Thursday, April 27, 2017

Swoon-Worthy Interior Design Photography from Brad Knipstein

 Presidio dining room photographed by Brad Knipstein. Designed by Josef Medellin.
The Bay Area is a hub for creativity, ingenuity and diversity. It stands to reason that its cutting-edge interior designers must reflect these qualities. Recently, interior photographer Brad Knipstein captured some memorable moments of coveted interior designer Josef Medellin’s work in San Francisco's historic Presidio and Mill Valley. Josef is known for his snappy, eclectic design that incorporates inherited pieces as well as the ability to capture future purchases and move things around. While Josef collaborates with owners to ensure a mix of old and new, Brad makes us feel like we’re a welcome guest.

“I enjoy working with Brad because he is a professional, he knows his craft and makes it easy for me to trust that he will get the best shot,” says Josef.

Be sure to visit more of Brad’s stunning photography at

 Sitting area in Presidio Home. - Image by Brad Knipstein, Interior Photographer

 Presidio kitchen

 Mill Valley home photographed by Brad Knipstein. Josef M Designs.

Blue dining area photographed by Brad Knipstein.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo Stylist Rachel Grunig on Sustainable Design

Icicle Seafood Photoshoot
Most of us are in the habit of accumulating a lot of stuff and continually looking for ways to reduce our footprint. In honor of Earth Day this week, we caught up with prop, interior and food stylist, Rachel Grunig, to learn how she makes a concerted effort to stay green. It’s no secret that photo stylists, in particular, source everything from unique surfaces and accents to furniture and artwork for photo shoots. Turns out, Rachel is an expert at organizing her stuff. Over the years, she’s also become quite skilled at incorporating amazing vintage-inspired, eco-friendly items into her design. We’re excited to share Rachel’s list of favorite local, used and vintage purveyors:

ü  Akiko Graham is a very talented local Seattle potter. I recently sourced a beautiful selection of plates, saucers and low bowls for a shoot for Icicle Seafoods where the creative called for unique ceramics.
ü  Judy Jackson is another potter I really love. Although, she’s based in New Jersey, Three Birds Home in Queen Anne often carries her work. Three Birds also carries dishware by a company called Canvas – purveyors modern, sustainable style.
ü  For metal accents, the Goodwill on Dearborn is my go-to source for interesting, tarnished metal trays and bowls. Every time I go there I find amazing metal bits. I’ve had a lot of luck finding vintage silverware at prices far lower than what I’d find at an antique store.

Vintage finds from Seattle Goodwill

 Details from Seattle Goodwill
ü  Mr. Johnson’s Antiques in Montlake is another great source for metal accents and vintage dishes.
ü  For fabric, a local favorite is Nancy’s Sewing Basket in Queen Anne. Nancy’s has a lovely selection of linen fabrics that are great for tablecloths and napkins. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Rachel’s work, please visit us at

 On Set with Rachel Grunig

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Interior Photographer Brad Knipstein & De Gournay Inspire in San Francisco

There’s wallpaper and then there’s wallpaper. Leading the way is the distinguished and aspirational House of de Gournay, known for its vibrant, bespoke creations. De Gournay's hand-painted wallpaper and silk works of art lend interiors a three-dimensional quality and are regularly featured by tastemakers including Architectural Digest and Vogue (see the 2015 Met Ball Gala).
Though we can’t all afford this next-level perfection, we can appreciate the spirit. Take a look at interior photographer Brad Knipstein’s images from the grand opening of de Grounay’s San Francisco showroom. Brad captured the elegance, texture and dimension of the new space located in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood, and we feel like we’re in a fairytale. To see more of Brad's work visit or

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Exciting Before & After: Sally Reps Welcomes Awesome Photo Retoucher Jon Birdseye

Sally Bjornsen Represents is proud to add Jon Birdseye, photo retoucher extraordinaire, to the roster of talent. “For years I have wanted to offer retouching as a resource to my clients,” says Bjornsen. “So when the opportunity to join forces with Jon became a reality, I was really excited." 
Jon is an artist who enjoys collaboration, creation and detail. Jon cut his teeth in New York after earning his MFA in Photography. No stranger to retouching beautiful images on tight deadlines, Jon is passionate about helping photographers and creative agencies achieve their visions. Some of Jon’s past projects include work for ASICS, Starbucks, New Balance and Hershey’s and his many
collaborations have appeared in national publications from Vogue and Martha Stewart Weddings to Popular Science. Chances are if you’ve browsed a store aisle or shopped online, you’ve seen Jon’s work. 

