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Are You Too Faced?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

 

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By |August 2nd, 2016|WordPress|0 Comments

June 2016: Duck’s New Nest

Jane Sanders Stadium, Location: Eugene Oregon, Architect: SRG Partnership

Jane Sanders Stadium, Location: Eugene Oregon, Architect: SRG Partnership

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!

Jane Sanders Stadium, Location: Eugene Oregon, Architect: SRG Partnership

“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

Jane Sanders Stadium, Location: Eugene Oregon, Architect: SRG Partnership

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.

Jane Sanders Stadium, Location: Eugene Oregon, Architect: SRG Partnership

 

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By |June 30th, 2016|WordPress|3 Comments

It Takes A Village…

LAVC, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Pankow

LAVC Community Services Center, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Quatro Design Group, Pankow Builders

The age old expression, “it takes a village to raise a child” has never been more true than it is today. With the dawn of summer finally upon us, friends and family are looking for that certain something, that they can all do together. The new Los Angeles Valley College Community Services Center takes a new approach for its village.

From running and jumping into foam pits, to mastering a new recipe, climbing up a wall, or just in general having fun, the new facilities offer the perfect place for it all. The list of possibilities goes on and on. Too many to even begin to scratch the surface. But best of all, it brings everything under one roof.

The teams from Quattro Design Group and Pankow Builders wanted to keep the design open and free flowing. The building incorporates large folding walls and mobile furniture so that the spaces may change to fit the needs of the community. The best example can be seen above where the gymnasium connects to the rock climbing room. Or it can divide the space to facilitate more classes. The kitchen below may also facilitate one large group or two separate with its hide-away wall.

LAVC, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Pankow

Photographing this location was a trip in its own! Navigating through the schedules of all sorts of classes. Coordinating with large groups of people that seemed to come and go as they pleased. All the while ensuring everyone’s safety while I told them to, “Hey, hold that pose!” I was pretty lucky to have a great team that day. Both the Quatro Design Group and Pankow Builders were on site and really came together to bring life into the brand new cooking facility.

In one shot, we had the seemingly chaotic gymnasium where the children ran, jumped, and flipped to their stations. All the while we had to coordinate with the rock climbing team in the way, way back as they traversed up a 30ft wall, as well. And on the other hand, we had a very controlled and planned out kitchen scene where the teams sent from the builders and architect took part in “teaching” us how to cook as they posed for the shot. No vegetables were harmed in the making of this shoot.

LAVC, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Pankow

The large translucent facade of the Community Center invites the outside world in. Passersby have the opportunity to visually sample all that the Center has to offer without even entering. It will provide a facility of growth, community, and fun for small children, the students of LAVC, and all of the surrounding neighborhoods.

If it truly takes a village, this isn’t a bad place to start!

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By |May 31st, 2016|Social Space|0 Comments

AIA Housing Award goes to…

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)!

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And for its first time debut, the VA West: Homeless Veteran Transitional Housing also won! Such a great project to be a part of.

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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.

http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2016/housing-awards/

By |April 14th, 2016|For The Record|0 Comments

Luminous Point Loma

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson

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.

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson

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!

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson

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!

Point Loma Nazarene University, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: Carrier Johnson

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.

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By |April 14th, 2016|Location Location Location|0 Comments

Zura Hall: Surf Ready?!

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

Dodging surfboards and skateboards, I swiftly maneuvered my way into the brand new Zura Hall at San Diego State University (SDSU). Standing before me — a student housing paradise.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

The 1968 classic Zura Hall underwent a top-to-bottom renovation by the geniuses at HMC Architects and Malum Architects. Think — productive surfer dude. Included with study areas, lounge rooms, and if you weren’t paying attention on the guided tour, there’s foosball and ping pong in the rec rooms.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

We set foot to capture the hustle and bustle of dorm life with help from HMC’s Creative Director Christopher Grant and a couple of handy Resident Advisors. We corralled 1-20 students on every floor to capture the open community layout and the serious resort-like vibes.

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

We loved seeing the surf theme carry over throughout the buildings.  The designers worked with a local San Diego board shaper to create custom sustainable surfboards — fire chief approved! We also caught eye to these superb perforated terracotta lamps that tied back to the all-natural SoCal stylizing.

‘School on the west coast couldn’t get better,’ I thought as I photographed a group of friends on the sunny rooftop terrace. Never thought college was this cool! I kept comparing the environment (with all the awesome amenities) to the corporate cultures I’ve photographed in the past at GoDaddy or Nieman Marcus. Looks like SDSU is setting them up for the best!

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

My team had a blast getting immersed into the West Coast student life. Now I wonder what it will look like when my kid is all grown up!

SDSU Zura Residence Hall, Location: San Diego, CA, Architect: HMC Architects

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By |March 28th, 2016|Social Space|0 Comments

Kilroy Commits to Inspiration

“Untitled” by Sheldon Greenberg | 2000 – 2001

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.

