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.
The Month of May was a special time in the church for many families. I had the chance to photograph the Rios Family. They were so lovely. Gorgeous husband and wife couple with three darling little girls. I photographed their family session and then also photographed their eldest daughter’s communion portraits. This was truly a joy to capture them being themselves. Happy and so in love with each other. I’m happy to share some of my favourites from each session.
You guys you have to check out this May feature on Twyla Jones's website! She curated a really beautiful gallery of images and are featured HERE. She is so amazing at her craft and really knows how to beautifully display photography. This image was taken at the Unraveled Retreat in Utah during Twyla's class. As Twyla was giving instruction, little Sage ran across the field and stumbled on a skeleton of what looked to be a cow. She was so excited about her discovery, she scooped some of the bones up and ran back to show her Mother. In that moment, Twyla and I looked at each other gaped at the sight. Glad I had my camera handy to catch this photo too. Truly and unforgettable day and always honored to be recognized by her.
LooksLikeFilm is a really rad community of photographers who share and inspire each other thru their art; photography. I have met and have been introduced to so many incredible artists in that platform. To be featured a 2nd time in May is an a HUGE honor for me. There was a time when I struggled with confidence in my photography. I realized that shooting for light first and subject second was key to killer shots. Finally, the light bulb turned on in my head. This photo was taken at the Unraveled Retreat in Utah. Unforgettable day with really rad people. But I'll save that for another blog post XO
Truly an incredible honor to be featured in Twyla Jones's 2nd Digital Magazine! She curates THE most beautiful photos from some seriously talented peeps. I'm just so honored to share space with these artists!! My photo of a personal photo session for myself which was inspired by my "Last Day on Earth" Assignment for the Unraveled Academy Workshop I took back in February. My shutter was at about 1/30 sec and I am soo happy with the long exposure on this. Black and white photography definitely is more of a challenge to have noticed these days - with colors and the digital world. All I can say is "STOKED beyond words" Check out her entire magazine in the link below.