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Whenever you live in a dorm, you will meet people that you will keep close to you for the rest of your life. I am lucky that I have so many close friends from that one amazing freshman year at the University of Washington. Katherine did live in the same floor as I did, but we didn’t really start getting close until our Sophomore year. After we both made fun of each other’s race, we knew that we would be evil best friends for life. I can’t really be evil with Greg since he is, without at doubt, probably the nicest guy I know. That is a hard title to keep, since I know a lot of nice guys.

After a successful visit in San Francisco and a road trip up to Seattle, Katherine had asked if we could do her engagement session when we were both in Seattle. We picked a day and voila, in true Seattle fashion, it was raining hardcore. It wasn’t going to deter us though, we got some rain gear and stole an umbrella from the University Village (OK Borrowed). There really was no need for it though, because as soon as we got out of the car the rain let up and the sun came down.

It was great. The light was just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I could go on and on writing about these two, but you can just tell from the pictures that they belong together. I have had the honor to laugh with them, party with them, travel the world with them and basically have been blessed to see their relationship blossom to where it is now.

I can’t wait to see the rest.

Congratulations Katherine and Greg!!


where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling

spin me round again
and rub my eyes,
this can’t be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy

And thus begins a new project.
Not one everyday, that’s for sure, but definitely a new project.

“How do you measure a year? Mixtapes, movie stubs, height and weight fluxuations? Maybe. But for Gabriel Gastelum, it was all in the lens.By photographing his milestones in the form of a bleeding finger and his new San Francisco-apartment view, Gastelum invites complete strangers to share various aspects of his life” – Dalina Castellanos

In about 30 seconds, Dalina described the project better than I could. I started this project last April, right after I had finished coming back from my round-the-world trip. I didn’t tell anyone about the project, I wanted to keep it a secret until after I had finished. But, some people did find out due to being crazy good investigators (Dalina), or super creepy stalkers (Brian and Omid).

Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. -Rent

Its crazy how much happens in a year. I road tripped the South with my best friends. I spent an amazing last summer in Seattle. I moved to San Francisco. I went to the most amazing bachelor party ever. I saw my best friends get married. I traveled a lot. I made so many great new friends.

The project was really to see if I could do it. So many people do this project, but they take the same face picture everyday for a whole year (like the famous Noah video). I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to photography my ideas, my thoughts, my feelings and what was generally going on in my life. Some photos came out great; some came out lousy. Weather it was from my fancy camera, my iphone or my little canon, it didn’t matter, all I needed to do was take a picture of myself.

“Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
It’s time to try
Defying gravity” – Wicked

I could go on writing more about the project, but I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. But aside from the video posted above, here are a few of my favorites: