A Letter to My 27 Year Old Self

Hey Jacquie! Happy Birthday girl! Are you alive? Yes? Good! So, how are you doing? Hopefully everything is alright.  Do you remember the point of this? If not, let me remind you… this is your chance to get refocused in life! At the time that this letter was written you were going through somethings… shall we list them out? Your parents sacrificed more than they had so … Continue reading A Letter to My 27 Year Old Self

Dear Plants, Please Don’t Die

Gardeners have green thumbs. It’s fun to pretend one can grow a garden, but unfortunately my thumb has remained a shameful brown since the beginning of time. I usually wait a while before taking my plant’s portraits but have increasingly found myself photographing a murder. That’s why yesterday I decided to practice photo editing techniques on newly acquired specimens. These three iridescent cuties were acquired … Continue reading Dear Plants, Please Don’t Die

2nd & 3rd Month – Art Challenge

“Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.” –  Mason Cooley It’s been a month or two and even though I uploaded to other social media, I did not do the official posts for February and March’s digital drawings. So here we are. As a refresher: 12 Month Digital Art Challenge Create at least one digital art piece every month during 2019 Share on social … Continue reading 2nd & 3rd Month – Art Challenge

Lunar Eclipse and the Tripod Mishap

I don’t always plan to do astrophotography, but sometimes when conditions are just right, it seems like a crime not too. That’s how I felt about the ‘Super Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse sweeping over the sky this weekend. Except it wasn’t until 3 min before the event that I found myself scrambling for equipment and feeling guilty for initially planning to avoid it. For the … Continue reading Lunar Eclipse and the Tripod Mishap

Ultralight Packing Challenge

Winter Break, 2014 – I arrived at the airport too late to check in baggage. Either it stayed behind or I’d be missing my last opportunity to hang out with my grandpa. Obviously, seeing grandpa beats hauling luggage so as a last resort to make it to my destination, I put a couple things in my purse, grabbed Tigger and headed abroad for two weeks.  Upon … Continue reading Ultralight Packing Challenge

What Would I Do to Make the World a Better Place?

Someone on Facebook recently asked that ‘if given several thousand dollars to make the world a better place, what would you use it for’? I thought about it and decided if that were the case, I would have a photography program for children abroad in an area where they would otherwise not have that opportunity. Given that photography is an expensive hobby and unfortunately an even … Continue reading What Would I Do to Make the World a Better Place?

Sharing Custody of a Swan & Instagram Plotting

A couple years ago, Karen and I plotted a poolside photo shoot. At the time, the cost of a lovely inflatable swan was too high for either of us to purchase by ourselves. We requested the help of a friend to split the costs, After all, none of us owned a pool and taking turns made sense. For the photo shoot, Karen decided on a swimsuit … Continue reading Sharing Custody of a Swan & Instagram Plotting

How to Be the Worst Client Ever ;)

Hey guys, I have compiled a list to help you be the worst client. But seriously though, don’t be that person. – The Relative – This one is super easy. Is the person providing the service related to you? Guilt trip them about that. – The Ghost – This is the act of refusing to communicate with those providing the services until an emergency arises. – The Complainer … Continue reading How to Be the Worst Client Ever 😉

Shooting Against the Wind

– Back in 2014 – Like the previous post, this also took place during the time I worked with an acrobatic gymnast in a series of editorial circus photoshoots. Same as before, the images shared within this post are not the final portraits created as a result of that project. This time we were working on something a little bit different. The idea was to have … Continue reading Shooting Against the Wind

Case of the Missing Ringmaster – & How to Prep for a Large Scale Photo Shoot

– Back in 2014 – I’d been working closely with an acrobatic gymnast in a series of editorial circus photoshoots. While our results are always fabulously awesome, our heads don’t always flow in the same direction. After three months of struggling with our project, we’d finally arrived at our final shoot. Unfortunately, the day of – it became apparent that we were missing a ringmaster! … Continue reading Case of the Missing Ringmaster – & How to Prep for a Large Scale Photo Shoot

Worst Photoshoot Ever :(

– April 21, 2014 – Guess I’ve gotten too comfortable with my photography skills. Thinking nothing will go wrong is literally a foolish assumption in itself. Guess sometimes that lesson has to be learned the hard way. After three months of planning, here we are working on photoshoot #2 of our circus themed photo series. It was a drastic difference from the success of our … Continue reading Worst Photoshoot Ever 😦

Who am I?