Please join us in welcoming Jon to the growing team at Sally Bjornsen Represents. Be sure to check out Jon’s work at or at Jon's website

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's A Party! Kelsey Eads' Teams Up with Sugar & Cloth for Amazon Kitchen

 Amazon Kitchen
There’s good reason that interior, food and tabletop stylist Kelsey Eads is one of our (and our clients’) favorites. Kelsey is a rare stylist who essentially functions as a creative director with years of experience running her own event and wedding company. Over the last six month or so, Kelsey’s been integral in creating the look and feel for Amazon Kitchen’s exciting new Event & Party Department in collaboration with inspired lifestyle blogger, Ashley Rose from Sugar & Cloth. As you might imagine from this duo, the results are nothing short of fabulous. We got to ask Kelsey some questions about how it’s all coming together.

Q. How do you start the creative process when styling events for photoshoots ... what's the first thing you do?

A. Photos taken at a party or event can end up being shot from any angle or distance. It's crucial that the design of the whole room looks just as cohesive as a close-up of the finer points — like a menu on a napkin. In the end, event images serve to tell different chapters of a visual story and form a collection.

Q. How do you incorporate detail without making the images appear busy?

A. I think a big part of styling — and many forms of art — is knowing when to stop. With photography, there’s the added benefit of being able to move and remove items even after you thought you we're done styling. The negative space in an image is important.

Q. What have you been up to lately?

A. I just finished a second shoot for Amazon Kitchen’s Event & Party Department. (Kelsey was responsible for the food styling on the shoot while Ashley styled the props.) Recently, a lot of my favorite work has incorporated styling a kitchen or dining room set and adding in food styling as well, such as a meal being prepped in a beautiful kitchen. I consider interiors and food two very different animals and when they come together it's a lot of fun.

We can’t wait to see Kelsey’s upcoming food stylings for Amazon (& more). Stay tuned at

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Welcome Food & Lifestyle Photographer Sarah Flotard!

Sally Bjornsen Represents is excited to announce the addition of food and lifestyle photographer, Sarah Flotard, to our roster of talent. Sarah, who hails from the East Coast, got her degree in film and literature at the University of Vermont.  It’s a filmmaker’s eye that Sarah brings to her projects — plus a natural ability to lend intimacy and energy to every one of her images.

Starting out, Sarah dabbled in the food industry, first as a recipe developer, cook and content creator for a variety of food blogs, until she landed the position of Marketing Director for James Beard award-winning chef, Tom Douglas. It was during her time with Douglas that she acquired a deeper understanding of the mechanics and artistry behind an award-winning restaurant. Compelled to capture the momentum, creativity and lifestyle behind the scenes, Sarah began photographing celebrity chefs, restaurants, farms and creative communities, landing editorial jobs in The New York Times Magazine, Bon Appétit, Rachel Ray Every Day, Town & Country and many others.  “I like to tell visual stories,” says Sarah.  “I love to capture the creative process and reward the viewer with the result, whether that be a beautiful dish or a group of people enjoying a picnic.”

Not one to be pigeonholed in an industry, Sarah has gravitated to more lifestyle-oriented projects of late, shooting for hotel, grocery and apparel clients. However, she still attributes her unique sense of style to her time spent in frenetic kitchens preparing food and imagining the mystique that goes into a culinary experience. “I spent my childhood by my mom’s side in the kitchen, absorbing her classic cooking style as well as her steadfast belief that it’s important to ‘make it nice.’ She packed me off to college with a deep love of food, a vintage melon baller, and a set of green Fiestaware that my family still eats off today.”

Please help us in welcoming Sarah and don’t miss her work at and

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Photographer George Barberis Talks Technique with Popular Photography Magazine

Popular Photography Magazine features commercial photographer George Barberis’ mastery of light in its March/April 2017 issue and it’s worth a read. The article, “Light Repast” shares the ins and outs of a project George completed for Lupulo — a spacious, convivial restaurant in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Lupulo — “hops” in Portuguese — was designed by architecture and design firm, CRÈME, and marries the simplicity of elegant, contemporary design with a traditional Portuguese coastal environment accented by screens of knotted nautical rope, rustic wood and beautiful sea-blue ceramic tiles. Through his photography, George was able to convey the natural feel of the space — light, open and airy.

