Sunday, June 15, 2014

Podcast Interview: The Creators of "Carnal Orient"



Actress/producer, Camille Mana, recently sat down to interview the creators of "Carnal Orient," a short avant-garde music video project exploring the 'nightmarish undertones' of Asian fetish.

With less than one month left to raise funding on Kickstarter, the project, which launched on Kickstarter in May and was featured in Bust Magazine, is a collaboration between Mila Zuo, a PhD candidate in film studies at UCLA, Angela Seo of art-rock band Xiu Xiu, and Mana as producer.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Inspiration



It's finally St. Patrick's Day, and I'm excited to share photos from a recent collaboration with Hostess to Hostess. Organized by Jackie, with creative direction by Emma Petievich, the St. Patty's Day themed shoot featured a delicious and colorful assortment of pastries made by pastry chef, Nika Yazdani of Sugar Studio LA.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kelvin's Art Show


My blogging tutee Kelvin, participated in his first art show recently at his after-school program, Ability First, in Pasadena. He produced five acrylic paintings and exhibited the framed prints alongside many other artists for the silent auction. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Second Autumn


A few shots of my niece at the beginning of her second autumn.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Angie and Ian, Bates Ranch House, Carpinteria


In the end of June, Angie and Ian were wed oceanside at the charming and rustic Bates Ranch House in a sunny small town called Carpinteria, just an hour and a half drive north of Los Angeles along the coast toward Santa Barbara. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Coming Soon! Angie and Ian's Wedding


A little over a week ago, I had the honor of shooting the wedding of Angie and Ian at the Bates Ranch House in beautiful, sunny Carpinteria. I'll share highlights from their wedding on the blog soon! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Inez + Sarah

We got to spend time with Sarah, or Nani to her grandkids, while she was in town for one of her grandkids, Hannah's graduation from Berkeley. We snuck in a few shots right before heading off to the airport.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Inez + バ–バ–


It definitely was one of our niece Inez's first words: Ba-ba (バ–バ–), which means Grandma in Japanese. She was rolling around one day on her play mat, and she started: ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba, and that was like the only thing she said for a long time. 

Kelvin's Painting of Buildings


Kelvin started painting lessons with Mike in the back of a small Taiwanese tea shop in Arcadia several years ago. I documented one of their private painting lessons, as Kelvin, who is autistic, painted in his characteristic style with bright, vibrant colors using acrylic, and focusing on detail, taking his time, and building concentration.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kazu and Tomo


Brothers, Kazu, 7, and Tomo, 4, came out to warm and sunny San Gabriel Valley, to visit their father, an asteroid research professor, from Kanagawa, Japan. I shot portraits as these two played together with their parents and their friends' dog, Berkley, in Sandy's front yard with scarecrows, and in her vegetable garden in the backyard among the kale and greens. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Renegade Women's Conference 2013


This April, I shot the Renegade Women's Conference as an official sponsor. The inspiring all-women business conference, co-organized by the gracious business coaching duo, Donna + Nailah, brought together a diverse group of women entrepreneurs to hear from phenomenal speakers.

Speakers included keynote by the trailblazing author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pamela Slim; soulful talks by Dr. Danielle Dowling and Natalie MacNeil founder of She Takes on the World; and knowledgeable business advice from panelists: financial planner Kelly Alexander, attorney Merissa V. Grayson, and organization consultant Alaia Williams to name only a few. Read my full post on Tech/Candid here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Women 2.0 Conference 2013 "The Next Billion"


I just returned from a week in San Francisco, where I shot the Women 2.0 Conference 2013 "The Next Billion" on Valentine's Day. The event featured an incredible speaker lineup of female founders, renowned Silicon Valley investors, and PITCH finalists and judges. Here's Rashmi Sinha, CEO and Founder of Slideshare, speaking about balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship. Check out the full recap with photos on my tech blog, Tech/Candid here.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Holidays / Cleo + Inez

Happy Holidays / Cleo + Inez

Happy holidays, everyone! Wishing you + your family a warm, joyful and peaceful holiday. I also want to thank you so much for reading and supporting the blog in our first 4 months! Finally, I want to share this fun holiday family shoot I just wrapped with our niece and her reindeered sister, Cleo...


Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Fisher Family, Exposition Rose Garden

The Fisher Family, Exposition Rose Garden

Stephanie and I met living on the same floor of the dorms our freshman year at CAL, and later lived together sophomore year at a funny Berkeley student co-op called Cloyne. I ran into her recently at Sarah and Anthony's wedding, where I had a chance to meet her husband Jesse and their adorable 8 month old son, Sullivan. I documented them this November at the Exposition Rose Garden, where Steph used to visit as a young girl with her family.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hayashi / Saijo Collaboration

Hayashi / Saijo Collaboration

Artist Mike Saijo met textile master, Setsuko Hayashi, known to her students as Hayashi Sensei (林先生), a few years ago when he attended one of her classes. They have since started collaborating every week to create custom silk batik (ろうけつ染めの絹) drapes and silk tie dye scarves using a 400 year old Japanese method that dates back to the Edo Period.  I documented them during production of one of their custom silk drapes when they were applying a batik wax drawing on silk by hand. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yo Yo

Yo Yo

I met Yo Yo by happenstance in November when she came by the studio. Yo Yo grew up in South Carolina, and lived internationally. She now works as a producer, and she's assisting with a documentary about life in South Central LA. A natural in front of the camera, it was no surprise Yo Yo grew up with a mother and sister who modelled professionally.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sarah + Anthony, Morcom Rose Garden / Camino


Sarah + Anthony exchanged their vows under a chuppah at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland near the Piedmont border. The ceremony culminated with the Jewish wedding custom of breaking the glass, and was followed by a gourmet reception prepared by chef Russell Moore and his team at Camino Restaurant just around the corner. I had the honor of documenting the day for the longtime couple, together about 11 years since the days they met living at Cloyne.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Say Amor | Roseli and Jacob, Ocean Song

Say Amor | Roseli and Jacob, Ocean Song

This September, I had the honor of shooting the wedding of my friends, Roseli + Jacob. The two Libras exchanged vows in an intimate commitment ceremony, named Say Amor, on a sunny, serene hilltop at Ocean Song, a farm and wilderness center in Occidental, about an hour from San Francisco on the Sonoma coast.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Coming Soon! Roseli & Jacob's Wedding

Coming Soon! Roseli & Jacob's Wedding

I had the honor of shooting my friends, Roseli and Jacob, and their beautiful wedding in Ocean Song in Occidental recently. I'll share highlights from their wedding on the blog soon! Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sisters

Sisters

Our sister came up to visit us in Oakland just a few months leading up to our niece's birth. I remember feeling the little one kicking inside her belly creating sudden animated spurts of energy.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Big Belly

Big Belly

As many of you may know, my older sister gave birth to a very active, and powerful little one this past October.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Portraits: Ojiichama & Obaachama | 祖父と祖母

Portraits: Ojiichama & Obaachama | 祖父と祖母
Portraits: Ojiichama & Obaachama | 祖父と祖母

My grandmother, Obaachama, asked me to take portraits of her and my grandfather, Ojiichama, during our trip to Japan this summer. Mama stood behind me working hard to make them laugh, and Leslie helped Obaachama with her hair and makeup.