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Vivian’s Graduation

I had the pleasure of shooting my good friend Vivian’s graduation photos this past Monday. This shoot was (sort of) unplanned, I asked if she needed graduation photos and the person she was supposed to take it with couldn’t do it anymore. But it was perfect because of the story behind our relationship: During my freshman year, Vivian was literally the first friend I made at SJSU in one of our communication classes, and 4 years later here I am taking her graduation photos. It’s crazy how life does these things. Vivian, if you’re reading this, congratulations! You made it. Thank you for our four years of friendship, from helping me with KLR events to our most recent Philz talks. Advertisements

An Open Letter to KLR.

Tomorrow, you guys will be starting school. Some of you are freshmen or sophomores and some of you are graduating seniors. The first couple weeks or so of school are always dope; the spot is packed, cypher vibes all around, and of course you’re reunited with the homies. But for the first time in years, I won’t have the privilege of breaking in between classes or grabbing a breakfast burrito with Wet Wormie. For the first time in years, I won’t be part of the KLR routine. During my freshman year at SJSU, I remember passing by club day and seeing linoleum on the floor, bboys doing their thing. There was a homie by the name of Andrew Nguyen, president of the club at the time, who saw my curiosity and introduced himself, then to the other homies. From there the chemistry was instant and I found myself going to The Spot at least 2 to 3 times a week. By the end of my freshman year the KLR homies became some of my closest friends. Andrew …

Schools for Fools X: A dream, an injury, and crew love

About 10 minutes into warming up for the competition I heard a pop inside my left knee. It was a familiar feeling I had injuring my right knee a year ago, which I had to go into surgery for. 10 minutes into warming up, and just moments from going into our first battle, I injure what is one of the most crucial body parts in breaking. All I could do was sit down, helpless, as the team warmed up for the upcoming battle. I was part of several routines and had a few solos lined up, but now all of that was thrown to waste. I was devastated. I wanted to cry. I wanted to give up. But that’s not what leaders do. I asked for painkillers, I asked Anna to buy me a knee brace, I did everything I could to make sure I was fine, even when I wasn’t. I was in aggravating pain, but I couldn’t let things stop here, not after all the time I had invested into this. It was …

Alaine and Andrew

I’ve been shooting a lot of my friends lately to work on my portrait game. I met Alaine and Andrew in college through a breakdancing club, and they are a fun, quirky couple.They love to go fishing together and perform dance routines together. They even have their own freestyle they made together, and if you’re lucky you may catch them spitting some fire at your local house party.