ED by Ellen Degeneres

October 28, 2015

Ellen Degeneres launched her ED by Ellen brand of clothing and home goods a few months ago, and I had the pleasure of shooting the home goods for her website. Below are some of my favorites from the shoot.

Styling by Zio & Sons (first two images) and by Dahlia Galler (remaining images)

Copenhagen Loot

October 26, 2015

If asked to describe my style, I'd have to say that it is derived from French, Japanese and Scandinavian influences. By living in France, I learned to appreciate the simple details and little luxuries like fine jewelry and heels or chic flats paired with a simple ensemble, and of course little leather goods. I am also attracted to the bolder shapes and lines of Japanese and Scandinavian clothing. To me, nothing is more elegant than wearing something simple that has a unique shape and movement. 

Needless to say, I went on a bit of a shopping spree when I was in Copenhagen. I was in search of several things: white leather sneakers, unique shapes and beautiful objects. 

Being on my feet on shoot days, I've come to appreciate a quality pair of sneakers that don't make me feel like I'm going out for a run (because we all know that is not happening). These have become my go-to black pair, but I was interested in finding something in white as well. I scoured Copenhagen and found these gems in Tiger of Sweden and immediate fell for them (so much so that I went to every location in Copenhagen to find my size). 

I also figured that such a rainy city was going to be the place to find a great raincoat. It is easy to feel frumpy in a raincoat, so I thought this task would be challenging. However, this one from Samsoe & Samsoe won my heart as it is slimming and not bulky. 

When in Scandinavia, it seems only natural to pick up some Acne jeans and a little something from COS. This top was precisely what I was looking for: a unique shape with interesting details. The shape is unique in that it lays perfectly on the body, while creating a nice volume, and also has nice movement. Also, how could I resist those circular pockets?

Since I was running out of room in my suitcase, for the objects, I limited myself to this Muuto french press and mugs, which I had been eyeing (somehow I didn't break them on the plane). I also picked up two pairs of scissors and a cork cone for H to keep at his desk. 

Lesson learned...next time just go to Copenhagen with an empty suitcase!

Raincoat: Samsoe & Samsoe / Jeans: Acne / Shirt: COS / Shoes: Tiger of Sweden / Cork Cone: HAY / Scissors: HAY and HAY / Watch: Larsson & Jennings


October 16, 2015

A few days ago, I was invited to the Bon App├ętit Kitchen to partake in a visual storytelling experience. We discussed color, styling and light as it relates to visual storytelling across various artistic platforms and mediums, all the while, eating hors d'oeuvres and lunch representative of a Ralph Lauren paint palette.

As a photographer, color, styling and lighting are of upmost importance in my work and also in my daily life; even if I am not working, these three elements play a large role in my inspiration. I am heavily inspired by the power of neutral and muted colors and the way in which they interact with the light and textures around them. Being within a beautifully designed and well-lit space also serves as one of my greatest sources of inspiration. If I am ever asked which is most important in making a beautiful image, the styling, lighting or color, I would have to say that the three form an equally important symbiotic relationship when it comes to the making of an image.

The paint colors featured in the above images are: Sea Orange, Pasha Pink and Hotel du Cap. Inspiration and design ideas for these colors can be found at Ralph Lauren and the paints themselves can be purchased at The Home Depot


October 14, 2015

Hotel Alexandra was the first hotel in which I stayed while visiting Copenhagen. Maybe it was the vibrant colors, the classic Danish furniture, the welcoming staff, the central location, or the view from my room's windows...I'm not quite sure what it was, but something about this place just made me happy.

In contrast to the more contemporary Copenhagen hotel I posted about here, Hotel Alexandra is furnished with more classic Danish designs by Borge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, Nanna Ditzel, Arne Jacobsen, Ole Wanscher and other iconic designers. The atmosphere is a perfect mix of classic and vintage, yet with a contemporary vibe.

Hotel Alexandra recently opened its first Collector's Suite, in hopes to take its design theme one step further; the first Collector's Suite has a 1970's feel and laid back ambiance, bringing back a period of Danish design history that embraced new trends. When I was staying at the hotel, the Collector's Suite was not yet opened, so I did not get to see it; however, it is going to be re-designed around four times a year to feature curated pieces that will actually be for sale, should guests fall in love with the pieces during their stay (perhaps it is a good thing that I did not get to see the suite!).

Hotel Alexandra, H.C. Andersens Blvd. 8, 1553 Kobenhaven V, Denmark


October 7, 2015

A quick train ride outside Copenhagen and a pleasant walk through a charming Danish suburb, leads to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Besides being set in a small court with quaint cottage-like buildings covered in vines, upon entering this museum, it resembles any other- tickets are sold just in front of a small museum shop carrying Danish design goods, information maps and upcoming exhibition cards are stacked along the sales counters. However in looking to the left, the store is aligned with windows that reveal the magic of this museum: a vast outdoor area, sculptures and a dramatic view of the Oresund Sound. 

The sculptural grounds are composed of many levels ranging from works on a rolling field with the sound as a backdrop, pieces placed around a lush lagoon, and even site-specific art and architecture located through wooded areas and along hidden paths, all with breathtaking views of the water. 

I was hesitant to venture outside Copenhagen, as I was only spending a few days there and still had much of the actual city to explore; but visiting these grounds was such an unexpected serene and surreal experience, that I long to return during my next visit to Denmark. 


October 2, 2015

"Trunks for fall?" you ask; by "trunks" we are not talking about swimming trunks, rather hard case handbags and clutches, which are emerging for this fall.

As much as I love my signature neutral color palette, I had a great time playing with some vibrant colors for this recent editorial shoot.  Below are a couple of outtakes from the shoot and some fun suggestions for a fall trunk; let's see if some of these clutches are large enough to hold my new iPhone 6s Plus!

Trunks / hard case handbags in order of appearance: Dolce & Gabbana (similar style in blue here), Louis Vuitton (similar style in other colors here), Eddie Borgo Jewelry Box, Julien David (similar style in black here)