Archive for October, 2010
While it’s always fun to travel, traveling as a photographer tops everything. For the next two weeks, I’m coming at you live from New York City, where commissions, corporate clients, and the PDN PhotoPlus Conference will help me feel like I’m back home…which I am! In New York, I got my start as a professional photographer, and although I returned to my California roots and moved back to San Francisco a few years ago, I divide my time equally between the Big Apple and the Golden State.
Last week, I posed the question: “What the #&%$ does the Novogratz family have to do with Catherine Hall?”
The time has come to share my good news! (I’m talking oh-my-gosh, unbridled excitement.) For 72 hours, I will be staying in the West Village with famed wife-and-husband designers Cortney and Rob Novogratz (along with their seven children, ranging from their youngest infant to their oldest late-adolescent). They live in this apartment, which they created themselves:
The founders of Sixx Design and stars of Bravo’s artsy reality show, 9 by Design, Cortney and Rob have been featured in The New York Times, GQ, Forbes, and more. They’re insanely brilliant interior architects with an enormous brood, and they make their livelihood by moving into decrepit, last-leg homes (kids in tow), transforming them from the ground-up, and selling them for $20 million. It’s this unique concept coupled with their bohemian-luxury style that makes Cortney and Robert so captivating.
Over Halloween weekend, I’m shacking up the Novogratz’, where I will be documenting their lives around-the-clock, along with a few seated portraiture sessions. Creatively, I’m interested in befriending this power-team to learn more about what makes them tick, to spend time in the recently renovated home (I mean, seriously, they’ve included a couch designed by Zaha Hadid–seriously?), and to witness the madness that is a nine-member household. I’m fascinated by the family as a cultural phenomenon and particularly curious about the kids that Cortney and Robert are raising. My photo project is motivated by psychological inquiry, pop history, and a fine-arts sensibility.
Wish me luck in the (so very chic) fray!
Recently, I spent a gorgeous weekend at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, where I was invited to speak at A Day in the Mountains. Hosted by event planners at One Fine Day, the weekend featured fantastic food, sumptuous quarters, and delightful people. It was a real honor to speak alongside the illustrious Scott Corridan, who presented a high-minded lecture, called–um–Boobs and Butts.
Enjoy these snapshots from A Day in the Mountains
In anticipation of the PDN PhotoPlus 2010 Conference, Catherine Hall Studios created a saucy, two-minute video to promote my forthcoming seminar. Want to learn how to become a household name in weddings and portraits… fast? This video offers a glimpse into how to make that happen! And, if you register for my class, Tweet @catherine_hall to enter a drawing for a fantastic gift!
Charlotte and Peter are a delightful, magnetic couple. Their megawatt smiles, sophisticated and subtle taste, and overflowing generosity blew me away. From the moment we met for our engagement session photos, I knew I was in love. From Charlotte’s fantastic, feathered hair piece to Peter’s periwinkle tie, these two threw a wedding celebration with maximum style and magnificent personality. Hosted at the jaw-dropping Thomas Fogarty Winery – a sumptuous, verdant estate with ravishing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains Apellation – a festive mood, fantastic attention-to-detail, and phenomenally good-hearted people comprised the day. Best of all, Charlotte and Peter hosted a charming traditional tea party.
Sigh, what loveliness – I’m forever in awe of Wedding Coordinator Jean Marks’ ability to somehow outdo herself every time! She is a delightful woman with a deft touch and distinctly unique sense of design. Jean creates celebrations that exceed expectations and dazzle attendees. Warm thanks to Jean, and everybody else, who contributed to this couple’s unforgettable wedding.
Wedding Coordinator, Jean Marks + Ceremony & Reception, Thomas Fogarty Winery + Florist, Amy Burke Designs + Caterer, Componere Fine Dining + Confections, Studio Cake + Photographer, Catherine Hall + Officiant, Reverend John Sullivan + Music, Sound in Motion with Raffi Nalvarian + Hair & Make, Get Your Do Up with Armando + Invitations, Hello! Lucky with Sabrina Moyle