Starting today get 15% off all non sale items for the next 15 days in my Fresh Pie Etsy shop. Lots of new items being added daily! No code needed! Along with fab Mid Century items you will vintage cameras, daguerreotypes and plenty of Pyrex! Click link or photo to shop now!
I am loving my new life in the South and have been crazy busy as I take on several new challenges. One of which is a personal photography project I've begun, photographing unconventional Southern "Bells" in vintage dresses I find at Estate Sales. My first subject is Megan, a local graphic design student I discovered via Instagram.
The dress I believe is handmade from the 50s or 60s and may have been for a dance, performance or maybe even a wedding as it also included a veil. There are gold hand beaded stars down the front and lots of tulle and it is now available for purchase here.
It certainly must have a story too it and on Megan I felt it had an almost Victorian feel to it. I was also inspired by my love for the series Victoria that just aired on PBS. That and I've been reading a fascinating biography of the amazing Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
I'm currently looking for models for this project. Women from age 10-100, all types, looking for interesting faces and unconventional beauties. If you are in the Upstate SC area and interested or know someone that might be feel free to click my email link on the left to contact me for full details. Or even better through my instagram @lararossignolfoto
On such a winters day... two fun shoots I did just before leaving SoCal. It just took a few extra groovy fashion finds to pull it all together. Like this amazing 1960s wrap around jumper Milena is wearing by textile innovators Alex Coleman California. You can find some more of their amazing designs for sale here.
Though some of these actual vintage items are not available, I've hunted Etsy for similar options. 1) Chelsea wears a CP Shades slip dress with earrings & necklace by Veronica Rock Studio. 2) Stutz wears a vintage wide lapel coat 3-4) Milena is wearing a 70s handmade dress and a fab vintage fur hat both estate sale finds, boots by Via Spiga 5) Chelsea wears a one-of-kind hand knitted sweater by Veronica Rock Studio over a vintage slip dress. 6) Stutz in a classic black turtleneck from J.Crew
Martina wears a vintage color block circa 1990s dress by Moschino made in Italy. Martina and Milena are the offspring of my friend 90s Super model Jana Rajlich who provided some of the vintage cloths from her own collection. While Stutz (who plans to go into acting when he finishes high school this year) is the son of another long time friend, amazing hair & make up artist Jetty Stutzman who applied her skills to Milena, Martina and Stutz.
Chelsea's H&M by Wendy Osmundson
Cranberry & Cherry Hand Pies! A super easy way to use your leftover cranberry sauce and extra pie dough! First off, I make my cranberry sauce by boiling the berries in juice rather than water. I used pure Pomegranate but any juice will do and just follow the package directions. If I use a sweet juice, I reduce the amount of sugar a bit. I mixed my leftover cranberry sauce with canned cherry pie filling. I added the cherry to balance the tartness of the cranberries. Tea towel from the Hearth & Hand Collection at Target.
Next I rolled out my dough, I used the ready made Pillsbury pie dough. Use a drinking glass or small bowl to cut out an even number of round discs. On the bottom piece place a spoonful of filling, cover with a 2nd disc and press edges through with a fork to seal.
Brush tops with an egg wash and sprinkle a bit of sugar. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool before serving. You could also use leftover pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes or even stuffing mixed with turkey for a savory version.
Since landing in the South I have been able to get back in the hunt. Hitting Estate Sales, two country fairs, Antique shops and even a hoarders home! I am picky about what I pick and have found some great items now available in my Etsy Shop.
For "Cyber Monday" I created a 10% off promo code good through December 7th on anything in my shop including sale items, apply HOLIDAYPIE at check out. I will be adding more items as I find them so please keep checking back.
This first two months of transition have flown by as I adjust to my new life in South Carolina. I have settled in and set up shop, both figuratively and literally. Most of my stuff (what's left of it) is in storage, while I look and save for for my first home. One of the unexpected benefits of my exodus from the West coast was all the amazing people I met when I was selling my stuff. Especially this wonderful human, actress Mary Kate Schellhardt who bought a cabinet I'd listed on Craig's List. This transaction evolved into a wonderful photo session which was a true collaboration.
There is nothing better for a photographer than to have the full trust of your subject. It can take time to earn that trust but sometimes as in this case, you just click. Mary Kate started acting as teen, winning a coveted roll in the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape when she was just 13. She has been on a roller coaster ride ever since with all the highs and lows. She is as committed as she is talented so be on the look out for more from her soon. Hair & Make up by Wendy Osmundson.
It's happening! Sept 9th & 10th, I will be putting my life up for sale. As mentioned a few weeks ago, I am moving back to the East coast at the end of September. I made the decision that I wanted to lighten my load as much as possible and have already sold a lot of my major furniture pieces. Still there is so much left, literally 30 years of my personal collections. So a full on Estate Sale seemed the best option. You can find the official listing here and I will be adding more photos and info as I prep.
