My life right now is spent hopping from one fancy wedding venue to the next, but it wasn't always that way.

I picked up my first camera when I was 11 years old. I was completely enamored by the skateboarding culture, and industry photographers at the time. I dreamed of photographing skateboarding for a living and tried relentlessly to make it in the skateboarding industry.

By the time I was 16 I dropped out of high school and was living on the streets of southern California. Sleeping in public parks and friends' couches, still pursuing my dream of being a skateboard photographer.

At 18 years old, and still not a professional skate photographer, I decided it was time for a change, I packed my camera bag and decided to drive to San Francisco and become a wedding photographer. I spent weeks living out of a car and using Starbucks as my office. Slowly, using my skateboarding portfolio as my only reference, I was able to start booking clients, eventually turning weddings into my full-time job.

Today, I am 24 years old. I have traveled to 12 countries, on 4 continents all because of wedding photography. I am so proud to say that I have the greatest job I could have ever imagined. Even better than shooting skateboarding for a living!

More info: iluminastudios.com

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Oscar
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Gorgeous!

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Devin Robinson
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I usually don't like pictures like this one, but WOW.

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UniversalMel
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Megan
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Odd

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Devin Robinson
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How long do you think they had to wait for this moment?

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Daria B
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Their shadows are glowing. It's poetry just to describe this one.

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Devin Robinson
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I love black and white photos

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Ingrid Tsai
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Gorgeous

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Yezid Puerto
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wow her face, priceless

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Jon O.
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So serene, and beautiful.

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Hazel
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This one is so energizing!

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Phoebe The Great
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I want to know what effects he used in this photo, it's amazing!!!!

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Daria B
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Oooh! Looks like a scenery for a comic book! ♥

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jamelooot
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very romantic

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Phoebe The Great
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I like the use of position.

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Daria B
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Yeeeeeeah.... We are - on fiiiiiiiiire, we have - desiiiiiiiiiiires ♬♪

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oh man, this one is awesome

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i'm jealous!

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ufffff beautiful

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