summer days, drifting away.

So, school has been out for a while. Why is it that I haven’t posted since late May?

I have been taking photos. I have been wanting to post them. I just haven’t done it. School really took it out of me this year, and I guess I’ve needed some time to recuperate and breathe. But let’s be honest — two months is more than enough. So here I go. Let’s make a post.

As I mentioned, school was really rather hectic this year, but I made it and I am extremely proud to say that I got A’s on all of my finals and maintained my 4.0 GPA throughout the year. I even did well at my new Japanese school — aced that final, and got third place in the speech contest. With all of that hard work done, I’m actually really excited to be going into my senior year. A little apprehensive still, I suppose, but definitely excited. Time to go out with a bang.

But enough about school. What have I been doing this summer? Let’s see…

I went to Katy’s graduation party…


I took Noel’s headshots in Griffith Park…

I’ve hung out with my friends in the valley…

Wandered around Little Tokyo with Emily…

Went to the beach…

Practiced using studio lighting…

Drove up to Big Bear with my mom, Chris’s family, and the dogs…


On the 4th of July, Kira texted me and said she’d be visiting from Minnesota for a grand total of 48 hours, so I met up with her in West Hollywood the next day…

And now? Now I’m in Shanghai!


I still can’t really believe I’m here. I fly back to California the second week of August, but until then, I’ll be exploring China, taking lots of photos and eating tons of food. Once I’m home, I’ll be scheduling shoots and getting back to my regular posting. To help me get back into the habit of blogging, I’ll be posting trip updates and photos throughout the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out!

Hope you all are having a lovely summer! Zàijiàn!

huzzah – southern california renaissance faire.

My friend Emily (the girl from the ballet photos) worked at the renaissance faire this spring. So, I decided to don some ren garb and spend the day with her at the faire. There was food and festivities aplenty, and much to photograph. I spent a lot of the day drinking iced hibiscus tea and hiding in the shade of the booth where Emily worked. Next year, I plan to go in much more weather appropriate clothing and do nothing but take photos and eat food. However, despite the ridiculous number of layers of clothing, I braved the heat and sun for a quick photo expedition. Here’s just a few shots from that crazy day!



Emily!



My favorite shot of the day. So happy with the colors.


I finally have my twitter account all set up with my phone and everything. I’ll be updating it with news on photoshoots, availability, and other random stuff, so make sure to follow me and say hi!

emily.

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking Emily Trempe‘s maternity photos! Emily and I worked together on a play in winter of 2009 (her on stage and me in the tech booth), and my dad and her fiance, Jude worked together at Activision. We’ve all been able to keep in touch pretty well and I am so glad to have been able to do a shoot with her! She has a steady career in acting and modeling, and it shows. She just belongs in front of the camera! Jude was out of town, so we weren’t able to get him in on any of the shots, but we still had a delightful and successful session.

We started out with a few of the more classic maternity photos. She had the most perfect ultrasound photo for the shoot, so we utilized that for a few shots.





Check out that engagement ring. Beyond stunning, is it not? And there’s nothing cuter than little baby booties.


Emily brought almost her entire wardrobe, plus a ton of jewelery and accessories, so we were able to do a lot of fun, stylized photos that really brought out her personality. The shots I got from this rockstar outfit are some of my favorite!



I used my 50mm f/1.2 L for most of the shoot, but I also got some more artsy shots with my Lensbaby. The Composer optic with the heart shaped aperture disc was a must, but the Fisheye optic I had ordered arrived just in time for the shoot as well! That made for a couple of really fun shots.

For our last set, we headed over to the lake for some shots by the water. The wind was out of control and we were all shivering a bit by the end of it, but Emily looked totally ethereal despite the cold.



Thank you so much, Emily, for doing this shoot with me. I had a great time working with you and I hope you like your photos!

Take a look at more of the photos here and tell me what you think!

slippers and feathers.

My dear friend Emily recently started taking ballet classes. So of course, when we found out she would be visiting me for my birthday, we started planning a quick shoot. I used my new L series 50mm and set up some crappy lighting in the basement. It was very simple, just taking shots of her feet in a few basic positions. However, I am extremely pleased with the results. Take a look and tell me what you think!

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