“Pregnancy is like a garden. Even though the flowers look pristine, you can usually see blemishes if you get close enough. There’s a lot of work that goes into making things bloom. There’s a reason gardeners get soil under their fingernails,” says my friend Emma of Stories by Us. I remember walking these beautiful gardens with her […]
The inspiration for Elena’s portrait came from her love of walking outdoors and the beauty of the location we choose. In spring Land’s End’s wispy grasses have a delicate green hue which is the perfect dress shade for Elena. This minty green paired with the light yellows of sunset in spring and the caramel tones in her hair created a delicate, fresh but warm palette.
For Joyce’s feminine portrait I wanted to create something that is effortlessly elegant, daring, and sensuous–all qualities Joyce has. In addition it needed to reflect her confidence and adventurous but warm personality.
There is something about Paris, Parisian apartments, and Parisian living that people instinctively find thrilling and glamourous. Too often the “Paris” look is overdone and made into somewhat of a caricature. For Joyce’s story and shoot, we wanted to keep it real and effortless, yet polished.
From the first moment to the last, this shoot was one of change. Changing light, changing wind, changing ocean waves. There were moments of complete quiet and stillness and moments of loud rumbling of the ocean waves below. First the light was purple, then more and more pastel shades emerged, until it settled into a diffuse cool white morning light with a bit of warmth from the East.
After a morning of thick, cool, fog rolling down the Tuscan hills at Villa Cetinale, the afternoon was blessed with sunshine that cleared the sky and warmed the landscape around us. In the midst of olive groves, boxwood gardens, and lemon trees stands a historic chapel. Its path and interior is lit with flickering candles, and its weathered, old wooden doors were left slightly ajar to gesture us to come in and see more.
One of my favorite ways to observe the seasons is visiting flower fields and gardens: when lilac hedges, rows of peonies, or sunflowers pop up for their time to shine, I feel joyful and a bit more connected to nature. And nothing makes me notice that spring has come more than tulips.
An elopement at Pasadena City Hall: Vows under the pillared archway by a bubbling cast stone fountain. A stroll together in the courtyard, beneath oak trees and besides beds of peach and pink roses. Then up a winding, marble staircase to a sunset view from the dome. Copper lanterns light the way out.
Pasadena City Hall is an exceptional choice for an elopement or wedding in Southern California. It’s design is inspired by Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean Renaissance style of the 16th century, and it boast several pillared walkways, a rose-lined courtyard, winding staircases, and a six-story dome.
Building legos is one of my husband’s childhood joys, and this little Lego Volkswagen Camper Van is so fun to build and look at. The plaid-print textiles, peace sign sticker, and checkerboard flooring details take you back to the 60s. I played with the scale and used black-and-white film to add to the retro feel. Here he is with a friendly dandelion next to him.