Kilroy Art Collection, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Kilroy Realty

“Men In Cities” by Robert Longo | 1983

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.

Kilroy Art Collection, Location: San Francisco, CA, Architect: Architect Kilroy Realty

“Atom City” by Amy Kaufman | 2010

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 Art Collection, Location: San Francisco, CA, Architect: Architect Kilroy Realty

“Kvadrat Clouds” by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec | 2012

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!

Kilroy Art Collection, Location: Los Angeles, CA, Architect: Kilroy Realty

“Bwana Devil” by J.R. Eyerman | 1952

See the Kilroy Featured Gallery here.

By |February 9th, 2016|Art Space|0 Comments

Fuhu Featured in WorkDesign.com

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By |January 28th, 2016|For The Record|0 Comments

Happier Healthcare

Sutter Women's and Children's Center

We recently had the pleasure of photographing the cheerful and modern Sutter Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sacramento for EwingCole. With construction led by Boldt, the 395,000 sq ft, 214-bed facility is quickly turning into the leading pediatric and women’s health center in Northern California.

You might wonder (as I did!) why these two demographics demand a unique facility. The answer? Pure numbers. The under-14 set accounts for nearly 20% of the total U.S. population, and women account for more than 51% (by the age of 85, there were nearly twice as many women as men!) On top of that, studies have shown that women are more likely to use health care services than men. Big numbers mean big business!

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Amazing things happen when design focuses on the needs and desires of women and children — spaces that typically feel mundane and utilitarian get a breath of energy and warmth, and the whole experience feels friendlier and more inviting. Even the building’s mass and facade are designed to be gentler and less intimidating, with its curving and playful lines.

Sutter Women's and Children's Center

From the cool and colorful art throughout the facility, to the choice of furnishings and even bed linens, every detail has been designed to put these patients at ease in the sometimes scary world of hospitals and waiting rooms.

Inside, you don’t feel like you’re in an eight-story mega-hospital. Each space feels calm and cozy, from the women’s intensive care and labor/delivery/recovery areas to the pediatric and neonatal units.

Sutter Women's and Children's Center

Sutter Women's and Children's Center

What’s a hospital without people?! It can be challenging to include real patients, nurses and doctors in photographs, for privacy and safety reasons. Initially, we hadn’t planned to include people at all, but ended up hiring about 15 extras from a local temp agency for the lobby shots. We love working with these agencies because they always send us such wonderfully diverse and energetic groups — they really give our photographs the feeling of being populated by real people.

Sutter Women's and Children's Center

Working on this project with Michael Lehman of EwingCole was truly a pleasure — you can’t help but appreciate his sincere and down-to-earth personality on big projects like these! We’d met with him on a portfolio showing, and the timing couldn’t have been better — he’d just completed work on Sutter and felt that our approach was perfect for this project. We were thrilled!

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By |December 3rd, 2015|Social Space|0 Comments

Seeing Clearly and Clearly Seen

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In the world of luxury eyewear, personalized service and artisan-level expertise sets GLCO apart from its staid competitors. This ain’t Costco!

We recently photographed their 1400 sq ft flagship store, located on La Brea Blvd in the heart of Hollywood’s trendiest shopping district, for WEST OF WEST. This hip young design firm, led by UCLA-AUD alums Clayton Taylor and Jai Kumaran, delivers architectural design that dips into urban strategy and graphic design.

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I’d never thought much about eyeglasses before, but talking to the staff and clientele at the GLCO boutique during our shoot, really opened my eyes! People who choose to wear glasses (despite the prevalence of contact lenses and corrective surgeries) do so as a statement not just of their personal style, but how they see the world and how the world sees them.

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With this perspective, it only makes sense that these discerning individuals would seek out a shop that’s just as passionate about eyewear as they are! Staffed by expert opticians who offer specialized advice and can talk history of eyewear for hours, the service level is comparable to a high-end jeweler.

WEST BY WEST’s design for the GLCO boutique is fresh, inviting, and ever-changing, with a serious art gallery vibe. Each pair of frames beckons shoppers from a clean and minimal display. The shopping experience is calm, relaxed and cooler than cool.

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The boutique is even transformative like an art gallery! Multitude wooden pegs covering the crisp white walls allow for the modular displays to be re-configured on a whim, accommodating fresh styles or unique displays — like a headphone station (to make sure your glasses don’t interfere with your retro-cool professional headphones, I guess!)

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The storefront is transparent — a clear nod to the lenses sold within — but at the same time shapes the perspective of passers-by, who can’t help but peek into the modern, undulating space. The shopping district where the GLCO boutique is located is prized for its walkability. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see several friends and clients pop in on the day we were shooting!

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This project was small, but hyper-cool. I love photographing commercial interiors that really change the way we think about shopping!

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By |November 16th, 2015|Social Space|0 Comments