California Donuts is one of my favorite donut shops in Los Angeles so it was amazing to have the owners ask me to come do some food photography for them! The shop is well-known in the area and has tons of regulars (which I think says something about the establishment). Food man Anthony Bourdain was there a couple of weeks ago filming, too!
My favorite things there are their croissants (jalapeno ham and cheese? yum!) so if you ever drop by there be sure to pick some up. While I’ve been going here for some years now, I actually haven’t had any of their drinks before this shoot but they are really delicious.
The family-run business really loves to treat their customers well. They are having a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 from 6AM-2PM so I recommend visiting then and seeing what sort of specials they have! Follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop!
Photographer: Sylvia Gunde
Stylist/Concept: Joey Thao
Model: Sarah Roberts/Twigglet @ Willow Model Management
Makeup: Barbara Hori
Hair: Vanessa Hasset
Assistant: Jerrel Fajardo
[Behind the Scenes will be posted later!]
One of my favorite things about photography is being able to connect with all different types of people. I’m a social person and I really like getting to know more about clients than just what kind of photos they want.
I had the pleasure of shooting some portraits of Erica – an adventurous lawyer who insisted that she was terrible at taking photographs but wanted some nice ones of herself (which I totally don’t believe because all her photos came out great). We spent much of the shoot walking and talking about our many overlapping interests – traveling, food, pets, and grocery shopping (yes, really). All the chatter and the gorgeous Venice weather made the shoot have a great relaxed feel.
Her outfits for the shoot were styled by the amazing Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie! While Grasie was unable to come to the shoot with us, Erica and Grasie met beforehand to put together some looks that really represented Erica.
One of my dearests, Jennifer Chung, has been making some crazy changes in her life.
Throughout my 6 year friendship with Jen, I’ve seen her grow many ways as a person and especially musically, but this year she has made some amazing jumps from chopping all of her hair off (and dying parts of it purple) to moving to Korea to work on music there as well as spend some quality time with family she hasn’t seen in forever. I’m always so proud of her hard work and will continue to root for her from the other side of the Pacific. I absolutely love seeing videos, Instagram photos, and posts from all of my friends scattered all over the world continuing to chase their dreams.
Literally a couple of days before Jen jet off to South Korea, she asked me for one last shoot before her adventure. We got to spend some quality time shooting close by (close as in on my front stoop) and to talk about her excitement and anticipation on what her trip to Korea will bring.
Please follow her adventures and support her music quest on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jen isn’t my only friend attacking the music scene in Korea right now. My friend Marshall Bang is also over there singing. Here’s a video of them doing an impromptu street performance over there!
LA weather has been really fickle. We keep going in and out of heat waves with rain in between them. While Grasie still needs to throw in some looks in shorts & dresses, the rainy & cold days in between have allowed her to get some great sweaters and fall looks in there. These are the outfit posts we shot for November. (:
I’m sure I’ve repeatedly talked about what a huge fan I am of Instagram.
One of my favorite things about Facebook used to be looking through peoples’ photos in my news feed. Now that Instagram has become so popular and is a much simpler platform for accessing photos, I rarely use Facebook. It’s also great to see people using Instagram in so many different ways. I personally like using mine as a diary. I like taking quick photos of things that inspire me or things that I love (which apparently are just food, photography, adventures, and fashion) in order to be able to look back through my feed and see what kind of day/week/month I’ve had.
These are some of my favorite photos/moments from November (it’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall). It was a crazy month full of adventures and new experiences. I’ve been extremely busy and looking forward to kicking back again for a bit and contemplating life once again (what’s new there).
Follow me on my Instagram account (@sylviag_) or if you don’t have an Instagram and still want to come along on my adventures, my new Instagram web profile!
I clearly remember the phone call that Kenny and I received one evening while we were driving in SF from our dear friends, Joseph and Ashley, telling us that they were expecting! I was so excited for them. It’s insane at how they do things so unexpectedly yet it all feels so perfect. I remember getting a phone call from them several years earlier telling us to meet them in San Diego because they were getting married the next day and needed witnesses. And now we got a call saying they need godparents. ❤
As Ashley’s tummy grew, Kenny and I made a trip up to visit them (they live about 3 hours away from us) so I can take some photos for them as a gift. The beautiful baby boy, Jae-sun Bayani, was born a couple of months ago and I cannot wait to see him and take photos of him!
And here is the father & godfather in all their excitement.