5D Mark III, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II
“You showed me there is something in the forest to cure most anything that bothers you.”
― Donald Smith
Explored the UC Davis arboretum with the lovely Komila.
Sony a6300, 70-200mm f/2.8L II via Commlite EF to E-mount adapter
“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess
I met Natsuna in the summer of 2015 when she traveled to Sacramento from Japan for a battle. She's so young - only 16 - but I've learned so much from her about embracing my femininity. Keep an eye out for her - she's goin' places for sure.
The first two sets were taking in Moriguchi, Japan while the ones in yellow were taken in San Jose, right before she became the youngest winner of the famous Style Elements Crew Soulebrity battle.
Canon 5D Mk III 24-105mm f/4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L II
“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.”
― Harry Edwards
A group of cousins in their own element just playing around and having fun. This photoset constantly reminds me to appreciate the little things.
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L
“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing?”
― Pablo Picasso
We strolled downtown looking for colorful walls.
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 100mm f/2.8 Macro
“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”
― Oscar Wilde
Spent the night chasing lights with the lovely Kiera. There aren't a ton of neon lights in Sacramento, so it was an eyeopening adventure for the two of us!
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L
“Children see magic because they look for it.”
― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
This kid is too much of a natural. It's been so amazing to see him grow. I've babysat him since he wasn't even a year old because his mom was one of my first dance mentors.
Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200 f/2.8L II, 50 1.4mm
“Feminine energy is infinitely stronger as a collective rather than divided.”
― Tessie, Singer, Brown Papaya Babe
Created by Isabel Bagsik, Brown Papaya is a magazine focused on empowering Filipinx’s to reclaim their beauty. Unfortunately, many Filipinx’s feel shame for having dark skin and are told atrocities like, “you’ll never get married if you go outside and get dark skin” or told that we need to pinch our noses every day so that we can be beautiful. In mainstream media, Filipinx’s voices are not represented very well, if at all. We took it into our own hands to create a platform for ourselves to stand tall on.
I was the head photographer and took photos of 13 different Filipinx’s over the course of a few hours. I also posed/took most of the group photos and edited all of the photos taken by all three photographers. This collection are some of my favorites out of the photos I personally captured.
Read their stories here.
Sony a7iii, Rokinon 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm t/1.5 DS Cine, Canon 24-105mm f/4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L II
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
― Coco Chanel
We were walking around looking for a spot to shoot when the blue mural caught my eye. We were so lucky to have been able to find all of these locations in the same parking lot! I never noticed the many hidden gems in Sacramento until I started doing photography and videography. Fashion is truly everywhere, as is beauty!
5D Mark III, 24-105mm f/4L
“And the yellow sunflower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood.”
― William Cullen Bryant
Sony a7III, Rokinon 35mm, 50mm, 85mm t/1.5 DS Cine, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II via Metabones Mark IV
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
― Desmond Tutu
Ran around town with Lisa with the goal of testing the a7III’s lowlight capabilities. The ones at Lake Merritt were taken at 10PM at night with nothing but street lamps lighting her up. First time in a long time doing a photo shoot with some manual lenses!
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 16-35mm f/2.8L
“Wasn't it beautiful when you believed in everything?”
― Taylor Swift
My little nephew, Daren. He's just so darn photogenic! Captured in all natural light in a beach house somewhere in SoCal.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
— Jerry Rice
I worked with Tuyen and Francis to capture some memories that showcase their fitness life for their anniversary. This was an exciting shoot that I learned a lot on, and they were amazing working out basically the whole time.
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 100mm f/2.8L Macro
A collection of images taken on location at the UC Davis Arboretum.
Canon 5D Mark II 50mm f/1.8 100mm 2.8
“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
― John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
Michele was one of the first photo shoots I did from way back in 2011. I revisited these images recently to use some new editing techniques I learned. I aboslutely love her red shirt against the blue murals in Old Sac.
Canon 5D Mark III 70-200mm f/2.8L II
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
― Charles Darwin, The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin
My earliest memories of Subin are at "Game Night" at Greathouse of dance, spinning around with ridiculous power at the age of 15. He's come so far now.
Follow his journey @iamsu_bin
Canon 5D Mk III 70-200mm f/2.8L II
“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
My first cosplay photoshoot with Aleksey before he moved to Japan to become an English teacher.