A few weeks ago, my family and I took a road trip up the California Coast to Mendocino, Fort Bragg and Westport. Along the way we stayed in Sonoma, Napa, Half Moon Bay, Carmel and many other quaint little towns. The California coastline is a magical and dramatic stretch and the further up the state you are, the more beautiful it is. We took a bunch of pictures and stopped into some cool shops. Check out the pictures and places below.
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, heading north from San Francisco.
Domaine Carneros – Pop in here for a glass of bubbles, and sit on the grandiose patio. You will feel like you are lost in the Champagne region of France.
Yountville, CA – The sweetest little place just north of Napa. The trees were changing colors to dramatic reds for fall.
The animals at Castello di Amorosa outside Calistoga, CA. This castle vineyard is more of an adult playground with a traditional 13th century Tuscan castle full of wine, cool trinkets, and great gifts for family and friends.
The lady of the castle and her dog.
Mom and Dad enjoy wine tasting in the dungeon of the castle.
Walking on the beach in Little River, CA in a vintage ball gown. Just a normal Tuesday.
This giant tree stump was ideal to climb on top and take pictures.
The cliffs in Fort Bragg were dramatic and beautiful. A perfect contrast for my feminine dress.
Driving back down the coast.
Poor little bird didn’t make it, but its body looks quite beautiful still.
Rock climbing on the beach in my painted overalls.
My little sidekick, Wolfgang Benedict III.
Intense clouds on these beautiful fall days made for amazing photographs.
The Lighthouse at Point Arena looks like a painting, but this is a photograph I took.
Vultures on the rocks overlooking the ocean at the Timber Cove Inn.
Drive by photography.
The views overlooking another California beach. You really can’t find a prettier coastline.
Another lighthouse at Pigeon Point. This location is actually a hostel where you can stay.
My new friend, Barry Marshall, painting the beaches in Carmel. Check him out here, or go check out his stuff at the Chapman Gallery in Carmel, CA. He is a friendly, fun, and quite talented guy.
The beaches of Carmel.
The love of my life with crumbs in his beard.
Some cool shops that we visited along the way.
Senior Coastsiders Thrift Store – This shop has a small selection of stuff, but there are some awesome finds here if you dig.
535 Kelley Ave
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Mon – Thurs 8Am – 4 Pm, Fri: 8 Am – 3 Pm
La Sirena Antiques & Gifts – This shop is a little pricey, but have a drink at the really cool beer hall right next door and the prices won’t seem to bad.
328 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Wed – Mon 10 Am – 5 Pm
Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop – Lots of stuff and it is worth it. Carmel has very wealthy people who donate to these shops.
26388 Carmel Rancho Lane
Carmel, CA 93923
Mon – Sat 10 Am – 4 Pm, Wed 10 Am – 6 Pm
SPCA Benefit Shop – Filled with amazing treasures! Carmel is a great town for thrifting.
26364 Carmel Rancho Lane
Carmel, CA 93923
Mon – Sat 10 Am – 4 Pm, Sun 12 Pm – 4 Pm
I have been blessed to have some beautiful and talented friends in this small town where I now call home. It’s even cooler when they want me to photograph them. A few Sundays ago, the subject of my shoot was my dear friend, Jessica Roselius of itsallhiphop. Check her out on SoundCloud here. Her voice is magical, she writes her own music, and she is quite a talented actress. I got the pleasure of meeting her in an acting class at the beginning of the year. Sadly, she is moving down to LA, but her humor and talent will take her far there. Can’t wait to visit!
First look: Simple makeup and an American Apparel Bodysuit were an easy blank canvas to start. We decided to do some back shots, showing off beautiful curls, and her tattoo, a cancer symbol with the initial D in the center as a remembrance to her mother. We moved around to take some close ups and played with angles for a bit. In the last shot, you can really see Jess’s eyes and the different colors that they are. One of them is blue and the other hazel. I have never witnessed this so prominantly before and it is absolutely incredible.
Second look: To switch up the feel from innocent to sultry, Jess added a darker cat eye and used red lipstick by MakeUp Forever to accentuate her lips. This was perfect for some serious shots and even a few playful ones. Check out those cool rosary beads she got at a swap meet and now wears as a necklace.
Third look: We decided to shoot in my vintage purple chair with a cigarette for that badass bitch look. Into the equation came my antique knife from the Korean War to add even more edge. When you add a knife, things are bound to get interesting.
Fourth look: For these shots we used some dried roses that I had sprayed with black paint. We ripped the flowers off of the stems and showered Jess with the petals to add pops of red in the pictures as well as on her body after they stuck. The empty stems were a haunting contrast to the fragile lace and soft curls in her hair.
The junk haus has finally started to put together photoshoots in different locations using our clothes and antiques. This is one of the recent ones we did. Right before Halloween, my friend, Gabrielle Rivera, and I decided to spend one afternoon getting lost in a corn maze. What happened in that sunny afternoon turned into some beautiful pictures and a short movie that will be posted soon. We used two vintage negligees that I had in my closet and some other fun accessories. If you are interested in purchasing either of these white nightgowns, shoot me a message in a comment or email, email@example.com. They are not on the shop yet, but others like this pink one are. We also used this beautiful pair of deer antlers to add a sense of wildness to some shots. They are available here. Check out the raw shots from the day below. I picked a few of my favorite quotes out to go with them. That day we were just two girls: young, wild and free. No one could try to control the fire in our souls. Inspiration was burning, and the camera just followed.
“Children of the Corn”
“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora Duncan
“Chaos, leave me never. Keep me wild and keep me free so that my brokenness will be, the only beauty the world will see.” ~ RM Drake
“We all carry these things inside that no one else can see. They hold us down like anchors. They drown us out at sea.” ~ Bring Me the Horizon
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“She is just some wild thing. Let her laugh, live, love, and roam free on her own terms, and she is sure to come back to you.”
“She was never crazy, she just didn’t let her heart settle in a cage. She was born wild… and sometimes we need people like her. For it’s the horrors in her heart which cause the flames in ours. And she was always willing to burn for everything she has ever loves.” RM Drake
“She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos. You can see it in her eyes.”
“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of freewater. She belonged to no man and to no city” ~ Roman Payne
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.” ~ F Scott Fitzgerald, Beautiful and Damned
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting Emily in a pair of custom Converse that our sister Etsy shop creates. Photographing children is never an easy feat. They usually are very nervous in front of the camera, shying away with stage fright. That or they are too antsy to even capture the moment. Emily was neither of these things. Her youthful exuberance, radiated throughout every picture and her ease in front of the camera made for comfortable and cool pictures. These custom shoes were the target of the photographs. Each pair is custom made in my studio and sold through our sister Etsy account, the play haus. Colors are chosen based on works of art, the shoes are painted, and then they are sealed with a canvas weatherproofing spray. The paint lasts a lifetime even if the shoes are thrown in the washer. Check them out, and if you want to order a pair, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily’s jacket was custom made by her mother, Jessie. Thank you so much David and Jessie Sokol for this experience. It would make sense that Emily’s spirit is free and comfortable coming from the two artistic, intellectual people that you are. Your daughter is a ray of sunshine!
Converse Shoes: Custom painted by the play haus
Denim Jacket: Custom made by her Mother, Jessie.
Location: The Mission of San Luis Obispo
Running right into Daddy’s arms.