Natalie Backman is one part gumby, one part philosopher, and all dynamo yoga teacher, based in sunny southern California. She's one of my favorite people to shoot because she's like the Audrey Hepburn of yoga—exquisitely beautiful and photogenic and spunky but also soulful and authentic and down to earth.
You may recognize Natalie from her wine country wedding to the dreamy Ivo >>
Yoga is beautiful. Nature is beautiful. Yoga in nature, well, it's pretty mind-blowing. Beth and I hiked out to these lovely little meadows in Zuma Canyon in Malibu in April to snap these pretty shots. If you're in the LA area and you love a good, safe, aligned, and also challenging yoga flow, check out Beth Prandini and hit up one of her classes.
If you've never had a spin class with Marcus McKinnon of Studio BPM, you're missing out. Think nightclub meets Daybreaker meets inspirational pep talk meets the sweatiest you'll be all week (but don't worry, there's a huge fan overhead to cool you down).
Marcus is a brand new ambassador for lululemon, which means he wears and stands by the brand and is connected on a community level with the team and guests of one store—Calabasas in particular.
We took over Studio BPM beautiful indoor studio for this shoot, played with every lighting setup they have (including the disco ball), and came out with these beauties.
BIRTHFIT is a worldwide community of educators who want to see a world where childbirth is empowered and elevated. They held their annual summit in Venice, CA, and it was complete with some functional training, talks, workshops, yoga, and a closing circle. These are images that BIRTHFIT HQ (whose website I built!) and the various BIRTHFIT regional directors (many of whose websites I also built!) will use for social media and to spruce up their websites with quality images.
Check out some of my fave snaps.
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I've shot a lot of families, and I've shot a few dads, but I've never done Father's Day portraits! This was a treat to get some (grown up) kids alone with their dads, sharing some favorite activities. This shoot was for a window display for lululemon athletica Calabasas, but the images will be treasured for years to come by the families represented. What a special treat it was to snap some meaningful, candid moments of these wonderful humans and the remarkable men they call Dad.
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Like these? Making women feel beautiful is one of my favorite things to do. Whether you're a yogi, a mom or a rocket scientist (or all three), I would love to put together a shoot that feels authentic to you. Email me.
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As you can see, the site looks as great on mobile as it does on a laptop. That's important because over 40% of browsing now occurs on devices such as smartphones or tablets. The site is responsive, which means it senses the size of the viewing window and adjusts the content (photos & text) accordingly.
As you click through the slideshow below, you'll notice that the site is heavily image-based, with full-width banner images on each page. All the photos were taken at the same time/location, so the lighting and style create a cohesive thread throughout the site. I wanted the site to have some style, with a subtle color scheme and design elements that reflect Malibu's southern California style. The off-center text, bold page headings, and gold buttons on a white page background bring in a clean, magazine page layout feel.
My personal website philosophy is that YOU should be able to make updates to your site. Too often, a business will shell out thousands of dollars for a site that they can't. even. update. To me, that is unacceptable. I'll make the site beautiful, organize the information in a way that makes sense, and create a cohesive representation of your business. Then I hand over the keys and teach you to make basic edits to the existing content, such as changing/adding text, changing/adding photos, and even creating new pages. Of course I'm always available to jump in and help with updates if you get stuck, but I want you to feel empowered and excited to take control of your online presence.
If your website is a dog, think of me as the obedience trainer. I'll create the masterpiece, but you get to take it from there. Do you like how that sounds? Need a website for your yoga studio, or private training business? I love working with clients in the health and wellness space because there is SO much potential for beautiful photography and positive messaging. Let's talk about creating you a website you love! Shoot me an email or check out the rest of my website projects.
Pride Water Polo is a local youth water polo club that prepares its athletes to be leaders in and out of the pool. They hired me to shoot and edit a promotional video that features interviews with coaches, parents & athletes, about what makes Pride stand out.
In addition to shooting footage, collecting interviews, and cutting the whole project together, I also shot a bunch of stills of the athletes and coaches in action (couldn't resist, I'm a photographer too!) These images will be valuable assets in Pride's social media, web & print marketing efforts. Catch up with Pride Water Polo Club on their website or facebook page.
Like this? This was a fun project because it integrates a combination of skills. Take a look at more videos on my videos page and more sport & fitness photography on my sport photography page.
I live in Malibu, Calif.,