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Ruiko and the Magic Root

Since I finished my last job before Thanksgiving, I’ve had some free time to myself to do things I normally wouldn’t have time for – including eating a normal breakfast, reading, cleaning, and doing some stop motion work. This year, I took the extra time off during this season and opted to make a video card of sorts for the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy … Continue reading Ruiko and the Magic Root

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Portrait Session – Bridgeen

Earlier this week my friend had been trying to order Christmas cards but realized she hadn’t taken any Christmas photos yet. We very quickly set up a time a couple days later to do a shoot. The weather was unseasonably warm (and sunny) for late November, but also happened to be incredibly windy by the bay where I had wanted the photos taken. Instead, we … Continue reading Portrait Session – Bridgeen

Privilege, Power, and Opportunities

I’ve joined the union for about a year now, working in the film and television industry in NYC. It’s the most diverse place in the world, and I often think of it as my own backyard having grown up in Queens. What I often forget is that this industry is also filled with people who moved here, hungry for their chance to achieve their dreams … Continue reading Privilege, Power, and Opportunities

Portrait Session – Bean’s Christmas 2018

Decided (for kicks) to take pictures for Bridgeen’s Christmas cards again this year. With the weather being so unpredictable in the northeast during this time of year (and after braving the strong wind and cold last year, also making her do a lot of things she’s uncomfortable with like touching trees that she’s allergic to and picking up leaves with lots of dirt), we opted … Continue reading Portrait Session – Bean’s Christmas 2018

U.S.-Born Immigrant

Until about 5 years ago, the identity of being an “Asian-American” never really hit or took hold in my life. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about my heritage or pride for it, but growing up, I never had to think about labeling myself as one thing or another. In the more recent years and months, especially with all the concern surrounding our new administration’s … Continue reading U.S.-Born Immigrant

Year 16

On Monday my dad (what I thought) spontaneously messaged the family group chat and asked if we could have a family dinner. Initially I thought, “Awwww, that’s cute, dad wants to have a family dinner,” but I completely neglected to read the chunk of message before stating the occasion it was for, which was to celebrate our family’s 16th anniversary since moving to New York. … Continue reading Year 16

Reviews – Spiderman: Homecoming, Baby Driver, & Dunkirk

Last week I watched 3 movies, and while I fully intended on sitting down to write more thought-out and extensive reviews, I decided that if I don’t do this now I will probably forget the initial feelings I had coming out of the theater. So in lieu of a more well-written entry, here’s a quick, completely unfiltered and unedited version of my reviews. Spiderman: Homecoming … Continue reading Reviews – Spiderman: Homecoming, Baby Driver, & Dunkirk