I know, I’ve been spamming you. But, trust me when I say ‘you’ll thank me later’. Heartland: Woodland Creatures + Dance Party is tomorrow night and it has been so wonderful to prepare with so many talented, GOOD people. Come see @icantfindmollyheller @mryounker Nick Blaylock Steve Koester @soundformovement @ostngb @olivershealewis Nick Foster and myself perform! It’s a full blown show and a full blown party.
I was talking with my friend @icantfindmollyheller yesterday about what makes people ‘good’. There are just some people that are so integrous, loving, honest, earnest, sweet, and hard-working it could make your chest burst with admiration. Those are some of the qualities I find good....What do YOU think makes someone admirable?
Happy birthday to this kind, warm, optimistic, hard-working, sincere, loving, talented, giggly angel. SO GLAD U WERE BORN AND THAT I GET TO WITNESS YOUR MAGIC.
Who else has been a nappy sleepy bb today??
Bb boy let me take his portrait. 😍
I love asking this question to new friends and I want to ask you all: when do you feel like the biggest/brightest version of you?
This overcast weather in LA has me feeling a certain kind of way.
You are enough. Surround yourself with people who show you this.
I have been overwhelmed by the brave, honest, and tender abortion stories I’ve heard and the people who have reached out to be involved in the abortion story project I’m doing. It has cracked me open and has reinforced the necessity of hearing people’s stories. If you are interested in being involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (info in my highlights). Your participation can be as anonymous as you’d like. I promise to respect, honor, hear, and validate your experience with love and softness. 💚sending love to you, sweet ones. Ps. You don’t have to share your story to be brave—you are brave. But, as I’ve witnessed, it can feel pretty good.
You are allowed to feel conflicting things about someone/something. Emotion isn’t singular or fixed.
Life will stretch, rip, crack, pull, and shake you open.
Good morning, angel babies. I hope you had sweet dreams and that you feel loved today( thought a photo of Tiara would depict that kind of sweet message). • Just a quick little reminder that I have a mini session pop-up THIS SATURDAY and there are a couple spots left. More info in my highlights 💛
Two posts in one day?! Couldn’t help myself. • • Photographing @joeyking for @thewrap was FUN. Like legitimately a blast. And guess what?! @theactonhulu is up NOW on Hulu. You know what I’ll be watching tonight. • Creative Direction: The unstoppable @guerin_ad Creative Assisting: The ever lovely @tatertatloveslu Hair magic: @giannetos Makeup magic: @melaniemakeup Stylist: @kristinaelainetaylor Stylist Assistant: @nicolegrasty_ Special Thanks: The super @shayanhathaway Prop design: Moi
I knew it would be a great day when I showed up to photograph @castanedawong at @thewrap and he was down to do a shoot with flowers. • • Three of my favorite things in one day: fun people, flowers, and photography. • Creative Direction: the wonderful, @guerin_ad Special Thanks: The angels, @tatertatloveslu , @janego_o , and @shayanhathaway Prop design: also moi
Finding yourself can be messy.
What I love most about my job is trying to curate a space where people can present themselves honestly. I love learning about people, taking the time and energy to really see them clearly, and lead a photoshoot without projection. Sometimes it’s hard—I find myself making assumptions about a person and how they ‘should’ be portrayed...But then I quickly realize that doesn’t work... and the only way to really lead and direct a photoshoot is by listening and watching. Of course, I have to make decisions about the direction of a photoshoot, but I try and let this direction come from what’s being presented to me. This job lets me practice objectivity, sincerity, and connection. I love what I do and I love the people I get to do it with.
MINI-SESSION POP-UP This Saturday, March 16th. 30-minute time slots from 10AM until 1PM. More info in my story. DM to book.
Question for you all: If I were to have a pop-up studio session this week for mini photo sessions (cheaper than my normal cost), would you be interested in signing up? I have this week wide open and I’d love to be able to photograph a bunch. If so, what days are best for people?
Happy Sunday, ya cuties.
I’ve been trying to meditate for a while now and I still find it really hard to slow down the thoughts that run through my brain. It typically frustrates me and makes me anxious to sit through that. How have other people gotten past this point?
Grls are usually my favorite people. Here’s why. Exhibit A.
@devonfranklin for @thewrap . I’m so beyond grateful for my job and the people I get to meet and work with along the way. DeVon was kind, willing, sincere, and so humble. I left that shoot feeling really calm. Creative Direction: the marvelous @guerin_ad Special Thanks: the always fantastic @tatertatloveslu & @shayanhathaway
It is not logic but rather our gut feeling that leads us to reach out for the life we want to live -Ksenia Tokmakova
It was an absolute honor to photograph @chaivasarhelyi & @jimmychin (the filmmakers of the Oscar-winning documentary feature @freesolofilm ) for @variety . Not only are Chai and Jimmy extremely talented, they’re the sweetest and most humble people. • Thank you thank you thank you to @jenniferdorn for the opportunity and help. • Thank you forever to the people who made it possible: @shayanhathaway , @dennisjlin , @shermanleefoto , and @chadmichaelbrooks !! You’re all angels from above.
Sometimes our bodies don’t feel like home, they don’t feel safe. Sometimes they don’t feel like ours. My hope is that we all find time today to show our bodies that we appreciate their hard work—show our bodies that we are grateful for the unconditional love they give us to thrive.
Abriel’s spirit shines even more than her eyeshadow.
I was thinking yesterday... I’m just so proud of all of us. We’re all working so hard, fighting our own battles, dealing with our own insecurities, doing our best to take care of ourselves & the ones we love. THIS WORLD IS FILLED WITH A BUNCH OF BADASSES (one of which is pictured here).