During spring cleaning, I found a poem I’d written in high school – One of several which lie hidden in old flash drives and paper scraps. It’s bittersweet running into them, due to the flood of childhood memories which accompany. The majority have an umbrella theme which applies to all whom I hung out with in my quiet countryside neighboorhood. For example – we all … Continue reading Who am I?

A Year or Two After Europe

Exactly two years ago, I was gazing at the Belgian countryside from atop a double decker bus. Right now, I’m probably riding public trans to work, absorbed into the LCD screen resting on the palm of my hand. While the initial shock of returning to the US has worn off, there’s still a part of me that longs for the continent across the pond. No more French? Up … Continue reading A Year or Two After Europe

Abstract Love

Pictures of couples are a tricky thing. Those in them are usually in such a hurry to share with social media that little thought goes towards potential consequences. Think about that awkward Myspace phase in which teenagers kept posting closeup pictures of themselves french kissing. That was embarrassing right? Well so is the moment a Facebook user is caught ‘not in a relationship’ because they and their ex-muse have impulsively … Continue reading Abstract Love

Faces of Omar

Met up with Omar at a local coffee shop downtown. It was nerve-racking because this was my first time meeting up with a stranger at a public venue. We’d been initially introduced via phone by a mutual friend, so it wasn’t completely random… but still a first. Our friend wanted us to met up because Omar needed head shots and I wanted to learn more about Middle Eastern culture. … Continue reading Faces of Omar

Fall Greetings

While searching for autumn inspiration,  I found a set of water colored plants that were being sold individually as PNG files. The idea was that they could be combined into multiple art pieces through a computer editing software. Though these files were unpurchasely expensive, I thought it might be cool to use a similar technique to create my project. THE PAINTING PROCESS Initially I intended … Continue reading Fall Greetings

Someone is Selling Burgers?

Burgers, music, music videos, Islamic propaganda, galleries, apparel… Just kinda thought provoking, the things one finds on accident. So, basically a couple days ago, it was discovered that several people have used my pictures for various projects. They didn’t asked for permission and they didn’t give credit.  I’m not upset, not surprised but rather deep in thought. Going back through my images I realized that there are … Continue reading Someone is Selling Burgers?

Set Fire to the Brain

Their comments flow freely through the feeds of many photographers. These being thoughts and critiques from those who believe that photography’s brilliance is limited to it’s original exposure; straight  from the camera if you will. They say that an image is otherwise ruined when it no longer represents the truth of the situation in which the photograph was taken. Essentially that the image is a fib… a misrepresentation of reality, thus defeating … Continue reading Set Fire to the Brain

Memories of Last Year’s San Diego Fashion Week

Hours were spent at the mall trying to find the perfect outfits… and finally it was paying off. Karen and I were headed to FWSD! Anticipation was building; this was my first non-REVO runway event. Once there, Karen and I met up with fashionista Heidi and photographer Samantha Lyn. S.Lyn and I compared lenses and cameras. Even though we carried different brands, they were comparable in format. This was … Continue reading Memories of Last Year’s San Diego Fashion Week


As Written in 2014, While I Lived in France: Our visit to Château De Chillon along Lac Léman proved to be quite amusing. Guess we’ve been visiting a lot of castles lately.  It’s the same routine every time. Everyone goes in at once. We are handed these little audio tour guides and spend a couple of hours crossing off the numbers on the brochure.  Not gonna lie – … Continue reading Confessional

Mountain Selfie Addicts

It’s no secret; social media nurtures an obsession with images of one’s self. It’s contagious and while evidence shows an increase in narcissism and mental disorders, selfies are unlikely to go away for a very long time. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? make the most of your Outdoor selfie game -PREPLAN your shots- If you are familiar with the itinerary, make a … Continue reading Mountain Selfie Addicts

Trading Game

Photoshoots aren’t always in exchange for green dollar bills. Sometimes the trade is model’s time for prints.  Other times, my photo buddies trade photoshoots. It’s a ‘you shoot me, I shoot you’ sort of a deal. We both get our pictures taken, everyone is content. Social media gets spammed. Then there are occasions where it’s far more unique. One time I traded headshots for a plane ride. … Continue reading Trading Game

Cheers to a New Chapter

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Instead I believe in constantly checking on one’s progress in life and making adjustments as necessary. That doesn’t mean that one can’t assign goals, instead it means that goals should be determined on a daily basis rather than just once a year. For this blog there are a couple of things I would like to accomplish. These are listed … Continue reading Cheers to a New Chapter

