Hello! Welcome back! Is it necessary I start each post off with a greeting? Probably not, but I just feel like it's the friendly thing to do. I always ask my friends how they are doing before we get in to a full conversation. Small talk? Perhaps, but should we talk about the weather? It's been humid in LA recently and I don't care for it. Heat is one thing but humidity!? I don't care for it. The reason we are getting this humidity though is the same reason for the much needed rains we got during the winter and spring this year. That same rain was responsible for our first poppy bloom in some time which also made today's set one of the most beautiful that I've shot.
Actually this entire set was a confluence of good circumstance coming together. I adore Mandee Leslie. I'm not sure how exactly I became aware of Mandee, but I had been following her on IG for a little while and really wanting to photograph with her. Then all of a sudden one day I find out she is friends with my friend and regular KFB Muse Liza. After Liza and I shot together a handful of times Mandee communicated she really wanted to shoot together. I was super down so we put this shoot together. I suggested we head up to Antelope Valley to check out the poppy fields, which is one of those LA staples that I just never had had a chance to do because the timeframe of the bloom can be very short. You blink and you've missed it. As I alluded to before, due to the drought we hadn't had a proper bloom in several years, but all the rainfall made for an entirely different story.
Mandee and I met up at my place and headed there. We had a wonderful time talking about hiking, LA, acting, art, marijuana, Liza, diet, health, etc. I'm not sure Mandee and I had any real moments of silence during our shoot. Mandee is also a killer model. I loved all of her poses. This trip had a lot of great little finds including the cafe the title of this set comes from, a few abandoned places, an abandoned boat, an awesome bridge, and some very random poppy fields. Actually the interesting thing about the shoot was that there is an official poppy reserve we paid to get in to, but they are super particular about where you can go, there were people everywhere, a few old ladies yelled at us, but the fields just outside of the official poppy reserve still had a ton of poppies (maybe even more beautiful), no one to tell us what to do, and they led to our best poppy related shots of the day. I was super stoked that we found so many different things to shoot with that it really gave this entire set a great story. Mandee is awesome and I hope we find the time to shoot together again. Enjoy!
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