One of my favorite things about photography is being able to connect with all different types of people. I’m a social person and I really like getting to know more about clients than just what kind of photos they want.
I had the pleasure of shooting some portraits of Erica – an adventurous lawyer who insisted that she was terrible at taking photographs but wanted some nice ones of herself (which I totally don’t believe because all her photos came out great). We spent much of the shoot walking and talking about our many overlapping interests – traveling, food, pets, and grocery shopping (yes, really). All the chatter and the gorgeous Venice weather made the shoot have a great relaxed feel.
Her outfits for the shoot were styled by the amazing Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie! While Grasie was unable to come to the shoot with us, Erica and Grasie met beforehand to put together some looks that really represented Erica.
One of my dearests, Jennifer Chung, has been making some crazy changes in her life.
Throughout my 6 year friendship with Jen, I’ve seen her grow many ways as a person and especially musically, but this year she has made some amazing jumps from chopping all of her hair off (and dying parts of it purple) to moving to Korea to work on music there as well as spend some quality time with family she hasn’t seen in forever. I’m always so proud of her hard work and will continue to root for her from the other side of the Pacific. I absolutely love seeing videos, Instagram photos, and posts from all of my friends scattered all over the world continuing to chase their dreams.
Literally a couple of days before Jen jet off to South Korea, she asked me for one last shoot before her adventure. We got to spend some quality time shooting close by (close as in on my front stoop) and to talk about her excitement and anticipation on what her trip to Korea will bring.
Please follow her adventures and support her music quest on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Jen isn’t my only friend attacking the music scene in Korea right now. My friend Marshall Bang is also over there singing. Here’s a video of them doing an impromptu street performance over 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!
And here is the father & godfather in all their excitement.
Shooting with Grasie in October was exciting for several reasons. Los Angeles has finally decided that it may want to start feeling like fall. We’ve had lots of hot days in Oct still, but we had a couple days of rain and even some weather where we can wear pants and a jacket.
What really made October exciting was that Grasie got engaged to her long time beau, Damien!
I’m so excited for them! On one Wednesday of every month on her blog, Grasie has “Wedding Wednesdays” following her wedding planning adventures. Her first “Wedding Wednesday” post was all about her unique, vintage ring.
And now, on to the outfits from October!
A little while ago, I had the amazing opportunity to once again shoot the current Kaba Modern team (hip hop dance crew based a UC Irvine that also had members representing the crew on MTV’s, America’s Best Dance Crew).
Shooting Kaba Modern is always fun because of the great people on the team – each and every one of them works very hard to make the shoot a success. I also love how they want to bring concepts and theme into their shoots as well. This year was a mafia theme and they had everything from guns to long cigarette holders. It was great getting to shoot some of the same people I have shot in previous years but it’s always exciting to meet and shoot the new members. Although they all say they are so awkward in front of the camera and have no idea what they’re doing, they have to be lying because they always come out looking great (and they all seem to have a lot of fun as opposed to being overly nervous). I love seeing the team grow as dancers, individuals, and seeing how different they are at these shoots once they are veterans and start killing it in front of the camera.
Aside from the themed look, we usually shoot a more personal, casual look as well.
Huge thanks again to the team for having me! You can view all the photos from the shoot on Facebook.
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September was a shorter shooting month with Grasie since she spent a good chunk of it at New York Fashion Week!
The weather has been (very slowly) cooling so Grasie has started being able to sneak in some more fall-inspired looks. There is even supposed to be some rain this week (!!! unheard of) but then again it’s also supposed to be back in the 80’s next week…
Fun, summery looks with Style Me Grasie from July!