Royalty on the Staircase

Some time ago, Abbee asked me to do her Senior portraits. I was thrilled, especially after learning that she would be wearing a traditional Pakistani outfit for part of the session! The original location of choice was an archway overgrown with vines. Unfortunately, lighting made it almost impossible to find the right moment to take the pictures there. Obviously the sun was too strong in the morning … Continue reading Royalty on the Staircase

Oh to Be a Rebel

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do.” – Walter BagehotIt started with a Facebook post… Someone commented that unless I was interested in exploring the sewage system, such an adventure could not go down in my area. Oh yeah? My little cousin  messaged me about a tunnel she’d found near her home. Challenge accepted! We made plans to hang out for the weekend. … Continue reading Oh to Be a Rebel

The First 25 Hours of my 23rd Birthday

I woke up Sunday morning, unable to move with ease. After a quick inventory, I discovered that my left leg was covered in scratches  poignantly stinging at the slightest touch. Among the other discoveries was a swollen right knee highlighted in a shade of purple, mosquito bite on the left arm and soreness creeping across my right shoulder. It took a few hours before I noticed the poison ivy… … Continue reading The First 25 Hours of my 23rd Birthday

Two Years Without a Cellphone

We can be incredibly disconnected in this day and age with computers and cell phones. – Marcia Gay Harden For the majority of my college experience, I’ve lived in places with limited cell service. My Napa Valley campus, for example, was notorious for being catered by a single carrier. Students who weren’t connected to the correct phone company had to find other means of communication. … Continue reading Two Years Without a Cellphone

Wind Storm

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. – Dolly Parton This is one of the pictures taken during that top secret scouting trip a couple months ago. I’ve since been teased endlessly for wearing a wedding dress… for questionable purposes. It’s not like I’m in such desperate need of a marriage ceremony that I must carry proper attire should the opportunity … Continue reading Wind Storm

These Three

August means I get to hang out with these three bundles of joy for a couple hours. It’s been about five years since I took the first picture of my little cousins  together.  Comparing the two shots side by side, one can see an improvement in both composition and editing. Photography Tips:  Remove as many distractions  from the background as possible. Remember that eyes draw viewers to the … Continue reading These Three

Contrasto en Haute Couture

While normal portraits are always in, sometimes it’s fun to contort the angles and play with lighting. That’s what high fashion photography is all about; dramatic lighting, strong facial expressions and unique body compositions. Might have even made up a new phrase to describe such images in black and white. Just kidding – but really though… ‘Contrasto en Haute Couture’ is a mixture of two languages. ‘Contrasto’ … Continue reading Contrasto en Haute Couture

Twenty Six Hour Drawing

The drawing instructor gazed at us with a smile spreading across her lips. “Create an imaginary world,” she said, enticing our imaginations. What was not as enticing, however, was the hundred sixty eight hours and  twenty four inch papers we had to complete the assignment. Given that mermaids would be the easiest subject for me to draw, I settled on an underwater world in watercolor. My friends in … Continue reading Twenty Six Hour Drawing

Jupiter and Venus Hiding Behind a Tree

My friends had gone out for sushi but I’d chosen to pace back and forth on my parents driveway. Amanda, one of my roommates from college, was explaining her dilemma in regards to art school. I could only relate and acknowledge her struggle in frustration.  Sometime later, my mom told me to look up at the sky. I was feeling ‘eh’ but she insisted and … Continue reading Jupiter and Venus Hiding Behind a Tree

La La La Light Pollution

Given my dislike for large pockets of civilization, the amount of times I’ve visited the city of Angels within the last six months is surprising. Ok, ok – admittedly that’s not entirely true. Being born within the city limits, does give Los Angeles a special place in my heart.During the summer Solstice, I climbed up to Griffith Observatory. The sun was diving beyond the hills. The amount of selfies taken against the … Continue reading La La La Light Pollution


“Hello? Can anyone hear me?” There was no reply, not even in cheerful melodies usually sung by birds. I dropped the sound kit on the forest floor and ran further along the dirt path. “Hello, Hello!?” Again, nothing except the eerie buzz of silence. I turned back, but every direction seemed a mirror image of it’s self. The only comfort came in the form of sunbeams piercing … Continue reading #‎jayaramsmiles‬

