Cate Eilee: Yoga & Wellness

My beautiful, creative, and wonderful friend Cate and I did a lifestyle shoot for her in the New York Botanical garden. Our aim was to capture the spring and summer vibes and showcase her clean, healthy lifestyle brand. Cate is an amazing yoga teacher and is starting to develop a brand where she creates kits with essential oils she makes, custom yoga pillows, and much more. She is a brilliant mind with an amazing vision. Take a look at her website for her services like personal yoga sessions, sacred space creation, graphic design, and more. Love working with this girl. 

 

Blair & Levin, Washington Square Park

Blair and Levin are an amazing couple from Canada. We took a lovely little walk through Washington Square Park and the surrounding area for our shoot. They have only been together for 1.5 years but it felt like they've been together for years! And I mean, let's talk about the style here. They look AMAZING. While we were walking around we had 2 separate old ladies yell "YOU GUYS ARE A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE." (in a thick New York accent) We also had a group of people ask us if we were shooting for GQ or Esquire. I said Vogue, I would have believed me. Check out these handsome hunks shoot.

 

Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co Collaboration: Part 2

Part two of the amazing time we had tearing it up in a Jeep and camping for 3 days. 

 

Quick pit stop to enjoy nature

Quick pit stop to enjoy nature

Always dreaming of the road and the wind in my hair

Always dreaming of the road and the wind in my hair

Appetizer course: Blistered Shisito peppers with sesame oil, lime juice and topped with nori salt.

Appetizer course: Blistered Shisito peppers with sesame oil, lime juice and topped with nori salt.

Main course! (For Matt, no animals for me) Pot of clams with bacon, tomatoes, onions, parsley, and crispy crunchy bread.

Main course! (For Matt, no animals for me) Pot of clams with bacon, tomatoes, onions, parsley, and crispy crunchy bread.

After dinner adventures commence!!

After dinner adventures commence!!

Evening light portraiture

Evening light portraiture

The site at dusk

The site at dusk

Sipping on that evening drink

Sipping on that evening drink

Evening walks and fires

Evening walks and fires

Cranking up that smores game!

Cranking up that smores game!

Fireside long exposures. We keep our site kind of clean?

Fireside long exposures. We keep our site kind of clean?

How to relax: A Jaci and Matt Story

How to relax: A Jaci and Matt Story

First attempt at doing a shot like this. Will be trying again next trip but I think this one is pretty great too!

First attempt at doing a shot like this. Will be trying again next trip but I think this one is pretty great too!

Back on the road, headed home. 

Back on the road, headed home. 

Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co Collaboration

Over the past 3 days I was deep in the woods of Upstate NY working on a collaboration with Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co. I discovered this amazing company by stumbling on their Instagram (@roamingconyc) after Ashwinn liked one of my images. We then built a bond over the outdoors and creating new imagery for this adventure company's website and social media.

Ashwinn's Upstate Roaming Co is a very unique company. They straight up drop off a fully outfitted badass Jeep Wrangler right to your front door stocked with camping gear for up to 5 people. I mean, could you really ask for much else? From top of the line tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags from Big Agnes to relaxing hammocks by Kammok. Ashwinn really thought of it all when packing up the Jeep, it's got all the cooking gear, first aid kit, even a deck of cards and all kinds of flash lights so you can explore at night. I had such a serene and stunning camping trip that was chocked full of food, bourbon, motoring, and relaxation. See for yourself in the images below what you can discover and experience with Ashwinn's Upstate Roaming Co! 

Ashwinn dropping off the Jeep right in front of our apartment! And a view of the lake when we arrived at Cherry Plain State Park.

Ashwinn dropping off the Jeep right in front of our apartment! And a view of the lake when we arrived at Cherry Plain State Park.

