Friday, January 01, 2021

Hello, 2021!

Hello and Happy New Year, friends! It's 2021, but doesn't feel much different from just 24 hours ago! It's a new year, though, and I like to look at 2021 as an opportunity to grow and be better. Rather than a reset, it's a continuation of my long-term goals and journey. A lot happened in 2020 (both good and bad) and I'm hoping that 2021 will be an auspicious year. Here are the goals and intentions I have for 2021: 

    • Spend more quality time and nurture love with family, friends, and my partner. 
    • Work on my fitness. Run 30 miles a month and rebuild my strength.
    • Become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. 
    • Move house and get my driver's license. 
    • Grow as a scientist and colleague.
    • Work on more creative projects: photography, music, drawing, journaling, blogging, etc.
    • Be present and live in the moment.

Cheers! Here's to the new year!

Sunday, September 20, 2020


Bonjour! It's been over a year since I've been back on this blog. When I left, it was the middle of 2019. Now, we're headed towards the end of 2020 and a completely upside-down world. I've been in the background, lurking occasionally, but for the most part, absent from the blogosphere. In this year and a half, I have moved to Los Angeles and back to Seattle, met my partner, changed jobs, and moved my entire life -- all during a pandemic! If you asked me where I would be in 2020, I would not have predicted any of this.

Everything in the world is closed up. I generally work from home as I can. While the work moves along, the world seems to be on pause. I work a lot (and I love what I get to do) but need to engage in creative endeavors again for balance. This includes photography, blogging, drawing, writing, and getting back into regular fitness. I don't know about you, but my fitness has suffered since the pandemic began. I no longer have a gym membership or access to spin class. I do, however, have kettlebells, running shoes, and self-motivation to move. 

I am not entirely sure where to start again with blogging. I haven't touched my camera in months until yesterday. I am hoping to make this space a place to share photography again. Maybe portraits. Maybe beauty products and reviews. Maybe small moments in time like this photograph here. I don't know what I'll post yet, but what I do know is that I have a full-frame Canon, this domain, and the urge to create and share imagery. So hello world, hello blogosphere. See you soon. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Making Magic

Ana in Old Pasadena.

Photography is my happy place and it's significantly changed how I look at the world.  When I peer at my surroundings, it is through the lens in my mind's eye.  I am always framing and composing every day scenes in my head.  There is a story to be told in every image and I want to capture those moments as organically as possible.

When I look at a person, I am making memory pictures and photographing them always changes my perception of them.  I start to see more of their beauty: the curl of their lip, the flicker of light in their eyes, the way they smile.  We are all carriers of innate natural beauty and that's what I'm always trying to capture. 

I saw Ana in passing recently.  On a whim, I asked her if she modeled and scribbled my information on the back of a receipt.  We met up in Old Town, Pasadena (clearly a favorite spot of mine) and found little nooks in which to shoot.  As a director, I'm fairly minimal.  I prefer models to fall organically into movements and poses they might adopt in my absence.  I don't like to direct the minutiae or interfere with the scene.  When asked about wardrobe, I always say, "Wear whatever you feel most comfortable and beautiful in."  

I think Ana is a natural!  Don't you?  I may not have posted the images where she is grinning, but she is one of the warmest, kindest people I've ever met.  As a model, she was game for anything and incredibly patient during the whole process.  She has a good eye as well and had suggestions for backdrops (which we used!).  I'm 100% open to input because shoots are a collaboration, not a one sided venture!  There is almost always a thing or two you can learn from others: a new perspective, a way to play with light, how to interact. 

Post-production and retouching were kept to a minimum.  If you're wondering, I only touch up impermanent things such as acne, scraps, or bruises.  I won't do any further alterations unless requested.  I will NEVER alter someone's body, face, remove scars or seek to misrepresent them.  Firm believer in, "You are beautiful as nature made you" over here.  Hopefully, my editing will appear seamless so that you can't tell what I've done! 

Let me know your thoughts?  As always, if you have suggestions or critiques, I am open to hearing them!