The first time I met Jenni was in N.Y.C. Our introduction was brief, but when our paths crossed again in Los Angeles through mutual friends, we became fast friends. When I met Erik, Jenni’s fiancé I knew he would be that perfect second half, and that he is. They are best friends and make a beautiful team.
Jenni is a fantastic cook. She makes the best vegan cookies I have ever tasted. One night she brought a bag of them over to my house and we devoured them in just one sitting in disbelief that they were vegan. I love going over to her place for dinner. Everything from her pizzas, mashed cauliflower, and her guacamole sprinkled with pomegranate seeds is delicious (Erik is one lucky guy!)
Jenni is a publicist in Los Angeles. She specializes in actors and musicians. Erik is an acclaimed Rock photographer and a new media director shooting everything from music video, behind the scenes footage, and epks for corporations like Coca Cola and Amway. Erik’s photography here!
1. Tea or Coffee?
Erik: Coffee at least 3 a day. I ever ask for what I want when I go to my local spot. They already know.
Jenni: Always coffee. Best coffee in LA is Kings Road if you like a strong brew, second best coffee is Teuscher in Beverly Hills, so so good.
2. Naked or Lingerie?
Erik: Depends on the lingerie.
Jenni: Naked, but depends on the situation always.
3. Favorite camera?
Erik: Leica or iPhone. Leica because they are amazing yet simplistic and iphone because what else do I need to say, it’s the iPhone.
Jenni: Pentax k1000 or Polaroid 600 – the Pentax is an amazing film camera which was the first thing I learned on, Polaroid 6000 because of the instant gratification in the best of both worlds; film you can see right away.
4. Favorite movie?
Erik: Breakfast Club, Bigger Longer and Uncut, the South Park Movie.
Jenni: The Shawshank Redemption AND Farris Bueller’s Day Off and One Crazy Summer.
5. Favorite Quote?
Erik: “If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.”
6. What’s in your purse.
Jenni: Always a point and shoot camera, medicated Chapstick, Blackberry, day planner (I still hand-write everything down), a mini Moleskin journal case ( I see something I like and want to remind myself about later), a bright red leather change purse my grandma gave me that’s 45 years old and has been all over the world.
7. Favorite book?
Erik: 48 Laws of Power, and Inferno by James Nachtwey
Jenni: A Confederacy of Dunces and Catcher in the Rye
8. Favorite shoot and/or shooting location?
Erik: Baghdad (2006), it was a life changer.
9. Favorite Birthday present ever received?
Erik: Motorcycle when I was 13.
Jenni: My childhood horse star when I was 10.
10. Favorite museum or exhibit?
Erik: A Day in Country Impression in the French landscape LACMA 1984.
Jenni: Natural History Museum in NYC. I’m so bummed I didn’t think of the film “A Night at the Museum” that would have been so rad if that could happen, and the Gaudi Museum in Barcelona.
11. Favorite vacation spot?
Erik: Hard for me to say, I still have so much of the world to see
Jenni: Positano on the Italian Coast
12. Favorite local hang outs in LA?
Erik: Baciami on Larchmont, Starbucks on Beverly, Larchmont Farmers Market, The Roxy, my couch, Quiksilver and/or Vans in Santa Monica.
Jenni: Larchmont Farmers Market, the backyard at my house, Yogaworks Main Street, Kings Road for coffee and Bronson Island.
13. If you were stuck on an island what are the 5 things you couldn’t live without?
Erik: My fiance, internet connection with laptop, chocolate chip cookies, a Papa Johns (so gross courtesy of Jenni) Erik “but a man has to eat!”
Jenni: Music, a few good books, a hammock, a yoga mat, a masseuse, and apples (and Erik if I can bring someone to keep me company).
15. What items in your closet can’t you live without?
Erik: My John Varvatos Chuck Taylors, Quicksilver jeans in blue and black, my Northface jacket and Goorin Brothers fedoras.
Jenni: My cashmere scarf collection, a large brim hat for when I’m in the sun, classic Chuck Taylors. I mean everyone needs a pair! Amazingly worn in denim, the perfect white tee, and some of my grandma’s vintage gold bracelets.
Photography by Lily Flores