Mike’s Graduation Party.

June 29, 2010 | Post a Comment

When Mike Limon asked me the day before his graduation party if there was any way I could come and shoot the event, I was more than happy to agree.  Mike just recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in business administration with concentration in finance, and his sister Crystal (who the event was also in celebration of) had just graduated from Sonora high school.

The Limon family was thrilled to have a photographer there for the dinner, which made it all the more exciting for me to be shooting at; family members gathered each other to get their photos taken, everybody was extremely friendly to me, and Mike’s youngest sister Julie volunteered herself to be my assistant for the night.  It was definitely an evening enjoyed by all.

I’m proud of Mike for graduating from Cal State Fullerton with the degree he’s been working on achieving for a number of years now, and I’m excited for Crystal to begin earning her degree at Cal State Fullerton.  Congratulations again, you guys!

El Cholo Staples’ Center mock service night.

June 17, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hi to everyone again!  I told you all it wouldn’t be too long until I put up another post, so here is my newest entry upholding that promise.

A few weeks ago, El Cholo (the restaurant my family works at) opened a new location in downtown Los Angeles by the Staples Center.  This is great news for the restaurant, seeing as how the Staples Center gets a ton of people visiting to watch sports events of all sorts throughout the year, and the area is generally pretty busy even when there isn’t a game being held.

So, a couple of days before the actual grand opening of the restaurant, the owners invited employees, friends, and family to come and enjoy a mock service night.

A mock service meal is pretty much employees trying out their new jobs on people other than their coworkers for a lunch or dinner; they’re all practicing skills, interactions, taking orders, serving, etc.

In any case, I brought my camera to this event just for fun and ended up getting a couple of shots that I would like to share with you all.  I hope you enjoy!

The Northwest Road Trip.

June 13, 2010 | Post a Comment

As many of you already know, I went on a road trip with Matt and Jared two weeks ago through the Northwest.  This being my first official road trip, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  As a kid, family trips consisted of picking a destination during the planning process months before the actual trip, and then spending our vacation in that specific area, exploring the new territory until it became familiar.  On some sort of subconscious level, I think I was partially expecting something similar to the trips I used to take as a child.

Yet apparently road trips are nothing like that.

Typically, we figured out a destination for the following day at dinner the evening before, we spent about 5-8 hours a day driving to the next city, which meant a lot of time in the car (thanks again for letting us borrow the Durango, Sherri!), and because of all the time spent driving to get to the next destination before everything was closed for the night, we usually had less than 24 hours in each city to explore and get to know the area.

DON’T GET ME WRONG!  The above is not meant to be negative, or come across that way at all.  I had so much fun on this trip, and am so glad that I went and didn’t decide (for some crazy reason) to stay at home and work.  We saw so many awesome things on this trip, I got to visit places I’ve never been to before, and it really opened up my eyes to all the places I’d maybe someday like to live in.

So now that I’ve included enough text to create a short novel, I’d like to share with you all what I’ve been itching to show for the past two weeks : the photos from our trip to the Northwest!

At The Ace Hotel in Portland.

Rest stop on our way to Seattle; shortly after I took this photo, we picked up a hitchhiker heading to Olympia to play in a folk festival on her accordion.

Coins left on Bruce Lee’s grave in the Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, Washington.

On a tour of the Pendleton Woolen Mills factory.

This is my favorite photo from the whole trip.

Note : It was incredibly difficult to not put all 130 of my favorite images into this post, but I managed to narrow it down to the top 20.  Hope you guys liked ‘em!

Jesseka and Krys’s Birthday Party.

June 8, 2010 | Post a Comment

Hey guys!  So I know it’s been awhile since I last posted, but I’ve been a little backed up with editing, going on photoshoots, and even on a road trip.  Now that I’m back home, I’ve been editing like crazy to get everything ready for you all to see :)

In any case, today I will be posting photos from Jesseka and Krystian’s joint birthday / pool party.  Arriving about an hour early, I was able to hang out with Jesseka for awhile before the guests began arriving and her mother was busy preparing snacks and goodies for the party.  This was a privilege for me, because Jesseka is an amazing girl who’s incredibly photogenic and fun to talk to; we chit chatted for awhile, drew pictures together with her enormous collection of crayons and markers, and then she prepared a “meal” for me out of plastic corn and sponge waffles.

Shortly after, guests started arriving, and the fun that comes with kids’ birthday parties and pool parties began.  As always, I hope you all enjoy the photos!