Hello everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read a bit about my creative journey. I'm thankful for all the people who helped me along the way and continue to support my efforts.
ON A MISSION
My mission is to have an extraordinary life. My family, friends, personal goals, experiences, and having a fulfilling career are my priorities. I try my best to give value to those around me by giving a hundred percent into my relationships. I've always been a perfectionist when it comes to my art and photography, but at the same time, I know how important it is to deliver quality work on time. For fun, I enjoy a good happy hour with good friends, having good a conversation while overlooking my city or the sea. Cruising top down and listening to 90's hip hop or Indie Folk music on a cool summer evening is good living to me.
My parents immigrated from the Philippines to America in 1972 to pursue their dream. My brother, sister and I were born in Yonkers NY located just two miles north of Manhattan. At the age of fourteen, my parents decided to leave NY to head cross-country to Bakersfield, California, located about a two hour drive north of Los Angeles. After the culture shock wore off and after graduating high school, I headed south and earned a degree in Advertising Design from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, a suburb a few miles east of Los Angeles then transferred to CSU @ Fullerton and earned a Fine Arts degree in Illustration (BFA) in 2002.
THE ART STRUGGLE WAS REAL
With high hopes, I tried to make a career out of my art, exhibiting what I call "contemporary portraiture" at local shows and art fairs in and around LA while working retail on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. My Art highlights include winning first place at the LA Lotus Festival in 2007, showing internationally at the US embassy in the Philippines, creating artwork for award winning musicians, MUSE and Lady Antebellum, and an artwork published in National Geographic School Publishing with over 1 million copies produced. Things were good but I wanted a higher standard of living and I knew that a consistent paycheck could help me with a better quality of life.
FILM LOCATIONS FOR OVER A DECADE
So for extra cash I landed a gig through a friend of mine and started photographing locations for Sunset Locations, a Hollywood film locations agency in 2005. Excited just to have a creative job and to do something that I thought was somewhat "cool", I began shooting locations and haven't stopped yet. To this day in 2016, I've photographed well over a five thousand residences and counting. These homes I've photographed are used as locations in commercials, TV shows and the movies. This unique gig has given me the opportunity to catch a sneak peak into thousands of private lives and into spectacular LA architecture and interiors on a daily basis that I truly love to shoot, but most of all, meeting new people on a daily basis is what keeps me going. During this time, I started mastering my craft while meeting and freelancing for LA's top Real Estate Agents, Home Builders and Developers, Interior Designers, Home Stagers, Restaurateurs, Retail Store Owners, Architects and many other great people who understand the value of professional photography.