Cowgirl Up

Let’s rewind about a year to the first photoshoot I worked on after moving back from France. During the first couple weeks of summer, a photographer specializing in cosplay asked if she could shadow me. Of course, that was fine, but since our subject matter differed, I wondered how that would work out. Within a couple days, we started sharing our progress on personal projects and eventually decided to … Continue reading Cowgirl Up

Joie de Vivre

Sometimes, the best moments are unplanned. There is no room for being let down and no time to think up better circumstances.  Instead it’s a magical experience that can never be recreated to uttermost perfection. To some, it’s a lifestyle. To others, it becomes an addiction in which they crave the feeling of bliss. Adventure. Speed. Not getting caught. Of course, it’s not always about … Continue reading Joie de Vivre

Primera Pasarela :D

The last time I attended a REVO Fashion show, it was from behind a bush and with a telephoto lens. This time, Veronica asked if I wanted to be in it. Of course, such opportunity could not be missed. Dress fittings, alterations, song choosing practices…preparation was much like that of a wedding. Even in the hours before the event, the girls lounged in sweatpants and … Continue reading Primera Pasarela 😀

South of the Border

There was something exciting about seeing the rays of sun touching on the hillside of a country not my own. It had been a while since I’d crossed an international border on foot. In Europe, it was as easy as an afternoon stroll, but in the states, it’s gotten more complicated than that. Despite the research and fading memories, getting to Tijuana required guidance from … Continue reading South of the Border

Don’t Get Carried Away

If you want to do a photoshoot from an aerial perspective do you: A. Use a drone B. Take images from a helicopter C. Have entire crew jump from a plane and capture the shot mid air ƸӜƷ For the traveler, airports are the worst but for a photographer, they are an ideal playground. Whether it’s sticking a DSLR out the window or sneaking onto the runway, there is … Continue reading Don’t Get Carried Away

Glitter and Rope

I’ve started following Instagram accounts with outdoor photographers. The way they capture foggy mountain cross backs makes them seem to be living a dream. Nostalgia for the alps and especially the little French mountain with the Swiss flag is especially strong at this moment. Unlike the previous weeks, this time there were no strolls on LA rooftops, no scouting for hippie garbage cans in Riverside … Continue reading Glitter and Rope

In Control

Public undress isn’t something I usually encourage. It’s so uncomfortable to see someone in that predicament. Strangely enough, I may or may not have ended up in my underwear, smack in the middle of a brightly lit sidewalk. Thankfully, the incident didn’t result in nightmares. There have flashbacks though, often triggered by the raging fury of European cruisers. I hate panic trickling up my spine … Continue reading In Control

Growing Up

It started because of a misunderstanding.  Someone suggested that we do a photoshoot Downtown Los Angeles, near Skid Row. These’s a catch; it had to be around midnight and we could bring tents and ‘camp on the street’. “Hey girls, just wanted your opinions in regards to something that came up…”  I asked of those who shared my previous record of sleeping in caves and climbing up … Continue reading Growing Up

Now You See them, Now You Don’t

We were lured towards the Mexican/US boarder with the promise of hot springs. For weeks, that’s all I could think about; swimming, warm water, no school. We arrived at the campground much too late for a dip, but the next day, we were all there. The lighting inside the pool housing could not be ignored. I ran back to grab the 5D and a reflector. As … Continue reading Now You See them, Now You Don’t

In Theaters, Literally

The amount of times I’ve been to a theater can still be counted on fingers and toes. Weird that I’m a film student, isn’t it? The Cameo in St. Helena is particularly special; I’ve watched my own films play on the screen and my cousin got married there. Guess who got the privilege in photographing the event? This is not the first wedding I’ve ever done but it’s definitely the … Continue reading In Theaters, Literally

Straying from the Truth

They say that one should not lie because more lies will be created to cover. I have never understood this as well as last Saturday. Eventually, I will have to explain to my parents. Las Vegas + wedding dress? What a scandal. It started when Erwin suggested that we drive to Death Valley to check the venue for an upcoming camping trip. He told four … Continue reading Straying from the Truth

A Taste of Europa

They looked like toy soldiers from afar but up close it was no joke. Most people ignored them, but I was terrified. They stood silently at their posts but threatened with their eyes and the AR-15s they carried. Finally the glass slid, allowing me to walk through.  I sighed in relief and scanned the crowed for a familiar face. She walked right by and didn’t seem … Continue reading A Taste of Europa

