We are 3 weeks into “social distancing” thanks to Covid 19 & I hope you are all staying healthy, sane, & finding the silver linings wherever possible! It’s such a strange & uncertain time and boy do I feel lucky that my husband continues to have work, even though my photo sessions have all been on pause for the unforeseeable future.
I miss taking photos of people so much. But in the stillness, I have been feeling waves of immense gratitude (intermingled with worry & anxiety about the state of the world!) that I have a job that I actually miss. That I get to live in a place where I am able to go outside and lay in the grass.
I thought now was the perfect time to share this session of the one & only, Jessamyn, that I shot back in February in Topanga Canyon. It embodies what I have been really trying to focus on during these past weeks at home – to slow down, be gentle with myself, & to find joy in the small things. See more “Jessamyn // Creative portrait session at home 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
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
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!
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!