Our Stop by Ojai

Ojai is one of those special places that while just a short drive from Los Angeles, feels like the polar opposite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Friend and talented photographer, Puno Dostres, recommended a quick stop into the Ojai Rancho Inn. Genuinely quaint and kitsch, it was perfect place to bring some of our small designs for a impromptu photo shoot.

Sarah with the Proost wine caddy and Jungalow planter. Photo: PUNODOSTRES. Styling: J Fraiche

Sarah with the Proost wine caddy and Jungalow planter. Photo: PUNODOSTRES. Styling: J Fraiche

As we continue to build our small design business, there's always new skills to add to the repertoire. In this case, it was to begin learning how to paint a picture around our designs and help our customers visualize our products as part of their own personal story.

Happy hour with Sarah, Jax and the Fryslan tray prototype. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

Happy hour with Sarah, Jax and the Fryslan tray prototype. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

The picture we wanted to paint was a girls' getaway. Along with our photogenic friends Sarah and Jax, we seeked to portray our products as accessories for a fun filled weekend.

Poolside with our caddy and tray prototypes. Photo: PUNODOSTRES. Styling: J Fraiche

Poolside with our caddy and tray prototypes. Photo: PUNODOSTRES. Styling: J Fraiche

Telling a story without distracting from the product can be a real challenge. The shoot provided us some great insight in regards to staging, composition and much more.

Sarah with the Jungalow planter, Troika mirror and tray prototype. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

Sarah with the Jungalow planter, Troika mirror and tray prototype. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

Ojai Rancho Inn has so many beautiful spots that it was difficult to choose from all the potential vignettes. The trailer threatened to steal the show in all its retro glory.

Inside the Rancho Inn house, Sarah accompanies our Rups chairs. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

Inside the Rancho Inn house, Sarah accompanies our Rups chairs. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

The Rancho house provided a perfect backdrop for our Rups chairs. After some rearranging in the living room, we were able to stage this shot in front of the vintage flag.

The Troika mirror and Fryslan tray join Sarah for breakfast in bed. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

The Troika mirror and Fryslan tray join Sarah for breakfast in bed. Photo: PUNODOSTRES Styling: J Fraiche

After a long day of shooting, we treated ourselves to a delicious feast at Boccali's Italian restaurant. We had a wonderful time and learned many lessons we'll be able to take along with us to our next shoot.

We owe a huge "thank you" to our beautiful, talented and gracious friends.

Photography: Puno Dostres
Wardrobe styling: J Fraiche
Model: Jackie Tranchida
Model: Sarah West

Social Shelter Club: Chris Sewell & Kenny Osehan