San Diego Summer 2018 Shot in Film

Taking a moment to reflect on my first summer back in San Diego. It's been seven years that I haven't been in San Diego and it's been an interesting experience. I've immersed myself in it's art community, met some awesome talented artists that have made a name for themselves in SD. I've been to the beach more times than I can count because I'm privileged to live 2 miles away. I've taken up a part-time job as a server to help sustain myself as I pursue my photography career which is so much fun. I've reconnected with old friends and made some new ones. And I've swallowed up my pride to move in with my mom to save some money, get my shit together so I can get back on my feet financially and get grinding. 

I never really wanted to live in San Diego, I grew up in Carmel Valley. I went to Earl Warren Middle School, graduated at Cathedral Catholic High School and never looked back. My experience was growing up in a predominately white neighborhood and it did bother me because I did experience a lot of sexist and racist comments toward me. North San Diego for me was a place I didn’t see myself going back to, I lived in LA and NYC, and to me I had culture shock. I began to appreciate my own culture even more and others. My mind had a different perspective because I was surrounded by so many different ones. My world became vibrant and I wanted to capture it.

Moving back, I keep my experiences from LA and NYC close to me. They changed the way I think about everything and to have an open mind. And now that I’m more conscious of my surroundings and decisions, I choose to experience San Diego differently and with an open mind. I debated with a 50 year old ish white woman in Encinitas about the absence of diversity in that specific area, and she scoffed at me and said I was so wrong! I told her to look around her in the restaurant we were sitting in, and behold she looked around the room and saw only people with her skin-tone. San Diego is diverse mostly segregated, but in different and sometimes very specific areas. With my camera I want to showcase cultures that represent San Diego and it just so happened that as I was meeting my friend one evening, I came across the La Vuelta Car Cruise festival in Barrio Logan that happens every other weekend in Summer. I highly recommend driving down to Barrio and enjoying old school cars, peeking into art spaces, enjoying a Michelada at one the restaurant bars and explore the neighborhood.

Let's take a look at the shots I took using my Yashica T4 and 35mm Minolta manual camera using Fuji film and Vista. 

LADIES ALOUD: CLEAN BEAUTY

Ladies Aloud is a start-up that brings awesome women doing-things in San Diego together. Cat Canada is the founder and CEO that began this start-up company because she realized there are so many women entrepreneurs in San Diego. She thought, why not bring them together? She's been joining forces with so many women and hosting panels to discuss issues on fashion sustainability and conscious beauty products. It's bringing women of all ages together and I hope when this gets bigger that I see more Women of Color attend these events. Check out the photos below from the recent Ladies Aloud event on clean beauty at Saffron and Sage!

JNGL SZN: EVENT PHOTOS

There's a really amazing underground art and music scene in San Diego thats hard to find if you know someone who knows someone. When you live in a highly stimulated over-populated metropolitan like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, etc. You could find the art and music scene pretty quickly, find parties and art shows just by heading to the right neighborhood. I've learned that San Diego, a tourist city without much clout in the art and fashion industry, has a bunch of innovated artists that are bringing the art community together and it's exciting to witness. I follow this videographer/photographer that attends all the dopest art and music underground shows in San Diego and constantly shares events for the upcoming week. 

I had the pleasure of attending one of these underground music shows in San Diego, at Studio M.I.F., a recording studio near Lemon Grove. Check out the photos below at their recent event called JNGL SZN. 

 

Mom's Birthday Destination: Los Angeles, CA

It was my mom's very special 60th birthday weekend and she planned it in Los Angeles, CA.

 

My family is already familiar with So-Cal, we live in San Diego and have family in Los Angeles. The reason why my mom chose Los Angeles is because she wanted to support a San Diego electric bike tour company that she loves that just opened up a location in Hollywood. They're called LA Fly Rides and I highly recommend to check them out when you are out there!

So my family and I drove 2 hours out to the destined Airbnb apartment in the heart of Downtown LA right next to the Staples Center and a block away from the college I graduated from, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. It was fun to poke around my old stomping grounds and to give a mini tour of what I knew to my family. As a fashion and portrait photography, I bring my Canon EOS 70D with my Sigma 24-50mm lens wherever I go (no matter how heavy it is) to keep hold of these precious moments with my beautiful mom and siblings.