Pocket Size Bio: Aries (Dog in Chinese Zodiac Sign), born and raised in Florida, loves food (not to be confused with being a self proclaimed Hipster Foodie), motorsports, fishing, Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher (go light on the ice, please), photography and most importantly, love my family.
The beginning of
This journey is
All about letting go
Growing up as a teenager, you ever wonder where you fit, what's your calling, when is it your time? Well, that was me. I always had a camera growing up and always thought that I had some type of creative mojo deep inside. Longing the little spark of encouragement to ignite that tinder, that spark never did came. Growing up as a first generation Asian-American, I was one of many on that stereotypical Asian track: Doctor, Lawyer or Engineer. Ironically, my choices were starkly shorter than the pamphlet of a menu at corner Chinese take-out. I ultimately chose computer engineering as my professional Asian track program. After a couple of years, I dropped of out of collage; feeling empty and soulless. Not knowing what I really loved in life and seeking purpose.
Fast forward a couple of years, after working 10 years in the marketing department at Time Inc, I welcomed my first child to this world, a baby girl named Liliana. She became my inspiration, a breathe of life whom would ultimately encouraged me to leave my comfortable corporate position to start some new. Only 3 months old, she encouraged me into the world of photography. With her eyes and drooling mouth, answered all of my questions that I had as a teenager.
I started by watching youtube videos and spending countless hours freeloading at Barnes and Nobles anything and everything about photography. Initially I was going to business as a wedding photographer then scrap that idea and followed my gut: share what deeply interest me the most: Landscape, Cars, People.. Life!
The first two years, I was recognized by the Tampa Business Journal as one of Tampa's Favorite Photographers.
Within those two years, works featured in several galleries and private shows.
Works published in various local and national publications.
I can't say it has been easy, especially with letting go but so far, it has been an amazing and rewarding journey.
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