When you breathe in FOG.

I really, really adore black and white. It has the ability to strip down the photo to its bare essentials, leaving our eyes drawn to the subject and the contrast in the complexity AND simplicity of a colorless medium. I think it gives off emotions that color cannot replicate.

Here are a couple recent black and whites from Mt. Tam.

Eerie.


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Shot with: 50mm 1.8

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When you breathe in FOG.

Happy Holla Days from the City

A little Christmas spirit in San Francisco… on a double decker tour bus!

I rarely do touristy things in San Francisco since I grew up around here, but this was a great first experience that was blended in with some nostalgia. From the Macy’s in union square (although this year was filled with a lot of distracting messy views of construction around) to the Embarcadero Building Center Lights to the views from Treasure Island, it only needed some white snow to top it off!


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SIX more days until Christmas. Continue on with the non-stop Christmas music, Christmas light shows, and bottomless hot chocolate.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays Holla Days, and Happy New Year!


Shot with: 50mm 1.8

Happy Holla Days from the City

Firsts: Mount Tamalpais

Nature’s got curves, and¬†of all the peaks in the West Coast, Tamalpais has the curviest of curves if you know what I’m sayin’… ūüėČ

I still can’t believe that¬†in the twenty-two¬†years of my life in the Bay Area, I had never hiked Mount Tamalpais, even though it is a semi-short sixty¬†minute drive from my home (which feels like thirty if you’re driving with some of your funnest friends). Either that, or I was just too young to remember if my parents ever took me there. We will just say that this is the first time I have consciously, on my own will, hiked up the luscious, green hills of Mount Tam. I got to venture up there with my bro Dakota last Friday on a clear, spring day to get away from the city¬†for a few hours.



If you hadn’t noticed yet, I ordered the set by daylight, from the ascent up Mt. Tam in the afternoon sunlight to the peak of golden hour, and then to the end of the descent back down at sunset so you can visually¬†hike along with us. ūüôā

Typically, when I see pictures of Mt. Tam on Instagram or elsewhere, I think of the rolling hills and fog and clouds through the hills and trees, but I wanted to see if I could grab something different since it was such a clear day. Dakota made that easy because I was always able to use him as the subject and capture his experience as well as mine together. Thanks Dakota.

I’m definitely bringing a date up here one day, and then I’m gonna blog about it here… ūüėõ


Shot with: 50mm 1.8

Firsts: Mount Tamalpais

Throwbacks: Toreno x Derrick

I got a lot of pictures¬†stuck in my archives from the past since I didn’t have a blog to share them on back then so I’m going to share some of my favorites here and there throughout with a “Throwbacks” series.

These shots are¬†from a collab’ shoot in ’16 with Toreno and Derrick.¬†The shoot was in SF in a few different settings, and here are some of my favorites:



I love the street because you can use anything on the street that you find that fits your aesthetic and perspective. The possibilities are almost limitless! Red bricks and green leaves are a basic, but awesome¬†backdrop. It allows the model to stand out, but it isn’t a plain white wall and it gives different textures. The outfits they were wearing were perfect for the clean and minimal aesthetic¬†as well. I thought the stained glass windows in the cathedral were visually beautiful with the light coming through it in the dark room of the church so I wanted to focus on that and the architecture, and I made sure to compose to get¬†both in the background near and around the subject.

COLLABIN’ is the word of the day.


Models:

Derrick: @der_ipsni

Toreno: @toreno__


Shot with: 50mm 1.8

Throwbacks: Toreno x Derrick

When You Accidentally Cross the Golden Gate…

Last week, I got to catch up with my good friend Albert¬†from high school. Our plan was to go to Marin Headlands, but I¬†missed the last exit before the toll and ended up crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.¬†So, we ended up going to Golden Gate Park and Sutro and this is what I got that day…


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Shot with: 50mm 1.8

When You Accidentally Cross the Golden Gate…