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Friday
Oct312014

Pies Pics for a Sleepless Nights ~ 2014 Edition

I have always loved a good, scary book. I read The Exorcist when I was just 12, already bored with what the children's section of my local library offered. I began looking at what was on my Mother's shelves and in the adult sections. It was there I discovered writers like Thomas Tryon, Stephen King and Mary Shelly. Now when October rolls around, I am often on the hunt for this genre to feed my warped soul. Here are my picks, a mix of classics and some new discoveries and all are available in both book & kindle format. 

 

Warning: Read at Your Own Risk

 

At this point is there anyone who has not read at least one Stephen King novel? I have read many, most recently Doctor Sleep, a belated follow up to The Shinning. However my pick is the less recent Full Dark, No Stars, a selection of chilling stories that are a little more old school King. Two have recently been adapted to the big & little screen. A Good Marriage and for Lifetime, the surprisingly well done Big Driver.

 

My own spooky inspired choice currently occupying my kindle is this two for one offer by Susan Hill. I did not read her best seller, The Woman in Black but enjoyed the movie. However it was this creepy but charming cover that drew me to download a sample and only a few pages in I was sold. I am 20% in and loving the slow burn, very well written and with no ideal of where I'm headed yet!

 

Still my favorite vampire tale to emerge during the big fang craze of the last decade, Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is a haunting & at times beautiful little tale. Two very good faithful films adaptions have been made from it; an American one called "Let Me In" and the slightly superior original Swedish version. Still it is the book I enjoyed most. Lindgvist's first novel he has since released 3 more in the horror genre and has been dubbed the Swedish Stephen King! His most recent, Little Star is on my to read list.


I can't remember when I read The Collector or even if it was before or after I saw the excellent movie based on it. I only know I've never forgotten this unique and chilling book. A titillating character study of obsession taken to the extreme. Not your typical horror story, the shivers are in the telling.


On a scale of 1-10 in creepiness, Rosemary's Baby is a solid 9.9. Even if you have seen the movie, a fairly faithful adaptation, the book will still surprise you. After reading you will want to watch the movie again. I know I did.


I discovered Elizabeth Hand's Generation Loss, which searching out women horror writers. When I discovered the main character was a photographer it really peeked my interest. I found it to be an unrelenting, coarse journey that is part thriller, part character study and part horror story. I liked it a lot.

 

Also discovered during that hunt, Sara Gran, another strong female writer not afraid of the dark. I read this book, Come Closer in three sittings. Beautifully written, this tale about a women possessed by a female demon creeps up on you slowly, like a chill up the spine. So good.


This book was a big deal back in the seventies and personally gave me many nightmares, which might be why I  remember it so fondly. A so-so film version was made directed by the great Robert Mulligan back in 1972. I would love to see it attempted again, with the right treatment I am sure it could be brilliant.


Probably more haunting than horror, I first picked up this book in my teens (with this same great cover above, who could resist it?) but I never finished it. I gave it another go earlier this year and was blown away. Now one of my all time favorite books and at the top of my required reading list. It propelled me into reading every one of Jackson's novels (many of which could be on this list) and even her biography

 

If ghost and complicated plots are up your alley then look no further. Waters is most well known for her lesbian/victorian fiction, which is so well written two were made into acclaimed mini series. The Little Stranger is quite different in both period and plot. Though a touch slow at first, it is well worth the effort. I can also recommend her most recent effort, The Paying Guests. A detailed psychological thriller I could hardly put down.

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In other related news, I had fun shooting this pretty witch for Lesley Evers and want you to enjoy this special holiday treat! Good on entire site including sale items and standard shipping is always free! Have a Kawaii Halloween! 

 

 

top montage  & content © Lara Rossignol

Monday
Oct272014

Life is Short... Eat More Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Over much trial and a little error, I have come up with a pretty foolproof pancake recipe that is also super easy. It makes 2 good size pancakes, or 1 serving so just double ingredients to add additional servings. I mix mine in a regular 8oz pitcher style pyrex mixing cup, which makes it easy to pour out your cakes. I use approximately; 1 cup flour, 1 egg, 1 tbsp sugar (I like coconut sugar), tsp baking powder, dash salt and about 1/4 cup (2 big spoonfuls) of either yogurt or sour cream… then as you mix add liquid a little at a time until you get the right consistency. Any liquid will do; water, milk, almond milk...really any. Then pour onto hot greased griddle or into hot pan. If you want to add fruit or chocolate chips or whatever then do it now, when they start to bubble a bit, flip and press. Once they are cooked through they are done!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Oct172014

Shoot Time

The shoot for Homespun Vintage is in Los Angeles this coming weekend, feel free to share with friends you think might be interested! The shoot will be styled by the amazing Jess Hammer and shot by me. All models will recieve photos in trade for their time.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Oct102014

Great Minds...

I put together this montage of images I have shot over the last 4 years for my client and now good friend, Lesely Evers. She is opening her newest shop tomrrow in Burlingame, California. It all started with this little shoot I did just for fun as an editorial for Pie. I never would have predicted it was just the beginning of an amazing collaboration. I am off next week to NoCal for our 12th (or is 13th?) photo shoot. If you live in the San Mateo area, do stop by the new shop located at:

257 Primrose Road, just off Burlingame Ave.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Sep302014

My So Cal Life...

My best friend, Izzy's Mum came to visit last week and we were out and about enjoying some of the culture of this tawdry town. Like this Strawberry-rhubarb donut at Coffee & Milk out side LACMA, tasty and fortifying for our little excursion.

 

LACMA where we enjoyed Picasso and a fantastic 1920s German Cinema Exhibit. 

 

Across the street from the museum is a dependable line up of food trucks. Another important So Cal must do!

 

Fish taco and a fresh tamale from the Tacomania truck.

 

We also had a lovely time with Norma, Mother of my friend jewelry designer Karen Landon.

 

What would a visit here be without a trip to Disneyland, or as the Swedes and I call it, Ikea.

 

A little vintage pepper shaker does double duty as a vase. I always pick up flowers when I have guests, such an easy way to make your place seem special.

 

A funny juxtaposition while waiting in L.A. traffic. Note to visitors the original Tommy's Burgers has two "M"s!

 

Sad to see her go, I made this mini Bento for her long flight back. Flying American Airlines, they did not even offer so much as a pretzel on her trip here. 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Sep192014

Pie Archive: Sweet Southern Heatwave

What to do on an extra hot summer day? Create your own shade perhaps. 

Now lets take this show on the road and find something tasty!

Waiting in long lines for lunch from a truck? What one must suffer for art...

Wait! A truck filled with cupcakes! This road trip has just taken a sweet turn.

A big thumbs up for Yum Yum's  Ruby red velvet from JuJu. While Ai & I found the Kennedy Key Lime crazy good.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
Sep172014

Pie Archive: Finding Proof

I miss contact sheets. There is something about seeing the entire roll of film laid out at all at once. This was a shoot with actress Yasmine Bleeth for an edgy magazine called Bikini, a predecessor to Nylon. When shooting professionally there are times when you do trade offs. Little or no money in trade for an interesting subject and lots of creative control. One good thing when working on a small budget, it forces you to be creative. I used an expired roll of Fuji film that I then crossed processed. The result one of those happy accidents, a beautiful distortion of color.

When shooting something experimental for an assignment always back it up with a reliable alternate choice. In this case I also shot a few roles of tri-x.

I have to admit, I was not that enthused about shooting Yasmine when I first got the assignment. All I knew, was that she was on Baywatch... not my favorite. However, she was very open and fun to work with and that is always a good thing. She also sent me a very sweet thank you note, one of just two I have ever received from a celebrity. 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Sep052014

Pie Archive: giddy up!

