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
It was a slow but much needed weekend of self-reflection, as graduation comes around the corner. What was super awesome thiugh is that my friend from Mexico, who I met studying abroad last year, came up to visit. I only got tosee her for a day but i made sure we at least shot some photos. It waa so awesome seeing her. During the weekend, i caught up with my best friend to go “urban exploring”, something that ive never done before. Or maybe I have, but not to the distanve of what we did this past weekend. We snuck through security, go to places qe weren’t allowed to, but found magnificent views in return. We didnt do this to the full extent, but damn was it exciting. Although i realize hotels are kind of boring because of how secure they are and San Jose is ok when it comes to this type of thing… or maybe I’m just not looking hard enough 😉anyways, enjoy this week’s photos
It seems like every week is a busy week now a days. Midterm season is currently in full effect and Philz has been my water. Nevertheless, I still managed to take some shots. I recently I attended Urban Paradise 2016, a dance showcase that brings together all aspects of dance to promote the culture. What an amazing experience. Anyways, enjoy these shots from the week. Currently in love with my Fuji 56mm 1.2. When I’m not taking photos or dancing 😉
I’ve been lacking with the posts here. As much as ive been meaning to write here at least once a week, school has been kicking my ass. But in an effort to keep me motivated, I’m going to be doing a series called “Shots of the Week”, or SOTW. Pretty self-explanatory, im going to make an effort to share my shots from that week. I recently picked up an 85mm for my Fuji, and shooting people has always been my forte so expect lots of those.
The Instagram community continues to amaze me. This is my second Instameet and I’m always impressed by those that organize these.Just this year I began to showcase my work on Instagram and using hashtags to support IG groups. The @artofvisuals community has been a huge inspiration of my growing into the IG scene. Being a source of inspiration, I wanted to see some of the people behind the scenes. Shoutouts to all the people I met at the meet! @m.tthw @adjusts @mayajennt @thejesspage @bruhnology @wonderboyprince @d.w.u @randgee @roelvista @si.man
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.
As I continue my explorations of Europe, my ventures land me to the city of Stockholm. Coming into the trip, I didn’t really have an idea of Swedish culture (only that it is the motherland of H&M and Ikea), so I was curious. Stockholm is also the city of where one of my favorite bloggers Shelly Mulshine is from. One of the places to check out while there is Gamla Stan, also known as Old Town of Stockholm. This city blew me away with its elderly architecture and breathtaking arial views. There is also a part of Gamla Stan that reminds me of Italy, with narrow streets and buildings painted a golden yellow. As for the food? I’ll just leave you off with two words… pasta and chocolate. While I didn’t get to experience Stockholm’s potential nightlife because I was so exhausted from the day trip, I did wander a bit in the evening What was interesting was that many of the bars had an age restriction of 23 and over. The same thing happened to …
Sometimes you move so fast that you don’t even realize you’re moving. This is what the past three days have been like since I left the country. In case you didn’t know, I’ve decided to extend my studies abroad for a month into the country of Finland. Before starting school, I had some time to explore the area. This past weekend I stayed in a hostel in the city of Helsinki before making my way into Jyväky1lä for my study abroad program at JAMK University. There I met all the international students from SJSU as well as students from all over the world. The weekend was meant entirely for the students’ free time, so many of us decided to get together and explore the city. After being in Helsinki for two days, here are my first impressions: The weather reminds of the Bay Area, but much more colder and windier. Finland has quality beer. I’d have to kick out some of my favorite American beers for some here. My favorite is Lapin Kulta. 11PM in Finland means …
Spring break, a time when college kids storm parties, have delicious eats, and make spontaneous adventures. Some people go to Lake Havasu, and some people go to Las Vegas. As for me, I go to SoCal. I’ve been going for the past couple years with the King Library Rockers, a breaking club on campus. But we don’t go just for fun, we go for an event known as Schools for Fools. Schools for Fools is an intercollegiate breaking competition that brings together colleges from different parts of California, as well as nearby states. Schools such as UNLV, University of Washington, and UCLA have participated in the past. If you want to get an idea of what it is like, check out the recap footage from last year by the friends at Banzski. I plan to write a longer post for this competition because there is a lot to take in from it, but just know this: Last year, we made it to the semi-finals. This year, we made it to the finals. That only means one thing next year… …
I realized that balancing a blog while being a full time student and a full time intern isn’t the easiest thing to do. It is one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to update this as much as I’d like, so I apologize. But with some adventures in May (which I’ll keep a secret for now), look forward to this being used quite a bit. After coming from the Red Bull BC One Cypher in San Francisco, some friends and I decided to hang around Oakland to shoot some photos. My friend Kim was familiar with the area and took us to Jack London Square for a mini shoot. After long days from school and work, tonight was a nice breather. It felt like a summer night in the spring. I’m thinking about turning this into a photo series: grabbing some friends or anyone that is down for a spontaneous night adventure that is in every other season besides Summer. View more photos here