Estrellas y Extraterrestres

School is out of my schedule for an entire seven days.  What’s on the calender instead? ROAD TRIP!  Nothing too extravagant like cross country, but driving up the state of California can be quite an adventure. Point of Departure:  Julian, CA – Final Destination:  St. Helena California. Over the past weekend, my friends and I have been camping out somewhere south of Julian. While most are just hanging … Continue reading Estrellas y Extraterrestres

And One Day We Can Laugh About Those Epic Fails

As a photographer, I’ve learned that things don’t always flow smoothly as planned. 1. Monster in the BushesOne time, while doing light art at the lake, my light artist messed up an outline. I laughed so hard at the result that I almost peed! That wasn’t as serious but on a different night while working on astrophotography – I really had to go! 2am in … Continue reading And One Day We Can Laugh About Those Epic Fails

When Modest is Hottest

So… A couple days ago, I was meeting up with some people regarding a film project. They were looking for my photography page so I told them to look it up on Facebook. “Whaaaa? These are your photos!?” I scooted over to take a peek. The surprise was certainly more enjoyable for them than it ever would be for me. First results page – pictures everywhere… … Continue reading When Modest is Hottest

Aliens, Lets be Friends!

For being new, there is a surprisingly large amount of familiar faces. A cousin, several church friends and definitively a ton of students who also transferred from the same college in Napa. Regardless, there is still a feeling of emptiness and loneliness in a new environment. Seeing acquaintances isn’t the same as creating epic memories with mes copins. Orientation didn’t do a very good job of introducing new friendships… … Continue reading Aliens, Lets be Friends!


Once again I’ve collaborated with the amazingly talented Kae Avine. All year, she wanted to create a routine around the waterfall outside our dorm. Right before leaving France, we had the chance to film it. This girl’s choreography is just so perfectly timed. You can watch the version that she edited below: Ugh, there are definitely a lot of issues with the camera work. It’s still very rough from … Continue reading Fear

Goodbye – One Last Time

We were up by 2:45am. Yeah, I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only way we’d be out by 3. Of course, the night sky was a cause for constantly running into things. Oh the stars, so many stars, oh so overwhelmingly marvelous! We tried to set up the tripod at the base of the mountain but were soon chased away by a pack of unchained dogs. … Continue reading Goodbye – One Last Time

Homeland Revolution

Victoria and I discussed various media projects at the beginning of summer. Goal: rise awareness about human trafficking and advertise for the Homeland Revolution at the University of Redlands. As we talked about the cause – one of the things that kept coming up was the realization that anyone could be a victim but no one may ever know. Too many times, people associate trafficking and slavery with the … Continue reading Homeland Revolution

How to Scare Off a Cowboy (or Any Guy)

Scaring off cowboys is a backbreaking activity because it requires an enormous amount of time, dedication and insanity to complete the desired effect. Cowgirls or not, many are willing to sacrifice their reputation in order to win the affections of a dashing gentleman. Little do they know what a challenge it is to catch a cowboy’s wink. It is much more entertaining to scare him … Continue reading How to Scare Off a Cowboy (or Any Guy)

From Afar

There is something enticing about the flickering multicolored lights produced by concentrations of civilization. They are like little galaxies within the planet we call earth. They represent everything that comes with human kind. Life. Happiness. Tragedy. Many prefer to walk within the comfort of concrete sidewalks and street lamps. They see carefree smiles of strangers and feel warmth in their passing. It’s a comforting feeling to be … Continue reading From Afar

How I Almost Died Chasing Peter Pan

“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan We were supposed to be climbing the mountain, but somehow wondered off trail.  Since Colin and I were planning a photoshoot, location scouting didn’t seem like a bad idea.  The luscious undergrowth scraped at our ankles as we raced across the forest. We jumped up onto stumps and boulders, even considered climbing … Continue reading How I Almost Died Chasing Peter Pan

The Portrayal of Human Beauty Through the Eyes of an Ancient Artist

Throughout the ages, people have concerned themselves with appearances and the illusion of a perfect human form.  Beauty, however, is a fleeting frame of mind. What was once considered attractive is no longer main stream today.  Of course, this seems obvious. Fashion, make-up and hair styles change constantly… but so does the idealistic human form. I hadn’t really thought about this until recently while visiting … Continue reading The Portrayal of Human Beauty Through the Eyes of an Ancient Artist

Don’t Fall Down the Drain

Yes, that was a blurry yet aesthetically pleasing image featuring a staircase inside the Arch de Triumph. Of course, most have watched ‘Taken’. Upon deciding to move to France, it was a movie that was often mentioned in conversation. Instead of taking the matter directly to me, someone went as far as accusing my parents of irresponsibility for allowing their only child to go so far on her … Continue reading Don’t Fall Down the Drain

