01 2 / 2013

I started the year living in Quito, Ecuador and ended it onset of After Romeo’s first official MV. 2012 has been the best and most successful year of my life thus far.

I am so thankful for the people I’ve had the honor to work with and the experiences I’ve found my self lucky enough to be a part of this year. I’ve lived in Ecuador, worked on music videos, met and taken pictures of amazing people, had internships, been in music videos, made some incredible friends, and so much more.

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January- May- Studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador.

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June- I met some hot hot hotties also known as After Romeo, took a few photos of their new band, met their friend Dave, and so starts my adventures in the LA Entertainment Industry. 

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July- Got to take some sick pictures of huge artists and celebrities like Josh Hutcherson and Far East Movement through my job as a Photographer for Guest of a Guest LA.

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August- Hung out on the set of Chad Future’s UNSTOPPABLE MV.

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September- Shot TedX in Claremont, joined the PR team at Pitzer

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October- Helped out on another Chad Future MV, seriously considered changing career paths.

November- Helped out with Chad Future’s CRAYON English Remix

December- My life came full circle as a PA on the set of After Romeo’s first official MV, directed by DL.

09 10 / 2012

Penguin Prison performs at FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Music Festival 2012 Kick-Off Party at Taix Restaurant

22 8 / 2012

Dexter Holland of The Offspring at The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012

Dexter Holland of The Offspring at The Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012

29 7 / 2012

71/365: Levitation//Meditation.
Model: Laura Glass-Johnston.
More photography: here and here

71/365: Levitation//Meditation.

Model: Laura Glass-Johnston.

More photography: here and here

10 7 / 2012

24 5 / 2012

70/365: Arizona | Solar Eclipse in 100 degree heat

24 5 / 2012

69/365: Ecuador | Chiva Despedida

69/365: Ecuador | Chiva Despedida

24 5 / 2012

68/365: Ecuador | Flor en el Teleferico

68/365: Ecuador | Flor en el Teleferico

13 5 / 2012

67/365: Ecuador | More Street Art

67/365: Ecuador | More Street Art

06 5 / 2012

63/365: Ecuador | Graffitti cerca de La Universidad Catolica

63/365: Ecuador | Graffitti cerca de La Universidad Catolica

06 5 / 2012

62/365: Ecuador | EggFest 2012

62/365: Ecuador | EggFest 2012

06 5 / 2012

60/365: Ecuador | Guestbook at Papallacta

60/365: Ecuador | Guestbook at Papallacta

06 5 / 2012

Fieldtrip: Tulipe en el pueblo de Yumbos

12 4 / 2012

59/365: Ecuador | Cacao Beans. Mmmmmm.

59/365: Ecuador | Cacao Beans. Mmmmmm.

12 4 / 2012

First, we took an airplane to Coca, the town right outside of The Yasuni National Park. It was definitely weird being back at the airport, and even weirder to think that I´d be back here in only a little over a month. Next we took a taxi to a boat station.

This is probably where we saw the most animals. The station housed three monkeys, one of which looked like it actually might be the devil. Within three minutes of arriving at the station, two monkeys jumped on Morgan´s back and one started humping the other. They were both male, and the one of the bottom didn´t appreciate the love, so they ended up fighting and falling off of Morgan.

Then we watched this clumbsy monkey catch, drop, throw, and attempt to eat this giant moth. Eventually he gave up, watched the moth die for awhile, and went to find other food.

The station also had these super cute parrots that tried to bite you.

Once we got on the boat, we road down the Amazon River for about an hour, got off, and took an hour van ride to the Estacion Yasuni de La Universidad Catolica. We settled in and took our first walk through the rainforest. Everything is green, obviously, but we learned that the Amazonian soil is actually not fertile at all. The indigenous people can´t grow a lot of food and they have to change locations every few years. Only because of the insects can the Amazon survive. 

We went on at least one hike every day, the third day was the longest hike topping out at 5 hours, 1.5 of which was walking about outside the rainforest in the direct sunlight. The heat was bearable, but the humidity was horrible. I´m from Arizona so I have no gauge for humidity. My favorite walk was the night walk. Everything was so calm, it was a little cooler outside, and the moon was full so we didnt really need flashlights.

One of the funniest/scariest things I witnessed was the Tapir. The Tapir is described on Wikipedia as “a large browsing mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Their closest relatives are the other odd-toed ungulates, including horses and rhinoceroses and they are classified as endangered or vulnerable.” The Estacion Yasuni is visited every morning by a big fat female Tapir. She had a baby a year ago and is pregnant again, making her very aggresive. If you dn´t have a banana for her, like two of the people in my group, you get chased around and possibly bitten in the butt. We almost had one mishap, but both managed to run away. I do, however, have a video of the Tapir chasing this poor girl who is trying to hide behind a tree. I would have helped her but someone was already coaching the girl to stand still and not run. Plus, I was on the second floor. Basically, as long as you don´t run, you won´t excite the Tapir, and it won´t chase you.

Also cool: We found Cocoa Fruit while walking the second day. The part that is used to make chocolate are the seeds while are huge and white. They are then roasted (which gives them their chocolate color) and mixed with sugar and such. To eat the fruit, you suck on the seeds, which taste pretty much just like chocolate.