Inspiration can come from unexpected places and this recent shoot was a result of seeing a post on Instagram. I had worked with Keira a few times and it was her Mum's post of these beautiful headbands she made for a Frida Kahlo tribute that gave me the idea. The next day we were collaborating on this wonderful series... yes, sometimes it really is that easy.
Click here to check out the many books on this icon of art and style.
It's hard to believe that it has been almost 6 years since I loaded up my life in Atlanta and headed west. I have loved my time in SoCal, this is where I was raised and the place I consider home. However, I've decided to strike out on a new adventure and move to South Carolina. It was not an easy decision, especially because most of my family is here but I think it's the right one for me at this time. I have strong ties there and I'm very inspired to continue my work against a beautiful Southern backdrop.
This may be good news for all those of you who like my decorating style. I'm trying to sell just about everything before I go! From this groovy cabinet, to my rare Van Briggle lamp, even my Smeg Fridge! You can check out my Facebook Pie Page for the bigger items available for local pick up. You can also follow my @freshpievintage instagram for newly posted items. Feel free to email if you see anything you're interested in. Just click the envelope shaped icon in the sidebar.
Also, this Sunday, June 25th, I'll be selling a lot of my best stuff including Cathrineholm, vintage Pyrex, MCM glass, vintage cameras and more at the Topanga Vintage Market! If you are in the area please come on by. If not, keep checking my Etsy shop for new items and use promo code PIEISGOOD for 10% off all orders including sale items through end of August.
It is hard to believe that almost 15 years has flown by in what feels like a blink. My best friend's youngest, Izzy was just 3 years old the first time we met. Already a whirlwind of curls and chatter, standing on a stool to help make pancakes and pulling me out of bed to eat them. For me it was pretty much love at first sight.
Earrings by Veronica Rock Studios
Izzy never shied away from my camera. Patient and trusting, she had a natural ease from the very first click. Like her Mother before her, a model I met when I first started shooting fashion, she would become one of my favorite subjects.
Next week I'm attending her high school graduation. She will receive her degree with multiple honors and has her sights set on a career in medicine. I have no doubt she will succeed, she has the drive, talent, smarts and a great work ethic. Last summer she came out to La La Land to spend almost two weeks with me. She brought school books and did a lot of homework all on her own volition!
Though the curls are gone (with the help of straightener) the chatter is still strong and in the best possible way. She has developed a quick wit to go with all that sass and I am so proud of what an amazing young woman she has become.
I'm always on the look out for a great documentary and if it's about photography, all the better. When I ran across the trailer for The B-Side, I was not only amused but inspired. Directed by Errol Morris, one of my favorite filmmakers of all time, is the cherry on top. It is set to be released at the end of June in select cities. Hopefully yours is one of them.
I took this photo back when the lottery had hit a record billion dollar payout. Like many others, I was hoping to record the humble beginnings of my new life as a billionaire. I did not win of course but when I buy the occasional ticket, I feel like I'm buying the right to dream a little. So in that sense, I'm buying a little entertainment, not throwing my money way.
The other day I drove by this little store and noticed they had a new sign, bold and garish in all it's shiny newness. Not that the old sign was any great design statement but it had a kind of understated solidity that fit the rundown exterior. Change is not always good but inevitable, luckily photograph is a way to preserve some of the past.
A few months ago I headed up North to do some work for a new client, Napa Valley Vintners. They are a world wide association for the Wine industry and they wanted to create some new imagery for various media use. A lot of prep & work was involved in creating these lovely images and I was fortunate to work with a great team including stylist Jesse Hammer and H&M artist Tahni Smith and one of my favorite models Malia.
The wonderful marketing team introduced me to Gott's Roadside a famous local foodie favorite and we gots to eat several meals there during the course of this project. I especially loved the street corn, a seasonal item, the Poke tacos and their amazing milk shakes. There is usually a line but that's how you know its good!
I loved this unique opportunity to combine my love for shooting both fashion and food. Plus the beauty of Napa Valley & St Helena made for a gorgeous backdrop at every turn. Oh and of course there was plenty of wine. To see more from this shoot and other new work use the handy link below.
Though it was a while back, I still remember much about my trip to Missoula, Montana to photograph Author, Richard Ford. It was for GQ Magazine and part of a series of writers and their favorite bars. I had no assistant and took a taxi to my hotel, where Richard would pick me up the next morning. As we drove to the location, I told him how this town seemed a bit odd to me, part "country farm" and part "30s detective movie set" was how I think I described it. Then he told me that it was where David Lynch grew up and it all made sense. This was where the seeds of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks had been planted.
