All posts tagged: featured

Syndicate Dance Season 3

I had the opportunity to work with one of San Jose’s finest dance companies – Syndicate Dance. Earning first place honors from prestige competitions such as Prelude and Evolution, this team has represented shark city for quite some time now. I had the pleasure of doing this “smoke bomb”/ urban themed shoot with them. This was probably my largest group shoot to date – 120 dancers and 100+ smoke bombs Congratulations guys, and good luck with Season 3.     Advertisements

Coffee Shops in San Rafael

Today’s coffee shop features come from San Rafael, CA. The first two pictures are out of Aroma Cafe. A super spacious coffee shop with an extensive amount of tables. Outlets are limited, though. This place also makes for a great brunch spot, with many food choices from sandwiches to pasta. Iced Mocha: 4/5. The second coffee shop in the area was Red Whale Coffee.  I only stopped by for a quick drink before heading back home, but wow. Their iced mocha is to die for. Probably my favorite one so far. 5/5.  They also have a unique drink called the Krypton Ice, a cold brew with a spheric ice cube that keeps the drink cold for several hours.  

Voyager Craft Coffee – San Jose, CA

Today’s mocha feature comes from San Jose. Voyager Craft Coffee, a modern space with the perfect ambient noise for your work days. Iced mocha as always. Yummy chocolate goodness without the artificial powder. Lots of space but seating can be limited during peak hours. Excellent customer service, talked to the barista about Porter and Madeon because i was wearing their show hat. 4.5/5

IPAs #1-4 : Heritage Micro Brewery

To start off my bucket list, me and some friends went to Hermitage, a microbrewery located in in the sections of downtown San Jose. I initially was going to make this list 100, but the bartender suggested that was “easy” and now I’ve bumped my list to 250. Fortunately for me, I knocked off 4 different IPAs that day. I’m actually missing one more here and I can’t forget what it’s named…but trust I did drink 1 more. 🙂  

What do you call home? Christmas/Birthday in Reno

Every year my Christmas is always eventful not only because of the holiday season but because it’s my birthday. I’m usually indifferent when it comes to my birthday because either way, I’m spending it with my loved ones. I used to fuss about how people would forget my birthday when I was younger, but nowadays it doesn’t matter much. In fact, I wasn’t planning to do anything other than spend it with my extended family in Reno. But a few days before my birthday some of the closest people in my life surprised me with a large family-style dinner table at Claw Shack. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Some photographic yummies by @isaacmijangos That weekend I left for Reno on the Greyhound. I’ve always had mediocre experiences with the bus company, but my heart goes out to them for working during the holidays. Taking the Greyhound has always been a constant reminder of how good I have it. It’s been a tough year for my mom’s side of the family. My grandpa passed away this month, and financial situations have …

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.

Soulection Pool (Side) Party – A Networking Event for Good Vibes and Good Music

This past weekend the Soulection crew threw a pool(side) party for the Bay Area residents. Known for their party-rocking shows and tributes to 90s and early 2000s Hip-Hop and R&B, the crew came prepared with the same formula . I’ve been a fan of these guys for a few years now, and their shows are always the most social. It felt like I was at a networking event for good vibes and good music. The event took place at the Pheonix Hotel, a hip boutique hotel located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. From the outside, it looks like your typical, low-fi motel that you’d see in the outskirts of Las Vegas. But when you enter the lobby that is exactly what you’ll find, but with a polished look; the interior design had a Great Gatsby aesthetic, and the inside pool area had a vintage feel to it, with tangerine and teal colors painted on the walls. I later found out that the hotel was a residence to high profile bands such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and …

Art of Visuals Instameet Recap

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    

A Weekend in Helsinki

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 …