Staying in a French chateau such as the elegant and historic Château de Marçay is a once in a lifetime experience. With history as a fortress dating back to the eleventh century, the chateau is filled with stone-hewn spiraling staircases and circular rooms built into its fortified walls. But the individually decorated and themed rooms boast inviting furnishings, marshmallow-soft beds, and plush robes. We had a delightful stay at the chateau, enjoying a memorable dinner and a delightful morning at the chateau before continuing on to Paris.
Stephanie Moustakas' line of fine, quality, but oh-so-wearable jewelry is going to take the moms on the go world by storm. But first, she needed a ton of great product and lifestyle images to round out her website. Using the backdrop of her home, her sample pieces, and her kiddos (when they were in the mood) we shot a heap of images that will live on her website as category images, headers, and social media content to get this jewelry line launched right. Want to score some to die for pieces for yourself or someone you know? Head over to https://stephaniemoustakas.com/ to place your order today!
What the heck is a meditasting? Part meditation, part champagne tasting, I can't explain it any better than Forbes magazine did on their list of "Most Unusual Wine Experiences in Los Angeles" :
"Only in California would someone think to mix champagne with channeling your mantra. Malibu Beach Inn recently started offering "meditastings" in the private Carbon Beach Club dining room, where sippers are guided by "award-winning thought leader and intuitive coach Cassandra Bodzak" on a meditation-based intake of Henriot Champagnes. The experience combines tasting directions with mindfulness techniques and meditation as Bodzak ushers guests into "a higher place of mindfulness, tranquility, and serenity." Reaching Champagne-nirvana takes roughly one hour and can be done for up to four people per room. Available to hotel guests only for $600 plus room rate."
Clear as a champagne flute? Even if you don't totally get it, you've gotta admit these photos (shot by yours truly) are pretty fire.
One of the things I love about living in Malibu is being just a few minutes from the ocean. So that means that pretty much the only thing that could make me jealous is a room right on the beach, just a couple meters above the salt spray and the crashing waves.
Dusty and I had an overnight here last week and were pampered by the staff, dazzled by the sunset, and energized by the delicious coffee in the morning. It's little wonder Malibu Beach Inn is on the roster of Leading Hotels of the World.
Click over to Malibu Beach Inn's or Carbon Beach Club's instagrams for the latest story on this golden stretch of Southern California coastline.
So you've got this amazing team. Beautiful location. World class wine, food, hospitality, view, décor, the list goes on. Now you just need some great images to communicate that reality. New head shots, stock images for the website, print and digital promo, the works. Photos that will represent your identity well.
That's what Malibu Beach Inn needed when they reached out to me for some not-your-average head shots of their team. Read more to meet the Malibu Beach Inn team, shining bright in their natural habitat.
One of my favorite clients is SCU•Presents, the performing arts center at Santa Clara University. The key to filling seats in their performing arts venues is to have great marketing, and the key to great marketing is the spiffy posters I make for each music, theatre, and dance production.
I work closely with the SCU•Presents marketing manager to create each poster, based on a design brief. Once each poster is finalized, it is used in digital and promotional print efforts, from posters to postcards, email and social media blasts.
Below is a sampling of the posters I created for SCU•Presents in 2017.
Imagine Fest is a yoga and music festival that occurs in Malibu, CA, every year. The vibe is natural, youthful, and artistic, sprinkled with a generous helping of palo santo smoke. This photo shoot provided the foundation for their promotional efforts this year: from poster backgrounds to social media posts and website banners.
Malibu Wines is a popular summertime hangout where locals can pack a picnic, sip some great local wine, and kick their shoes off as the hot summer days turn into perfect summer evenings. Sometimes Malibu Wines brings in comedians or plays classic films on the lawn. Can life get any better?
Malibu Wines reached out in need of some quality lifestyle photography to power their visuals on social media (particularly Instagram) and their web presence.
Pepperdine University has a world-class school of law with an unbeatable beach town location and an unforgettable group of students. They hired me to help tell their story.
The site also features live feeds from each of Taylor's social media accounts, and a media page packed with easy downloadables.
Lauren then went on to print business cards with the new website url, and wrap them up as a stocking stuffer for Taylor to open on Christmas Eve. I'd say Lauren gets the wife of the year award.
Like all websites I build, this site is responsive (meaning it resizes and reformats when the browser window is resized for a narrow screen).
Photography credit: Safeena Padder
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