In the world of fashion, the makeover is what it is all about. The new trend, the new color, the new look. What is hot is hot, what is not is not. The game-changing makeup company, Too Faced, knows when it is time to buckle down and shimmer up. Paired with the amazing design team at Gensler lead by David Loyola, the two gave a long overdue makeover to its Irvine based office. It looks so good it even ended up in Elle Decor!
This office POPS!
Too Faced was founded to counteract the dark toned makeup trends of the 90’s. It was the first to premiere glitter eye shadow, plumping gloss, 24 hour crease proof primer and now can be found as the number one selling brand on the shelves of Sephora. From its beginning, Too Faced has embraced everything bright, sparkly, and pink! One look at their office and it is obvious to see.
This was definitely different from my usual. It did come with a nice benefit, though. Often times when I show up for a shoot, I’ll hear, “Oh shoot! I would have dressed better, had I known.” Not these ladies. Through and through, every woman I had the pleasure to work with was dressed to the nine and eager to be in each shot. Which just makes the shoot that much better.
It is pretty clear who runs the show. Meet Clover, the trophy pooch that can be found roaming the halls, making sure everything is in order and demanding all of the pets! Too Faced is a very dog friendly office, going as far as teaming up with BestFriends.org and featuring a “Pooch of the Month” who’s up for adoption on their blog!
At the end of a long week, usually everyone rushes home to start the weekend. But why not sit back and relax by the fire on their new deck! Using sliding glass technology, the floor to ceiling windows open as doors to tie the inside to the outside. I am betting their office parties will be one to remember!
As green and gold poured into the stadium I could tell it was going to be a stellar night. With the smell of popcorn and hotdogs, there was excitement in the air. The sun had set, but the day was far from over. The Ducks flew to their nest, the Utes to theirs. It was time to play ball. “Go Ducks!” the sidelines chanted.
I recently photographed the newly renovated Jane Sanders Stadium at the University of Oregon. The team at SRG Partnership took a softball field and made it a Stadium. They created a place where the opponents WILL not forget who they’re facing the green and gold. The stadium itself soars over the crowd as the main feature spreads its wings as if to take flight. The Ducks have a new nest, and it is right at home plate.
Practice makes perfect. Softball doesn’t just happen on the field. It takes a lot of time and effort WHEN not up to bat. That’s why the Ducks now have a state of the art training facility. With a large open space the Ducks have a transformable indoor field. Retractable netting allows the team to run batting cages and pitching drills simultaneously. To sharpen their strategies, they have a redesigned film room to better study their opponents. And their locker room is something even the majors may envy!
“Working with Lawrence on the Jane Sanders shoot was a dream! We battled with scheduling around weather and had a tight window to actually capture the stadium in action during a game. The shoot was a huge success – it was all due to the very precise planning that Lawrence puts into every exquisite detail of every single shot. He expertly juggled multiple setups throughout the shoot to ensure that every angle was captured in the best light. Lawrence worked in collaboration with the coaches, team, and staff at Jane Sanders Stadium to ensure we captured everything we wanted to capture, but most importantly, that we stayed out of their way during the process. What an amazing team – Go Ducks!” –Leslie Boll, SRG Partnership Brand Designer
I love shooting projects like this. I had a fairly packed stadium as it was one of the last home games for the year. THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING THIS SHOOT. Spring weather in Oregon is anything but predictable. And being at the end of the season for the stadium, I had one chance. I took it. The weather leading up to the shoot had wavered between brilliant sunshine to lots of clouds. IN THE END WE GOT both —those are natural, home grown, Oregon skies!
All in all, the Ducks took home a win, and so did I. It was truly a stellar night.
What a great year! In the 2016 AIA Housing awards, we had not one, but two projects featured! A recent hotshot in our archives, the Cloverfield 749 project has won it’s 3rd prize! Congrats to such an awesome team over at Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)!
And for its first time debut, the VA West: Homeless Veteran Transitional Housing also won! Such a great project to be a part of.
Again congratulations are due to both of these awesome architects! Can’t wait to see what they have in store for this year. Check out the rest of the winners in the link below.
Photographing at Point Loma Nazarene (PLNU) was a dream shoot. Overlooking the pacific, we could hear crashing waves nonstop throughout the day.
We admired the open space and beautiful landscaping at PLNU’s brand new Science Complex built by the amazing Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. Walking the campus with Director of Marketing, Kathy Mitome, we couldn’t get enough of the long arcs in perforated stainless steel — so contemporary, yet unique.
Capturing a two-floor metal panel wall was definitely a lighting challenge as a photographer. We had to work simultaneously with the exterior lighting and the shadows reflecting into the interior. It looked like the stairway was constantly evolving; when the light was just right, you could read equations on the floor!
We photographed inside lecture rooms, state-of-the-art labs and rooftop viewing decks. The students and staff were so cooperative and helpful as models. In between shots they even tried to help us brush-up on our science skills!
It was a privilege to be amongst the young and brightest, photographing a stunning new complex, all while remaining in ocean view. Carrier Johnson + Culture nailed it with their new academic addition. Point Loma and its science program is now looking better than ever before.
I walked into the lobby and directly in front of me was an artist at work. Among the hustle and bustle this man was extremely focused. He was painting carefully and passionately, in his zone — lost in his art.
What an incredible opportunity it was photographing hundreds of art pieces in properties owned by the renowned architect, developer and realtor: Kilroy Realty. After 4 months on this project traveling to San Francisco, Seattle, LA and San Diego — I grew to love the way art functions in a workspace. The way the art changes with the light, how people respond or react differently to the art; the list goes on and on as to why contemporary art has made a breakthrough in innovative offices along the coast.
Working closely with the art curator, Deanna Krawczyk, I got to hear the amazing backstory on every installation, multimedia display or fine art piece. I learned the narrative behind the artists and their choice of material, color and creative method. Specific artists that caught my eye in the Kilroy Art Collection were: David Florez, J.R. Eyerman, Robert Longo, Patrick Wilson, Amy Kaufman and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
After visiting a variety of Kilroy spaces I noticed a trend in the staff — everyone was so friendly and smart! I started to believe the power of great art. Kilroy Realty has done quite a stellar job implementing ways to create an awesome company culture across all locations.
I also took interest in the value of Kilroy’s vertically integrated business. Growing up in construction, I found it remarkable that Kilroy has sole ownership on all aspects of creating a building: design, construction, development and realty. You hardly see that anywhere! But after my time with Marketing Manager Shannon Knuth and Marketing Coordinator Caitlin Kilroy, I saw all the advantages to minimizing third parties — the accuracy and speed of communication was on point! I couldn’t be more impressed with this team.
Kilroy’s commitment to their inspiring art, empowered employees and efficient business practices was a marvel to capture on camera. Now all I need is one of those pieces from the Kilroy collection in my studio!
See the Kilroy Featured Gallery here.