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Crystal Cove Collaborators: Meet photographer/model yoke Gabe together with Sierra Sullivan!

Sullivan identify unit of measurement portrait. Photo past times Ben Sasso. 

The photographer/ model duo Gabe in addition to Sierra Sullivan guide hold had their portion of traveling to dream destinations for go (South of French Republic in addition to Bali are a few), but their perfect Sat doesn't require a cinema location spotter in addition to bird ticket. Cruising upwards to their local Laguna Beach spots inwards a light-green striped vintage 1972 VW surfmobile, shaking out artisanal beach towels in addition to unpacking a hand-shaped log, the Sullivan identify unit of measurement is their ain lifestyle photograph shoot of effortless California cool.

Their covetable beach accessories aside, we've been longtime fans of Gabe in addition to Sierra's natural aesthetic chemistry. Gabe photographs in addition to writes the longstanding column “Curious Gabe” inwards Surfer Magazine, and is the West Coast Editor of Men's File magazine. Sierra has been a model since the historic current of 17, appearing inwards campaigns for Prada, Ralph Lauren in addition to slews of track shows.

Given Gabe's keen portrait optic in addition to appreciation of vintage surf culture, addition Sierra's high fashion cognition with a casual SoCal twist, nosotros were excited to collaborate with the yoke for a Seea photograph shoot inwards the historical cottages of Crystal Cove.

“Because nosotros know each other thus well, we’re able to sympathize what the other soul needs to acquire the project done," explains Sierra of working with her husband. "Of course, every bit with whatever intimate in addition to unopen relationship, nosotros tin dismiss acquire impatient with each other too! But it ever ends upwards existence a positive experience."

We spoke to a greater extent than with Gabe in addition to Sierra virtually shooting together, in addition to balancing career in addition to identify unit of measurement time.

Sierra Sullivan wearing the Leucadia inwards Purple Sail at Crystal Cove. Photo past times Gabe Sullivan. 

What was the concept for the Crystal Cove shoot? What unique graphic symbol virtually the location did you lot seek to portray inwards the photos?

Gabe: The concept was to play off the beach cottage architecture in addition to capture a classic California twenty-four hours past times the sea. It’s incredible to imagine what it mightiness guide hold been similar to last alongside the families living at that spot at Crystal Cove during the ‘30s, 40s in addition to 50s, thus capturing unopen to of the architecture, the homes that is, where the master local people lived, was something I felt compelled towards.

Gabe, you lot shoot a lot of portraits for your Curious Gabe column. Why practice you lot similar shooting portraits?

Gabe: I similar portraits because it’s an chance to acquire to know someone in addition to to last creative. With portraiture, my goal is ever to capture an authentic emotion, in addition to the best agency to practice that is past times taking fourth dimension to acquire to know the soul in addition to engage them inwards conversation. So at that spot is the artistic side, paying attending to lighting, composition etc., in addition to at that spot is also the social aspect, in addition to I dear both.

Sierra Sullivan wears the Hermosa Surf Suit inwards satelite inwards the Crystal Cove Cottages. Photo past times Gabe Sullivan.

Sierra, you lot started modeling inwards your teens, which is a lot of responsibleness to accept on at a immature age. What did you lot larn virtually yourself during that time?

Sierra: That I absolutely loved to move in addition to the career was a perfect friction match for me! I learned how to last professional person at a immature historic current in addition to developed street smarts from living inwards unusual countries. It was sure a type of teaching I would guide hold never received inwards college.

What were unopen to of the most memorable photograph shoots that you lot did when you lot were younger in addition to why? 

Sierra: There are countless in addition to difficult to alternative fifty-fifty only a few! My most memorable are doing the Prada campaign, several photograph shoots for Ralph Lauren with famed lensman Bruce Weber, my starting fourth dimension Vogue in addition to Harper’s Bazaar editorial shoots, in addition to Australian Vogue inwards New Caledonia, a French Pacific island.

Sierra Huisman (her initiative name) inwards the Prada crusade inwards 2000, photographed past times Robert Wyatt.
Sierra Sullivan inwards a beauty editorial. Photo courtesy of Sierra Sullivan.

