Tia UCLA 2019 Graduation Portraits | Los Angeles, CA

Hey guys! I’m back to blogging after taking a few weeks off focusing on some client work. About a month ago, I got a DM on Instagram from my talented photographer friend Tia who I’ve been following ever since I started getting into portraits early on in my photography career. She was looking for a photographer to do her grad photos and after talking to her about the logistics, we set on a date to do the grad shoot. Unfortunately, LA weather was being very weird at the time so we decided to push back the photo shoot to a later date. It’s a good thing we did because it started raining at the original time and date that we scheduled the shoot! Tia really wanted to get that beautiful golden light in her photos so rescheduling was the best decision. We settled on a early morning sunrise shoot the day after Memorial Day. Fast forward to the day of the shoot, I was barely able to function. Having only 2 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours, I was very tired but determined to do my best with the shoot.

I first met Tia at an Instameet back in 2015. Then I saw her again at a couple of other meetups after that. Before this shoot, the last time I saw her was over 3 years ago at a Laguna Beach instameet. It’s crazy how time flies!

To be honest I was a little nervous doing this shoot. I’ve never shot a fellow photographer’s graduation portrait before and I knew that her expectations were really high when it came to the photos since she herself has shot a ton of grad photos. The pressure was on! haha. After I sent Tia the photos, I got a text from her saying that she really loved them and the photos were amazing. I was having a really bad day when I sent her the photos so this message from her really made my day! Another reason why I love photography so much. Make sure to follow Tia on Instagram!

Bethanie & Netania Chapman University 2019 Graduation Portraits | Orange, CA

Back in January of this year, I got a Facebook message from my friend Bethanie who I haven’t talked to ever since I graduated college. It was an inquiry for a graduation session for her and her sister Netania since they will be graduating Chapman University in May. I didn’t know Bethanie was pursuing her masters at Chapman until she mentioned it to me! I first met Bethanie at UCR where we were both part of AACF (Asian American Christian Fellowship). Then post-grad happened and we’ve been living vicariously through each other’s Instagram Stories haha. Netania is getting her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology while Bethanie is getting her Master of Science degree in Health and Strategic Communication. Congratulations to both Bethanie and Netania!

Before our session began, I wanted to test the lighting so I took a single shot on my camera. I heard a second delay shutter and I thought to myself “this can’t be good”. I looked through the viewfinder and find that I can’t see anything through the lens. It was pitch black! I remove the lens from my camera body and find that the mirror is not in the right place. It is completely upwards when it is supposed to be down in a diagonal position. I try to put it down back to it’s original place, but it won’t stay in place and goes upwards. The mirror won’t stay down! Panicking, I call my friend Daniel who’s also a photographer to see what I should do in this situation. After trying a few things, Daniel suggested to hold the shutter button on my camera. When I did, I heard the normal shutter sound. I check to see if it is now working properly and it worked! My camera was back to it’s normal condition. At that moment I experienced a photographer’s worse nightmare. I hope none of you photographers have to go through that situation. But I’m so happy that it all worked out in the end. Even though our shoot was delayed by 30 minutes, we made up for it in the end.

Can I just say how spot on Netania’s facial expression is to Pikachu?! Also that is one of the best and creative graduation caps that I’ve seen.


After our photoshoot, we went to go eat kbbq and I got to catch up with Bethanie since I haven’t seen her in 3 years! As you can imagine there was a lot of catching up as well as a lot of reminiscing of our UCR days. I just want to thank Bethanie and Netania for choosing me as their photographer for this special occasion. I am still doing graduation sessions for the month of May and June. If you want to book a graduation portrait session with me, please click here.

WonderWorld: Los Angeles's Newest Pop-Up Art Exhibition

Welcome to Wonderworld. LA’s newest pop-up art exhibition based on Alice in Wonderland. It’s been a while since I been to a museum or art exhibit so I was pretty excited when my friend Emily messaged me if I wanted to go to their VIP opening party. Only influencers with their +1 were allowed to attend this opening party so thank you Emily for inviting me!

Bowser the Goldendoodle was also here! He’s one of the cutest dogs that I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s very well trained too. When his owner told him to sit still on the moon, he stayed put for a good 5 minutes as we were snapping photos of him. I guess this is what being a dog influencer in LA looks like.

As the the event was coming to a close, we had a few more minutes to spare. Since there was nobody else in line to take photos with the moon, we had the room all to ourselves. Some of us helped throw balloons into the air to get that perfect photo. TEAMWORK!

I just want to thank WonderWorld for again inviting us to their grand opening. Also want to thank my friend Emily for choosing me as her +1! I know for some of us it was a much needed time of just having fun and being in each other’s company after a long a stressful week. Until next time!