Alix of Yoku Jewel // Creative portrait session in Topanga Canyon

When you meet Alix of Yoku Jewel, you can just feel the magic radiating from her. She is a craftswoman that makes the most beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as an energy healer, & I feel super honored that I got to make these images with her.

Since this shoot, I’ve received a Reiki healing session that left me feeling so light & peaceful and also took a workshop to learn how to make my own earrings! I seriously can’t get enough of this lovely lady. You can check out her offerings here.

The gorgeous linen outfit in the first few shots are handmade by TigerOwl and the 2 lovely vintage dresses are from Lady Vagabond Vintage – both woman owned small businesses located in Ventura, CA.

Film & processing by The Find Lab.

Wild indeed // Creative portait session in Topanga Canyon

I first met Meghan when I came across Wild Mesa, the space that hosts maker & wellness workshops here in Topanga Canyon. She is not only the founder of this magical space, but she is also an art director, singer, designer, world traveler, activist, and student currently getting her masters in Public Policy. #Badass

Photograph this inspiring woman in her element, as we laughed and listening to Bob Dylan on vinyl was a total dream. Here are some of my favorites.

shot on Kodak Portra 400 & 800 // developed & scanned by

White dress by the amazing MoonaStar

Shades of blue // Natural indigo dye workshop with the Dogwood Dyer

I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I am REALLY into crafts and learning the old ways of making things. From weaving, to making pickles, macrame, calligraphy. You name is, I have probably tried it. I’m not very good at any of them, but I sure enjoy the process! haha.

All this being said, when I heard that Liz Spencer, aka The Dogwood Dyer, was going to be in my hood teaching a natural Indigo dye workshop I leaped at the opportunity. She harvested her very own indigo plants and taught us how to prepare and extract the colors. We also learned some cool techniques like Shibori, to create patterns on our fabrics that differ from the usual hippie tie dye look. (which I am also into!) Can you believe that green leaves can make the most insanely gorgeous blues?! Total magic.

I highly recommend keeping up with the Wild Mesa event calendar if you live in the LA area and like these kinds of workshops. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there at the next one!

All images shot on Portra 400 & developed/scanned by The Find Lab

Poppy field adventure // Creative portrait session with Sulai

After all the buzz about the super bloom here is Southern California, my girl Sulai and I decided we should road trip out to the Poppy reserve to goof around & experience it in person. We marveled, explored, got silly, and of course, took TONS of photos. I really wanted to get experimental and played alot with double exposures, shooting through prisms, and opening the back of my camera to create light leaks and I am soo happy with the results!

Sophie & her pups // At home portrait session in Topanga Canyon

This gal is one of my favorite true blue Topangans. She grew up in the canyon, hikes almost everyday with her beloved dog gang ( Gia, Puma, & Scout), loves nature, and is so so laid back and fun to hang around with. She also lives in the most magical home (that her dad built for her, FYI and OMG ) and, from the moment I saw her in her element, I knew I had to document this time in her life. Thanks for letting me photograph you in your slice of paradise, Sophie!