As a marketing executive, Dana Byerlee knows the adverse effects corporate life can have on our health and wellbeing. And she wants to help change it. After making adjustments to her own lifestyle, Dana, a certified yoga instructor, plans to bring her own brand of yoga and mindful meditation right to the belly of the beast — the office. So, for this shoot, we incorporated fun murals and sculptures to showcase Dana's playful nature and love of art. Here are a few of my favorites.
The upside to fashion photography: You get to shoot some really cool stuff with really cool people. The downside to fashion photography: You can't show anyone until the designer launches the collection many months later. I shot this lookbook in February. It's finally September, and most of this collection is now available at specialty stores throughout the U.S., including CorePower Yoga, Luke's Locker and Yoga Works. So, without further ado, here's the latest from L.A.-based designer Rebecca Michaels. Modeled by Makaela Maran and Tiara Denise. Makeup and hair by Alfred Mercado.
Two weekends, four sunrises, one sunset, one photographer and one model. That's what it took to shoot Rebecca Michaels' spring 2015 lookbook. Unlike previous shoots, however, Rebecca modeled this collection herself — doing what she always does, in her own neighborhood (which also happens to be my neighborhood), in her own apparel. Although the collection is still under wraps, here's a sneak peek that doesn't reveal too much. Cheers!
My weekend photo shoot with fashioner designer Rebecca Michaels brought us on a neighborhood journey to some of our favorite locales, including this fun spot at the Santa Monica Pier. I love my job.
My daughter, Lucia, enjoying the last days of summer.
I recently had the pleasure of shooting still photographs for a very special short film, Colors of Love, written by the talented Elisa Manzini. The film, directed by Sal Tassone, is in post-production. Here's a sneak peek of Kerry Knuppe playing the main character, Jen, a talented young woman with autism.
Stoked Yogi and friends model Rebecca Michaels' and Violet Love Brands' spring 2014 collections during a special stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga workshop at Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey. Can't think of a better way to start the day. Featured: Jessica Rosen, Betsy Hays, Alexis Novak, Barbara Meloni, Rebecca Michaels and Amelia Travis.
Violet Love doesn't mess around when it comes to making headbands. They're funky, functional and inspire a roarin' good time. As if these amazing headbands could get any better, Violet Love's new black label collection blends its stunning signature prints with ultra-absorbent fabric for the most active fashionistas. I don't break a sweat without one. This photo shoot of the spring and black label collections was nothing short of a party. Here's a sample of this season's catalog. Shot in December in downtown Los Angeles. Models: Eric Paskel, Laila Paskel, Dusty Facinelli-Janisch, Scotty Hsieh, Alex, Brittany, Abigail, Emma, Alexis Novak, Sochi and Emmy.
This shoot was very near and dear to my heart. I shot this editorial lookbook for Rebecca Michaels' spring 2014 collection last July with an amazing crew of women who, among other things, were unafraid to walk the streets of downtown Los Angeles in bare feet and change clothes in the back seat of an SUV. This stunning collection is now available online and at specialty stores throughout the United States. Models: Newsha Mostafavi, Paydin LoPachin and Tiara Denise.
In the 15 years I worked as a journalist, I often stepped out of my comfort zone. It was practically a job requirement.
As a reporter throughout Florida, I covered a range of topics that, in some cases, I knew very little about until I had to write about them. I met people who endured traumas I hoped never to experience, and celebrated with those reveling in their greatest triumphs. I often photographed them, too, documenting rare, fly-on-the-wall moments that most people overlook.
From one day to the next, the job was a crapshoot: You never knew what were going to get into or where you'd end up. You had to be ready for anything.
And that's where my journey into photography began.
I had always dabbled in travel and street photography, but photojournalism afforded me a unique perspective. That candid point of view helped inform my style as I ventured into portrait, wedding and event photography in 2009 to test the waters and refine my skills.
When I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and decided to launch my own photography business a year later, I veered so far from my comfort zone that I embarked on a whole new journey — one that's taken me into the worlds of fashion photography, commercial photography, yoga photography and, yes, even set photography.
This last year has been an exciting time. And I wouldn't have made it this far without the support of so many.
And that's the point, I think.
The universe brings people into our lives for so many reasons — love, friendship, empowerment and opportunity, among them — that it's impossible to know who will leave an impression. Sometimes, it's a family member. Sometimes, it's a friend. Sometimes, it's a stranger.
But that impression can change the course of your life.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my journey. I am grateful for you.
The universe gives us what we need when we need it. We just have to listen.