I spent the last few days with my friend Katrina shooting some videos. Katrina is an incredibly talented videographer from the Philippines who was visiting San Francisco to shoot a wedding. The last time she was in SF, we shot this video (which is still one of my favorites!!).
This time we were pretty ambitious and shot in multiple locations: Alamo Square, Ocean Beach, Rockridge (a neighborhood of Oakland), my bedroom and my (newly redecorated!) office.
It will be a few months until I get to see the final videos, but until then, here are a few of my favorite outtakes (you may have already seen some if you follow me on Instagram).
Our day started out at The Mill, a cafe in San Francisco that specializes in fancy toast (such a San Francisco thing to specialize in!). The light in that place is just gorgeous.
This photo was not staged at all;)
Then we walked over to Alamo Square to shoot by the Painted Ladies. They were lookin’ mightyyy fine that day.
I really love this part of San Francisco because it’s high up on a hill and when you look out, you can see the whole beautiful city.
We spent the afternoon at my house where we shot in my bedroom and office.
Look at that cheese ball!
Where the blogging magic happens:
The next day, we shot at Ocean Beach, but we were running short on time, so unfortunately, we didn’t get too many stills. You guys will just have to wait for the video to come out! You can see some pictures from that day on my Instagram account here and here.
Thanks for a fun few days, Katrina! I can’t wait till next year when we get to do it again!
One of my favorite artists and inspirations is Esther Boller. Esther was the first DIY Sew contributor on D&tG I’ve continued to follow her work ever since. She, like me, also goes to SCAD, except I do the eLearning program whereas Esther attends SCAD at the Savannah, Georgia campus.
If you follow Esther’s work, you know she is the queen of self-portraits. And I mean the QUEEN. I’ve tried self-portraits before, but I could never quite master the self-timer or remote. But Esther, MAN, I can’t even take pictures like that that aren’t self-portraits. Right now, my favorite set of her self-portraits are these ones she did inspired by Robert Lewis Reid’s Girl in Blue Kimono painting. She hand makes a lot of her props, such as the cardboard room divider she used for this shoot.
I don’t think I’m too far off when I make the statement that Breakfast is the prettiest meal of the day. Maybe it’s the morning light, a steaming cup of coffee or a piece of delectable fruit, but it’s pretty hard to take a bad picture of breakfast.
What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today is a new (to me) blog I discovered just the other day, which focuses on breakfast recipes (with occasional ‘not really breakfast’ dishes here and there). The photography and styling is gorgeous, which comes as no surprise considering breakfast’s photogenic nature. The blog isn’t strictly gluten free and vegan (I’m a gluten free and dairy free vegetarian), but I have no problem looking through non-veggie recipes purely for food styling ideas and general swooning.
Marta, the owner of the blog has a very beautiful Instagram feed which you can check out here. Be prepared to get lost in photos upon photos of pretty food porn. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
I love this new editorial shot by Olivia Bee shot // styled by Sophie Michaud for French magazine Madame Figaro. It’s got the perfect amount of haze and grain to remind me of carefree hot summer days. Definitely one of my favorites.
I’m really not much of a sweets person, but right now there’s nothing I love more than this sweet-themed fashion spread by Joanna Kustra for Tantalum Magazine. Now I totally want to multicolor my nails like that!
Sweet Pastel for Tantalum Magazine
photographer: joanna kustra
fashion stylist: sharpay tang
makeup artist: kate o’reilly
hair stylist: kazuto shimomura
model: liza serpova at premier model management
I’ve learned the most successful photographers tell a story with their work. And let me tell you, Sasha Frolova tells a million stories. My favorite of hers is her Recess series, which was inspired by “…the changes and similarities between [her] childhood and [her] adolescence.” It reminds me of this series by Michal Pudelka, another one of my favorites.