sparrow park goods & co. (part 1)

IMG_2720Earlier this summer I photographed a lifestyle session for Sparrow Park Goods, a high quality, American made cotton goods company launching later this year. The company was started by Jennifer Andersen and her fiancé, and Jenn flew out to Los Angeles to oversee the shoot. I scouted a few locations before her arrival, and decided on the gorgeous El Matador State Beach for the views and large rock structures for our first spot. The main focus was on the blankets, which as you can see come in a variety of fun and colorful patterns. They are nylon on the bottom side, which is perfect for the sand or damp grass, and they roll up easily to carry and store. The blanket also has a corner zipper pocket, which I LOVE for storing your cell phone and things you don’t want to get sandy. Good looking AND functional! Yes, please. Our goal was warm lighting, bright colors and whites, and an overall feeling of relaxed happiness. Sounds like the perfect beach day, right? IMG_2753IMG_2815jackiebiketable-cloth-sal-readingIMG_3154IMG_3197IMG_3171IMG_3312IMG_3296IMG_3340IMG_3521IMG_3676IMG_3704IMG_3713IMG_3745IMG_3610IMG_3673jackiesalstairsIMG_3653IMG_3390Styling: Jennifer Andersen and Carlene Moore

Models: Jackie Ganz, Jessie Cohen, and Sal Neslusan

Location: El Matador State Beach

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tulum, mexico

IMG_1737Dan and I spent a week of July in the Riviera Maya (south of Cancun) celebrating his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary! We all stayed at a massive resort with multiple pools, beach access, and a ton of restaurants. His parents renewed their vows on the beach on their actual anniversary in a very intimate and touching ceremony. Dan wrote and played a song about his parents’ last 30 years, including memories of when he and his brothers were little. Needless to say I think we all shed a tear! IMG_1777IMG_1775One of my favorite days of the trip was spent in Tulum. We visited the Tulum Ruins, and then walked down to the most gorgeous beach–such rich blue water and soft white sand.IMG_2005 IMG_1997 IMG_2013 IMG_2029 IMG_2031 IMG_2036 IMG_2041 IMG_2046Dan and I stayed the rest of the day, and made our way down to Hartwood for dinner, which had been highly recommended by friends. It’s located on a beach road on what they call the “jungle side” (meaning not the beach side). Tulum definitely has an eclectic bohemian vibe going on, and we stopped for a cocktail at Casa Jaguar while we waited for Hartwood to open. IMG_2049 IMG_2050We were blown away by the food and atmosphere at Hartwood! If you ever find yourself in Tulum, it’s a must. Their only source of cooking is a wood burning oven and open grill, and the dining is completely open air. We had a whole roasted snapper and pork ribs to die for.  After dinner we sat in a couple of chairs on the perimeter and enjoyed a few more daiquiris while watching the restaurant fill up with people and the sun go down. IMG_2053 IMG_2079 IMG_2073 IMG_2068 IMG_2067 IMG_2061 IMG_2060I know I’ll always remember that evening with Dan, and it’s fun that we can look back and know it was during our engagement, which is its own special time in life. We were sweaty and salty from the day (we stealthily had changed out of our bathing suits on the side of the road just a few hours earlier), but we were full and very happy.

endless summer

The last couple months in LA have been very hot (even by LA standards). Thankfully we inherited an AC unit in our bedroom when we moved in to the new apartment. Just as the evenings seemed to be cooling down and perhaps “Fall” was creeping in, forecasts say we’re going to be back in the 90s for the next couple days! I know I shouldn’t complain. Growing up in Chicago and living in New York gives me mucho appreciation for the year round Los Angeles warmth…but can a girl get a little relief?

How do you deal with the heat? We’re thinking of taking a little day getaway to the beach or a pool tomorrow!

OBX part II

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My family has been going on summer vacations to the Outerbanks off and on since I was a kid. A little (largely) known fact about me: I love to lay out and get a tan. I know! It’s so bad! But it feels so good (and some say is the perfect summer accessory). I got a good amount of body boarding and wave splashing in the Atlantic in this trip as well. We had lay-out worthy weather pretty much the whole week. The OBX beaches are so remote and unpopulated. I love the feeling of walking barefoot from our rental house (aptly named Gem of the Ocean) along the wooden walkway that leads you over the dunes to the beach. I truly think there is something therapeutic about an ocean. And you know the best part about a vacation? Waking up and knowing that the day is yours to do nothing. I’m a seriously guilty person. I have no clue why, but unless I’ve dedicated or deemed a day a “vacation day”, I feel guilty doing anything that isn’t serving a greater purpose/goal. So this week I let the feeling of no obligations wash over me. And let me tell you…it felt really good. I love these pictures because they really capture the feeling of what it’s like there–which is sometimes hard to do in land and seascapes. I also played around a little bit with my Diana F+ film camera. Don’t really know what I’m doing there yet, but I’m interested in seeing the results and will post when I get them developed.
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OBX part 1

I’m in the Outerbanks, NC this week with my family! Many more photos and stories to come, but for now here’s a little taste of my week via Instagram (you can follow me at MarieBuck5). We’ve only got one full day left before the travel day back to LA, and while I miss Dan terribly, I hate saying goodbye to my family, Gem of the Ocean (my bathroom/closet is huge! there’s a pool in the backyard!), and this week of beach bliss…