A Sunday afternoon photoshoot with spanish rapper recording artist Aid Alonso.

Spain and L.A. spanish rapper and songwriter Aid Alonso in Long Beach, California - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spain and L.A. spanish rapper and songwriter Aid Alonso in Long Beach, California - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Back at it with another blog, and coming off another fun photo shoot. So yesterday (Sunday) I had the opportunity and privilege to work and hangout with Aid, a local spanish hip-hop recording artist and songwriter here in the L.A. area. Aid is originally from Vigo, Spain up in Europe and has been living the L.A. lifestyle over the last few years. She is currently studying full time at Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her main focal point and study in college is electrical engineering. Aid has been in the hip-hop world for many years, since she was a little kid and continues to work hard consistently with recording, producing and writing lyrics in her music. You can also check out her website and her facebook page here by clicking on the links below:

 

www.aidvigo.com and Aid's Official Facebook Page

Now, Working With Aid!

I've known Aid for a little over a year now, since March of 2015, and I had been wanting to get to work with her for a while now, and it was very much fun doing so. We both met up in Long Beach at the Shoreline Village on a rather gloomy, yet gusty Sunday afternoon. We sort of did a feeling out process of the pier, and it was a kind of natural, organic process of warming up and getting great shots of her in certain areas of the boardwalk. We started off by her posing rather basically up against the rails, and her looking off into the distance. It worked well, with each pose. She's a natural at posing correctly, and doesn't even have to try. She gets it right each time and she easily makes a great model as well. I wanted to get certain compositions of patterns with her in it, such as her posing on the bridge, and having the palm trees in the backdrop frame her, and by having the rails of the bridge be lines.

During the shoot, we had several instances of the cold Long Beach wind blowing at us, and it actually managed to work well for us, because in certain shots, the wind came off across as a fan blowing at her hair. It literally was almost as if we were using a fan for an outdoor studio session. The sun would frequently pop in-and-out in an on-and-off fashion, so I felt going into the shoot I probably wasn't gonna need my scrim reflectors and tripod. Overall, the shoot was a lot of fun, and walking around the boardwalk with her and talking about music and photography and other forms of art in the world. We also talked about our families She suggested that I seem rather similar to her brother, with all my natural idiosyncrasies lol. I look forward to teaming up with her again, and doing another shoot in another location in the L.A. area this June. Proud to know her and to work with her, and it's always great working with someone who's nice, down to earth and just fun to kick it with. Til next time, peace.

My trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada - April 2016

Hello Everyone, I'm back on a late blog post, and today is May 6, 2016. I actually got back from Montreal Quebec this past Sunday. Here is my experience from Montreal, Enjoy!

Flying to Montreal!

Flying to Montreal!

Montreal was quite the awesome city to say the least. I left L.A. on Wednesday last week and I arrived there on Wednesday evening. The flight was about 5 hours long overall. I had to sort out going through customs and dealing with WiFi issues once I landed in Montreal, and then I got to my hotel. I ended up going to sleep close to midnight.

Me as I was about to leave Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and head straight to my hotel up in Downtown Montreal.

Me as I was about to leave Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and head straight to my hotel up in Downtown Montreal.

The next day.....

So I woke up on Thursday and got ready, headed downstairs for the free hotel breakfast, I had a muffin and water, and then went out and typically I would buy my water at Starbucks right outside my hotel. It was quite convient, and the people there are very nice. The area I was staying in was nice overall, and after Starbucks, I went out walking and began exploring the surrounding neighborhoods. I made my way all the way to La Fontaine Park, and it was nice. Very nice people there, and loved the scenery.

Me at Starbucks, drinking water.

Me at Starbucks, drinking water.

Loved the park, was great exploring. Afterward, I went to the bank to exchange for some Canadian dollars. I then continued to roam around and explore the city, and finally made my way to city hall. While I was there, I saw this beautiful white bird flying around, and it then landed on this small stair ledge, and I had my Nikon in hand at the right time. It was almost like it was intentionally posing for me, so I then took the opportunity to snap a photo of it, and this was the result.

The bird looked beautiful, and i love the composition of the photo. The city in the backdrop and everything. After I left city hall, I made my way towards Old Montreal, and visited the old port, the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, and also took photos of Habitat 67. Then, I made my way to probably the most AMAZING and beautiful church I've ever been to, The Notre Dame Basilica. It's also the same church where Celine Dion and Rene Angelil became married. I loved it here.

