Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kauai Instagramage

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair" - Khalil Gibran








If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, I think you can tell that my short 4 day trip to Kauai, Hawaii was of epic proportions (more on my Instagram). My only regret is that I didn't stay longer. From the second I arrived, I was overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the island, found in the landscapes to the people, the cemeteries to the food (odd, I know). We made a few friends including Micah (pictured above) as well as the dudes on our boat tour (who I unfortunately did not take contact information from). Maybe you can tell, but I feel like I left a little bit of my heart. It's been so long since I have ran so freely, danced in ocean water, smiled for prolonged periods of time, and felt my face get whipped by fresh, fresh wind. I almost forgot what it feels like...you know. To be alive.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Grunge Isn't Dead

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Nameless. And perhaps endless.
Jayinee and I both have an affinity for 90s rock.
This shoot only lasted as long as it took for Jayinee to smoke half of a cigarette.
Then we got boba and talked about boys and hipsters.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Behind the Scene Breaks

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Michelle and I just could help but take random puppy petting breaks while we were shooting a week or so ago. And the breaks were just too cute not to photograph!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Glamour of the Photo Shoot

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A lot of people think photo shoots are something glamourous, but the truth is, until you get to a level that involves a lot, lot, LOT of money, there's hardly anything glamourous about the behind the scenes, save for maybe a rolling rack full of expensive clothes. I finally purchased a new camera, an Olympus om-d e-m5, last week, so my MUA played the part of MUA and model while we took it out for a spin. Here's Michelle fixing up her hair on the sidewalk...ha!
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Speaking of new cameras, well, here's mine! My friend Joseph Tran got the same camera just days after me, so when we met up to talk photography last weekend he snapped this picture of our camera buddies. Mine is the one on the right, should you wish to know. It's always a pleasure to see him as he, intentionally and unintentionally, always inspires me and pushes me forward at the same time. And heck, I'd be lying if I didn't feel a little guilty when I don't have much to show for myself between our meetings.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Seek a Space


I have moments when I look at my own book and don't like everything I've ever done. I look at what I've done over the last four years and feel frustrated - what am I not better than this? When will I get there, or there, or there? I look to people like Joseph Tran, Jason Lee Perry, Harper Smith, Lara Jade, Connie Wang, and Zhang Jingna for inspiration, and while they do inspire me, looking at how far along the path behind them I am is absolutely terrifying and often overwhelming.

But a reminder to myself and to you - this feeling is natural. And when I look at my book again, hey, my work's not too shabby. There will always be places to go, work to aspire to, and people to admire. There must be. Because if you've lost the ability to self-critic, to feel scared, to feel overwhelmed,  even to feel inadequate...then you should know that you've lost the ability to grow - to learn.

Seek a space to breathe. Relax then restart.