Chef Phil recently did a live podcast at Whisky Locker with Coffee & Convo so I tagged along with the chef, took a nice walk for coffee and snapped a few photos of Phil chilling with friends and fans.
Got some new photos taken with Ashley for Food Porn Vol 3. Here are some photos from the shoot that are not Food Porn related because those are saved for the show!
Completed my first Food Porn shoot since I took a break a couple of months ago. Poor Ashley, it was 63 degrees out and she had to go in the cold pool for the shoot. Appreciate you!
Yooo! It’s December! My favorite month! Holiday seasons, its cold and colorful, I love Winter! This season can be very lovely and lonely at the same time. For some it’s a sad month, and I’ve experienced both. It can be a sad month for me depending on my mood, and I just got to appreciate what I have instead of being sad about what I don’t have. This year has been very very good to me despite the break up I went through earlier this year, I still cherish the memories I made with that person, I hope you’re doing well Love. Life ain’t ever easy and this year wasn’t all easy at all, but I pray for the best for my family who are going through a tough time, I hope we all make it out on top of our situation. I pray for a brighter day for everyone I know going through it, one love!
I did my first Food Porn shoot yesterday with Ashley, new face. My first shoot in a couple of months. I took a break due to burning myself out and personal problems. It was a quick and fun shoot, Ashley was no stranger to the camera.
I met up with Adrienne for dinner after the shoot, took her to The Friendly for her first time and I think I got her hooked (“Another one” - DJ Khaled). We grabbed a drink after dinner at Polite Provision and this was my first time there during Christmas season. They had it all decorated with lights and Christmas theme! It was so fucking sick!
I had the busiest Saturday and I didn’t think I could check off everything on the list. I met up with friend at Ironside Oysters for brunch. They are still delicious as I remembered. So good! Left Ironside to get coffee at a new Coffee shop I just heard about. Genteel, a warehouse turned into a coffee shop. It was huge!! A lot of space and I don’t know how long they’ll last in a place that size with just coffee. Although I did noticed some merchandise such as clothing, so who knows!
After that I went to Jaxxon’s first birthday in Spring Valley, spent about 3 hours there. Then I headed back to Mira Mesa for the annual Autofashion Family Christmas party. I managed not to get drunk because I had to head back downtown to El Dorado. The Christmas party had to be the funniest one so far! We laughed so hard we cried and had facial and abdominal pain. Auto Fashion always host a themed Christmas party and this time it was a Marvel theme to pay homage to the great Stan Lee.
I finally made it to downtown around midnight and the party was poppin! The music they played that night had everyone turn’t up. The homie Mike was celebrating his birthday, Erika was also celebrating her birthday, and Blends SD had their Christmas party. I had three tables to drink from hahaha. I didn’t stay too long, it was too hot and crowded inside I ghosted about an hour and a half in.
Okay, I have an interesting story about this shoot. Before I get into it, some of you may or may not know that I have a bit of the 6th sense. In other words, I see ghost! It’s not something I like to admit on social media or in general (publicly) but fuck it! I’ve been doing a lot of that lately because why? I’m content with who I am and comfortable sharing certain information with ya’ll and you can choose to believe me or not, that’s on you.
Back to the story, It was raining heavily in San Diego last week. It took me 2 hours to get to City Heights which would normally be 20 minutes without traffic and 30-45 minutes with traffic. I finally get to Erika’s house to shoot this Birthday photos for her. We were unprepared, no props, no flash on the camera (it’s evening time now) so we had to improvised. We left to a near by Walgreens to pick up a disposable camera because it has a built in flash. Erika wasn’t feeling the disposable camera but I told her i’ve shot with it before for Food Porn, she had doubts that these will turn out great. I did too to be honest.
In the middle of the shoot, after we lit the candles we heard a woman’s voice shouting at us. It was distorted and couldn’t make out the words. I thought it was the music, an ad lib in the song. She looked at me crazy and I asked her “what” and she asked me “what was there?” I honestly thought it was from the speaker but she said it wasn’t. We played the song again to see if it was the song but it wasn’t, it was definitely a woman’s voice inside the living room with us. I actually have the photo of Erika the moment we heard the voice as she looked to see where the voice was coming from.
New video directed by Cobian! I’m a huge fan of Cobian’s work. He did a lot of Eddie Zuko’s video. Cobian is so creative with the way he shoot and put the videos together.
I can’t title this post “Click Click” cuz that’s for film photos only. These photos were taken with my iPhone at MNGO Cafe on Convoy. We went there for dessert after a nice dinner at Min Sok Chon.
I was chillin at Arts-Rec during Rossi’s sound check and Chata came through. She had a point and shoot camera in her hand and I grabbed it from her and snapped this photo.
The purpose of this trip was the drive on the PCH to Monterey Bay. The rest was just some what boring stuff and Family stuff that I did not take photos of. So they will not be in the blog, not even the dogs/puppy we played it, they were so cute too!! If you were following my IG story you would’ve seen what I’m talking about. By the way, the videos of the trip are still on my IG highlight titled “s2ktrip" so hit that up if you wanna see.
We had a little Thanksgiving feast and just watched Christmas movies on Netflix. Woke up Friday morning my brother and I went to San Francisco for some exploring and shopping. It was raining all day! Wind picked up and broke my damn umbrella and for some reason I wasn’t wearing my water resistant jacket. First stop in SF is always Brenda’s. We always hit up Brenda’s when we’re in town, it’s that good. It must’ve been our day because there was no wait and we had front row parking.
