Some shots from a recent shoot I did with one of my favorite eco friendly brands @jeanfranklinshop . Jean Franklin partnered with gorgeous boutique Merchant Gallery on the westside throughout January and part of February. These photos were to help promote their partnership with model @not.minori Here are a few that didn’t make the cut on Instagram, but I still love.
My main love is shooting fashion, but I also am fortunate enough to work part time for this company called Flytographer. They do vacation style photography, so if you’re traveling to LA and you want to take some photos with you and your family, partner, or alone you can hire me and I’ll snap some cute pics of you. These are always fun because I get to meet the most adorable families like this one here! Check out their Instagram for more cute pics!
Some shots with my hubbie and I strolling around town.
I always love putting mood boards together. Sometimes my boards can get a little confusing I’m told. So I’m working on sticking to one particular theme. Usually while I’m looking through Pinterest so many things catch my eye that I get excited and want to do it all. Here’s a mood board I’m in the process of making for an upcoming shoot in March that has to do with marijuana and Pharaoh Hatshepsut. More details to come soon!
You see so many amazing photographers online now and days. I’m constantly blow away by the work I see, and you know just a little jealous ;-) One photographer that I love is @pabloconstanzo
I love the colors in his photos and the way each image is so strong, each one individually tells a story.
Check him out here
Hi All! I wanted to share my experience attending a photography portfolio review for the first time this last week in New York. A lot of people have been asking me about it and how it went so I wanted to share that with you here! I'm so glad you're interested, please feel free to reach out and ask me any follow up questions here
Every so often I interview photographers who I admire and want to be like and during one of my interviews this woman told me about Fotoworks and that it helped her start getting bigger jobs based off the connections she made. This was about 3 years ago that she told me this and when I got an email from them this year I recognized a lot of the reviewers and thought 'Why not.'
Fotoworks has 3 different kinds of review sessions, one in Los Angeles, New York, and another called BLVD Reviews which is mainly creative directors and they go to more cities aside from NYC and LA. They have a variety of packages all at different price points I chose to talk with 12 reviewers which was $1199. My travel from Burbank to New York was $509.00 round trip and I gave myself a budget of $50/day and was there for 5 days. I was lucky enough to stay with a family friend so I didn't have to pay for a place to stay. The whole trip cost me about $2000. I was told by someone I met there that since going to the reviews he's earned his money back from the jobs he's gotten, so that was promising.
I mainly chose reviewers that were in the fashion industry, but they have reviewers who do lifestyle, sports, advertising, photojournalism, food photography and more that you can speak with. I'd say for me 12 reviewers was perfect because there weren't a ton of people from the fashion world and any more than 12 and I might be talking with people where my work didn't align with them. I was able to squeeze in a few more reviewers while I was there though. Reviewers who had empty slots were up for grabs every day and you didn't have to pay extra which was awesome.
The week before the event they sent out the reviewers and I got to pick my top 12, and I, for the most part, got all the people I wanted to see which I was worried about. Once I got my list I looked up each reviewer and started writing down specific questions I wanted to ask each of them. Some generic questions I asked were:
"What do you look for in the photographers you hire?"
"Do you think I'm ready to shoot for you? And if not what needs improvement?'
"What are things you've done in your career that have helped you stand out?"
I would also try and ask one specific question to that reviewer, mostly revolving around something that I saw they worked on and wanted to know more about.
That being said you only have about 15 min with each person and that time usually goes very quickly. I was more interested in hearing what they had to say about my work than asking my questions and a lot of the times the conversations flowed very easily, but for those that weren't as smooth I was glad I had some stocked up questions prepared, anything to keep them talking either about themselves and/or my work and stay interested in me.
There is a lot of downtime in between meetings so you just hang out with a bunch of other photographers and look at their books and talk photography which was so fun. It's much more relaxing than I pictured it was going to be which was great and the man running everything there was super nice and did his best to get you into meetings that maybe you weren't originally able to get into. They had food and drinks, Sony, Fuji, and Hasselblad all had tables set up where you could talk with reps and play with cameras as well.
My prep work:
I put together a book using Blurb and it came out really nice. I hired a graphic designer to make a flyer for me to hand out to all the people I spoke with. I read that you should leave something other than a business card and if you can make it creative all the better. I saw a lot of other really nicely done books. Some people had really big books and others, like me, were smaller. I had about 20 pages double-sided, I wanted a nice balance of looking through my photos and time to talk, which I felt like I got so I don't know if I'd go much over 20 pages next time either.
