I started my photography/videography journey two and a half years ago, and continue to learn and grow. Check out my photo gallery!



I bought a Canon 60d at the end of 2011 (a few months after I moved to LA). My first intentions were to make documentaries, which I have done to some extent and continue to do in the future. As I focused on shooting video, I would snap still photos here and there, mostly with automatic settings.


Last year I signed up for a photo hiking course, which sounded like a cool way to get more into my camera’s settings. On this hike in Topanga Canyon (north-west Los Angeles county) I was taught how to explore my camera’s manual settings and the basics of aperture, shutter speed, iso, and more. From then on, I’ve shot manually and know what to expect when I adjust different settings on the camera (for the most part). I’ve been experimenting with timelapses, and my video shots have also benefited by learning to shoot manual.


Two weeks ago I upgraded to the Canon 6d (which is a full frame camera, the 60d is crop sensor). I also have 3 prime lenses now, 28mm, 50mm, and 100mm. I like shooting with fixed lenses, it forces me to find a better composition, and position myself to take  the right shot. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams. I rent a desk at a photo studio called Rebels Ark on Melrose near Fairfax Ave in LA, and am around some great photographers on a daily basis. I shoot a lot with my good friend Preston, who works here in LA as a photographer for a fashion brand (Joyrich). (@fvckphotog on instagram).


Photography has been teaching me to appreciate simplicity more, and an artistic outlet that I can pursue for the rest of my life. It gives me more reasons to travel (like I need that, haha), and keeps me pushing my limits with technology.


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14th May 2014

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