Christy O’Donnell and the Right to Die

Posted on September 4, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

I met Christy O’Donnell in her home. She was warm and welcoming. When I arrived, her friend was just leaving. “She insisted on bringing me lipstick,” Christy said with a beautiful mauve covering her smile, “because she says I always look washed out in photos.” Her eyes then darted to me, “Well, I AM dying.”

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Bite Mark Analysis for The Intercept

Posted on September 3, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

I headed to both Ventura and San Diego to photograph two distinguished dental experts for an interesting story in The Intercept called “Bitten By Experts: How the Flawed Science of Bite Mark Analysis Imprisoned a Man for MurderRead More

Undertaking LA for The California Sunday Magazine

Posted on July 3, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

I was so happy to hear from The California Sunday Magazine to do a shoot because I’ve been a big fan of the newer magazine since its launch.

My assignment was to photograph two Los Angeles morticians in a graveyard. The pair are Amber Carvaly and Caitlin Doughty who together have created Undertaking LA to offer more burial options, including natural burials. Read More

A Reminder to Remember on Film

Posted on June 4, 2015 in Personal Work

Time has gotten more slippery recently.

Work has started to consume more of me (or my time, I suppose), which actually makes me quite happy because I’m one of those few lucky humans who happens to love (obsess over) her job. But still, it’s hard to process everything when it passes by so quickly and I’m moved on to the next thing without catching up on sleep between.

I take photos for many reasons–I love noticing things other people don’t, I love meeting people and hearing their stories, I love how holding a camera turns off the background noise, I love how being a photographer leads me places I’d be too afraid to go without it, but I also take photos to try and freeze time for a hundredth of a second for my own personal memory log.

Day before yesterday I was flipping through old Instagram posts trying to find a photo I shot a couple years ago and I was happily reminded of so many things I’d (sadly) forgotten between.

So these are just a smattering of personal photos I shot the past half year, almost entirely on my little point and shoot film camera (and a couple on my Rolleiflex). A walk in a swamp with my mom and husband on New Years Day and sparklers the night before in Atlanta, sunset worshipping with a crowd of photographers at a workshop I spoke at, my birthday, his birthday, our anniversary, a dear friend’s trip and our tiny adventure, one hell of a man having a personal drum session on the side of the highway en route to Malibu, Valentine’s Day at a date festival with zebras, a picnic in LA with two wild little boys.

They’re imperfect reminders of I was here, that thing we’re all shouting into the void of social media every day.

It’s a blur and I’m always grateful that I have something to look back at to remind me to remember.

To try and hold on to the past–something so slippery it’s already fallen out of my hands. Read More

Charlie Annenberg Weingarten for The New York Times

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Portraits

I photographed Charlie Annenberg Weingarten (of the Annenberg Foundation) in Santa Monica with his amazing dogs, including his enormous new puppy Marbles who hammed it up for the camera, for The New York Times Styles’ Scene Stealers. Charlie has created philanthropic ventures that are all about exploring and helping animals–two of my favorite things.

Read about the charities Charlie is devoted to in the story HERE. Read More

Wolves + Wolf Therapy for OZY

Posted on May 27, 2015 in Editorial

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

The Central Coast + David’s Birthday

Posted on May 24, 2015 in Personal Work, Travel

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

Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection

Posted on May 24, 2015 in Editorial, Portraits

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.

Head over to New York Times Fashion & Style to read about the beautiful event. Read More

Lindsey + Joshua Tree + Palm Springs + Malibu

Posted on May 23, 2015 in Personal Work, Portraits, Travel

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