Model: Briana Kim

I asked Briana if I could do her hair and makeup. Then bam, we had a fun summer photo session with some great sceneries!

If you’re curious about her hat, it’s from H&M. It was on sale for $5 when it was originally around $15-20! Her summer dress is from one of my favorite stores, Gap.

Thanks Briana for being my model and cooperating under the hot sun! AND thank you, A-A-ron for letting me borrow your amazing 50mm lens! That thing works wonders!

Model: Elaine Kim

When it comes to food, I usually know how I want to take pictures of my meal. It comes out naturally without hesitation on what angles and perspective of the food I want to focus on. On the other hand, when it comes to taking pictures of people, it’s a tad bit of a challenge. I wanted to challenge myself again and improve on taking pictures of my friends! So I had another photo shoot with my friend, Elaine Kim.

The last time we had a photo shoot, it was on a gloomy and rainy day in Orange County. Because it wasn’t so bright outside, it was easier to manage the lighting. Check out my first photo session with Elaine Kim here.

We went over to this neighborhood that has a park in every other street! Ok, not literally every other street but maybe every other, other street. This one park we went to is probably my favorite one in the neighborhood. The glossy wooden picnic table and the stone walls bring a homey feel to the park. I honestly don’t know how to get to this park exactly but the many times that I’ve gone, I’ve been lucky enough to find it easily.




And that’s a wrap!

Elaine is an artsy lady so make sure to check out her Instagram. Also, for you to get to know her a little better, I asked her a few questions:

  1. How do you know Tina? We met at Bethel Church.
  2. What do you spend most of your time doing? Trying various cafes.
  3. What are three random facts about yourself? I love boba drinks excluding the boba. I absolutely hate all types of insects. Photographs and paintings are an exception. I can’t think of a third random fact.

Thanks Elaine for being so patient with me during this photo shoot!

Model: Elaine Kim

Dear SoCal Weather,

You’re hot then you’re cold. You’re yes then you’re no. You’re in then you’re out. You’re up then you’re down.

Please make up your mind on how you want to treat us! Just kidding. I’m glad it rained that one weekend since we, Californians, are in a drought! Also, it was nice to see and feel a different kind of weather for once.

Though it was rainy, I wanted to take the opportunity to do a photo shoot. So I took some pictures of my friend, Elaine, who is one fashionista. I loved her oversized Anthropologie jacket and her leather Dooney & Bourke clutch from a garage sale!

Thank you SoCal Weather for not being sunny for once. The gloomy weather made the lighting perfect for this photo shoot.

Your one and only California girl,

P.S. I heard it’s going to rain this week. Is that true?

Model: Cindy Lee

Winter doesn’t really exist here in Southern California. The weather lately has been very much summer like but I think the weather is slowly realizing that it’s supposed to be winter. We’re just having a slow start in the cold weather.

With the weather being unusual, I thought it’d be a good time to do a photo shoot of my dear friend, Cindy! It was pretty hilarious doing this with her because she was being her usual self as a diva. I barely had to direct her on how to pose. She knew how to work it!

Cindy is one of a kind. I think some may know what I mean by one of a kind. She’s a ball full of high energy and can easily make anyone laugh. So to do something ‘serious’ like this with her was quite an entertainment. It all worked out because she was able to get into character pretty quickly as a high fashion model.

Thanks Cindy for making me laugh hysterically during all of this. It was a lot of fun hanging out with you like always! Let’s watch America’s Next Top Model for some inspiration and do this again! Actually, you probably don’t need to watch America’s Next Top Model. I’m sure you are an inspiration for yourself!

Photography Ain’t My Thing

Recently, my sister got a new digital camera. I wanted to use it and see how creative I could get from using it. But the thing is, I’m not an artsy type of a person at all. For me to be creative, it takes a lot of time and effort. When it comes to photography, the most creative I can get is with the help from Instagram. Yesterday, for once I was not going to depend my creativity on Instagram. I had my friend Andrea be my model for the day! I gave her a make-over yesterday, just hair and make-up.

After the make-over, we went to an open grass area by my house to take pictures. I had this vision to take pictures of her doing dance poses since we used to dance together. We took a bunch of dance poses, but the pictures were not what I expected. I was challenged by the sunlight and the lack of a pretty scenery. Here are a few photos that I thought looked dancey:

Once our dance pose session was completed, I wanted to try some head shots on her. Taking head shots was actually really fun. I basically improvised from the top of my head on how to take these head shots. I told her to sit this way and that way. Look here and there. This is how the photo shoot turned out.

If you think Andrea’s legs look unusual, don’t mind that. She’s just wearing tights! That was my first photo shoot ever. It was definitely fun working with Andrea since she was so cooperative. I definitely want to do more photo shoots for fun and try to improve on everything.

One last thing. I would like you to get to know my friend, Andrea! Here’s a little Q&A from her:

1. What’s your name? Andrea Ashcraft
2. How do you know Tina? Tina and I used to dance together at Irvine Dance Academy when we were younger and then became much closer when we both attended Irvine High School.
3. What do you spend most of your time doing? I spend about half of my time working (I have 2 jobs). The other half I would say is mainly spent at home doing everything from eating to Facebook to video/board games with my dad. I try my best to balance work and play — but it is a daily struggle.
4. What are 3 random facts about yourself? I love baking, no need for a special occasion. I am very OCD about my fingernails among other things. There is a 17 year gap between me and my next sibling.

 Alrighty, thanks for stopping by!