Paper Birds: A Thank You
I’ll definitely have more to say regarding Paper Birds and NCUR because there’s just so much to cover, but firstly, I wanted to dedicate a post to everyone who’s made this project—and this showcasing opportunity—possible: I’d like to start by thanking my friends and family. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system, and…
New Excerpt From the Film: Introducing Dr. Sizer
A quick clip from the film introducing Dr. Sizer. Really love this segment, along with the soundtrack which I’ll list below. Audio still needs some fine tuning, bear with me. Next week, I’ll be flying out to Wisconsin to present the first 15 minutes of Paper Birds. Thanks for all of your support thus far.…
7 Grounding Techniques You Can Do Right Now to Feel More Present
Dissociation can be highly distressing. You should know that while feeling numb and disconnected may be unpleasant, dissociation is extremely common and treatable. Here are 7 grounding techniques you can do yourself to feel more present.
New Paper Birds Playlist: Mental Health Shorts
Dissociation: A Brief Look 🧠 For whatever reason, I just didn’t really feel like editing Paper Birds yesterday so I decided to work on the project in another way. I threw together this short video late last night in Canva, and I think I’ll probably do a few more on various facets of mental health/trauma.…
Photographing Mattel’s Paramedic Barbie for 1stRCF
In hopes of highlighting the heroes of the Pandemic, in conjunction with releasing six dolls inspired by real frontline workers, Mattel also created a nurse, doctor and paramedic Barbie for their “Play it Forward” campaign. For each doll sold at Target, Mattel donated $5 to the First Responders Children’s Foundation (1stRCF). During my internship (2021),…
A few portraits I took of my second youngest niece, Rosie, for my Series Kids.
Production Day: New PB Film Stills!
We had a production day dedicated exclusively to b-roll this past weekend for Paper Birds. This was the first time seeing myself on screen for this piece where I actually felt like me. Huge shoutout to Reed Donnelly, Spencer Seikel and Amber Stuart for making that possible. Excited for future shoots and to present our…
The Dichotomy of Preverbal Trauma: Dr. Sizer Dissects Alli’s Case
A quick stich of bites I put together from last October’s interview. My team and I will be meeting with Dr. Sizer again next weekend to film some b-roll. But I digress. I think this brief snippet—more specifically, Dr. Sizer’s ending quote—embodies the emotional heart of Paper Birds from a survivor’s perspective: “I can only…
My First Grant As a Documentarian!
Sometimes I’m hesitant to share good news because I get scared it’ll cause the pendulum to swing the other way, but I’m a bit too excited for caution today: As 2022 was coming to a close, it felt like things were going wrong left and right. My one and only hard drive failed, losing access…
Congressional Reception for Sherry Chen
In December, I was invited to our nation’s capital to photograph the congressional reception of Sherry Chen on behalf of United Chinese Americans (UCA): “Back in October of 2014, Sherry Chen’s life was ruthlessly upended after being wrongfully arrested on charges of economic espionage. Coworkers looked on as the award-winning hydrologist was led out of…