I really think for this particular church, the word beautiful is a massive understatement. When you walk inside, you are greeted by the vendor behind the booth counter, and it's only $5, and you then get to see the aw inspiring church itself. The interior is amazing, and people are quiet out of respect. I said a couple of prayers while I was inside. It was an honor and a privilege being there in such an amazing presence or greatness. This is also the same basilica where the legendary Rene Angelil had his funeral just 3 months earlier. God bless him, the Angelil family and the Dion family.

Later that day...

I then continued roaming around the city. I went to the mall and had a banana, a blueberry muffin and water. After, I stopped by Christ Church Cathedral and The Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral, which were both dazzling inside and out. I also walked by the Bell Center in Downtown Montreal, which is quite the massive arena too.

Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown Montreal

Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown Montreal

Inside The Beautiful Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

Inside The Beautiful Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

Outside The Beautiful Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

Outside The Beautiful Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral

The Bell Center in Downtown Montreal

The Bell Center in Downtown Montreal

After a fun day of exploring the Downtown Region of Montreal, I finally took the bus back to my hotel, rested up, and then went out later that night to do some long exposure shots at Montreal City Hall, and The Notre Dame Basilica. Which came out great I think.

DAY 2 IN MONTREAL:

So I woke up on Friday morning, I think close to 9:00 AM. I ended up getting ready around 10ish, and then went to Starbucks for brunch right before 12 noon hit. Right after my water and oatmeal, I went to the local record store, and bought some Celine Dion, David Bowie, Martika and Queen Vinyl LP's. Very high quality record stores they have in Montreal. I really wish I could've went to more while I was there.

Right after the record store, I came back to my Hotel around 2:00 PM, and then rested, and by about 2:40, I went out walking around the city, and decided to go to the Wax Museum at the Centre Eaton Montreal mall in Downtown. The name of it is the Musee Grevin Montreal Museum. It was really the best attraction I went to other than the Notre Dame Basilica. Definitely enjoyed it, and I took selfies with the Charlie Chaplin and Lady Gaga wax figures, among many other wax figures.

After I left the mall, I walked back to my hotel, and on my way, I bought 4 apples at the grocery store, and just relaxed at my hotel. Soon after, i decided to walk all the way to Mount Royal, to view the landscape of the city. It wasn't easy climbing the stairs to Mount Royal, especially at around 9:00 at night doing it. I left my hotel around 8:40ish, and to climb those steep stairs with the icy cold 40 degree temperature was definitely a tough challenge. Never the less, I ended up making it to the top. The goal was that I wanted to capture the entire downtown landscape on my Nikon. When I got to the top, I rested for about 5 minutes, because it was very grueling walking up the steep stairs, and then I got to work on getting the photo I wanted to capture. This is the outcome of what I wanted:

Downtown Montreal Skyline view from Mount Royal.

Downtown Montreal Skyline view from Mount Royal.

DAY 3 IN MONTREAL:

On the last day in Montreal, I decided to take a trip all the way up to the city Charlemagne Quebec. I took the subway and then the bus to get there. I decided to visit the childhood neighborhood of Celine Dion!!! A lot of people know I'm a big fan of hers and it felt like a great opportunity to try and fulfill. I'm glad I did. She even has her own street named after her! She is quite the hometown hero.

This is the street she grew up on back in the 70s and 80s, and it's a beautiful, quiet, and calm neighborhood, but very active at the same time with cars driving by a lot as well. Afterward, my aunt's friend Scott picked me up and we drove to the city of L'Assomption, a few minutes north of Charlemagne. We hung out for a few hours, and he showed me around the city and the city's landmark and history.

After, I went back south to Downtown Montreal and got there around 7:00ish, and then immediately prepared for the long flight to L.A. the following morning. I woke up at 4:05 AM. Did my typical daily lifestyle routine, got up, stretched, had water and breakfast, and got ready. I couldn't do my morning exercise in time due to time constraints. I caught my bus right on time around 4:55 AM. Airport security and customs was a breeze, and then I waited for my flight. I always like walking around the airport to exercise and get my metabolism going prior to my flight. My 8:00 AM flight took off in time, and I landed back in L.A. at 10:00 AM (L.A. time). All in all, it was a very good trip, and it was great exploring the city and capturing incredible photos with my Nikon. I would love to visit Montreal again sometime down the road in the future. Wherever Life or God takes me.