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. You can read the magazine’s story about how they’re shaking up the business of death HERE: The End Reimagining the Funeral Home by Summer Sewell.

I’d imagined beautiful soft evening light for this shoot but schedules didn’t allow for that, so I was challenged with competing with the sun after I took a couple photos at Caitlin’s house. They were both such good sports as we dealt with wandering an enormous graveyard in the mid-day heat of a super sunny day.

Personally, I’ve always found the death business a little unnatural, which is counter-intuitive to me. These two are battling the norm of the common un-natural burials (with lots of chemicals and satin caskets) and I’m so interested to see what waves they can create re-simplifying a natural process.

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