Drama Behind the Scenes

“This is probably the best still I have ever taken as a set photographer” read a post from last year which never quite got published… and so I’m just going to emancipate it from the drafts box: The image was taken during a cinematography class project. We were supposed use a K3 film camera but nobody imagined that using it would be such a hassle!  At first, we couldn’t even … Continue reading Drama Behind the Scenes

That One Time Switzerland Invaded France

One hour of determined hiking can get one to the top. The view is absolutely amazing. Makes you realize how small you are and how big the world is in comparison. It’s fun going with friends, but sometimes going alone is the best option. You can loose yourself from pretty much anything. All the troubles and stress … pretty much just let everything drain out. That’s … Continue reading That One Time Switzerland Invaded France

Night on the Lac Léman

Went camping along the Lake Leman. By camping, I mean staying in cabins not too far from the water’s edge. On our first night there, Grace and I sat on one of the docks along the shore. Being there  reminded us of another lake in a country far, far away. We talked about life and whatever else flooded our minds at the time. Both being interested in … Continue reading Night on the Lac Léman

Night Under the Mountain

There is a group at our school that is often going camping or planning such outdoor activities. Wish I’d been better friends with them, because honestly those are the types of things that I miss from my childhood. The things I hope to continue doing in the future. I did get to hang out with them a couple weeks ago when they decided to camp out … Continue reading Night Under the Mountain

Shadows Dancing on the Wall

Saw this image while cleaning out the hard drive. It’s of my favorite display at the Centre Georges Pompidou: Shadow Play by Hans-Peter Feldmann. It’s basically composed of little figurines casting shadows on the wall as they rotate on a disc.  You can just sit there and watch it for hours. It’s kinda funny under what circumstances I ended gazing up at this display. We were supposed to spend the … Continue reading Shadows Dancing on the Wall

Take Me to Africa

Like I’ve previously said, I’ve always wanted to travel to Africa. But sometimes, when one can’t go to Africa, it’s ok to bring Africa to wherever you are. Meet Leila, my lovely and very wise roommate. Also the first person to gladly teach me how to tie head scarves the right way. When I told her about my 9 countries, 9 photo shoots, 9 months project … Continue reading Take Me to Africa

Unplanned Exploration in the Leaf Tunnel!

This image was totally spontaneous and unplanned. Thats why I love it so much.This was actually taken on Easter Sunday. Not sure what country we were in at the time, although I have reason to believe it was Switzerland. We were walking along the side of the road when we came across this. It was just so beautiful. Walked right in, took a picture and … Continue reading Unplanned Exploration in the Leaf Tunnel!

Durango Falls

Camping is fun. Experiencing different cultures is fun.  So, when I was invited to go camping at La Concha Durango, how could I say no? We got there by bus. Everyone unloaded their belongings and got ready to set up camp. But not everyone had come well prepared. There were only two tents to accommodate the group of 30 something. Several families decided to rent … Continue reading Durango Falls

Kind of a Triptych

Just a couple pictures  from a project sophomore year.  I was asked to take three images, one per quarter – each representing an ideal quality of our campus. Originally, I was very excited about working on it. The first caption, ‘A place to Serve’, was actually the last image I was able to obtain. It had been suggested that I have a group of students helping … Continue reading Kind of a Triptych

Ice and Sky

We climbed up high hopping to catch a glimpse of the setting sun. The days had been getting warmer, thus we were truly surprised to find a blanket of snow.  Even more amusing was the team of paragliders standing next to the edge. The sun pierced through their gliders. The colors spread throughout the sky. It was so beautiful.  Hopefully these extreme sports fans weren’t … Continue reading Ice and Sky

Heaven… as Seen from the Entrance of the Olympic Museum.

We got the chance to visit the Olympic Museum Lausanne, Switzerland. It was actually a pretty amazing experience to get to see everything from memorabilia to actual costumes worn by the athletes. Strangely enough, my favorite time was spent outside the museum. The scenery was just amazing. Absolutely jaw dropping. Clouds hovering over the water… sun in the distance… It’s a shame that a camera … Continue reading Heaven… as Seen from the Entrance of the Olympic Museum.

