Failure is a Stepping Stone

In the world of power lifting, bodybuilding, or any of the sort, intense focus and dedication is an absolute requirement.

This is Geo. He’s a competitive power lifter who always strives to be the best at his craft. Geo also happens to be my personal coach during my competition seasons of physique/bodybuilding. In the sport of competitive power lifting, there is no way to make it to the top without continually trying to push yourself past your own limits. Along with proper technique, diet, and training, being mentally focused could make all the difference during preparation. Intense dieting, depleting, and “re-loading” can take major tolls on one’s body. During the times I do lift with Geo, I cringe at the sight of the bone-splitting weight being lifted straight off the ground. “You can’t be afraid to fail”, says Geo. Not every PR (personal record) comes during the first try. Sometimes a failed attempt is what it may take to reach your new PR in a given lift. I think that’s the beauty of the sport, though. You must be self-driven to destroy your past numbers. Speaking from personal experience, nothing feels more rewarding than accomplishing a once failed  lift leaving you at the next objective.

Katie & Jacob Bos

After taking about a year and a half off of photography, I’m finally back to doing what I love. I spent the time off finishing my schooling and obtaining my paramedic license. Katie, the bride featured, was my full-time paramedic partner for approximately the last year. It was nice to be able to be a part of her special day. I had the help of my dear friend Sunshine (www.wherelifeis.com) who is emerging into the world of photography. She is the proud new owner of my old faithful 5D Mark II. This was the first wedding I used my new 5D Mark III, and it definitely got the job done. I’m confident these newly weds will remember their special day for years to come!


VALOUR – Change the World

This was by far the toughest project Jonathan Rios and I have worked on yet. It tested our limits in creativity AND stress management.. haha. Its safe to say however, I am EXTREMELY happy with the way this video turned out. I’m very proud to have been part of this production, and plan on only getting better from this point on!

Check out VALOUR on Facebook (Click Here). His full length album of Electronic Dance Music will be released on May 8th, 2013!

Tech info: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 28mm f1.8, Glidecam, Lowel DV Creator Light Kit

Jonathan Rios and I had the honor of being asked to film and produce this short film for Shelter Cove church, in Modesto. We got up at 5am to catch the morning sunrise while we filmed “Joshua” conquering the ground he set foot on. Check it out!

Techie info: Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, Canon 24-70 f2.8L, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 24mm f1.4, GlideCam HD 4000, Glidetrack (3m)

Illuminate – Let It Bang!

This was such a FUN music video shoot and edit. This song KNOCKS! Check out Illuminate on iTunes and buy his album: Click Here. Thank you to everyone who came out for the shoot! Also, special thanks to my partner in crime, Jonathan Rios. We have a passion to the media industry changed, and we’re doing something about it. Check out my friend at www.JonRios.com.

Enjoy Let It Bang by Illuminate!