It's been a while since I've blogged, hasn't? Well, I'm bored now and it's late, so lets do this.--Just kidding, I've been meaning to do this for a while, I missed blogging and surprisingly, so did some of my readers. Cool. Work, school, travel and a different turn in events had me drifting in tons of odd directions within the last few months. Recently, I've been looking back at the past year--what I've photographed, what I've done, where I've gone, who I've met, and so on. And maybe it's a little late to do a post recapping it all, whereas other bloggers already did their "Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013" entries, but hey, better late than never! 2012 had been a whirlwind of experiences, I had incredible fun and a few low points, but all-in-all, I learned so much. Instead of writing a long cliche, sappy, teenage story, here's a few snaps of the past year and things that meant a little something to me:
Aside from other freelance work I did, in the beginning of 2012 I got to photograph my first concert, that of Shayan Azizi, a pianist and also a good friend of mine. So I got all dolled up with my speed flash and 200mm lens in hand. The performance contained different styles of world music, including Ostad Nejad (this guy was on America's got Talent, find it on youtube, it's cool) and different instrumentalists and vocalists. The venue was the Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California.
I also got to spend a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada, which has to be one my favorite places. I love the cold weather and scenery, but most of all I love, love, love to snowboard. This particular trip was to the south shore of Tahoe, rather than the usual North, which of course means--Heavenly Skiing. Heavenly, hands down, is the best ski resort I've boarded on in Tahoe (and I've been to a good handful of them), I'll take any chance I get to glide on their slopes. There's no scenic trail in Tahoe like Heavenly's Skyline trail, aghhh--I can't even explain how much I loved it. And this photo was just halfway up.
Come early spring, I had entered a competition that the Asian Pacific Fund was holding for students across the Bay Area. Most people entered hand drawn, detailed illustrations, but I decided to send in a photo I had taken. I really was not expecting to win anything amongst the amazing work of the other contestants, but I did actually get an honorable mention--which meant some money for school and tickets to just about every bay area museum. I was totally cool with that. My photo was displayed at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for a weekend, where the awards ceremony was held. Yadayada.
I took a dip into journalism and some activism. I covered a story for the local paper about a small charity "Princess Donations", which collected prom dresses and suits for teenagers who couldn't fully afford prom in the area. I got to hang out with Paddy, Paddy is funny. And I also got involved a bit with UNICEF's Tap project, I made a quick video with some friends, sent it out and hoped for some awareness.
Throughout the whole year (but more so in spring), I interned for an amazing photographer, Anna Wu of Annwu.com and Sea Glass Cinema. I got to see a lot of really cool places, I met some talented artists, and witnessed some amazing photoshoots unfold. I couldn't have been more thankful for all that I learned with her. This was one of a few quick shots I got to take while in Napa valley assisting on an event.
Come June, I graduated High School. Thank goodness that's done with. Enough said.
And then summer came along. Summer in past years had always been full of friends, camping trips, crushes, weekends in Southern California and warm late nights. But this year, I got a new job with Lifetouch as a senior portrait photographer and things weren't as crazy. I wanted to so eagerly be done with high school, yet the moment summer hit, I started working at a place that revolved around it, haha. I was waking up at 5AM and working full time. Don't get me wrong though, it was a lot of fun with some hard work, I really learned more than I ever did about studio lighting and portrait photography. But aside from Lifetouch, I still got some of my excitement in, and all that sweet jazzy summer lovin. I went to LA only twice (I don't care how dirty the beaches are, I love em') and I spent quite a lot of time in the city with various friends.
In early fall, things got a bit fuzzy. My birthday came and went, I finally turned 18. Which meant P A R T Y--Just kidding, there's nothing really cool about it, other than the ability to buy cigarettes. (JUST KIDDING TO THAT TOO, stoges are bad.) By that time, I was so engulfed with work and starting a new semester at my community college, I didn't photograph or blog much. I dressed in sweats and chucks most times while all my tight skirts and Jefferey Campbells collected dust, haha. My internship ended, and I had saved enough for a new camera. So, I found more time to do freelance work like family portraits and head shots. October and November were much the same: school, work, and waiting for the weekend. There's not much to report there. But here's a photo of my favorite place on earth anyway, Pescadero. I usually get to visit here a lot during summer, but I actually came to this scene after the Pumpkin and Art festival in Halfmoon Bay in mid-october. The crisp air, salty smell, and miles of sea-cliffs.... gahhh.
And I guess that's it for 2012, for the most part.
I spent December packing up for a month-long trip to the Philippines, which I'll probably save for another entry. There's a lot I could say about my visit there. But for now, I'd like to welcome in 2013. I really hope the world doesn't end anytime soon. Life is pretty good at the moment, I'm just finding my way and falling in love with it all. I'll try to blog more, and if you haven't already noticed--IT'S A NEW SITE AND BLOG. YIPPEEE.