When my good friend Ashton asked me to take some new headshots for her, it was a great opportunity to rent and test out the Nikon 105mm f/1.4G. I had rented and tested out the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 a few months ago, and while the lens is really superb, it didn’t really quite have that “wow” factor for me. On […]

A couple weeks ago, I went to visit my best friend Sidnee down in Las Vegas. She had a great idea to go check out The Valley of Fire, just about an hour north of the city. We had a pretty packed day so we didn’t end up staying very long, but it was long enough to get some fantastic […]

Formula DRIFT weekend at Evergreen Speedway is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Our coverage of this year’s event on NWMotiv.com is truly exceptional, but I wanted to share my own personal favorite photos here. I also rented the new Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR lens for the weekend, which performed even better than I was expecting. Very […]

My friend Lee picked up a new Ducati motorcycle, but when he contacted me to take some shots of it, I wasn’t prepared for the awesomeness that I would soon behold. I’m admittedly Jon Snow when it comes to motorcycles (as in, “You know nothing, Jon Snow”), so learning all the details about the bike completely blew me away. We […]

It’s become a yearly tradition for me to go to the University of Washington’s Quad and take photos of the cherry blossoms just as Spring starts. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been the greatest lately, so my original plans to go as soon as they hit full bloom fell through. A week later, I finally made it out to UW at […]

What a year, 2014 was! I may not have taken as many photos as I had in previous years, but I’d say the quality is up there amongst the best in recent memory. Rather than taking photos of anything and everything, I ended up being a bit more selective for the most part this year, and really took my time. […]

Four years ago, I made the switch to full frame, upgrading from my trusty Nikon D300 to the Nikon D700. By the time I made the switch, the D700 was already available for  2 1/2 years, so its reputation and capabilities were already well-established. Full frame was like night and day after coming from a cropped sensor camera, and while […]

Last month, together my NWMotiv.com partner in crime, Josh Mackey, photographed a set of features for NWMotiv that we called “theKings,” comprised of some of the best Hondas that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Mackey took the majority of the workload, while staff photographers Vinnie Nguyen and Ken Arnold II assisted with lighting and staff videographer James Whelan recorded […]

What an absolutely gorgeous day for a wedding! Clear skies, beautiful surroundings, and Mt. Rainier watching over all of us made for just about a perfect day all around. Read all about it and see all the photos here on my weddings site: https://www.arminweddings.com/2014/09/szelachowski-triplett-wedding/

My good friend Alan is getting married next year, and I’m honored to be a groomsman! Since I won’t be photographing the wedding, he asked me to take his engagement photos instead. Check them out on my weddings site here: https://www.arminweddings.com/2014/09/alan-and-krystals-engagement/  

Last year, I shot two launch events for Toyota USA, the launch of the new Tundra and 4Runner and the launch of the new Corolla. I must’ve made a great impression, because this year the same agency hired me to shoot the launch event for the new Lexus NX here in Seattle. Unlike the Corolla shoot, which would take place at […]

2013 was a very successful and productive year for my photography. Check out all of the different things that I’ve photographed this year!

After photographing the new 2014 Tundra and 4Runner for Toyota USA back in August, their PR agency also asked me to photograph the new 2014 Corolla a month later. This time, the photos would be shot at various locations throughout Seattle proper, but the turnaround time again was very fast, requiring finished photos by noon the next day. Again, I […]

What happens when one of your good friends needs your help for a 3-day event that you were almost completely unprepared for? You rise to the occasion, that’s what you do! Faizan and Hien’s wedding was a blast, and I was honored to be able to capture it all through photos. Read all about it here on my Armin Weddings […]

Back in March of this year, I was asked to shoot two Land Rovers in the area for the UK-based magazine, Land Rover Owner International (LRO). Both shoots were done the same day and the US editor even flew out to meet the owners and direct the shoot a bit. The first of these features is now out in the July […]

Last year, I shot Haila’s Toyota Starlet for NWMotiv, but this time around Haila wanted to get some photos of her own. Thanks to some really assistance from our good friend Nosilla, I believe these photos turned out great. Each of these was taken with my Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ2.8 VR2.  I definitely plan to use some of these to replace […]