You can ask the universe for all the signs you want, but ultimately, we see what we want to see when we’re ready to see it. -H.I.M.Y.M.
This is @rbl_gar . We met the day of this shoot and found out 3 crazy things. 1) We both grew up in the same neighborhood ( only blocks away from each other) in SLC, UT. 2) Abriel and her family were very close to one of my best friends, @florianalberge, who I met in college and performed with lots of times. 3) Her parents owned/started a Buddhist temple that I performed at and was most likely present for the performance itself ( aka we’ve probably seen each other before without realizing). • • Meeting Abriel was a breath of fresh air and it made me so grateful for the mysterious and wonderful ways the Universe works. Happy Friday, ya lovely brats.
@iamaj For @thewrap . In ‘Schooled’, AJ plays a high school music teacher named Lainey Lewis. And she is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Seriously, check it out. She’s so talented. • Creative Direction: @guerin_ad Special Thanks: @tatertatloveslu & @shayanhathaway • • I wanted to use this opportunity ( talking about AJ being an awesome teacher in ‘Schooled’) to discuss something important to me. • Tens of thousands of educators in LA are demanding higher wages and more staff members. I think this is necessary and for the greater good. Why? Nearly everyone agrees that LA’s public schools are badly underfunded. Lots of schools don’t have a full time nurse ( there are approx 400 nurses being used for 900 school campuses), they don’t have enough counselors (the current district ratio is over 900 students to one counselor), many of the students who are within the LA Unified School District are living in poverty ( many educators believe students in poverty need to be provided more counselors and nurses so they are safe, feel comfortable, and are present at school), and class sizes are outrageously large (some class sizes are in the upper 40’s...the National average is 26). Educators are on strike because they don’t feel they can attend to their students in the way they need—they are striking for the future of public education. The district has a reserve of nearly 2 billion dollars. Why isn’t that money being used to fully fund schools and meet the needs of the students? This is unfair. How can we help? Consider joining teachers in their march, nanny/babysit children whose parents can’t skip out on work to watch them at home, and recognize that our support makes a difference. If anyone else has some ideas of ways to support public education here in LA, let me know so I can add it here! ❤️
Thought I’d share this photo of @sounwavetde to remind you to take a deep breath. You made it through your Monday. Now onto Tuesday! • Creative Direction: @guerin_ad Photo Assist: @dennisjlin Special thanks: @tatertatloveslu & @shayanhathaway • • Thank you to @thewrap for letting me meet and photograph this creative genius!
This rainy weather in LA has made me want to curl up in a warm corner with some tea (let’s be real...that’s all I ever want to do). • Be safe out there tonight! And if you needed to hear it, it’s okay if you stay in on your Saturday night.
@lucianacjohnson and I recently had a long conversation about our desire to have deeper and more connected conversations with people in LA. We both mentioned the power that food has in creating opportunities for those types of conversations. • • Who out here in LA would be interested in monthly dinner gatherings in a home? @jjjmarshall and I have been talking about wanting to do this and I think 2019 might just be the perfect time to do it. It wouldn’t be fancy, it would just be real. Primary goal: bring different people together for a couple of hours to eat yummy food and create more meaningful friendships in this big city. • Who out there is interested in something like that? I mean, WHO WOULDN’T BE?!
Matt is beautiful. • • Also, just thought everyone should know that I’ve been trying that whole ‘celery juice’ thing in the AM for 2019 and I’ve had the SHITS the whole morning. ✨💩Happy 2019✨💩 how are YOUR new goals going, ya brats?
Reminder: Sometimes people won’t see you the way you want to be seen; People won’t see you the way you see yourself. That’s okay. You don’t have to defend or validate your beauty. It’s there. You’re enough. 💛 Happy weekend, lovelies.
Happy Halloween, ya spooky ghosties. 👻
Moving into a new apartment and feeling PUMPED. But also, HOW HAVE I ACCUMULATED SO MUCH STUFF?!?? Will probs be selling stuff on insta.
When life feels like crap, find a nice person like @jennnlacy to make your heart feel better. 🖤
FYI: ‘the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law...the new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves—surgically or otherwise—as a gender other than the one they were born into...’ —The New York Times This is not a red or blue issue, this is a human rights issue. I am appalled. To all my cis friends who claim to be supportive of LGBTQI+ issues, but simply post stuff on social media and have no intention of actually using their privilege for good: KINDLY, WAKE UP. Vote. Donate to TLDEF, @glsen, @transequalitynow , @translifeline , @trevorproject , and other trans orgs ( if you can). Call your local, state, and federal reps. Ask trans friends and family what they want and need today. Amplify the work of trans journalists and activists. Prioritize trans voices, especially QTPOC. Talk to cis family, friends, coworkers, etc. Make sure they respect trans folks and are working to protect them. @witch_seattle To my trans friends, family, acquaintances: You are safe with me. You will not be erased. If you have any additional ideas or insight you want to/would be comfortable sharing with me about how I can be more aware and helpful, please DM me. I am open. I want to know how I can best help. Tell people you love them today. 🖤
If you could heighten one of your senses, which one would it be?
I don’t have anything profound to say this morning. I just wanted to remind you that you’re enough and you’re doing great. 🖤 ps check out @thebastettegroup . They’ve only got 3 days left of their kickstarter! THAT’S NOT A LOT OF DAYS.
Little does everyone know... behind the camera at this point I’m doing all sorts of wacky shapes with my body to mimic the cool stuff I’m seeing. I love photographing movers. It naturally makes me move.
Just got off the phone with my bff for 1.5 hours. Long talks with close friends are always the most clarifying conversations. 🖤
Bendinnnnnn into the week like.
It rained all night in LA last night and it makes me wanna CUDDLE SO HARD TODAY.