Project [abitazione]

“So we are looking at this area, and this guy comes out with a machete and a bowl of cereal.” “What? I thought it was just a bowl of cereal.” “Nope – he also had a machete.” And thus goes the story of how we met our first contact. Location of Interest: a property simply known as “Joe Joe’s Camp” on Google maps  Project Goal: create a living … Continue reading Project [abitazione]

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

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 They say that an image is otherwise ruined when it no longer represents the truth of the situation in which the photograph was taken.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

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

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

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

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

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

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 😀

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

“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”

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

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?

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

Mud Caving & High Key Lighting

The way I was able to get these shots has to do with mud caving,Meeting new friends & hanging out Rides in the back of Ben’s truck and discovering extraordinary modeling talent So we scheduled a photoshoot. I took pictures of Manny. Chloe took pictures of Larissa. This was actually the biggest studio project I have ever worked on. It lasted from 8pm till almost 1am. We had … Continue reading Mud Caving & High Key Lighting

Sunset Shore

These are the results of my first ever on location photoshoot with studio lighting.  Chloe and I had this crazy assignment for portrait photography. We needed to shoot on location with a lighting kit. Now this might sound easy but for a first, it was not so much. Especially since the kit was large and pretty heavy. Chloe drove myself and our two models Sarah and … Continue reading Sunset Shore

Making Dreams in Film and Digital

I recruited my roommate Cheyenne to help me out with a film/digital project. In between studying, I did her hair and makeup. The carnival inspired eyeliner and hair bow made her look like a little kid. Had her dress in a pretty blue dress, got some baloons and we were ready to go! The point of the photoshoot was to capture angel lighting on film, but I decided to take advantage of … Continue reading Making Dreams in Film and Digital

Ferns and Flowers

Last week I got to take pictures of three beautiful young ladies. Abena, who is visiting from Moscow Russia asked for the favor.  Her sister and her cousin who are both named Adwoa were also there. In Ghana, the country from which the girls are originally from, Adwoa means ‘girl born on Tuesday’. I had a lot of fun editing the pictures the next day, especially this one with the cute jaguar kitten. The picture that took … Continue reading Ferns and Flowers

Butterfly Girl

Recently I was inspired to create this new profile picture for my photography: Inspiration was from one of Nina Pak’s picture’s featuring a woman with a blue butterfly on her face. Unfortunately, the exact image has been removed from wordpress due to people posting it on their sites and crediting me as the photographer. I feel like my own picture needs to be cropped and … Continue reading Butterfly Girl

Belle Comes to Life at 15

Meet Belle. Well actually her real name is Ingrid although she has been known for dressing up as belle during various important events throughout her life. Recently Ingrid asked me to take her Quinceanera  pictures.  She wanted her pictures to be different from the traditional portraits  hanging from living room walls. That particular photoshoot was one of my stranger ones though. It started at 11pm – right after my camping trip and just a few hours … Continue reading Belle Comes to Life at 15

Sprinkles and Droplets

This weekend I got to go camping in a place called La Concha, Durango. I had Silvia snap the picture above.  The original includes a wider shot of the falls as well as a cotton specked blue sky. I cropped it in search of a more artistic look.  I’ve been told that it looks more like snowy pines than a waterfall!  This picture is ‘color selected’ although the original color … Continue reading Sprinkles and Droplets

All of the Lights

This week I had the chance of photographing Sarah.  We spreed it out on two different day with four different outfits. Here is a picture of my assistant/apprentice Amanda.  I asked her to bring her own equipment so that  could take her own pictures as well. I got to say that Amanda is super creative! She helped out a lot with the artistic aspect of this photoshoot. On the first day, we … Continue reading All of the Lights

An Afternoon With Koda

I redited some pictures that I had taken for my Digital Photography Class during winter quarter.  My first WordPress post actually has two of these images as I had turned them in to the teacher. During the photoshoot, I got to work with Erica and her horse Koda.  It was the first time Erica had ever ridden bareback. We had a lot of fun, but almost had … Continue reading An Afternoon With Koda

Dreaming About Flying Away

Originally Published in March. Gotta say, I really love going to airports and after viewing some awesome  Jim Jordan Photography, I was inspired to do this shoot. Originally, the desired effect was to have the model floating.  Unfortunately, in most of the takes where she was floating, she appeared in front of the airplane which totally threw the whole picture off balance. Here in the last image, … Continue reading Dreaming About Flying Away

Evolution of my Little Bo Peep Facebook Picture!

I had the pleasure of helping out with the True Beauty Retreat for 7th and 8th grade girls this weekend.It was soo much fun – and everyone got to dress up all fancy! Although I helped out in the kitchen for a bit – I wore this green prom dress and a beautiful apron that Amanda’s Grandma had given her. Little Bo Peep, don’t you … Continue reading Evolution of my Little Bo Peep Facebook Picture!

Runaway Gypsy Child

For the longest time I’ve had a this suspicious looking suitcase in my dorm. I actually used it to make a short for my film class. But after the project was over, I forgot about the suitcase. You can image my horror when I opened it and found  a large bloody looking knife inside! So anyway, I was supposed to return the suitcase to the … Continue reading Runaway Gypsy Child

Water Flips and Linda Falls

This past weekend I had the chance to shoot with one of my friends:Kara. (Inspired by my personal dream of swimming at the Devil’s Pool in Victoria Falls, Africa.) We hiked up to the waterfalls and went into the water right away. For such a hot day, it felt really good! We shot in three different locations and had two dress changes.  I am happy … Continue reading Water Flips and Linda Falls