For my first post of 2018! and technically, I can still say “Happy New Year” on 3/2/2018 because it is the Lunar New Year!

Here are my hopes for this year.

A few of my goals for my blog and my photography this year is, well, to just be more. More posts. More shots. More trips outside of my house with the camera. More glass. More $$$ spent on gear. Lol. Jk on the last.

I’ve been so focused on work and too tired to willingly put effort into anything else (and tbh, been feeling creatively dry the last few months because of it), but I’m learning to stretch myself while balancing work life and social life. My other goals are for an official website sometime this summer with a brand logo (perhaps?), and simply more photoventures! As of now, I’m thinking Grand Canyon, Zion, and California spots like JTree and Death Valley. Your input about places I should go this year is definitely welcome!

Anyways, stay tuned to see if I’m all talk or about that action! ūüôā

Point Reyes (Nov. 2017)

Shot with: 50mm 1.8


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.



Shot with: 50mm 1.8

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!


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


You know that saying, “Normal is boring”? Well, this shows you what that doesn’t look like.

My dude Toreno (whom I shot with earlier in this blog) hit me up this summer asking to do a fashion shoot for him and his friend Jasko, who designs and embroiders his own clothing, and his friend Dav. These jawns are WILD and they’re guaranteed to turn your head all around. I’ll just stop trying to describe it and you can check for yourself.


This was the first time I got to bring out the super duper wide angle and it is ridiculously wide. Emphasis on the w¬† i¬† d¬† e. It made it effortless to capture everything around the subject, and sometimes a little too much around the subject. The hardest part for me was composing with the wide angle and isolating the subject because I was so used to the 50mm perspective, but it was a new challenge (and challenges are a MUST in the world of fotografie) and absolutely fun to experiment with new focal lengths to stretch my “eye”.

I think the 35mm is the best length for this portrait and street mix.

ALSO, I can confirm after this shoot that yellow is my favorite color.

Stylist – Toreno: @toreno__

Designer – Jasko: @le_bosniaq

Model – Dav: @gameover_young

Shot with: 50mm 1.8, 14-24 2.8


Johnny Yoon Music Video Debut PARTY!

A Johnny Yoon original!

My friend Johnny had a release event for his new single “If I Had a Day” and a music video debut a couple weeks ago featuring Miguel Castuera of Before the Brave, and Tim Ouyang of Tim Be Told. Here is a glimpse of the beauty that happened that night:


See the music video produced by Tim Ouyang: If I Had a Day

Story behind the song: https://johnnyfromcostarica.tumblr.com/

Shout out to Johnny on his wonderful new single and music video.


      Miguel Castuera Р@miguelcastuera, Soundcloud

      Tim Ouyang Р@timbetold

      Johnny Yoon Р@yoonjohnny, Youtube & Soundcloud

Venue: SoDoI Coffee House

Shot with: 50mm 1.8

Johnny Yoon Music Video Debut PARTY!

Firsts: Red Lights, Haze, and Earplugs

Last week, I attended my first Indie Folk concert, AND I got to dip my toes in concert photography!

My¬†brotha Miguel (bassist for @BeforetheBrave) hooked it up with the opportunity to shoot their concert in the city, and they even got me an ultra exclusive, all-access press pass! Well, there wasn’t an actual press pass that I got to wear at the venue, BUT¬†I did have a press pass next to my name on the list so I guess it was unofficially official, only people around me couldn’t see it.¬†One day, I will get to wear a press pass somewhere. One day. (Coachella 2020 I’m coming for you)

Here are some of my favorites:

Concert photography is a whole new playground with the same set of rules.

Here are a few quick points from my experience:

  • Lighting at concert venues can be REDiculous
  • Put in ear plug, your eardrums will thank you later
  • Processing in¬†black and white is more addicting than ice cream

The inconsistent lighting was what made it complicated, but it was also what made¬†the most unique shots. I learned beforehand that it was important to anticipate lighting so I tried to¬†anticipate the lighting throughout the concert, but it changed patterns every few seconds, and from song to song as well so I couldn’t anticipate (I’m blaming the lighting guy lol). I had to hop on an angle as quickly as possible once I saw cool lighting that I liked,¬†like¬†an ultralight beam¬†from above or backlit subjects. The haze was¬†also really cool because it¬†gave the lighting a more visible effect, and it gave a faded, foggy appearance.

Then, there’s the red light, which is the most irritating color of light ever. I noticed it mostly in the highlights during post. I forgot the sensor is much more sensitive to the red and blue light¬†because¬†it only detects red, blue, and green, so you have to really underexpose to make sure the highlights aren’t completely blown out when there is so much red light on the skin. Often,¬†the light wasn’t on the face either, but it was shining on the outline of the head or body. I was so tempted to make all my shots black and white because it fixed all the coloring/lighting issues (except for blown out highlights), and I loved playing with the shadows and contrast for black and white.

Fortunately, I had a full frame camera and a fast lens¬†because concert photography is generally dark so I was able to crank up the ISO before images got really grainy.¬†I generally shot manual around 1/200 at f/1.8-2.0 and ISO 1600, but I’d probably go higher in shutter speed for the next time depending on the stage lighting.

These are the areas I want to really really really pay more attention to for the next time:

  • Focusing
  • Movement and action
  • Underexpose
  • Facial expressions

Finally, I just wanna say this was SUPER fun (so shouts out to Miguel and Before the Brave for the awesome awesome opportunity). I was definitely nervous since I’ve never even attended an Indie Folk concert, and here I was taking pictures at one. I definitely loved the challenge of finding shots in a very unfamiliar and unpredictable environment, and all that while listening to some really good music.

Check them out if you like Indie Folk and don’t like overplayed mainstream radio music!


Madi Sipes & the Painted Blue Р@madisipesmusic

The Singing Limbs – @thesinginglimbs

Before the Brave – @beforethebrave, check them out¬†on Spotify (I highly recommend their track Poet’s Prison and Hand Holding is Encouraged ūüôā )

Venue: Rickshaw Stop

Shot with: 50mm 1.8, 80-200mm 2.8

Firsts: Red Lights, Haze, and Earplugs

The Joy of Easter

I had the privilege of taking some pictures for my church’s Easter service and festival this past Sunday. I focused on capturing the celebration in a way that would allow¬†people who were there to take a look at the pictures and remember exactly how they felt that time, and for those who weren’t there to¬†see the emotions they missed out on. Here are a set¬†of my favorite pictures that I believe embodied all the joy, warmth, and the loving, lively atmosphere that day!

Shot with: 50mm 1.8

The Joy of Easter