The holiday season is finally coming to a close. It was full of food, family, and friends – and I documented many of my holiday adventures on Instagram! These are some highlights in photos from December.
The past couple of years, this one included, has been sort of a clusterfuck for me. I wish I were eloquent enough to be able to really explain how I feel about it but I can’t. All I know is when I look back and read my personal journal entries is that my mind has literally been everywhere – and it has completely exhausted me.
I am most definitely stuck in the generation that people have endearingly (or not so endearingly) been labeled as the terrible “twenty-somethings.” And while I relate far too closely to those articles/critiques I read about us, it’s sort of refreshing to be part of that group. It’s unbelievably stressful and it’s exhausting but it’s also insanely rewarding. And while I can’t wait for things to settle down and get figured out, I am slowly learning to try to enjoy the ride a little bit more. Trying to stay creative and really figure out what makes me feel most alive.
My plans for 2013 are much more focused than they have been and I am also forcing myself to try very new, big projects that I have been wanting to work on but haven’t. I’m predicting it will be another stressful year full of failures with some advances like in the past but I also think it will be a much more bright one.
Thank you all for being so supportive in the past and I hope you will all be able to join me in my future endeavors in photography as well as my other projects. ❤
I hope everyone has been having a fantastic Christmas holiday! For me it has been full of family, loved ones, and food – nothing better in the world!
I’m sure I’ve repeatedly talked about what a huge fan I am of Instagram.
One of my favorite things about Facebook used to be looking through peoples’ photos in my news feed. Now that Instagram has become so popular and is a much simpler platform for accessing photos, I rarely use Facebook. It’s also great to see people using Instagram in so many different ways. I personally like using mine as a diary. I like taking quick photos of things that inspire me or things that I love (which apparently are just food, photography, adventures, and fashion) in order to be able to look back through my feed and see what kind of day/week/month I’ve had.
These are some of my favorite photos/moments from November (it’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall). It was a crazy month full of adventures and new experiences. I’ve been extremely busy and looking forward to kicking back again for a bit and contemplating life once again (what’s new there).
I clearly remember the phone call that Kenny and I received one evening while we were driving in SF from our dear friends, Joseph and Ashley, telling us that they were expecting! I was so excited for them. It’s insane at how they do things so unexpectedly yet it all feels so perfect. I remember getting a phone call from them several years earlier telling us to meet them in San Diego because they were getting married the next day and needed witnesses. And now we got a call saying they need godparents. ❤
As Ashley’s tummy grew, Kenny and I made a trip up to visit them (they live about 3 hours away from us) so I can take some photos for them as a gift. The beautiful baby boy, Jae-sun Bayani, was born a couple of months ago and I cannot wait to see him and take photos of him!
This past weekend I was blessed to witness two of my friends getting married. I went to college with Kyle – we actually did our college orientation program together (SPOP – Viento Van Damme Judo Choppers!) and then we randomly ended up in the same dorm. I remember when he first started dating Alicia everyone was like, “she’s the female version of Kyle,” which is kind of hard to imagine because Kyle is a very unique person but when I met her I saw instantly what they meant. They have the same humor and are both loud and extremely caring. They have such good qualities and those are just multiplied when they are together. So basically, they are perfect for each other.
That photo makes me so happy because of how giddy Alicia is – this is right as they announced them as husband and wife. ❤
Congratulations to Kyle and Alicia and I know there will be many amazing years to come.
Recently got 3 rolls of film developed – all were shot on Holgas (120 and 35mm).
When I went to college we were taught first shooting with film. Then once we switched to digital I never really went back to film. I sold my 35mm film camera after school and sort of forgot about film. But recently, I’ve been shooting more with the Holgas I have (medium format is mine and the 35mm I gifted to Kenny before his last deployment in Kuwait).
What I like about Holgas is that I have no idea how the photos will come out. What I don’t like about Holgas is that I have no idea how the photos will come out. When the photos DO come out, they never fail to amaze me. But then there are the times where the film doesn’t come out at all because the stupid “toy” camera is sort-of broken and you get really mad because you think there were some good shots in that film (aka the 35mm). I’m hoping to invest in a film dslr once again at some point but until then I guess I will be pleasantly surprised (or disappointed) by my Holgas.
If you are wondering, I tend to shoot with Velvia (slide) film. I’m really into color in my photos and this film always gives me interesting colors that are saturated. I love that sort of whimsical, unrealistic coloring that the film gives.