The gear all packed up by Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co before we unloaded at the camp site

The gear all packed up by Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co before we unloaded at the camp site

Awesome sleeping gear by Big Agnes. Green: Tent. Yellow: Sleeping pads. Gray: Sleeping bags

Awesome sleeping gear by Big Agnes. Green: Tent. Yellow: Sleeping pads. Gray: Sleeping bags

The big guy in front of our site

The big guy in front of our site

Woof! Look at that spread!! And there was MORE!

Woof! Look at that spread!! And there was MORE!

Tent set up, light rainbows, dog face!

Tent set up, light rainbows, dog face!

Let the games begin...

Let the games begin...

Cooking some cheesy veggies with Lodge

Cooking some cheesy veggies with Lodge

Dinner coming together on night 1

Dinner coming together on night 1

In the works, I was super helpful by sitting down and drinking bourbon most of the time.

In the works, I was super helpful by sitting down and drinking bourbon most of the time.

Ok I helped.

Ok I helped.

If this doesn't look good to you you're probably a psychopath. Roasted portabello burgers with Vermont white cheddar and roasted tomato with thyme on a foccacia roll. Side of cast iron broccolini with fingerling potatoes, more cheese, and chopped chilis.

If this doesn't look good to you you're probably a psychopath. Roasted portabello burgers with Vermont white cheddar and roasted tomato with thyme on a foccacia roll. Side of cast iron broccolini with fingerling potatoes, more cheese, and chopped chilis.

My cooking champion on a little evening stroll by the lake.

My cooking champion on a little evening stroll by the lake.

So much praise to the moon and the stars!

So much praise to the moon and the stars!

Good morning day 2 and dirty hands

Good morning day 2 and dirty hands

Wake up, shoes on, fire built, coffee and tea made.

Wake up, shoes on, fire built, coffee and tea made.

Off the beaten path

Off the beaten path

Wishing I was back here gazing at these gorgeous mountains

Wishing I was back here gazing at these gorgeous mountains

Time to pack up for bed time. Long exposure.

Time to pack up for bed time. Long exposure.

Stay tuned for the rest of the images from the trip coming in tomorrow! It's the rest of day 2 and the morning of day 3!

Point Reyes, CA

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi

Another day on the road meant another day with the wind tugging at my hair, the calming scent of the sea breeze, and the slight pain of not having cruise control. Driving to Point Reyes was another journey at left me in awe. Every turn a new sight to see, a new quirky town, or another giant towering Redwood tree. Once I arrived at Point Reyes, I happily had the beach to myself. I landed right around golden hour which as we all know, is totally amazing. I was welcomed by a few seals that quickly scurried back in to the water and to the distant barks of elk that were living on the preserve. I wish I could have spent more time on this beach, but driving down those crazy windy roads at night through the forest seemed like something to be saved for another day.

 

Pacific Coast Highway

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” - Samuel Johnson

As any traveler who has experienced even just a segment of the Pacific Coast Highway, one knows the true magic of those long winding roads. I spent only one day driving from San Fransisco to Big Sur and back. I was hoping to continue further but there was a bridge out and I had to turn back. The encapsulating mist from the ocean, the cool forest floor within the Redwoods, each part of the highway constantly changing. This little day trip has inspired another trip that will involve a few weeks, a boy, and a dog. 

 

Taos, New Mexico

In March I visited my brother and his soon to be wife at their amazing home in Taos, New Mexico. We went skiing, hiking, ate tons of tacos and beans, and enjoyed time as a family. My parents also came with so it was wonderful to have the whole family together. The big skies, desert weather, and mountain life filled my soul with adventure. 

 

Carolina, Christopher & Hudson, Greenpoint BK

Carolina, Christopher and Hudson are such a lovely family with a new little member on the way. We had a great afternoon walking around Greenpoint, Brooklyn taking pictures and getting to know each other. Looking forward to shooting their new addition in about 2 weeks!

 

Land's End, San Fransisco

After a few obstacles I had to overcome, I finally rented a car in San Fransisco and made it out to Land's End and took a stunning hike as the sun was going down.