was in elementary school came from Charleston to explore Southern California with me. We laughed until we cried next to our camp fire in Joshua Tree, explored gardens in Palm Springs and lay in the sand in Malibu, and naturally I made her pose in the pretty light a couple times. Read More
I got to be a kid for a day in Legoland for Medium’s travel magazine called GONE. I’d never been to the amusement park and was delighted by all the color and I was astounded by the amaaazing attention to detail the Lego designers and artists took with the place (check out the photo below of the chain gang outside of the Las Vegas area and the old Lego man’s toe popping through his sock). I also wandered over to the Legoland Hotel, which had the same fun attention to detail — each elevator had Muzak playing when you got in, then when the doors closed dance music played, the lights lowered and a disco ball spun.
I photographed the Unbreakable gym in West Hollywood, California. UFC fighters, NFL football players and celebrities alike exercise together (and pay $2,000 per month!) at the small gym run that by Jay Glazer
I love California. I moved here about a year and a half ago and have explored all over–deserts, forests, beaches. The diverse landscapes have been so visually inspiring to me. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen David’s and my #westcoastexplorersclub posts, I’m sure. It’s pretty obvious that we really love our new home.)
The big bummer about moving across the country from all my dear friends and family is that I miss them dreadfully so it is beyond wonderful when I get to show off my new home to my southern loved ones. My dear friend Amber (an amazing photographer currently based in Atlanta — check out her work) came to visit and we happily exhausted ourselves eating too much and wandering Southern California. Read More
It was a true pleasure to meet and photograph Jessica Sutherland. She shared her very personal story of growing up homeless and making it through college and graduate school and then helping another young student do the same. She has created a model to help other students go to college. Read her inspiring story on Medium HERE. Read More
To say I’m behind on blogging is a huge understatement. I’ve worked more the past 6 months than ever before, which has been so fun. I’m excited to share some of my favorite photos as time allows. First up:
This was my first time attending Coachella, so I was really excited to photograph it for The New York Times! It was three sleepless days of running from concert to concert to media tent to concert. I’d shoot and stomp all around the beautiful grounds all day (I walked more than 23 miles in 3 days with all my gear!) and then I’d fall asleep in my hotel room at my computer editing and transmitting until about 3 am each night. Read More