Over the past weekend, Em and I had the pleasure of shooting the gorgeous couple Michelle & John. We went to the same high school as Michelle. She met John a couple years back, while she was in school. He is a lawyer, and she is currently studying to become a vet. How perfect!
They wanted to shoot at the Griffith Observatory so we headed up to Hollywood on Saturday. Boy, was it hot. We found “prime” parking and only had to hike half a mile up to the observatory. Emily and I have never visited, so it was a lot of fun. I know, I know. We’ve lived in LA our entire lives and have never been up there? Blasphemous, so I hear.
They also brought their ADORABLE dog Shanti. She is so cute! Probably one of the best behaved dogs I have ever seen.
I’m a cheater. I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks. I suck.
Here are some old pictures.
Stay tuned for an engagement shoot!
Sometimes living in a world like this, it’s pretty hard not to go insane. Not pretty if you don’t comply. Pretty easy if you don’t complain. Stand there like you don’t feel pain; no tears in the face of defeat. Pretend to the end that you don’t feel change. Don’t admit that your faith is weak. Don’t say that you feel like dying; life’s hard and it feels like diamonds. Your home’s just far too gone, much too late to even feel like trying.
Can’t understand what I’m saying? Can’t figure out what I’m implying? If you feel you don’t want to be alive, you feel just how I am.
I’m on the dark side, and you can’t come find me. How? When it’s light all around you, but it’s dark inside? No winner when it’s me against me,
one of us ain’t gonna survive.
My heart’s been broken for awhile…yours is the only one keeping me alive.
This world’s such a fucked up place.
My mind’s such in fucked up shape.
This world’s such a fucked up place.
My mind’s such in fucked up shape.
There’s only two ways out of here…
One’s through the door…the other’s through me.
Rode the Bolt Bus from NYC over to Boston. It took us about 5 hours to get there because of traffic. We pretty much slept most of the way there. When we got to the station, Emmy met us there with a ZipCar! Pretty cool concept if you think about it. You go online, look for the closest ZipCar in your area, and rent by the hour.
The architecture in Boston is gorgeous. After spending some time over on the East coast, I’ve realized that LA lacks some serious culture. If I had guests visiting from out of town, I wouldn’t even know where to take them to show them what LA is all about. I’d probably just take them on food adventures…but that’s it. What else is there to do in LA?!
First night we got there, we headed to the Greatest Bar, as recommended by a friend. That place was wayyyyy too packed. So we made a quick exit and walked down the street to a restaurant. The Laker/Suns game was on that night and we had to catch the game somewhere.
Wifey and company decided to join us.
This is us on our way back to Emmy’s place. Empty subway/train thingymajiggy!
Called it a night, then woke up bright and early to catch wifey’s graduation.
At night time, wifey’s parents treated us out to some DELICIOUS grub at Legal Seafoods. This is where I experienced my first lobster roll. And all was good in the world.
Soft shell crab. I was watching Animal Planet the other day and they had a documentary on eating tarantulas. It looked similar to this. And supposedly tastes similar to soft shell crab. Now this picture creeps me out.
Wifey and the parentals!
Afterwards, we headed to Boston’s version of Fu’s Palace. I know you remember that place. You Asian sorority/fraternity affiliated person, you.
They had this thing called the Scorpion Bowl. It was pretty delicious.
This is me using my ninja chopstick skills to get a piece of ice with two straws.
My face blends in with the background.
After we left, we went to the airport to pick up Sarah. WHEEEEEEE!
Now a little bit of history of the upcoming day. Friday. Eastern Conference Finals, Game 6. The minute Boston beat Cleveland, I jumped online and purchased 6 tickets to Game 6, knowing that would be the only game I’d be able to catch while in Boston. When I left LA, things weren’t looking so good, as Boston was up in the series and we needed Orlando to win 2 games consecutively for us to have a Game 6. Everywhere I went, I wished in fountains that there would be one. And when we arrived, there was one.
First off, we explored Quincy Market for lunch.
The best part.
Bacon wrapped scallops. SO GOOD.
