We found ourselves on set in a dreamy jungalow, somewhere up in the hills of Laguna. We were shooting the Spring 2017 / resort campaign for Sea Gypsies in a mini mansion, where around every corner was something beautiful and exotic. On every balcony was a lookout over a palm tree forest, gardens, turquoise waters winding through the house and yard, and the view of the colorful Laguna coast. It was almost too much beauty to take in, and I quickly got overwhelmed.
People probably don’t expect it, but I’m very sensitive to my surroundings and the vibes around me. People, places, and things can all either enhance or inhibit my artistic vision. When I’m shooting for the blog or for clients, I become very open. I’m creatively expressing myself through styling, directing the photography and video, and opening myself up as the subject and model. I’m in a situation where it’s personal, it’s art, and it’s also work. Unlike what a lot of people think, to be the creator on all fronts of my work takes a ton of effort and pulls a lot from me. I have to fight to stay balanced and focused, and not get overwhelmed with everything there is to do during a production. And I wouldn’t survive without Josh being my main support and partner in everything. He is photographer and videographer 80% of the time, and has to deal with my artistic personality on the daily! Insecurities, inspirations, and existential crisis alike. I don’t just float around taking gorgeous pictures all the time… I work, I create, I dissolve into each project. And with each new glimmer of inspiration, I come to life and evolve.
We explored this stunning location before heading to the private beach for the campaign, and I couldn’t help but capture some photos for the blog to share a little glimpse into my favorite spots. The outdoor lounge was straight out of a jungle dream, with high ceilings, palm trees growing along the walls, and shell curtains draping down each side. The river way of turquoise water had turtles and koi fish, which led us through the windowed house, through the garden, to the pool and a little treehouse. I didn’t even know where to start because it was all so amazing, and could barely capture it all and due the location justice. But here is just a glimpse!
Hat: 66 the Label
Top, Bikini, Romper, Skirt, Crochet Top: Sea Gypsies (coming spring 2017)