Monday, January 18, 2010

SENIORS: Dymonte Aaron Misa

It seems if it were yesterday where I was getting ready for prom, graduation, and ready to do absolutely nothing after high school but sleep! Okay seriously, it wasn't that long ago!

My nephew "Monte" is now a senior! Where has the time gone? I can't beleive that he is 17 years old now. I remember changing his diapers, potty training him, and "discplining" him. He has truly grown into his own and I couldn't be anymore happier and excited for him to enter into adulthood.

He has always been about our family and does all things the things that a regular teenager doesn't care to do.  Monte currently attends James Logan High School in Union City, holds a part-time job, takes care of his 6 brothers and sisters, and still has time to fill out college applications. He is currently looking at Cal State Bakersfield & possibly BYU-Utah as one of the prospective schools he would like to attend.

I am excited to see what decisions he makes at this pivotal time in his life. I keep telling him that he resembles that rapper Drake. Haha.




Sunday, January 3, 2010

PORTRAIT: Meet songbird Leilani Jaster!


I had the pleasure of shooting R&B Soul Artist Leilani Jaster! I have known Leilani for some years now. This woman has talent. She can sing, write, play instruments, and most of all entertain the heck out of a crowd!
Back in the day, I use to hit some karaoke bars with Leilani and what comes out of that voice is truly electrifying! She can work a crowd like no other. Everytime she sings you can feel the soul in her performance. One of my favorite performances was when I attended a show in Huntington Beach and she covered  Joss Stone's "Less Is More" and I was sold! I still 'til this day wonder if anyone that was there that night knew that song but, I did!
 We shot this out of Long Beach, CA @ a studio. This particular shoot was so fun that I couldn't contain myself half of the time. We laughed & danced our way thru each clothing change!
We even had Leilani's good friend Joey Quenga (another musical artist) come thru to bring her a guitar and we fooled around on the photoshoot too! Look out for Leilani this year, she is working on some new things and I excited for whatever she puts out! Wish you the best this year Lei! Look forward to working with you again!

Hair & Make-Up: Vanessa Cartier.
Hairpiece: Hand-made by Mellow Mood Creations! (Thank You Sivi!) - Yes it's a one of a kind!



Joey Quenga! (Foolin' Around while we waited on make-up! This guy is great!)


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