We walked around the area and found Newbury Comics. The geek in me was very happy.
Headed to the Little Italy district for some desserts. Canoli’s, check!
Re-enacted what I thought was the Civil War, but apparently Paul Revere had nothing to do with that. Also hated on some Laker colored flowers sitting in the window sill.
Then, it was TIME.
Took a quick bathroom break inside a random building before getting into the TD. And look where we landed ourselves.
This nearly gave me a heart attack. But with all the fans chanting, “RONDO, RONDO, RONDO, RONDO”…he had to get up. And that he did.
“What is D-pound?”
VICTORIOUS!!!!!!! (Okay, please let me soak and bask in all that it’s worth. Leave me alone, jerk.)
Had a bit of trouble getting out of the garden…we were stopped by fans left and right because of two LAKER FANS traveling with us.
ITS GINO TIME!!
Yeah, we did it. We threw ‘em up. KAPPAS WHATTUP!
Midnight snacks after the game.
Next day…walked around the shopping district. I wanted to hit up Karmaloop and Johnny Cupcakes.
Had tickets to the Red Sox game vs the Kansas City Royals.
Sausage in your face.
Somebodyyyyyy got a wee bit sleepy during the game.
“Let me get a picture of the Lau’s and the Lee’s”
…….I was the only Lee…so I invited Gloomy Bear Lee to be in the picture too.
Dude, I just realized that random people were in all of our group pictures. -__-
Look at all these people. So ridiculous. I’ve never seen anything like this. I don’t agree with public transportation just yet.
We left for the airport at 4am. And snuck this into Emmy’s freezer.
It never felt so good to be home. These LA feet are not meant for walking.
Also, sorry it took so long for me to upload. Been caught up at work lately!
I’ve lived in LA pretty much all my life and I know we have papparazzo around…but I’ve never seen any til I was in NY! They were camping out to get a pic of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Suri. We camped out with them for 20 minutes but we never saw them and didnt have time to waste.
Where Tom Cruise, Suri, Katie Holmes were supposedly at
Union Square for Shake Shack!
Ladies and Gents…I present to you, the Shake Stack. Cheeseburger topped with a deep fried portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese. OH. MY. GAH.
Headed over to the Shepard Fairey exhibit right afterwards.
Your typical Kid Robot store..
Loved this Smorkin mustache dude.
Dream come true…Leica gallery! So appropriate…didn’t take out my SLR so I had my trusty Leica with me all day.
Supposedly the best za in the city. I beg to differ. Artichoke owns this place!
After dinner, Marisa took us to Cafe Habana for some bomb ass CORN!!!!!
Ended the night with some bridge adventuring.
Okay before I end the post with this last picture, I’d like to tell you a story about how wonderful my loving friends are. So we walk to this gorgeous place with a view of the water and the bridge and the city. I set up my tripod and am taking long exposure shots. Think 30 second shots. All of a sudden, I hear all my friends run away, but I’m still changing all my settings etc. I press the shutter, and stand around waiting for the shot to finish. Then I hear giggling from far away so naturally, I turn back to see what my friends are giggling about. As my head turns to my right, I catch a glimpse of a BUM sleeping on the bench about 2 feet away from me. And I’m about to scream but I don’t want to wake him up, and my shot isn’t finished. Once I hear the shutter click, I grab my tripod/camera and run like the wind as my friends laugh their asses off at me. I asked them why they didn’t tell me about the bum, and they said they didn’t want to bother me because I was apparently “in the zone”. -_____________________-;;
Perfect way to end the night.
Just developed my first roll from the Holga.
COOL. BEANS. BUT. ALSO. VERY. EXPENSIVE. BEANS.
Film = $4
Develop = $5
Print = $15
$24 = 12 prints, $2/print. GASP. This is more expensive than my Polaroids :\
Also, I didn’t realize that 11 out of 12 pictures were of Mochi. I must love her too much. I promise the next roll will be alot more interesting!
Other exciting news: I will soon be the proud owner of one of these!!!! Instant film will never die!!!
On a sadder note, I just realized that I might have to miss this: