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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 (except book cover) & 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.

Tuesday
May272014

Pie Archive: Orange Crush

From freckles to kumquats whats not to love? Next to green, orange is probably my favorite color and can add just the right punch to a drab day.

I was not easy to find this Dutch enameled bread box. I first saw one of these on an HGTV make over show, then later in Martha Stewart's TV kitchen. I took lots of hunting and patience but I finally nabbed one via eBay, which shipped from Holland!

Orange in the wrong hands can be a not so pleasant 70's flash back. However when done right like in the able hands of Orla Kiely... it can be fantastic.

I found this vintage piece at a huge antique mall in Lithonia, Georgia. I pass it on my way to Clemson and stop in maybe twice a year. This metal lunch box dates back to the late 20's or early 30's, yet the color is still beautifully vibrant.

Another favorite orange is this food blog by chef, restaurant owner and author, Molly Wizenberg. It is full of interesting, documentary style photos, humorous prose and great recipes.

Finally, I highly recommend (again) this offbeat tale by the wonderful Jeanette Winterson. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is the sweet, funny and sometimes tragic tale of a young women struggling with her sexuality while being brought up in an oppressively religious home.

 


 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
May162014

TGIF!

Most freelancers will agree, when it rains it pours and that is good thing! I'm getting ready for several fun shoots, including one tomorrow on what is suppose to be a lovely So Cal weekend! I love my job!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
May142014

Pie Archive: Dreaming of Dogwood

Revisiting a favorite post about one of the things I miss the most about the south, the dogwood. It is my favorite of the spring flowers and if in the area next spring, you might want to check out Atlanta's annual Dogwood festival.

A lovely botanical by Donald W. Haytt, dogwood is indigenous to the South.

 Mostly you see it in white but sometimes a few pink blossoms show up.

Right now it is flowering in abundance all over my neighborhood.

Love this vintage postcard, dogwood is the state flower for Virginia.

I have mentioned this vintage bedspread I scored at an antique store is an all time favorite find. 

Here I used it as a backdrop for a shoot I did for Sandpiper a few summers back.

Groovy set of vintage Dixie Dogwood dishes I found on etsy.

Of course I love to have some in my house, stealing a branch or two before they disappear. 

I fell madly for this Whitney Smith sugar bowl topped with two dogwood blossoms.

The blooms are only around 2 or 3 weeks, if you blink you might miss them.

 

I found two interesting books by searching dogwood, the first; Dogwoods an actual study of the flower with a beautiful cover and reviews that suggest it would be worthwhile for serious gardeners or just to sit out on your coffee table. The other; Dogwood is an award winning novel. Though I had not heard of the author, I love southern based fiction and based on the many good reviews I downloaded the kindle sample.

 

 

 

all photos (except dishes) & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
May092014

Show & Tell

I converted a vintage tin box (below) I found on etsy into a sweet frame. I used some Japanese paper to line the inside and then scanned an old photo of me Mum and made an inkjet print (I don't recommend using the original print) then glued it to the inside. Easy and looks so good.

You can find lots of interesting tins on etsy or flea markets. I especially loved the polka dots on this one.

Sometimes I like to just display old favorite photos in a dish with a few precious trinkets. Like this photo-booth image of my Grandmother when she was a teenager.

 

 

Now I pass on to you a lovely giveaway from my wonderful client Lesley Evers. So easy! Just follow and share this pic on your instagram with the hashtag #winlesleyevers and you can win this super pretty necklace! More details on her blog

 

Happy Mother's Day! 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
May072014

New Work

I finally got a chance to update my website, adding some recent work including these portraits of Lucius Kirst a dancer for Ballet San Jose. I've also added new work I shot for Lesley Evers & Blu Pony Vintage.

 

I love having a site I can update easily, this is really key to making your site an effective marketing tool. There are many DIY website options out there geared toward professional photographers. I have been very happy with Photo Folio. Easy to set up, beautiful templets to work with and I like that after you pay your initial set up fees, you only pay for the server after that. Many charge a cheaper set up fee but as a subscription that you will pay continually on a monthly or yearly basis and that will add up to big bucks over time.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Monday
Apr282014

Pie of Pies

For those who really know me, to spend $6 on a slice of pie is no small thing and that I do so happily for this slice of heaven says a lot. It really is my all time favorite pie. I first wrote about The Pie Hole awhile back in this post but when I recently discovered they had a new location in Pasadena, much closer to me, I decided they deserved a post of their own.

This Maple Custard pie is just amazing, as good as it looks, not overly sweet and with a wonderful crust. There are lots of other options on the menu and I'm sure they are all good but I have only had this one, it is just that good. Though now that they are closer I would like to try some other items, particularly their chicken & cornbread pot pie. Yes, please! Or if I'm feeling especially daring (or thin), maybe the mac & cheese hand pie which you can learn how to make yourself here.

 

Located in Old Town, in a food co-operative just a block away from the pool hall where I most often play these days. So I will get plenty of chances to sample their wares in the coming months. When I was in college this area was very run down with little activity other than a few pawn shops. It is now the heart of Pasadena with lots of upscale shops, including an Apple Store. Be sure to seek out this little gem if you get the chance.

 

I also recommend Allison Kave's wonderful Pie cookbook: First Prize Pies

 

 

all photos (except book cover) & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Apr222014

Pie Archive: Book Theory

Yes, I read on a Kindle but I will forever love books of all kinds and admit I am drawn to the design sometimes more than the content. I am especially drawn to vintage cloth bindings. I acquired this rare find at the Metrolina last weekend. Published in 1911 with a cover designed by Bertha Stuart and illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy.

Miss Stuart was known for working in the Japonism style which was very popular at the turn of century. This Minsky Gallery shows many more examples of beautiful bindings done during this period.

 

Spring is for Reading! 

If you enjoy my blog then there is a good chance you will love these books. I've combined two previous book crush posts to create a kind of ultimate Spring reading list. First there is Eleanor Rushing, an odd little character plagued with a delusional disorder called Erotomania. Funny, heart wrenching and just the slightest bit creepy.

 

One of my all time favorite books is Geek Love, which has had many cover incarnations and was once a rumored David Lynch film project. Katherine Dunn's mesmerizing way with words kept me fully drawn into her odd but fascinating world of circus freaks.  

 

Then there is The Giant's House, maybe my favorite love story of all time. It is about changing one's expectations and discovering an unconventional love as a result. I actually gave a copy as a wedding shower gift to a friend once, I loved it that much. 

 

 

Three more favorites to check out.

  • The Queen's Gambit: One of my all time favorite books and one of the very few I've read more than once. It is the story of a female chess prodigy. Vivid and compelling, it is written by the amazing Walter Tevis.
  • Of Bees and Mist: A modern fairytale which takes place in an unnamed land with numeorous interesting characters. It is a tale of love, mystery and magic.
  • The Thirteenth Tale: I read this a few months ago and really enjoyed this layered tale about a writer on a journey of mystery and discovery. 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Apr182014

Kawaii Bunnies

 

 

Hoppy Easter!

 

 

 

Dresses & Styling: Lesley Evers, Models: Kyra, Malia, Lily & Jesse, H&M by Tahni Smith, Music by Blossom Dearie

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
Apr092014

Camera Roll

Old School Ford

 

Me Mum

 

Library in Montrose, California

 

Team Mia

 

Score!

 

Harvest Farmer's Market

 

Staying warm between shots.

 

Recent estate sale loot... all totaled: $15!

 

Atticus likes to sleep in.

 

A rare gathering of cumulus clouds in Pasadena. 

 

Follow me on Instagram and if you comment on any photo and let me know you found me via Pie, I'll follow you back!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Apr042014

Kawaii Corner

The trickiest area for me to work with when I set up my new apartment was the wall facing the end of my bed. In part because this is also where I wanted to put my one and only TV and also because the door opens in & against this wall. My solution was to hang this groovy cubby shelve I found at Pottery Barn and then to paint the door a nice minty green to create balance. It also gave me a place to display some of my collectibles. I chose this bold pattern chair for underneath which was on sale at Target.

I Orla-fied this off the rack find with an easy DIY project. I first photographed a postcard I had with a favorite Orla pattern, then I printed them out exactly to size (5x5) on my inkjet printer using a good matte paper. Then just cut them out and affix them to the inside with double stick tape. Easy Peasy! 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol