Two years in the making – finally made happen! Michelle Aquino of M.Dot Design Studio, based in San Diego, contacted me about two years ago asking to do a shoot with me. Due to the distance and also the timing, we weren’t able to do so until she made the trip up to San Francisco. I’ve been a big fan of her design aesthetics and her style, and I simply couldn’t contain my excitement. We set up camp at the W Hotel in downtown SF, and did some amazing shots.

And of course, I had a very incredible team. I was finally reunited with my beloved Sarah Dean, my favorite makeup artist who has been there since the very beginning. We were joined by Jamie Zimmerman, hairstylist extraordinaire, and Marina Jiang, a recent grad of the Academy of Arts University as my photo assistant and editor. And last but not least, the next model sensation Sarah from EXALT Agency. She is still very young and is going to be one of the most sought after models in the next few years.

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