My last piece of advice is to ask to record your meetings. For the most part, everyone was totally fine with it, I did get some questions like 'why' but once I explained that I didn't want to forget any of their feedback people were fine with it. I'm so glad I did do it because usually information goes in and out of my head pretty quickly and I didn't have to worry about that. Also be sure to ask for their cards to stay in contact and send a follow up email afterwards. If they don't have cards ask if you can still get their emails and write them down in your phone.
Ok I don't want to make this crazy long so if I missed something or you have a question please let me know!
Thanks for reading!
As soon as I moved to LA I was fortunate enough to meet some super cool ladies. They asked me to photograph a shoot they've been wanting to do for a long time inspired by Patti Smith. We recently got it published on Fashion Grunge and I'm so excited to share with you the colored version here! Check out the published version @ Fashion Grunge
Here are some images that I did with two amazingly beautiful sisters, Shaylyn & Taryn, in San Francisco. I met Shaylyn about two years ago, when I found out her sister also modeled I told her that whenever her sister was in town I'd love to shoot them. Right before I moved to LA, she hit me up and we all had a magical day on one of the hottest days in San Francisco. Enjoy!
Models: @tarynelisco @shaylyn.riane
Before I left the bay my dream team and I put together a great Halloween shoot. Here are the images plus a video put together by the talented @jessiemariec
Check out a feature on this shoot by @catalystwedco
Styling & Art Direction: @bridalmarche
Models: @devonmariep_l @shallowthenhalo
Photography: Me @mterrisphoto
Jewelry & Art Direction: @hollybobisuthi
Assistant: Brian Loftus, Michael Reagan, Sam Prest
This past summer I was fortunate enough to go on a month long road trip through the US. It has always been a dream of mine to hop in the car and explore and I did just that. My partner and I packed our camping gear in the trunk and our suitcases in the back seat and hit the road. We left Oakland, CA and headed south to Los Angeles. From there we stopped at Joshua Tree, then on to Flagstaff and Sedona in AZ. From there we kept going east through the beautiful colors of Santa Fe, along the vast Texas desert to Austin, to the vibrant musical paradise of New Orleans. Then we went up toward Memphis and back across through Missouri, Kansas, Denver, Arches National Park in Utah, a pit stop in Lake Tahoe and finally ended in Sea Ranch, CA for a family get together.
It was an amazing trip that I will never forget. I was able to work with many other artist, eat tons of food, get a tattoo, listen to great music, make new friends, and do it all with my best friend. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip!
Some of my favorites from designer Jennifer Schmidt's new Lookbook.
Loving all the rain we're getting here in the bay area. While driving into the SF over the Bay Bridge there was so much fog, I felt like I was driving in a cloud, it was amazing. That feeling inspired me to contact Devon & plan a spontaneous shoot up in the Berkeley hills. Being up there in the hills, fog, and rain was so peaceful. Here are some of my favorites.
A few of some of my favorite colorful images from 2105!
I'm so excited to be sharing a shoot I did with a local clothing company here in Oakland called Oaklandish. Oaklandish is a great company that represents Oakland on a variety of styles of apparel. They also support local artists and nonprofits who are doing positive work for the community. (So after checking out this amazing blog post hop on over to their site and support them! Plenty of link sharing will be added below).
I feel like just going into the whole story of how this amazing opportunity came about, 1) to share with all of you fine folks who read, AND FOLLOW-hint cough, my blog but also for myself so someday I can look back and be like, "Oh damn you're so cool!"
I've never been the kind of person to 'rep' my hometown. I don't follow sports, so no home town team to support, and in high school it wasn't 'cool' to wear a sweater that said 'Simi Valley Pioneers' on it. Oakland is the first place I've lived where I want rep this place. There's so much to explore and check out and I've met so many inspiring, creative, fighters for change, fun, and just all around amazing people here in Oakland.
I had been meaning to reach out to Oaklandish to see if they were ever in need of a photographer when one day I open my email and it said 'Oaklandish'! I called the gal who emailed me, Kat-who put this whole thing together found the location, the models, and did the styling all around very cool gal, and she said, "Oh, I didn't expect to hear from you so soon." :) I'm quick lady! Ain't no one taking my job! As soon as we got off the phone I called my boyfriend and proceeded to jump up and down in my room as he yelled in excitement and told me I'm cool :).
What felt like 5 weeks, but was probably only 1 week, later I heard from Kat (IG: hendrixmomhasgotitgoinon) and she said they were going to use me for their shoot! (queue more excitement here)!
It was raining that day, which I've now interpreted to mean rainy days ='s amazing shoots. We met up at Oak Supply Co. another one of their shops in West Oakland. Kat showed me around the shop and the outfits she had put together. Our first shoot was with Mariah (IG: thirdspacedesigns) she did the 'Bike Party' theme and rocked it! Her series is probably one of my favorites from the whole shoot. I loved the location in West Oakland and the sweater was sick (I love skeletons). We also shot shortly after it stopped raining but it was still overcast outside.
