LaLaLand

….between jobs my husband Christian and I met up with our new friend Joel and a few of his buddies in Santa Monica this month. I watched in disbelief as they flipped around and off of everything around me.  At one point Joel did a handstand on one of those pedestrian bridges over hwy 1.  My hands were so clammed up I almost dropped the camera. Craaazy.  Motion clip coming soon.

Mid week kicked off with some new family and kids lifestyle work!!! Super fun shoots.

hi spring.

COCA-COLA / BUENOS AIRES

Been traveling a ton recently and getting some international productions going the past few months. We shot a great social adventure campaign for Vasque shoes and Vuarnet sunglasses in Patagonia, a lifestyle shoot in CapeTown South Africa and recently a Coke shoot in Buenos Aires. It has so been amazing, but it sure feels to good to take a breath, digest, reflect and throw some client solutions up on the profiles. lol. Just kidding, the sun is out (FINALLY) and I should be out for a run, but gotta work sometime hahahahah, *sigh*… well here is the Coke break down at least. The rest will come soon-ish…

My husband, Christian Kozowyk and I, have been building a new company this year called 97noble.com We have been teaming up as directing team, shooting stills and motion. These are a few outtakes from the shoot in Buenos Aires. This part of the campaign was to create media for OOH applications as well as digital media and engagement for the Latin and South American market. The creative brief focused on being being natural and in the moment, while incorporating a rainbow into each shot (read – go buck wild with lens flare, putting different glass in front of the lens and dye your hair hot pink to match a rainbow. Yeah, so I did that.)

Once we got thru the tech, wardrobe, our call backs, got talent approved and the schedule set…We had some torrential weather to contend with in the forecast on our actual shoot days, so we called it and shot some pics on a rooftop instead.

Regardless, we decided one day of sun was better than two in the rain so our two to shoot days got put into one day and the whole team was hustling and on point! The overhead light and heat were a challenge as well as getting chomped by the mosquitos, but we had an amazing team and the epic by our South American production team and agency @rockettothemoon running things, and we got some amazing content-lifestyle and still life product shots and got to practice Spanish for a week. Such and amazing group of people and such a great shoot!

“A PHOTO EDITOR” FEATURE

Thrilled to have been asked by Suzanne Sease of A Photo Editor to say a few words and show my Rodeo Girls photo essay!

You can see + read it here .  Or here:

Growing up in ‘flyover country’ we were surrounded by the largest expanse of tall prairie grass in the world.  These are the Flint Hills, outside of Topeka, Kansas.  The wind moves through the tall grass, bending it and pushing it in waves, and it feels like you are standing on the edge of a vast green ocean.

My love for environment has always sparked my creativity, and I’m so grateful to have grown up in a family and a place with no preconceived notions of what I could or could not do.  My family and close friends have always encouraged to follow my dreams, so many years ago, I moved from Topeka, Kansas to NYC.  Lately, I find myself romanticizing my experience of growing up on the prairie.  Sometimes it takes leaving a place to realize how much it is a part of who you are.

This Rodeo series was shot in Topeka one late Friday afternoon last fall.  I had always been aware of these competitions, though I never had an opportunity to attend one, so once I found out about it, I grabbed my camera and headed out the door with absolutely no idea of what the next two hours would bring.  I’m so grateful to have spent that afternoon with these wonderful young women.  The contestants were all hopeful and nervous as they prepared for a weekend of competition.  Most of them have been riding horses on their family farms and ranches for as long as they could remember and all of them worked really hard to compete there.  Their enthusiasm was contagious, and every time I see these photos, I’m reminded of how important it is to follow your dreams.

Whether I am working on a personal project or on assignment, I always strive to make images that are honest and authentic.  Photography transcends language and cultural barriers, and my camera gives me the opportunity to share a special moment and energy in a particular space and time. My career as an image maker has allowed me to connect to so many people and unique environments…situations that a young woman growing up on the prairie could only imagine.  I’m so fortunate and so happy to do work I love, and I never take it for granted.



