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!
Winter was coming and the holiday season was around the corner. I knew that after the New Year I was going to need something to refresh my perspective on my creativity. I was talking to a friend and she mentioned going to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a meet-up with other creatives. I immediately went online to book my flight and Air B&B.
Let me tell ya the Escape to the Coast meet up was pretty amazing. . The Pacific Northwest has a magical, mysterious energy. It takes some getting used to looking thru the thick of the trees but around every bend there was something special to see.
Even more special were the people I met and the newfound friendships fostered. Before I went on this trip I was having a motherhood crisis. My youngest goes into Kinder next year and I struggled with losing my little muse. I’m always so used to having a child connected to my hip, I was afraid of losing that crutch of having company and not being alone. It was an interesting time and this escape was just what I needed to reset. I learned that there is so much growth to be had from this for both my daughter and I. This was a time for her to learn how to foster friendships, learn her alphabet and explore the world without me next to her. And the same goes for me. To learn how to face the world and explore what I am capable of without a child connected to my hip. This was going to be a time for both of us to blossom. Anyhow this trip showed me a lot of what I have to look forward to .
I’m STOKED as shit to share them here with you.
This was a gorgeous Mama/Daughter session! This Spring golden hour session was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing pair to photograph. They were the sweetest dancing around in the tall grass together. I love seeing the interaction between mothers and their babies. Truly is something so special. I am so lucky to photograph these moments for others. Who is next?!! LOLOL
This Summer I met some really friggin amazing photographers who were local to me at a workshop in Orange County. I thought it was going to be a regular group of photographers- NOPE! That day I made friends with a badass group of CREATIVES & HOLY SH*T- I was HOME.
Earlier in the summer my Instagram buddy, this badass creative mama- Amanda Canton, who lives in Orange County organized this siick Summer Bridal shoot and little did I know it would be the beginning to some really rad friendships. I don’t think they could possibly know how much each of them inspired me that day or how much each of them made me realize where my place was in photography. These guys would soon become my little photography family.
So back to that time, I called Sue with RootstoWillowSoulshine who at the time, I was just getting to know her and we reached out to another friend Leanna with LeAnna Azzolini Photography . We arrived to backside of the Newport bay area and there stood 3 stunning models. Sue and I looked at each other- SO STOKED! We totally knew right away we were going to have a rad time at this workshop.
THIS WORKSHOP SUCKS! bahaha the coolest hashtag ever to describe the meets up with these guys. AND HEEEYY OHH HEEYYY I got to meet Melissa Rey that day!! Who if you don’t know her, she is a badass creative photographer that makes no apologies for doing her own thang and just making art. I have been following her for a long time and was stoked she came down and hung out with us too! And you guys, I say you guys like there’s this infinite audience or something bahahhaha , YOU GUYS!!! I made some really great friends out of this and I cannot even begin to explain how FRIGGIN cool and laid back everyone was too!!! I met Fatima Elreda, Jasmine Jeanette, Phillippe Villarubia & Zalmy Berkowitz & If you aren’t familiar with their work, UM .. you really SHOULD be! I’ve linked their Instagram profiles so you can just stop your life and follow THEM ALL!
I like love these people- LONG TIME .. xo
Here is the gallery of the OC Golden Summer Bride Shoot
MUA: Nicole Lynn
Bridal Gowns: Gypsy Bride