Sho x West Oakland

One of my faves came back home over winter break! Sho texted me in December letting me know that she’d be back in town for break and we had to shoot. I scoped out this beautiful corner in West Oakland and boom! we had all the backgrounds we needed. Sho was a gem as always and we had a great time catching up and taking photos.

Mason Twins x Berkeley (pt. II)

And, here is Part II. For these shots we went to one of my favorite places on Berkeley campus near Moffitt Library. I loved playing with the shadows and rays of natural light to create these edgy fashion shots. The depth of field in these also adds to the dramatic vibe; my 50mm 1.4 is a real one.

Mason Twins x BAMPFA (pt. I)

I had the pleasure of getting to shoot Kennedy & Morgan Mason again. The last time we shot, Morgan and Kennedy met me in downtown Oakland we took advantage of all of the graffiti and brick walls in Old Oakland. This time, we ventured into downtown Berkeley to find a good backdrop for their colorful outfits. The exterior of the new BAM/PFA building gave us some interesting looks and, of course, I had to throw in some shots against a white wall. I love how these photos turned out; the definitely captured the vibe I was going for: angular, fashion-y, and just a little bit weird.

Stay tuned for part II.

52 Faces

For those of you keeping up, I have not actually posted for 52 Faces since Week 15 and it is now Week 21, yikes! Honestly, it is really difficult to schedule each shoot both with the difficulty of finding a subject and make sure they show and because my schedule is already tough to work with because of school and now work. Anyway, enough excuses. Here is my plan moving forward:

1. I am removing the "new person" restriction. I can now post repeats which will make my life a lot easier because if someone flakes, I can call in back up. (And no don't worry they won't all be the same people).

2. I might post a little bit late. I will try my best to get fresh portraits up every week, and removing this Sunday deadline will definitely relieve stress because I will have time to edit and really create a great image!

Alright I am out of town this weekend, but starting Week 22 we're back in business!

Edward x Downtown Oakland

Edward's back! This time I was going for punchy colors and contrast that would make my photos jump off the page. Did I achieve it?

I am pretty happy with how these turned out. I used some of the tips I learned at the Dirtbag workshop and messed around a bunch with vibrance. My favorite location was the beautiful poppy wall! And my favorite shot is the one of Edward laughing in front of the brick wall.

Overall, it was great to catch up and hang out and Edward's outfits are always 10/10.

Lily x Graduating!

Lily and I have been best friends since 7th grade. She was the first “model” that I ever took photos of. She has truly been there for me through all of my real and over-dramatized problems. 

This weekend I drove up to Davis (again, long story) and had the honor of taking her graduation photos! I am so proud of my girl for accomplishing such a HUGE achievement. I can’t wait to watch her shine in whatever she decides to do next!

Sabrina x Fort Mason

Sabrina and I argued in the Ninth Circuit last weekend and then celebrated by trying to visit the Conservatory of Flowers. We messed up and ended up on Treasure Island. We decided to cut our losses and go to Fort Mason and it was great
I had been looking forward to taking photos here since I first visited last year and saw the beautiful blue water, red bridge, and green grass!

52 Faces x Week 15

April 13, 2018

This Friday was Barrister's (Bearister's) Ball, or basically law school prom. I couldn't go because I was arguing in the Ninth Circuit (!!) the next day, but I wan't to celebrate with my friends who will be graduating this year. I took some super cute "prom" pics for them and (of course) took advantage of golden hour. I've been really into backlit golden hour portraits recently... I don't know why but I'm digging it! I've also been testing out some new editing styles so we'll see if they stick.

Eli x Golden Hour

It took so much effort to get Eli to get out of the house and let me take some photos but I am so glad he did. These are some of my favorite portraits of him that I have ever taken! All it took was a prime lens and golden hour! I love how warm these are and the beautiful ring of light around his hair!

Also, in case you are wondering I rediscovered my VSCO presets and this is the Film series.