my life

Hi Everyone!

You can now visit my new blog, (CLICK HERE) as I’ll be posting from there. Be sure to update your Bookmarks to stay updated!!

All the old links will be forwarded to the new blog anyway 🙂


Its been such a crazy journey on this blog and I will forever be indebted to it in SOOOOO many ways.

But with new life choices, comes a new blog!

I hope its just as good as this one was to me.



It had to happen eventually, something had to happen with me in the camera department that would make me want to tear my hair off (well, what I have left of it at least).

After arriving back to the U.S. when my backpacking adventure through South America was over, I took a quick family vacation to L.A. before heading back up to San Francisco. My parents had brought back my suitcase and all my camera equipment that I left at home. To make a long story short, we believed that all my equipment had been stolen from our Rental Van.

The hotel was taking too long to respond or even answer the basic question of “did you find anything in our room?”. After not getting contacted for a couple of days, we decided to file a police report and claim it to the insurance so we can get reimbursed. But still, I was devastated. All I had acquired (from my flashes, lenses and accessories) was in that camera bag.

Luckily, my parents are perhaps the coolest people on earth and reassured me that everything was going to be alright. They were so positive in fact, that it would work out with the insurance, that they bought be an even better camera from my previous ones. Ones that actual professionals use (well, at least my favorite photographers anyway).

Needless to say I was pretty damn happy with this new camera (which I named Natasha). I was actually shaking with excitement with the fact that I could take my photos to a whole new level. I’ve done nothing but play around with it, and its true what they say, once you go full-frame its almost impossible to go back.

Yesterday the hotel called and told me they found my camera bag

@#$%^&* DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I know, I should be happy they found everything (or I think they found everything), but still, those Karma Gods definitely knew how to play with my emotions and get my hopes up. I should have trusted my instincts, while we were buying the new camera, my gut told me we should have waited a little longer.

So now my mind is racing on how I can keep beautiful Natasha. Sell my videogame systems? Its not like I play them much anymore. Sell my piano? I take pictures more than I play these days. Work the street corner? Although, I would probably need to get a rocking body for that. Sell all my lenses and camera’s and just keep one versatile lens for now?

Ugh head reeling. Oh Natasha, why are you doing this to me?

So what will happen? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I need a beer.

Deborah didn’t live in my dorm my freshman year, but that didn’t stop us from becoming the most dynamic Asian and Mexican duo ever. After our first hilarious meeting (which involved her pretending to be pregnant and me thinking she was on heroin) she never thought I would actually call her for lunch. Well I did, and three bajillion bubble teas later, we are still closer than ever.

So when she asked me if I could take her engagement pictures with Justin (who falls into my super nice and funny category) I agreed in an instant. I COULD write about how they both met and fell in love and blah blah blah, but who wants to read that? Well, I am sure a lot of you do, but I am still not going to write it. These two just click; not only are they perhaps the most animated couple I know, but they make each other laugh a lot and are just a blast to hang around with. One of my funnest nights in my life was a night with these two in Hong Kong (from what I remember anyway).

Again, as with most of my closest friends, I have had the amazing opportunity to travel with them, share stories with them and see their relationship blossom into something special (even if it takes a little kung-fu).

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for these two (a rarity in gloomy Seattle).

I can’t wait for their wedding and the cute little half asian babies they will have in the future.

Congrats Deborah and Justin!!!!!

Its like I never left Brazil. Everyone has bodies that look like they have done cocaine and pushups their whole lives. Havaianas, sunglasses and cocktails are all I see.

Also, every shirt says “I Am In Miami Bitch” and not because of the LMFAO song, but because its so hot and humid here that every sentence just needs to end with a bitch.

Joe: This is actually nice for Miami. Between the loads of hair gel in this city and the weather, I feel like I live in lucifer’s armpit.

Still though, the city is gorgeous….bitch.