Category: Portraits

I had a great time at a special event for Aries Magazine. I am the Editor-in-Chief and also do event photography that Aries gets opportunities to attend. David Hexberg [Editoral Director] and Starr Stockman [Writer] including myself had a blast! We were able to meet a lot of great people and dance the night away. Did I mention there was a special guest? Yes! Raja who was the winner from the third season of RuPaul’s DragRace. It was a great honor that Brian Aranda with Vanity was able to get Aries in for a interview with Raja. She was down to earth and truly a sincere person. For the interview that Aries had with her check it out in the August issue at



The first image is of my Mom (Juanita). This was taken within the Japanese Tea Gardens at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. This was the first time to the Gardens for the both of us and we loved it! It was so beautiful and peaceful. I have  a few more images from the Garden but these two images are my favorite.

The second image is of my sister, my mother and my order number for our Jasmine tea. I love how the sunlight was that morning because it worked perfect for seeing through the paper for the double eight. Why I took the picture at a slant I do not know why but stuck out to me and cannot picture the image being straight. It adds character to the image.

Overall the Japanese Tea Gardens is an amazing place! This is a most do when one has some free time on their hands when in San Francisco. The best part is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays if you arrive to the Gardens before 10:00 AM it is free admission. Even if you miss the free admission the price to get in is still reasonable for: Adults – $7.00 for non-residents and $5.00 for residents, Child (5-11) – $2.00 for non-residents and $1.50 for residents, Children four and under are free. For more information about the Japanese Gardens you can visit their site at



A Taste of Santa Cruz

I never have the time to do anything anymore. It is a sad realization but when I have the time I abuse it with photography. For my sisters eighteenth birthday I planned a surprise trip to the San Francisco and the Santa Cruz area for three days. My sister Starr had never been to either place before so I knew both places would be a culture shock for her meaning we are both from Reno, Nevada. Here is a image I came across when I was organizing the images from the trip just the other day. I love it! It made me realize how much I miss my free time of traveling and the beach. I feel a sense of peace everytime I look at the image. It was a bit of a gloomy day with a touch of light. It had been awhile since the last time I had been to the beach but the surfer in my image caught my eye. He was walking to the edge of the cliff but had been walking so calmly before he held tight to his board and jumped in. I am still going through all my images and organizing them. I will be posting them in no order in the future. Some old and some new.

Behind Blue Eyes

This is definitely one of my favorite portraits I have taken of my Uncle. I love the vibrant color of his eyes. I like how I was able to capture a pure but cool tone of the color of his eyes and sweater. I am looking forward to more portraits with the warmth of summer.