What’s better than shooting Interiors at the home of an Interior Designer with her own line of pillows? When the home is in Brooklyn, of course! Those who know me know I’m quite the homebody. I love being in my home, and when I do leave, I stay within a 10 (ok, sometimes 5) block radius. Shooting for Interior Designer Audra Canfield, the creative mind behind Designer Fluff, was a treat (did I mention she pulled out a chilled bottle of rose during lunch?). Not only was the shoot a blast, but I am now the owner of an amazing designer fluff chevron pillow. And now, not only do I not want to leave the 5 block radius surrounding my home… I don’t want to get off my couch!
See more pics on the recent post about Designer Fluff on decor8!
This modern kitchen made me want to paint the walls of my kitchen bright yellow. (It’s a good thing I didn’t do it because our kitchen has a long exposed brick wall & redish wood cabinets that would look horrible with bright yellow!) How could you have a grumpy morning in such a bright happy looking kitchen? I don’t think it’s possible. It was designed by Elizabeth Aurandt of Mercer Interior. Elizabeth is not only a talented Interior Designer, but she is also quite an intuitive stylist. Throughout our shoot, I tried to convince her to venture into the world of prop styling. She’s a busy lady…we’ll see if she can fit it on her plate!
I photographed a restored 1850′s farmhouse in Rhinebeck, NY for the most recent issue of Rue Magazine. The shoot was Art Directed & Styled by the so very talented Meagan Camp. After a day & a half of shooting we finished with 25 shots, which was too many for Rue to run- so Meagan & I pitched the story to the blog, Decor8 and an extended version ran on the site. A few days later The New York Times ran an article about the growth of online shelter magazines & featured Rue Magazine in the story, along with an image from our story chosen to represent Rue in the multimedia slideshow. It’s been so exciting to see the story grow & get exposure on multiple sites. Below is the original Rue article, followed by a snapshot of The NY Times slideshow. You can also check out the extended story (with more images!) on Decor8.
Beka & Houston, the young design team behind Shift Design, cater to individuals with a smaller budget (but they won’t turn away big budget jobs either!). I met Beka, Houston, and Luis, their marketing & PR partner, a few years ago on- drumroll please- craigslist! Shooting for them has always been very fulfilling; there’s something refreshing about shooting homes that are a bit more modest. The spaces they design are comfortable & modern yet playful. They have a knack for color & can really make a small space feel open and comfortable. They are also one of the funniest duo’s I know- whenever we shoot together, it’s a bit hard to focus because they just keep me laughing.
I never watched TV… until we moved to Brooklyn &, thanks to our generous landlords, have free premium cable. Some evenings I find myself on the couch, fixated with the shows on HBO & Showtime. The acting is top notch, the camera work is beautiful, and the story lines are addicting! For the second year, I was hired to shoot the Showtime House and I was so excited to see how different the rooms would be this year as opposed to last year. The Showtime house is a showhouse where the designers are each assigned a different Showtime series as inspiration for their room. Who knew television shows could be so inspirational- I should start watching more TV!
Check out The New York Observer HOME Fall 2010 issue featuring one of my shoots with The Brooklyn Home Co. This was a great space to shoot. Actually, I wouldn’t mind living in it either! Story starts on Page 69.
Taking too long for Scribd to load? See the pics below while you are waiting. (But don’t miss the article- it’s a good story!)
…of crayola’s! The island of Burano ( 45 minutes off of Venice) is the most colorful place I’ve ever been. I wonder if all the bright colors make people happier. It’s got to do something interesting to the psyche to live in a place where every structure isn’t a neutral earth tone.
iPhone snap in Burano.
Areas of Manhattan most New Yorkers try to avoid: Times Square, 34th Street, Canal Street, and South Street Seaport. I ventured all the way into Manhattan this weekend to check out the New Amsterdam Market at the old Fulton Fish Market location. In order to get there, I had to walk by The South Street Seaport. I haven’t been there in years. Though very commericalized and filled with tourists, it’s actually quite pretty. My friend, Sarah, had read about Bowne & Co. Stationers – so being that we were in the area, we stopped by. If you ever find yourself down near the seaport and need to find a hideaway from the mob of ”I ‘heart’ NYC” T-shirts, enter this little oasis… you’ll feel good. I didn’t get the name of the man pictured below, but it seems as though he is there all the time and he could’ve been there back when the business started in the mid 1700′s. He is reason alone to visit. He’ll make you smile.