Why I’m Trying to Convince Myself to Drop Out of College…

I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I feel threatened by the mainstream definition of life; that whole idea of a success. The thought of a college degree and a job Monday – Friday, 9 to 5. When switching from homeschool to public during high school, my councilor said some very discouraging things. According to her, I wouldn’t graduate, much less attend college. … Continue reading Why I’m Trying to Convince Myself to Drop Out of College…

Gold, Mummies and King Tut

There’s always been something about ancient Egypt. It’s the curiosity searching for truths among mysterious figures; those who ruled and lived during a period where legends and masterpieces were created and destroyed to the Egyptian nobility’s desires. As a child, I read books and listened to documentaries on the topic. These ranged from more obscure characters such as Arsinoe IV of Egypt to the famous King … Continue reading Gold, Mummies and King Tut

Pianos in Abandoned Buildings

While we were location scouting for group production projects, we found an abandoned building.  I’m not sure what it was supposed to be.  Inside we found a school chair and desk, a working radio, the back seat of a car and best of all, a piano.  There were several trailers just outside filled with random things. It was all very bizarre. After filming one day, … Continue reading Pianos in Abandoned Buildings

Bare Feet, Snow and the Pre-Alps

Of course, everyone in California is bundling up for the cold. By cold, I should probably specify that they are experiencing temperatures in the 70s… But when the sun shown over the French Pre-Alps and the temperature rose up to 43◦, we grabbed black dresses and ran barefoot across the snow. Again, I borrowed Grace’s camera because mine is broken. Unfortunately, it ran out of … Continue reading Bare Feet, Snow and the Pre-Alps

Fire Sparkles and Blue Flashlights

Got a text from Arve during an after vespers tea party. Were we up for some night photography? With sparklers? How could we say no? Headed to a nearby field. The fun was just about to start. The most important part of night photography is making sure enough light is coming in through the lens.  We made sure our cameras were set to the correct settings before … Continue reading Fire Sparkles and Blue Flashlights

Antsy to get to Annecy

After dinner one night, an older man stopped for a chat. He recommended that my friends and I visit the French town of Annecy and  Pont de la Caille. Having just arrived in France, I was scared to venture out. But I really wanted to go! Thankfully, our school had an outing planned. The town itself, especially old town, is so cute.  We spent a … Continue reading Antsy to get to Annecy

New Horizons

I remember Caribbean sunsets as exotic, but there just aren’t any pictures to justify how amazing and glorious the French/ Swiss sky looks every day.   Guess there’s a reason why the guys’ dorm is called ‘Les Horizons’. Kinda jealous over here.  With Geneva, the lake, and French mountains on the other side of the valley, they clearly have the best view!  There are just … Continue reading New Horizons

Literally Posted on My Wall

Soon after arriving at my new room, I walked down the hall to my friend Grace’s room. She had decorated one of her walls with pictures from last year. I gasped in surprise as I noticed a particular image of myself,  guy friends  on either side, all eyes crossed, spoons hanging from our noses. Hadn’t seen that one before! Grace reminded me that the day … Continue reading Literally Posted on My Wall

Can’t belive it… I actually moved to France!

This is my room window in Collonges-sous-Saleve. Can’t belive it… I actually moved to France! Ok, so the whole trip was actually less stressful than going to Mexico. No joke. The couple sitting next to me on the way to London were really nice, and figuratively adopted me for the length of the trip. They appeared to have a lot of friends in the film … Continue reading Can’t belive it… I actually moved to France!

“Punk Rock” and “Glamour”

A few years ago, during a road trip around the US, I realized that it would be amazing to do fashion oriented photoshoots around the world. Project Idea:  9 countries, 9 photo shoots, 9 months. I’m not sure if this will work out, because so far it’s not going so good…   but at with least one photoshoot per country I visit during my school year … Continue reading “Punk Rock” and “Glamour”

Unexpected Turn of Events

As you get distracted here, by these lovely images of my friend Pumulo, I’d like to share with you about the strange events that occurred that day. We had decided on doing the photoshoot at an abandoned train station. It’s quite the popular shooting location around here.  As soon as I arrived, Pumulo pointed out that we would not be the only ones visiting on … Continue reading Unexpected Turn of Events

Price Tags ? Yeah, I Kinda Need Help…

For me, photography has usually been a pleasant experience… It’s certainly one of my favorite pastimes and helps relive stress.  But lately I’ve considered refusing to take on any new projects. Before all of this happened, my favorite rewards for photography were tradeoffs.  Paid trips in exchange of family vacation photos. Headshots for an airplane ride. Snapshots for hand drawn portraits. Theater tickets, baked goods, … Continue reading Price Tags ? Yeah, I Kinda Need Help…

4 Passport Pictures for $0.19!!!

So, I needed passport pictures, but didn’t feel like paying someone to do them for $8.  I already had passport worthy pictures from an earlier photoshoot. Why not do them myself and save a few dollars? Why not, it was a good idea. After some research (and looking at examples like this image from Williams Passport Photos) I edited the pictures to suit the requirements. Then … Continue reading 4 Passport Pictures for $0.19!!!