The Country Living Fair featured many wonderful artist and I was particularly drawn to these unique hand painted dolls by Cart Before the Horse. Made with muslin they use multiple layers of paint, sanding each layer down and repainting till they get this wonderful result.

I love this sweet little character, Sadie the Cat who I found in their etsy shop. True art pieces they are created by husband & wife team, Dylan & Jo.

 

I've also listed this lovely portrait some of you may remember from previous postings of my own home. I am just out of wall space and as much as I love it, it is time to let it go! You can check the full details here.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Aug122014

Rock On!

 

Over the last few weeks I've been working with talented jewelry designer, Karen Landon who is launching a new line of beautiful artisan pieces under her new brand Veronica Rock Studio. Not only did I shoot her new look-book and product line but I also designed her new site which is now live!

 

I love Karen's aesthetic and the jewelry has such a unique blend of old world gypsy and modern edgy rocker girl, it was really fun to photograph. For hair & make up I worked with the amazing Wendy Osmudson.

 

Our model is Wendy's lovely daughter Olivia. A student and dancer with soulful eyes and gorgeous skin.


Pie Giveaway!

To celebrate the new site they are giving away a few pairs of these beautiful Coral Crescent earrings! They are made with hand forged sterling silver and retails for $98. To enter this giveaway all you have to do is share her new site on one or all of your Social Networks (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook...). Include a link to her site: www.veronicarockstudio and the hashtag #veronicarockrocks The more you share, the more entries you will get, then come back here and comment on this post to let me know where you shared and be sure to include your email address (which remains private) in the appropriate box so I can contact you if you win. Entry window closes at midnight on Wednesday the 20th!

We also have a special promo code good from now till Tuesday the 19th extended to the 26th for 20% off her entire site! Just use promo code:rockon at check out. Plus she is offering free standard shipping on all orders!

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Aug072014

Pie Archive: Thursday Three ~ 3 Women

3 Women is one of the most haunting movies of 1970's, one of my all time favorites and a natural choice for my Thursday three. Funny, disturbing, lovely, odd and ultimately puzzling, I promise it is not a film you will soon forget. Written and directed by Robert Altman, it features remarkable performances by Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek

These beautiful images were captured by the wondrous eye of Jean Pagliuso using a Widelux and then hand colored. Trust me, no photoshop was involved. They were used for several versions of the poster, I love this one's unusual triptych design.

 

 Millie narrates the story with her daily diary entries, revealing how unaware she is of her own social awkwardness. 

Pinky is the roommate who turns from mouse to vixen during the course of the film.  

The third woman is a mural painter played by Janice Rule, though she stays more in the background. The film does become a bit confusing toward the end. Even Altman admitted he did not fully understand the ending though he had his theories. I last watched it over 15 years ago in an edited TV version. I just got it from Netflix and will watch it over the weekend and see how it strikes me now. 

 

 

 Oh and check out my guest post on the Leica blog.

 

top photos © Jean Pagliuso 

Friday
Jul252014

Adorbs

Had so much fun working on this shoot for Lesley Evers... ! I worked with stylist Jess Hammer and long time friend and amazing hair & make up artist, Wendy Osmundson. Our model, Mia Kerr is with Next, L.A. and was so fun to shoot and how kawaii are these striped capris? You know I snagged myself a pair! Check out the rest of her new collection here.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Jul172014

Pie Archive: The Magic of Ordinary Days

dress from Witty Vintage ~ cup Anthropologie

 

birdcage veil by Kathleen ~ blouse & skirt Urban Outfitters

 

body suit from Urban Outfitters ~ hat & lace top from Witty Vintage

Hair & Make Up by Kathleen Marsh~Crews  Model: Madison Olson~Factor Women.