The second look was with Kat herself and she did the work wear look. Again down in West Oakland against this awesome building down there.
The third look was with Kat's cousin (IG: mingsheba) great genes obviously run in this family! We shot more downtown for this look for the 'Game Day' look. #gowarriors
The fourth look was with my favorite gal Daniela. You can see more of her basically anywhere you look on this site. I love this gal she's so inspiring and up for anything! I was so excited when I found out that we would be able to work on this shoot together. Her look was 'Day at the Lake.' We took some shots down by Lake Merritt and naturally I took a million of her because I love her so! (IG: babygirldee).
The last look was 'Night on the Town' this one was also another one of my favorites because our model had an awesome look! Kat took a men's shirt and cut off the sleeves paired it with a pencil skirt bam ready! (IG: rudiracquel). We shot this one downtown also and I just love the way the background works so well with her outfit and look.
Big thanks to Kat for including me in this shoot! I loved every minute of it. Check out the official blog post at Oaklandish's site here: CLICK ME
I'm so excited to finally be able to share this video I worked on with Daniela Osorio and Erica Calderon back in May. I felt so intimidated by all the clips that I had taken that I kept putting it off, but once I started, only a few days ago, it quickly came together.
This is one of my very first videos. I did a few back in college but none like this so I am very excited about this piece. It's just a short video of Erica and Daniela being cute, wearing amazing clothes, and having a fun mellow day in. Now that I've done this video, and I never thought I'd say this, I only want to do more videos! Here's to a great 2015 of paid gigs and more shoots!
Hope you like it!
Last month I had the privilege of attending a workshop put on by photographer Lars kommienezuspadt called 'Open Light'. I first came across Lars' work on Doris Mayday's Instagram page and was blown away by the photos he took of her. Not only were they of course stunning but when I saw them I thought "Yes, this is exactly what I want to do." All of his photos give off a certain feeling, kind of dark, sexy, and mysterious. Pin up but not your traditional pin up style with the bright backgrounds and the expressive faces. More serious and seductive. When I later learned that he shot using only natural light I was like, "Ok, sold! This guy is officially the best!" I too use only natural light in my shoots. I'm not opposed to using studio lights, I think you can do amazing things with that style as well, but since I'm not too savvy with studios and don't have a spot or lights to shoot with I always go outdoors.
Lars' workshop took place at this giant mansion in Los Angeles. I had never been inside a mansion before so naturally I had to go exploring. It reminded me of a real life Haunted Mansion from Disneyland-or maybe because that's the only other mansion I've been in...You walk down this long hallway and there are huge baroque style paintings that lead you into a round foyer. In this Foyer you have the choice to ascend the tall staircase or walk into the family or dining rooms or into a full bar. During our break I wandered down a long hallway into the library. Soft light peaked in through the dusty thick curtains and books lined the walls and tables of the room. I thought, "Ok great! This is creepy but I also probably just walked right into the best room in the house." I love libraries...I think it comes from that amazing library Belle has in Beauty in the Beast. I wish I had enough time to see which book pulled down and opened into a secret room...If you'd seen that room you too would have been certain that there was a secret room behind that bookshelf.
Lars went over etiquette and posing with the help of Rivi Madison, (she has her own album here) a sensational artist and model. She spoke of how she carries herself in shoots and how she has yet to be in a bad situation with a photographer (working with creeps) because she knows what she wants and wont take anyones bull. She inspired me with her amazing confidence and the way she carried herself like such a badass... I could have photographed her all day. Both Lars and Rivi together shared such useful information and were both so kind and helpful. I hope we can all work together again someday.
Andrea Hausmann-Photographer @workshop
Vanessa Foerster-Photographer @workshop
Rivi Madison-Model on table
Vicky Tran-Model in chair
Bernadette Marion-Model in library
Jenny Rieu-Model with gold bow
Mara Rouse-Make up
Rocky Cauldron-Make up
Sometimes I think I'm just a sucker, a hopeless romantic, who wants to turn off her brain and let her heart be her guide. I want to avoid the wrong and the doubt and embrace the flutter I get in my stomach when I see you. I can't stop looking into your sweet face. I can't rest unless your arms are wrapped around me. You've got my body buzzing for all the love that I know you can give me. I've never thought myself much of a sucker... but baby, you're driving me mad. Maybe it's time to let the thoughts go and give into the love. But then again, I never thought myself much of a sucker.
"Tell me that you love me, and stop driving me mad. Because I, I need your love so bad."
Here are a few photos from a shoot I did with the lovely Kiki in Berkeley, CA back in July.
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