The bar was dark like all bars are dark and I don't really remember much else about it or the lady bartender, who I think was also the owner. I do love this image probably more so now then when I took it, since now I could correct a few things that had bothered me with photoshop. I also remember having some time to kill after we'd finished and so I did a little exploring. I found a little junk shop where I bought a cool old Crosley radio. When I asked the owner if he would take a check he asked, "Is it good?" which still makes me laugh.
I've found a lot of interesting things at flea markets over the years but last summer was a true first when I found this kid. Her name is Olive ("like the vegetable" she clarified) and she was helping out her Grandmother who has been selling at the Rosebowl Flea for years. At just 8 years old she already had great style and a big personality. Luckily, I got some contact info and a few months later I arranged to photograph her. Working with a great team they helped me to create one of my all time favorite shoots for the very cool UK magazine Smallish.
Into the shoot we incorporated much of her Grandmother's amazing vintage collection of cloths and props, like this Victorian jacket and old violin. You can check out some of her stuff in her Etsy shop 3birdz. Here we paired it with a beautiful Tutu du Monde dress via Rainey's Closet. I found the tin carousel on eBay and my amazing stylist (who also painted the backdrop) Corrie turned it into a headband. So fun. You can check out more from this shoot on my just updated site.
I have been a fan of Janeane Garofalo's since the first time I saw her do stand up on TV in the late 80s. So when I began working with Ray Gun/Bikini, two innovative 90s magazines out of California, I pitched them the idea of a story on her. With me doing the photos and a teenager named Jake Fogelnest who had his own cable access show called Squirt TV doing the interview. Jake was obsessed with Janeane, then a regular on SNL and I thought it would be a perfect combo and fortunately do did they.
She was living at the Paramount Hotel and we did the entire shoot in her tiny room. A bit of a challenge but she was easy and open to my suggestions, which is not always the case. Shooting in this Philippe Starck designed bathroom now seems like the perfect 90s moment.
Hair & Make Up: Daniel Howell
A new year is a good time to give your site an overhaul. I spent most of the last few days doing just that. I've been shooting more teen fashion and so I created a new teen section for this work. I have always enjoyed shooting for the junior market and in New York I did a lot of work for Seventeen, Mademoiselle and the iconic Sassy Magazine.
I also did many campaigns and one of my favorite shoots ever was for Cole Jr. a popular California based swimwear line, headed up at the time by a talented new designer named Trina Turk. Along with the print campaign I also shot this video, all on super 8 film. I think it's held up pretty well. Music by Chris Isaak, model: Neith Hunter and H&M by Beth Katz.
My longtime favorite photo app is Hipstamatic which is continually adding new films and lenses which act as filters. Using the Salvador lens, which has a double exposure effect, made this cloud filled sky above, even more epic.
I loved the result with this simple portrait taken with the same lens and an extra grainy film called "US1776 Monochrome". You can combine any lens with any film and if later you don't like your choice, you can redo it using the editing tool built into the app.
You can also edit photos taken with a regular camera, as I did here. There is a little trick to doing this with the Hipstamatic app. I will upload an image to dropbox from my computer. I also have dropbox on my phone and can then download that photo to my camera roll. However the Hipstamatic app will not see the file for some reason till I open in another app that does, like Color Story and save it from there.
Once I can open it in the Hipstamatic app I can then experiment with different films and lenses, you can also adjust the intensity and add or remove frames. This simply lit portrait becomes more interesting with the edition of the Americana lens and Cano Cafenol film, dialed back about 30%. For more inspiration follow these Hipsta communities on Instagram; @hipstaconnect and @hipstadreamers and of course @hipstamtic.
I've created a carefully curated group of beautiful books, perfect as gifts or maybe as a treat for yourself.
1: I love the timeless work of Berenice Abbott she was an amazing ahead-of-her-time photographer, remembered mostly for her street photography. This lovely collection of portraits shows she was also highly skilled at composed studio work.
2: Plant appeals to my botanical loving heart.
3: Peter Lindberg's newest proves fashion can portray women as strong and powerful. Which is why he has always been one of my favorite photographers.
4: Add to that a must for stylists, photographers and editors everywhere is this lush compilation of Grace Coddington's work for American Vogue.
Now for something really special and out of the box, I highly reccomend my friend Karen Kuehn's newly released Maverick Camera. Which is the perfect description for Karen, who also attended Art Center and has had an amazing career including a stint at SNL doing those memorable "bumpers" they show before and after every break. She also works for numerous magazines and agencies and always on her own terms. Even when it came to publishing this book, which she did through a Kickstarter campaign. Click here to check out her work and here to order a signed copy.
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