Beauty Notes:

For the eyes, Kathleen used Makeup Forever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in Taupe, lined the eyes with a brush using Makeup Forever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, and topped off with Makeup Forever Smoky Mascara. For the blush, Stila Convertible Color in Peony was applied with fingers. On the Lips: Too Faced Cosmetics in Look 1: Cupcake, Look 2: Sex Kitten and Look 3: Free Love.

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

photos 2, 7 & 9  were shot with a Leica d-lux 5, the rest with a Canon 5D & Lensbaby Composer

Tuesday
Jul082014

Pie Archive: Deep South

A repost of images from a trip I took with my friend Dana to Manchester, Tennessee. One of many road trips in the pursuit of pool winnings and adventure. You did not have to look very hard to find cool vintage signage & architecture. 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 I used a Canon G10 and processed them with a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop with the Picture Show iPhone app. 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Jul012014

Hello July!

Been a busy girl with new shoots for Lesley Evers and a brilliant new jewlery line called Veronica Rock (site coming soon). I've also just started working with a groovy L.A. based agent, Devon Day, who helped give my site a fresh edit. All this is keeping me quite busy which is always a good thing.

 

Another recent job was shooting this "What Girl Are You?" campaign for Blu Pony Vintage. It will run in several high end children's fashion publications, including the chic' french mag, Milk.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Jun262014

Tastes Like Summer

Sweet, sweet rainier cherries are my summer crush.

 

Make your own iced pops! I used this very cute set by Tovolo.

 

Love a good pork Bánh mì this one from Pho Season just down the street!

 

I grew this golf ball sized little guy from a potted tomato plant I bought at my local farmer's market. 

 

Favorite quick lunch, mashed avocado on toast!

 

In the mood for something truly decadent then try this salted caramel perfection from The Goodie Girls.

 

If you like that salty/sweet combo but want to keep it light try salting your watermelon.

 

For more great summer eats check out this new book by Paul Lowe, the genius behind Sweet Paul Magazine.

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @rossignolfoto 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Monday
Jun232014

Pie Archive: Lost & Found ~ Linda Evangelista

It was in the late 80's that the term "Super Model" was first coined and at that time there were really only four; ChristyNaomi, Cindy and Linda. It was Linda that became infamous for her statement, "We don't wake up for less than 10,000 a day." I was hired to shoot Linda for the cover of Flare Magazine in 1989 for a profile piece on the super model. 

Flare is one of the top Canadian fashion magazines and since Linda is from Canada she was thrilled that they wanted to do a feature on her. 

I found her nothing but professional and easy to work with. Fearless in front of the camera it seemed effortless for her. Above, I started taking pictures of her being prepped and she grabbed the comb from the stylist, the amazing Tony Lucha and turned the tables on him.  

Some images from the set up above made it into the magazine's inside spread, though not these. Being able to re-edit them now in Photoshop is really fun. Back in the day, you turned over all your best images to the editors and had no ideal how they'd be used till you saw the magazine.

Variations on another favorite that was never published.

 

I have a few copies buried deep in the back of my storage unit, so I was excited to find the actual story on this fansite

 Linda, now 49, is still stunning and still working with major campaigns for Prada and L'Oreal. In 2006 she appeared on the cover of Vogue, the first actual model to do that in over a year. She always had a great camera laugh, it might even be considered her signature. 

 

 

If you're ever in Miami, check out Tony's Salon, Lucha Stuido, he really is fantastic! 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
Jun182014

Pie Archive: Skinny Smore

I invented this healthy but very tasty twist on the traditional S'more. Using a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich and a couple of marshmallows. I stick those onto the end of a chop stick and just toast them over my gas burner to desired scorchiness. Remove the top of the sandwich (a butter knife helps for this) and place them underneath. Very addictive but no worries, just 190 calories with two marshmallows!


all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Saturday
Jun142014

It's On!

