Lately the weather has been unusual in Los Angeles. Namely we’ve had clouds, lots of clouds — which I was used to in the East Coast, but rarely encounter in the West Coast. DSLR in hand, I sought to capture the ominous vibe.
The sky was flooded with a grey that descended into fog from the mountains to the streets, blurring the divisions between heaven and earth. The sight gave me pause. Without realizing it, from the corner of my mouth a faint smile had formed.
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This Memorial Day Weekend was extra special, not just because it was my first three-day weekend with the startup, but because it was my wife-elect’s birthday! Her adventure of choice: The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.
After surprising her with birthday cake, treats, and a present, we were on our way to explore marine life. It was a gorgeous sunny day in Los Angeles with clear skies and (for once) barely any traffic. To our delight, we were at the harbor within an hour!
We also decided to take the Nikon DSLR I gave her for Christmas last year, and we couldn’t be any happier with the results! It allowed us to take some incredible shots! But it also taught us just how difficult it is to be an animal photographer: very.
By the end of the day we were exhausted, but beyond thankful for the opportunity to sea so many amazing creatures up close. We even got to pet a stingray! Yeah, pet. If you are ever in town, we highly recommend the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Tell me, have you ever been to an aquarium? What is your favorite sea creature and why? Would you like to pet a fish, or do you prefer to observe from behind a glass?
While on a date with my wife-elect over the weekend during UCLA’s Centennial Alumni Day, we went for a leisurely walk through the Franklin D. Murphy sculpture garden.
One of my favorite places on campus as a student and now as an alumnus, the sculpture garden was the perfect location to stop, breath, and relax. As we approached Deborah Butterfield’s 1996 bronze sculpture “Pensive,” Ms. Dolfi instantly knew this was my favorite piece. In my defense, who would not love a wooden horse!? It is simply awesome, not to mention convincing — it really looks like wood.
Upon graduating from UCLA, I packed my bags and moved somewhere I had never even visited before: New York City. Bouncing from Spanish Harlem, to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy), to the Upper West Side (Manhattan Valley to be precise), my journey was an unimaginable adventure. The photograph above is from my early days in the city that never sleeps.
Since the very first time I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I remember wanting to be the President of the United States of America. Ever since, every move in my power has been in service of that dream. I am the 5 year old who was told could be president, and never stopped believing it. As such, I present this picture I took on my first trip to Washington, D.C. during an internship in congress. I am excited to one day return, as an elected official.
In honor of my alma mater’s upcoming centennial celebration I present the most photographed building on campus, Royce Hall (perfect with its 52 imperfections). In 2017, this is where I would surprise-serenade my then best friend, now wife-elect, to ask her to be my girlfriend. There, at the top of the middle steps, dressed in a black suit with a dozen red roses and my guitar in hand, after nearly a decade, she said “yes.”