It’s been a little over a year since I picked up my first 35mm film camera and started my journey on black and white film photography. Recently I decided to take a class which I envisioned it to help me set aside dedicated time to focus on my craft, be surrounded by others who love the medium and work on my technical skills. If you’d like to follow along, you can find my future blog posts under ‘photography school’ by typing it in the search bar. 

I’m already on my fourth week of class and I’ve learned so much. I’ve been pushed outside of my comfort zone (hello completely dark closet that forces me to face my fear of the dark!!!) and I’ve learned to be completely in the moment. It was such a struggle to not let my mind wonder elsewhere when I was watching the clock while developing my film or prints. Now I find it very therapeutic and refreshing to be completely focus on the task at hand with no interruptions. 

These photos were taken earlier this week while I was in the lab developing my film and printing. You can see there are clocks everywhere. Time is of the essence!  

Stay tune…

The Wanderer

What is she like? 
I was told - 
she is a 
melancholy soul.
She is like 
the sun to night; 
a momentary gold.
A start when dimmed
by dawning light;
the flicker of a candle blown. 
A lonely kite
lost in flight - 
someone once 
had flown. 
- Lang Leav

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Sanxia District, Taiwan | November 2013

Lately… My Favorites.

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I am so happy Spring is here! I was going a little crazy being locked indoors pinteresting DIYs, watching too many sad documentaries and stuffing my face with comfort foods!

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… and with Spring here that means my favorite flowers are at the market! I love Peonies. 

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I love hanging out with my sisters especially when one of them shares my love for photography and all of them are perfect photographic subjects. 

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I went shopping with a girlfriend a few weekends ago and was so shocked to hear the women in the fitting rooms talk about their bodies. It was similar to things I would say about myself: I wish I was thinner, smaller here, bigger there, yaddy yah.. and as I looked at myself in my fitting room mirror, at that moment I decided I’m going to start accepting and loving my body for exactly what I see in the mirror. That’s how my mirror selfies started. 

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… and I am loving the longer days which means romantic sunsets on days we have sunshine. 

Happy Spring!

Brunch with My Sisters

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My sisters are my favorite people to photograph. Aren’t they so beautiful and photogenic? I know I’m being a little bias as their big sis. ;) 

On this Saturday morning we waited almost two hours to be seated; however, that time passed by quickly over coffee with lots of funny stories about my nephews, the latest fashion trends, celebrity gossip and updates on our lives.

I love having brunch with my sisters. 

Checklist from San Francisco…

  • Stay and shop in Union Sqaure 
  • Road trip to Wine Country
  • Visit the market in the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero
  • Play games at the Musée Mécanique
  • Witness the hundreds of Sea Lions at Pier 39
  • Literally ring in the new year at the Asian Art Museum
  • Roam around the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
  • Watch the last sunset of 2013 over the Golden Gate Bridge

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SFO | December 2013

The last few days have been sunny and warm… makes me so excited for spring! 
Things I’m looking forward to……road trips…running outdoors…peonies at the market…sunshine!

The last few days have been sunny and warm… makes me so excited for spring! 

Things I’m looking forward to…
…road trips
…running outdoors
…peonies at the market
…sunshine!

It was through a simple google search for a bookstore nearby while I was in Taiwan that I found Eslite Bookstore and oh was I so happy to have found it. We stayed blocks away from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and on my free days alone and free to roam, I would take the MRT to Taipei Main Station to visit the Eslite Bookstore blocks from Taipei 101. The amazing thing about Eslite is their all-in-one approach which is to bundle every girl’s wants into one giant place. First they have the best books on photography I’ve ever seen and their magazine section is humongous - there’s so much to choose from. Once you find that perfect book or magazine, there’s great wine bar on the bottom floor in the food court where you can sip on wine and enjoy your book or magazine. If you find that you miss your girlfriends, invite them over for high tea. There’s a restaurant on another floor that serves high tea. If you’re looking for a gift, visit the stationary section. It’s full of awesome calendars, pens, pretty papers and journals or you can go to the second floor that has shops full of clothes, household items, and cute knickknacks. This is every girl’s dream and it puts Barnes and Nobles into shame (Sorry B&N, I still love you when I’m in Seattle)! 
I don’t know what people dream about doing all day but for me spending time in this bookstore is it. 

It was through a simple google search for a bookstore nearby while I was in Taiwan that I found Eslite Bookstore and oh was I so happy to have found it. We stayed blocks away from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and on my free days alone and free to roam, I would take the MRT to Taipei Main Station to visit the Eslite Bookstore blocks from Taipei 101. The amazing thing about Eslite is their all-in-one approach which is to bundle every girl’s wants into one giant place. First they have the best books on photography I’ve ever seen and their magazine section is humongous - there’s so much to choose from. Once you find that perfect book or magazine, there’s great wine bar on the bottom floor in the food court where you can sip on wine and enjoy your book or magazine. If you find that you miss your girlfriends, invite them over for high tea. There’s a restaurant on another floor that serves high tea. If you’re looking for a gift, visit the stationary section. It’s full of awesome calendars, pens, pretty papers and journals or you can go to the second floor that has shops full of clothes, household items, and cute knickknacks. This is every girl’s dream and it puts Barnes and Nobles into shame (Sorry B&N, I still love you when I’m in Seattle)! 

I don’t know what people dream about doing all day but for me spending time in this bookstore is it.