How has your career changed in addition to evolved since becoming a mother?

Sierra: I would guide hold to state it hasn’t changed besides much, except that straightaway I guide hold to a greater extent than photograph shoots with my son, which is really fun!

Do you lot all move together when ane of you lot is sent on location for shoots?

Gabe: Whenever possible, yes. When our boy was 4-months old, nosotros all went to the South of French Republic together for a shoot.

Sierra: For the starting fourth dimension yr or thus afterwards Elijah was born, nosotros did, since I was nursing him. But afterwards that, if solely ane of us got a booking, nosotros didn’t all demand to go together. Now, if nosotros do, it volition last because nosotros all booked a project together, or Gabe in addition to I together.

A Sullivan identify unit of measurement photograph shoot. Sierra, Gabe in addition to boy Elijah. Photo courtesy of the Sullivan family.

What practice you lot guide hold to consider when traveling with children?

Gabe: Kids wing gratuitous upwards until two-years-old. After that, route trips acquire much to a greater extent than economical.

Sierra: It’s a lot to a greater extent than complicated when traveling with a kid nether two, with all the babe gear in addition to materials that babies mostly need, similar strollers in addition to diapers. Now that Elijah is five, it’s super easy. Packing for him is no dissimilar than for us, really. With a child, you’re definitely non every bit gratuitous to relax whenever you lot desire or demand to, nor are you lot able to exit at nighttime (unless you’re somewhere where there’s kid tending you’re comfortable with), but it’s also actually fun to portion novel places with our boy in addition to nosotros ever guide hold the greatest time.

Sierra, How practice you lot depict your style? What are your favorite outfits correct straightaway in addition to why?

My style ranges from beach chic to uptown classic. I ever seek to go on it elementary in addition to on the classier side with a trendy twist, if I’m inwards the mood for it. My style icon at the 2d is Emmanuelle Alt, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. I’m loving my skinny jeans with my Isabel Marant booties in addition to give away tops.

Sierra wearing the Capitola Top inwards Geo Gold (reversed) in addition to Laguna pant inwards Deco Waves. Photo past times Gabe Sullivan.

Sierra, We’ve read that you lot are diabetic. How has living inwards California versus NY assist you lot hold a healthier lifestyle inwards general?

Sierra: Here inwards California, the trunk types that are inwards demand aren’t quite every bit extreme every bit New York, which afforded me the powerfulness to last to a greater extent than relaxed virtually my diet in addition to lifestyle. There is a lot less stress here, too, existence surrounded past times to a greater extent than nature in addition to spell at that spot is withal a ton of people living here, it’s much to a greater extent than spread out than inwards New York thus you lot don’t experience quite thus cramped.

At the halt of the day, though, how you lot acquire by with life in addition to stress determines your wellness only every bit much if non to a greater extent than than where you lot live. Living inwards California sure makes it experience easier inwards unopen to ways. No affair what though, diabetes is a challenging status to alive with in addition to I ever strive to practice my best with managing it. So far, thus good!

Their VW van! Photo courtesy Gabe Sullivan. 

What is your perfect identify unit of measurement beach day? 

Gabe: Sat is our go-to beach day. We pack upwards unopen to yummy nutrient in addition to our boards in addition to caput downwards to ane of the beaches nearby where nosotros live. Now that the open-air Trolleys are running ane time to a greater extent than hither inwards Laguna, we’ll last jumping onboard in addition to enjoying that every bit business office of our experience to a greater extent than ofttimes every bit well. The perfect beach twenty-four hours is filled with skilful vibes, skilful waves, skilful nutrient in addition to skilful friends.

Sierra: The perfect twenty-four hours is a pocketbook total of books, magazines, yummy accept out from a nearby taco shop, 82 flat weather condition with 75 flat water, mellow waves in addition to enough of shade mixed with a swim inwards the ocean.

Thanks Gabe in addition to Sierra! We are thus happy with the shoot in addition to can't facial expression to go with you lot again! 


Sierra wears the Laguna pant inwards Deco Waves. Photo past times Gabe Sullivan.
Sierra Sullivan inwards the Chicama Top in addition to Balboa Leggings inwards Porto. Photo past times Gabe Sullivan.

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