Dream’n by the RailWay as the Sun Slips Away

The first time someone directly mention these images, they described them as “girls by the train”. Of course, I was super confused… I hadn’t taken any pictures near any train of any kind. Or had I? After looking at the pictures again, I realized that the background did look like a train! It was so weird! In reality the structure was actually an old shed … Continue reading Dream’n by the RailWay as the Sun Slips Away

All Dressed in Sunday Best

The title of this post makes me laugh because Anastasia and I actually go to church on Saturdays instead of Sundays. When we were younger, Anastasia and I would sneak out of church to do photoshoots.  One time we climbed over a fence to take pictures in a playground. On another occasion, we walked to the firehouse and dressed up as firemen.  This time we … Continue reading All Dressed in Sunday Best

Chillin’ in Vintage America

Oh, you know, chillin’ on the porch sipping ice cold lemonade.  “It’s like the life people wish they had.” Anastasia said about the pictures we were taking. We had just finished up with a photoshoot downtown.  We walked back to Anastacia’s house and decided we wanted a couple more shots on her front porch. Complete with the American flag and our outfits, we felt that … Continue reading Chillin’ in Vintage America

UnderWater Dreaming

In my portrait photography class, we were assigned to take wedding or engagement pictures. I had asked our professor if the wedding pictures could be done underwater, but he disagreed, saying that the bride’s dress would be ruined. My friend Ivy decided to give it a try anyway. He invited me to come along. I was super happy to help out with the photoshoot, since … Continue reading UnderWater Dreaming

Light Up the Night Sky

Some time age, Markus, Ben and I went out to take pictures of the stars. It didn’t go so well because the moon was ridiculously bright. In fact, many of the images resembled broad daylight. (Sometimes pictures do tell a thousand lies!) The assignment was postponed when the teacher realized they’d forgotten to check their star charts. Turns out astrophotography is best done without a full celestial … Continue reading Light Up the Night Sky

Rocking the Cat Walk, You See?

Sad story. I’ve designed my own cloths since like forever. Some of them get made, some of them don’t.  After attending the REVO fashion show last year, I wanted the opportunity to design something for it this year. Well, they didn’t let me do it. So what did I do instead? I filmed for my group production project, took pictures for a photobooth, felt sick, took a nap then … Continue reading Rocking the Cat Walk, You See?

And He Danced Once Upon a Napa Stage

“…And we danced, and we cried And we laughed and had a really really really good time Take my hand, let’s have a blast And remember this moment for the rest of our lives!!!” – MACKLEMORE Except for the crying part – well that pretty much summarizes the experience of attending Macklemore’s Bottle Rock concert. It was amazing! I tried to reach over the crowd to capture a … Continue reading And He Danced Once Upon a Napa Stage

A Photoshoot with Ariel

In my digital photo editing class, we were supposed to choose a fairy tale and recreate an image using photoshop. I choose ‘The Little Mermaid’ because I wanted to try out my new mermaid tail on someone. The problem was finding Ariel. Well that wasn’t too hard – I ran into Cassi during breakfast and even though I didn’t know her at the time, I … Continue reading A Photoshoot with Ariel

Midnight of the Magic Flashlight

Here goes to DAY2 of shooting midnight pictures at Lake Hennessey. This time it was seven of us on a Friday night after vespers. We didn’t go onto the main dock because a group of fishermen beat us to the spot.  Instead we parked by the side of the rode, went through a gate and walked down a path to the water’s edge. Having been … Continue reading Midnight of the Magic Flashlight

Beyond the Scenes

Sophomore year, we had a Group Production assignment for a ‘fictional narrative’.    We were to work in pairs, each with our own project, alternating directing and cinematography positions. Zach and I actually stayed through spring break to work on our short films, but he was both director and cinematographer for his own project. Because his story was post-apocalyptic, we actually considered filming in a ghost … Continue reading Beyond the Scenes