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Chinatown Girl



Happy 2014 everyone! I’ve started off my year with work, work, and more work – constant assignments and editing – but somehow managed to fit in a shoot with Wilhelmina model Allison Chu, stylist/designer Summer Shiigi of Summer Style Hawaii, and amazing international makeup artist Risa Hoshino. I’ve been wanting to work with Summer, so when I asked if she wanted to style a shoot for me, she came up with the concept of a slightly vintage style shot on location in our grungy, modern Chinatown of Honolulu. However, just before the shoot was coming together, I received my Kickstarted Petzval lens from Lomography, and I knew I had to use it for this shoot.

The Petzval is a lens first invented in 1840, and is known for its sharp center-focus along with the swirly bokeh effect it gives the background. The aperture is changed by manually inserting different sized aperture plates, and it’s manually focused, but with its new 21st century revamp, it’s now made to fit on either Canon or Nikon DSLRs.

This entire shoot was shot with natural light and the Petzval lens on my 5D Mark II, wide open at f2.2. Hope you enjoy it!

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Fashion Friday – Swept Away


¬†Recently, a videographer working for Smugmug came to Oahu to film me shooting for a profile on me as a photographer. The video isn’t out yet, but here are some of my photos that I shot during the filming. Even though the weather was the exact opposite of what I’d been planning for, I am really excited to be sharing these images. Keep an eye out for the final video, coming soon!

Model: Justine

Stylist: Tyson Joines

MUA: Zairrah Geyrozaga