This was the part of the trip I could not wait to explore. This Bombay series is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to get back and do some more funky stuff. Also big Randy Palumbo fan. If you don’t follow his work you should. :)
East Jesus is a super rad spot to visit. Another eclectic location about a mile down the road from Salvation Mountain and is inhabited by Mopar, The Wizard. We pulled up in awe of the structures and tripped out art pieces surrounding the property. Mopar had a conversation with us about being respectful about property and personal space out there. If you see something that appears to be a fence then don’t cross it. It is probably someone’s fence and back home would you cross over someone else’s fence? No sir, I wouldn’t. So be respectful of the folks out in Slab City and East Jesus and you’ll be fine. Be sure to leave a donation here also when you stop in. Natalie gave the Wizard some cannabis so he was stoked and let us shoot there for awhile. We didn’t want to over welcome our stay without paying some kind of donation. We didn’t have cash on us so it was the least we could do. Mopar is one seriously cool guy. Natalie left him some roses and we shoved off to Bombay Beach. I’m excited to get back to East Jesus and say hi to our new friend again.
I met up with Natalie of Lazaro Floral the other weekend and we charged out of San Diego to the desert. Hit up Salvation Mountain first and it was hot AF out there. It felt like the heat was coming up from the ground. Salvation Mountain is a really rad spot. We came upon it and all of it’s beautiful colorful glory and the photos I’ve always seen online do not do this place enough justice. There was a row of cars from out of state parked and people were scattered on the mountain. I found a spot off to the side and we began to unload the gear. It was a scorcher day and there was a local lady chilling under an awning yelling up at people who were not being respectful of the rules that were clearly posted around everywhere. She happened to catch us walking up and noticed Natalie in her white stiletto boots. “Ma’am, you can’t wait your boots up there. We don’t want ya to chip the paint. I love your boots but ya just can’t wear ‘em up!”
So we walked back to the car to grab Natalie’s Doc Martens. Got back to the mountain- again- and thanked the lady for giving us the heads up. We SO appreciated her letting us know. We weren’t trying to disrespect this awesome space nor the locals. Totally LNT was on my mind. (Leave No Trace) The lady said we were “fine” and then shared a story with us of a time when Martha Stewart came out with a big crew to photograph a bride on the mountain. The wedding dress train went down the staircase and it took a entire crew to carry it up. I later found the article and am posting the link here for you to see. If you go up to Salvation Mountain be respectful of the signs, stay on the path, bring a can of paint and a cash donation.
Here are some of my favourite shots from Salvation Mountain… We continued onto other parts of Niland and will share those in another blog post.
FLORALS : Lazaro Floral
Shoes: Doc Martens
This year I really wanted to enter into the San Diego County Fair’s Photography Exhibit. It was really important to me to focus on entering something locally. I felt like I needed some kind of confirmation that I deserved to have a space too in photography. I guess I just really needed validation from local peer judges. I entered 7 images and at $20 an entry it was hard to pick from the pile. Here are the 7 submission photos.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
This was my first sunrise session! I asked a friend of mine to bring her kids out for a sunrise session and they came out excited and ready to go! My alarm went off at 5:30 am, I made my coffee as I always do every morning, loaded up my camera gear and took the half hour drive out east. I drove down to where the County road ends which leads you to this hiking trail with a small parking lot. I stepped out of my car and looked at the temperature gauge, 52 degrees. Super chilly by our spoiled California standards. Gina pulled up in her car, we got everyone changed into their clothes and off we went! The light was moving and changing so much. I really need to do more of these sessions.
Making it a point to blog and share more of my work this year. This was a session gifted to this gorgeous mama by a couple of her girlfriends. I mean how rad is that?! And if you’re wondering if you can gift a session to someone, The answer is YES! We all need to celebrate ourselves and our special moments- SO.. hire me to document them for you! HAH! So, I chose this location because I loved the rocky coastline and it was close to the setting that I work with back home in Imperial Beach. It was a location in Orange County, that had crappy cell service and of course parking by any beach in California is the pits so by the time Alison found parking and located me on the beach at the bottom of this cliffside cove, we realized we had maybe about 15 minutes of sunlight and blue hour left. Looking back at these, It’s crazy to think that even in that little time we had together I scored some killer photographs. She later told me this was her first family session and well that just made my heart even more happy. Check out the gallery.
This is such a BIG HONOR for to me to be selected for this feature AND AND with SO MANY incredible women!!! HOLY SHIT BATWOMAN! Hey, I try not to take photography too seriously as it started as a creative outlet for me but as I have evolved on my journey through the years I have become much more comfortable in my “creative skin" I get super stoked on achievements like this. I carry so much gratitude for the kind ladies over at Dear Photographer. It truly is an inspiring group to be apart of. THANK YOU Adri & Janel!! XO
I honestly can’t believe I am just barely blogging this session. This was a session of one of my girlfriend’s who totally trusted me to document her gorgeous family. (Back when I was trying to “find my voice” or skills or whatever you wanna call it)
Haley is a local teacher, a loving mama, and seriously such a beautiful human. I met her years back waay before having kids and we were just grown ass kids being kids ourselves. Time’s a changed for us and now we are both happily married with kids and dogs connected to our hips … and you know what, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
On the day of their session it was very cold outside, & the wind was blowing super crazy. They were troopers marching up and down the beach with big, huge big smiles on their faces- UM.. how about this friggin “easy going” family session!!!
So let me just SPAM YO feed right now with some of their session. So many favorites were taken that day. I especially love the one of her husband, Aaron with his daughters. Just go & see what I mean :)