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Salton Sea Photo Shoot

Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
A friend told me about Salton Sea a while ago. As soon as she describe it to be as a dried out beach that was deserted and completely ran down, I knew I had to photograph there. I wanted to do a fashion shoot with dramatic lighting, so when I heard of a large photo shoot planning to go there, I jumped at the chance. Then I realized I would be carpooling with two complete strangers, going to an abandoned location 3 hours from home. My mind started going all over the place of course, imagining the horrible scenarios that could (but were highly unlikely to) occur. So I made the 3 hour drive with my younger sister in tow as a lighting assistant and two other photographers I just met. We met up with a few other photographers, stylists, and models at a Starbucks to prep for the shoot. It was surely a sight to see many girls getting their hair done. Although I felt bad for the baristas since we used a whole lot of hairspray to hold up such awesome styles.
I had more than a blast shooting in the house frames. It was amazing to see what people left behind from their days at the beach. More than that, if you went near the water it was lined with whole fish skeletons (see one of my many models below). You can see a few in the jumping shots below.
I think the most interesting part of the day came just after sunset. We were photographing in a abandoned house when I suddenly heard a floor board creak in a corner where no body was. We shined a flash light in that direction to see a tall man lurking in the shadows watching us. Since he had gotten so close to us without anyone noticing, I knew I didn’t want to chance what else he could do. We all looked at each other and quickly jumped into the car. Next adventure I go on, I will be sure to skip watching “The Hills Have Eyes” before hand.
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography
Salton Sea Bombay Beach Fashion Photography

Friends Photos

San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
Remember in high school when we took pictures with our friends? We would get all dressed up and go down to the studio just for some wallet sized photos to pass out to everyone. Most of the time we would write messages on the back like: “Hey Girlie! Keep this safe.” Oh high school. But taking photos with our friends doesn’t have to stop with high school! Since we’re growing up, so should our photographs. Tasha and Philipa met in high school and have been best friends since. They wanted to do a photo shoot at Balboa Park. It was such a blast just having fun taking photos together. Tasha’s niece came along too so we all just played around and had a good time!
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits
San Diego Balboa Park Best Friend Portraits

Some Family Fun

Coronado Beach Sunset San Diego
I love to take photos all the time. I typically use my family as models whenever I can. The photo above is of my little sister at Coronado Beach. We were meeting a couple there for their portrait session and since we got there early, we scouted the location for some great spots. I loved this spot since you could see the clouds rolling in over the ocean. They almost look like giant waves crashing down, so Carmen and I decided to have some fun while we waited for our couple.
The following photos are just some more fun shoots I did with my sisters. The first couple are from our trip to Disneyland earlier this year. We volunteered for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (it is an early morning half-marathon at Disneyland) and we got free tickets to go to Disneyland! For the last couple of photos, I had my studio lights set up for a portrait session and decided it would be a perfect time to do our own Hunger Games inspired photos. The last photo was a long exposure at San Diego State University. We had to sit very still for 30 seconds. Funny how the two youngest sat still the most.
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Disneyland Anaheim Fun Photos
Dramatic Lighting Portraits Hunger Games
Dramatic Lighting Portraits Hunger Games
Dramatic Lighting Portraits Hunger Games
Dramatic Lighting Portraits Hunger Games
San Diego State University Long Exposure

High Tide and Mad Traffic in Ocean Beach

High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
Last Friday a friend invited me to help record two bands for a local tv show called SoCal Live Showcase. They feature local artists and bands. While I was there video recording the event, I couldn’t help to get a few shots for myself. The bands were Mad Traffic (a rock band reminiscent of the Violent Femmes) and High Tide (a large california reggae band). It was at Winstons in Ocean Beach and while parking was a little bit of a hassle, it was totally worth it to hear the unique and awesome sound of these bands. The guys were all very talented and not to mention good looking (the sax player reminded me a lot of a Jonas brother… sorry). But thanks to SoCal Showcase, Sam Guest, and both bands for having me. I hope to do it again some time soon.
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons
High Tide Mad Traffic san diego local bands so-cal showcase Winstons

Encinitas Wedding Photo Shoot

Encinitas wedding  Olivenhain Meeting Hall
This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure to not only participate in but help coordinate a photography workshop. Sarah Zimmer, of Sarah Zimmer Photography, and I put on a workshop for young professional photographers. We found models and vendors from San Diego to come and participate in our event. This was an amazing opportunity to learn new techniques, meet more photographers, and network with some very talented wedding vendors. I cannot wait to Read the rest of this page »

San Diego City College Cinema Lighting

san diego city college dramatic cinema lighting
The school year is officially beginning, well at least for me. I have been taking cinematography classes at San Diego City College. It has been an absolute blast. Last semester Read the rest of this page »

Patience and Jim // Married

I had been to The Prado restaurant before, but Patience and Jim’s wedding there made it very special. I truly enjoyed this small intimate wedding. One of my favorite parts of the day was Read the rest of this page »

The Wall Family

San Diego Mission Trails Family Portraits
Ever since I met the Wall family, I thought they were adorable; after working with them, I just couldn’t wait to begin editing their photos. Their two little Read the rest of this page »

Philipa and King // Portraits

San Diego Coronado Hotel Del Military Portraits
Last year (still feels a little odd saying that), I photographed Philipa and King’s wedding and engagement photos. I really enjoy working with the two of them because not only are the photogenic, they are truly in love. King just joined the army so we had to Read the rest of this page »

The Roque Family // part two

san diego vow renewal baptism good shepherd parish
And welcome back! This past Christmas Eve was busy for me. Typically, I spend the day over my Grandmother’s house making tamales (by the way these are the best tamales in the world), but this year, I had a wedding and baptism to attend. Like I said Read the rest of this page »