 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina + Patagonia with Vuarnet Sunglasses


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Primrose Butterwort. My new carnivorous bog plant.  We’ll see how long I can keep this little gal alive.

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A trek to the bottom of the world: Patagonia

Ultimately, the big take away from any travel is that we are all human and we are all connected by that.  We all feel the same range of emotions…just in another room, in another space under a different set of stars.

Below are some images from a recent trip down to Patagonia, Chile + Argentina.  Hiked to the base of the Fitz Roy, hung out in my favorite mountain village, El Chatén, trekked on the Perito Moreno glacier and hiked a few of the W-circuit trails in Torres del Paine.  Loved every minute of this journey to the bottom of the world!  In collaboration with Vuarnet sunglasses.



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Kruger National Park, South Africa, Safari with Singita

Kruger National Park is roughly the size of Israel (and is split between South Africa and Mozambique).  Stretching for 219 miles from north to south along the Mozambique border, the park is the largest in South Africa and the diversity of wildlife (147 species), bird-life (507 species), fish (49 species) and vegetation (300 species of trees) is amazing.  The park is also well known for its big 5, namely lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Singita Lebombo  (link) lodge was our home for the week.   Our bush plane left from Johannesburg and an hour later landed on a dirt “airstrip,” which I was told, is often times blocked by wildlife.  As I stepped off the plane onto the dry earth of Kruger, I knew I was entering into another world.

We are starting to edit imagery for a photography show that will raise money to provide the anti-poaching rangers in the park better communication radios.  I will be posting more on that (and thus wildlife and landscape imagery) soon.

The breathtaking Singita Lebombo Lodge – bold, contemporary open plan lodging suspended above the N’Wanetsi River.

John Rose, barista extraordinaire / Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park

Chef Liam Tomlin’s Vietnamese Oysters (below) I shot in Cape Town as part of an editorial for the London based magazine Monocle. Liam (owner of Chef’s Warehouse, CapeTown) is also involved with the menu creation at Singita’s Lebombo lodge as well as consulting for the chef school that Singita created.  Some of the most beautiful presentations of food I have ever seen.

“A cooking school in the wilderness may seem something of an anomaly, but there’s a good reason the stockpots are boiling furiously out here in the Kruger bush. “Communities and conservation can’t function independently, they have to co-exist,” explains Louis Vandewalle, Chef Skills Developer at SSC. “The idea behind the Singita School of Cooking was two-fold: to increase the skill level in our lodge kitchens, but also to provide opportunities for the surrounding communities.” (via singita.com)

Singita Lebombo lounge area, overlooking the park.  You are not allowed to walk to your room at night without accompaniment. The rooms are connected by narrow wooden walkways through the bush.  Because the lodge is not fenced in, wildlife can come and go as they please.  Last thing you want is to come face to face with one of the big five at night on foot.

5am call time in the bush.

It only rained once during our stay, however that was all it took for summer to begin.

During our 5 days we watched the landscape transition from brown to green.

Margaux (guide) and Lawrence (tracker). We spent 10 hours – both day and night – tracking throughout the concession. I can’t say enough good things about these two human beings.  Such dedication to the conservation of wildlife and passionate about educating others.  Hearts of gold.  In my next life, I’ll be a field ranger.  Or maybe this one…I have a biology degree…does that help? Ha!

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Cape Town, South Africa

Bongeka, Cape Town. She told me that the name Bongeka means “be thankful” in Xhosa. Xhosa is the second most common language in South Africa. There are three types of clicks used in the language, non of which I can successfully pronounce!

Giggly high school girls in Company’s Garden.

Ammaarah, Downtown Cape Town

The bustling kitchen at Chef’s Wearhouse

Chef’s Warehouse Salad. Could this be any more beautiful?


Ash Restaurant

In and around…

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