I've been working on promos for my lovely client, Lesley Evers's huge Warehouse Sale. Who I not only shoot for but also work as her Creative Director. This is a once year event being held for the first time entirely online. Amazing deals with markdowns up to 80% and if you spend $350 or more you get an additional 10% off by using promo code:LOVELESLEY

This discount is good for the entire site including non-sale items. She is also adding new styles daily, many are available in only limited sizes and quantities so if you snooze you lose!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Jun062014

Pie Archive: Be Still My White Trash Heart

For years I have lusted after the glossy chrome and retro curves of Airstreams, Spartans, Teardrops and most recently Bolers! I am even considering buying one I can use for shoots and possibly rent out. So I am constantly looking and below is a collection of some especially kawaii finds plus a few related images from my archives. Starting with this one, we just happened onto this classic Airstream, a perfect backdrop for a summer Sandpiper shoot. I especially love how the silver chrome glowes under an overcast sky.

 

 1957 Sprite Caravan ~Snail Trails UK

 

1940's Shasta~ Enjoy Cupcakes

 

That is me photographing Liv Tyler in the styling trailer before heading out into Times Square. This was the final shot and adding the mustache was a last minute bit of genius on the part of hair stylist Daniel Howell. I had completely forgotten I had taken these till I pulled out the file and went through the contacts.  

 

I am particularly in love with this cute little Canadian fiberglass design, the Boler. Similar to the American made Scamp, there is just something about the curved egg shape that makes me giddy. Illustration of a yellow Boler by O'Reilly Ink and rare 70's circa ads found via Lune. Bottom middle photo via the lovely blog: {not the} Office Type.

 

 A page from my old calendar book where I pasted polaroids and kept track of my gigs. This was one of many jobs I did for the wonderful magazine, Mademoiselle. They booked this vintage Airstream for both production and as a backdrop. It was a unique two-toned cream & brown, I am guessing 60's or 70's? How I wish I had been more diligent in getting my film back from these magazines. I have no ideal what became of the film from this or most of the other shoots I did for them.

 

From the book, My Cool Caravan which is what they call them across the pond.

 

A classic teardrop shape trailer.

 

Charming interiors created by Lovelane Caravans for their retro campers. Renting a bit of nostalgia for a holiday or event is a growing trend.

 

An Airstream Bambi, one of the smallest they make and still being produced. A new one will set you back about 30 to 40 grand.

 

Another favorite shoot where the trailer wormed it's way into the picture. I photographed actress, Penelope Ann Miller at the beach in Santa Monica for GQ. I used the interior for some moody glamour. Then an exterior door just as the sun was setting, it was not planned but when she stepped out of the trailer the light was just so beautiful.

 

Another trend setting up mobile retail shops, maybe inspired by the sucsess of food trucks. I love this updated Airstream interior via Adelante in Austin. 

 

This sleek bachelor pad was hatched from a simple ideal and then a search on Craigslist. The full story is featured on Dwell with more cool photos by Mark Compton.

 

Both above & below are rental units via Lovelane Caravans located in Cornwall.

Really, what more does anyone need?

 

 

 

Sandpiper, Penelope, Mademoiselle and Liv photos  © Lara Rossignol

Top Photos model Jaimie Center for Click~ H&M by Faith Brooks

Tuesday
Jun032014

Pie Archive: Camera Crush

 

Motivated by my own post and the art of Christine Berrie, I decided to see if I could hunt down one of these Color-flex cameras. It did not take me long, a quick search of eBay and one turned up, as a "buy it now" for $50. After receiving it last week, I was immediately entranced by it's enameled beauty. A little further research and I discovered I was pretty lucky.

A very rare and one in good condition like mine can go for as much as $200. Still having the original strap, instruction book and case {which I love almost as much as the camera} also adds to the value. 

Of course it makes a great prop! Used here in one of my first shoots for Lesley Evers.

 

For more on collecting vintage cameras check out this book, 500 Cameras, by Todd Gustavson, a curator of technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. According to on customer review on Amazon, "Any camera nerd will love this." 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol ~ Styling: Christa Leveto, H&M: Faith Brooks.