This past weekend, I went to check out #BeautyConLA for the first time! I had a blast! But I think I was more excited meeting and shooting with Christine (@kkarmalove) than everything else. She picked me up at my hotel and then we shot around downtown LA. Then we met up with some more blogger friends in K-Town for some amazing Korean BBQ at Road to Seoul. She was definitely fun to shoot with. Stay tuned for more!
It’s been 3 months since I last shot with Ruby of The Ruby Element, but we were finally reunited during her last visit to San Francisco this past weekend. We met up in Japantown on a cold, typical San Francisco “summer” day. I was hesitant about shooting around Japantown at first since I was not familiar with the area. But after catching up with Ruby over a bowl of ramen, we came upon this big blue Victorian near the restaurant. It was such a perfect backdrop for Ruby’s outfit. I’m in love with these shots and I hope you are too!
While exploring the Potrero District, Karen and I came upon this section near a brewery with cool white walls. The best part was a high voltage yellow gate that just paired well with her outfit. We’re both in love with this hidden gem of a district that offers so many amazing spots to shoot. Hope you enjoyed the shots! Check out her YouTube channel for more details: IAMKARENO.
Since my first shoot with Trang (@trangspage), I’ve been itching to work with her again. I finally got a chance to do so a few weekends ago, and with good fortune. We were met with beautiful lighting conditions (despite a bit of a chill, but then that’s San Francisco summer for you). I decided to meet her around the Financial Distrist, an area that I rarely shoot in, so it was actually pretty fun exploring new places. When we came upon 101 California, we were awestruck at the marvel of this plaza (maybe now we know how Lewis & Clark felt when they discovered the Pacific Ocean – kind of). Hope you love the shots! Stay tuned for more looks from our four looks shoot!
It’s been a year in the making, but I finally got to see and shoot with Ria Michelle once again at Miami Fashion Week! We first met at Outside Lands in July 2013, and since then we’ve kept in touch and became good friends! We teamed up together for Miami Swim Week and covered shows and took outfit photos together. I really had an amazing time hanging out with her, she really made my Miami experience a blast! Ria also has killer styles – you’ll be blown away at the other looks we shot together too! We shot this at The Raleigh Hotel (the main venue for MBFW) while waiting for the next show to begin. And yes, it was such a humid day but Ria managed to keep her cool with this outfit.
Hope you enjoyed the shots. Check out her blog post [Cruel Summer] for more details of her outfit!
Here’s another short and sweet photo set I did with Kathleen Carla. She looks so angelic in this white romper! This was taken at Alyssa Nicole’s Fall 2014 Collection fashion event at the rooftop of the FIDM building.
I’ve been dying to do a swimwear shoot on a beach. San Francisco beaches are way too cold and windy for a proper swimwear shoot to happen. I thought of doing it in LA this summer, but then since I was going to Miami, I thought I might as well make it happen in South Beach. It couldn’t have been more perfect than having my favorite Brazilian model Paula Newlands be my muse for the day during my trip for swim week. I took a break from hanging out with my blogger friends and decided to hit the beach with Paula. I remembered going into the water with Paula, and she urged me on to get in and feel the water. I was amazed at how warm and pleasant it was! She made me vow to dip into the ocean after our shoot (which I did, it was so fun!). I will always love South Beach! This is my second time and it will always be one of my favorite beaches! Hope you enjoyed the shots!
I always love finally meeting people after being friends with them on Facebook/Instagram for many years. In this case, Olivia and I first met through Model Mayhem, but we kept in touch via Instagram and Facebook for the past 2 years or so. And we finally met in person during my trip to Miami for swim week. What most people don’t know about Olivia is that she’s also a PhD student too! Beauty and brains is definitely a deadly sexy combination! During our shoot, my camera and lenses started to fog up. I blamed it on Olivia. But we both realized it was because of the extreme changes in temperature when we came out of the air-conditioned hotel and into the super humid/hot beach. So we ended up shooting at my hotel balcony at the Shore Club, which turned out wonderfully after all.
Hope you enjoyed the shots!
Back in June, I did a quick shoot with Trang (aka @trangspage on Instagram) around Union Square. It was my first time shooting with her, but the moment I met her, I knew we would get along very well. Even though we were pressed for time, we pulled off lots of amazing shots and also had a lot of fun doing it. Hope you enjoyed the shots! Be sure to check out her blog post for more details and photos: [SF Strolling].
P.S. We just did another shoot this past weekend. Can’t wait to feature them soon! And it’s definitely NOT shot in Maiden Lane this time.