Stephanie Weitekamp and I have been headed on a collision course towards one another. We were both at Art Center College of Design at the same time and we've both in The LA Art Scene for a while. It was finally my recent appearance of my work on display at The Hive Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles (where Stephanie regularly shows her beautiful work) that brought us together. If you don't know Stephanie Weitekamp yet then you should because she is a rad artist who paints, draws, cuts hairs, models, and is studying to play the cello. Stephanie's art is heartfelt with a whimsical twist, much like the woman. In addition to her talent she is also beautiful and the second I saw her I knew I had to photograph her.
In our very first shoot together we decided to head to one of the most epic spots in the LA area - Sunken City. A 1929 landslide cause a number of homes on the coast of San Pedro to fall in to the ocean. What's left are large slats of concrete in the cliff side covered in graffiti. It's an amazing spot to go. Our adventures started off a little rocky trying to find the right spot to enter as the entire area is fenced off. We decided to hop a short area of fence. I helped Stephanie over, handed her my gear, but when I went to hop up myself I quickly realized that while the fence was short there were three problems: 1) nothing to step up on to the jump would be all upper body strength 2) the fence was topped with pointy tops meant to discourage breaking in and 3) there was only about 2 feet of area to jump on to before falling in to the cliff to certain death. I attempted to hop the fence several times but failed and my upper body was feeling the effects. I grew worried that Stephanie would be stuck on the other side with no way for me to get over or the ability to get her back over. Fortunately a passing cyclist helped me over.
I didn't walk more than 10 feet before I experienced my first ever panic attack. I was able to identify what was going on and laid down until I was better. I felt a bit embarrassed but Stephanie was rad throughout and once I calmed down we explored the Sunken City getting some great results. We continued our San Pedro adventure with a stop at The Korean Bell of Friendship to take some stunning pictures of Stephanie and her cello and ended up at the cutest little diner where you get a snotty look when requesting more water but the Hawaiian Bread French Toast is amazing.
We decided on our way back to Highland Park to stop in Downtown Los Angeles. I had the code to a building that a client I did some work for lives in. We headed to the roof and I'm so glad we did because they might be my personal favorite shots from the entire shoot. I loved working with Stephanie. She is a very thoughtful subject with a keen artistic mind and quite funny to boot. I also want to credit her for getting together and helping choose photos with me.
Definitely expect to see more work with us together in the future but for now take the journey along with us by clicking the photo below