We walked around Union Square in the rain and looked around the shops. At this point it was getting repetitive. We’ve done this many times before and I was getting bored. There weren’t much to do that day anyways. I had friends I could’ve hit up and catch up with, but I didn’t wanna stay in SF much longer. We spent 8 hours in SF anyways. I bought some new shoes cuz the one I was wearing was wet and very old, left it in SF for who ever need it. After long walks in the rain we ended the evening with a fancy dinner at House Of Prime Ribs. Never been, always heard about it. I didn’t know there was only one and its in SF. We got lucky again! We couldn’t make reservation because it was all booked. We were told we can go early and sit at the bar and you can order food from there. So we did just that, normally there would be a list for the bar as well but we got the last two available seats, took our orders, and had a couple of drinks. We got our food before they even open (5:30 PM). LUCKY!!
We had a snack in the meantime then we had dinner at House Of Prime Ribs. We weren’t too hungry so we ordered the biggest cut for $50 and shared plates. It’s a $10 extra for shared plates so you can the additional sides, which was cool.
We had this cake for Thanksgiving from Peter’s, it was an Almond cake I think. It was soo good I had to bring one home, especially for my dad. We could’ve stayed another day but I got pretty bored. So we left Saturday morning, stopped by Peters on our way out.
Woke up Thursday morning in Monterey Bay, to be exact, in Pacific Grove. Thanksgiving morning, I couldn’t sleep, I can never sleep well when I’m not sleeping in my own bed. I travel often but I still get home sick. I picked up a new habit by the way, and that's waking up early. We went out for a run Thursday morning, the rain had stopped and the sun was out. It was a beautiful morning in Monterey Bay, the air smelled lovely too.
We ran about 2.5 miles in a loop back to our hotel. Showered and went for a short cruise on the coast before getting breakfast/lunch.
We went back to Cannery Row and searched for a place to eat. We didn’t have any plans exactly on where or what to eat, we just wanted to check it out and see whats good out there. We decided to eat at a place called Louie Linguini’s. It was super super good ya’ll. We’ve been lucky, all the random stops we made to eat were all very tasty.
I’ve been wanting to do this drive for such a long time ya’ll. I’ve always wanted to take my Honda s2000 on the PCH to Monterey Bay. All those times I thought about making this trip life happens. Or the car breaks down for long period of time. The car loves to break down every time I mention about a road trip, and it did break time again this year. I had to install a new clutch, new valve cover gasket, new rubber nipple to keep it from leaking coolant, new coolant lines, new spark plugs, andddd, hmm, what else? Well I need new wheel bearings but I took it on this trip without fixing it and it was annoying as fuck, and not to mention, very dangerous. I relied on my luck on that one.
With a lot of drama surrounding the family, I didn’t care too much about Thanksgiving so my brother and I decided to take a road trip during the holiday. With a lot on my mind as well I could definitely use this drive. For some of us car guys a long drive on a scenic route is very therapeutic and can really help balance your mind and heart, and it did. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle any new obstacles.
Damnnn JLo, this is a banger!
Every damn Wednesday, Sammi Jefcoate.
AH! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this till yesterday!! I tried Tostilocos not too long ago and here I am, San Diego native, a local to these neighborhood but never had this fucking Fruitilocos. Shame on me!! It was sooo good! Be Fresh located on Logan Ave and 47th Street. It was delicious and so refreshing, thanks for my home girl Marla for putting me on game.
First weekend with no photoshoots, I get to relax and do absolutely nothing. I stayed up pretty late for a friend's birthday party at El Camino last night. Had to wake up super early though, but it's all good, it was all worth it.
Started off with coffee at Young Hickory in Downtown and then lunch at Lola 55. They are fairly new, located at the IDEA1 building, heard great things so I had to try it. Ordered four tacos, Ribeye Carne Asada, Rainbow Cauliflower, Baby Carrots Adobada, and Smoked Carnitas. My immediate favorite was the Ribeye Carne Asada. Super juicy, flavorful, and if ya'll sensitive to spice, these tacos are nicely heated. I highly recommend this joint, perfect place for a date or just to eat. Thank me later.
I’m currently sitting inside a coffee shop in downtown to kill sometime and decided to do a Click Click post. Mine as well start with Lupita. Side note, that has nothing to do with this post, maybe it does maybe it doesn’t but its great living a life with no anger in my heart. I feel free from emotions controlling me. Bless.
Some of these photos were released at my latest photo show and some were shot for La Familia Clothing company.
One year later I’m finally going to have this photo show of the pictures I took out in Thailand and Japan. Featuring images of the Japanese Low rider culture in Osaka. I promise this will happen somewhere between Jan-Feb 2019 at 5&A Dime.
Huge thank you to 9Five for having me as the featured artist at their store Saturday for the North Park Art Night. Shout out to Tiffany for locking that down for me. Shooting for this show was alot of fun. I enjoyed working with all the models and for some reason, shooting all these colors makes me super happy.
Thank you for coming to the show! It was really nice to meet new faces and see familiar faces that have been supporting all these years. Next show will be Thailand/Japan photo show and then Food Porn. Unless I have something that pops up in between. Thanks again for coming.
In case you didn’t know, the photos from the Color show is now up on the site. And these are the photos I picked to display. I realized I’m missing one photo of Alejandra. I’ll update this blog post once I get a hold of that photo of her.
All photos were shot with my Canon AE1 with a 50mm Lens.