George and his assistant pulled off the shoot in only three hours between lunch and dinner shifts. The article gives us some insight into George’s lighting techniques, and we learn how he managed to capture the “color” and sense of place unique to each room. Ultimately, we also glean an understanding of this pro’s approach to the artistry of photography.
Be sure to grab a copy of Popular Photography’s upcoming issue and, in the meantime, take a look at George’s body of work at


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Eureka! Goes 'Glamping' with Food Stylist Beth Batson

 Food Stylist Beth Batson for Eureka!

 Food Stylist Beth Batson

If you’re anything like us here at Sally Reps, you’re just about ready for a vacation to warmer climes. For those of you who can’t get away, we put together a virtual vacation with food stylist Beth Batson and her client, Eureka!
Over the years, Eureka! – the century-old camping gear purveyor — has expanded its product line beyond tents (and covered wagons) to include sleeping bags, stoves, lighting and more. This past August, Eureka! called on an experienced creative team, lead by still and motion imagery photographers, Little Outdoor Giants, wardrobe stylists Hilary Folks and Erin Larson, hair and makeup artist Jamyrlyn Mallory, and talented our very own talent  food stylist, Beth Batson  to update its look. Beth expertly handled all food prep and styling for the team on location at beautiful Lake Kachess in Eastern Washington.
The site was stunning and made for rich shots of Eureka’s innovative camping gear in action. What’s more, it gave Beth the opportunity to test her mettle preparing and styling food without access to running water, electricity or refrigeration! Campsite gourmet, Beth worked out of her hatchback from multiple ice-packed coolers to prep beautiful food for the shoot. In 90-degree weather, the team photographed Beth's classic camp fare -- like flawless flapjacks -- and a next-level dinner party feast, including steak tacos, condiments, and swoon-worthy snacks. 
Ok, it’s not an all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii but it’s pretty, darn close. Be sure to check out more of Beth’s food stylings at

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wardrobe Stylist Katie Laggis Riffs on Style to Set the Mood for NYFW

 Wardrobe Stylist Katie Laggis
Today, we’re excited to celebrate the beginning of New York Fashion Week alongside the fashion elite and street-style stars alike. To make us feel like we’re (almost) there, we sat down with Seattle-based, wardrobe stylist extraordinaire, Katie Laggis, to find out what she’s looking forward to most about Fashion Week. 

Katie’s a veteran photo stylist who’s worked with clients across the United States. Her personal uniform has always been baggy pants and T-shirts so it might surprise even those who know her best that Katie’s favorite designers are actually the ultra-girly ones: Nina Ricci, Marchesa, and in particular, . Not only does Katie admire Ferretti's ethereal designs, she respects her endurance and overall contribution to the fashion world: "She still designs for her own house, which is impressive, but she’s also held her own for nearly 50 years in a tough business. When people talk about the great Italian fashion houses they speak of Alberta Ferretti in the same sentence as Armani, Versace, Gucci and Valentino."  

We'll have to wait until later this month for Milan Fashion Week to see what Ferretti's been up to, but meanwhile, we're loving this sheer purple Alberta Ferretti dress (pictured above) that Katie spied a few years back while poking around in a consignment store in Oakland, California, and styled to perfection. See more inspirational Ferretti designs below and be sure to take a look at Katie's complete portfolio at

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Photographer George Barberis Lets the Light in for "Gray" Spread

Gray Magazine George Barberis Photography
 George Barberis Photography
How do you show the luster of dark wood in a turn-of-the-century craftsman surrounded by tall trees on a typical gray Pacific Northwest winter day? You enlist the expertise of talented interior photographer, George Barberis. George is used to working in challenging light. For his recent shoot featured in the February/March issue of Gray Magazine, he brought his own.“I was working in a beautiful, heavily wooded area of the Ladd's Addition neighborhood in Portland, so I set up lighting on really tall stands outside of the bungalow.” 

George was intent on showcasing the wealth of mahogany woodwork and luxurious materials – velvet, silk and brass
 – selected by Portland interior designer Casey Keasler — founder and creative director of Casework. George and Casey were working in small craftsman rooms where Casey had balanced the early 19th century-style of the home with curvy lines, clubby leather chairs and glam accents. 

For George, the challenge was fitting the entire look into the magazine’s image aspect. To make the home photo-ready, the pair spent the day rearranging furniture. The final images show off the home’s newfound luster and inspired décor—complete with hand-painted magnolia blooms by artist, Michael Paulus: Collective sigh.

 George Barberis Photography
See more of George’s work for Gray magazine and myriad clients at or
 George Barberis Interior Photography