Shooting an “old school” car was a nice change of pace! Haila’s Starlet is my latest feature on NWMotiv, and given the old school car, I decided to go with an old school style of processing for the photos. See all the photos and read all about it here: https://www.nwmotiv.com/cars/shooting-starlet/ And here’s a few of my favorites from the set:

The final round of the Formula DRIFT 2012 season took place as usual at “The House of Drift” in Irwindale, California. It was an awesome event and I got to meet a bunch of people that I’ve been meaning to meet face-to-face for quite some time. I also rented a Nikon D4 to cover the event (big thanks to BorrowLenses.com) […]

Last weekend, I took a couple photos immediately following NWMotiv’s inMotion Car Show and Drift Event. It was a favor for my friend Kenji (who owns the white Lexus) and he just wanted a couple quick pics. Each photo was handheld with my D700 and Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8, ISO 800, ƒ5.6, with the first one above at 1/50 sec and […]

Back in March, I was contacted by Modified Magazine to shoot two cars in the Seattle area for them. The first of these was David’s Mazda MPV, and the second one was Andrew’s Subaru RSTI as you can see above. It’s been awhile since I’ve shot a Subaru for a print magazine and thankfully it felt like I was right […]

A few years ago, I shot Jag’s Porsche 911 Turbo for TunerZine, and it was just crazy luck that Mackey ended up shooting his Lamborghini Murciélago. Since this was Mackey’s shoot for iForged Wheels, I was just there to tag along and assist. I still got my shots in and I’m very happy with how they turned out. I tried […]

My yearly ritual to capture the fireworks over Gasworks Park was a bit different this year, since our good friend Eugene had moved out of state and thus we couldn’t use his roof. Instead, we braved the parking and traffic to secure a spot on the shores of Lake Union as we had a few years ago. After waiting about […]

A few months ago, I was contacted by the folks at Modified Magazine to shoot two cars in the Seattle area.  The first of these two assignments finally went to print in the July 2012 issue of Modified Magazine. As you can see, it probably isn’t what you might be expecting: it’s a Mazda MPV with a 300ZX twin turbo […]

I had some relatives from North Carolina come for a visit last week, so I took them around the city at night to do a little sightseeing. I brought my camera with me of course and snapped a few photos at the places we went. The panorama above is a 3-photo stitch from Alki in West Seattle, and the three […]

There are very few cars that seem to universally appeal to the masses, and I’m fortunate enough that I was able to photograph one of them for NWMotiv last month.  I was also fortunate to have a rented D800 to play with for the shoot as well, which impressed me in just about every way possible.  We did a full […]

Last year, my good friend Berto asked me if I was interested in helping him out with behind the scenes photos of a music video shoot for local hip-hop artist, PROPS!  I had met PROPS! previously at a couple of Berto’s parties, so I was happy to lend a helping hand.  I took photos on location for a couple days […]

Last Sunday, KP and I joined Josh Mackey in shooting Jason’s Genesis Coupe. I really needed help in figuring out what I was doing wrong with rig shots, and thankfully Mackey was happy to show me the way. He showed us how to set it up properly and I quickly learned what I was doing incorrectly.  This finally allowed me […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to just shoot a car without any time constraints, deadlines, or expectations.  Alan and I caught a break in the weather on Sunday night and despite having my SB-600 and umbrella on stand blown down by the wind, the photos still turned out great and Alan was very happy with […]

2011 proved to be a banner year in terms of the sheer number of photos I’ve taken and how I feel I’ve grown as a photographer. I shot a variety of different subjects, helped mentor and advise a great group of photographers, and helped NWMotiv establish itself as a major media player in the local automotive scene. Rather than bore […]

I had the honor of photographing Stephanie and Travis’ wedding last December, and now I had the honor of photographing their maternity photos. We had a bit of a scare because the weather was looking rather gloomy, but we caught a break with only a little bit of light drizzle and none of the continuous rain that was predicted. This […]

Just a little Halloween fun with Miss Erica May.  I shot each photo with my Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8 and the 100% natural lighting worked great inside the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library.  We timed it perfectly with just a few bystanders giving us strange looks, and we made sure we weren’t too big of a disturbance in the quiet areas. […]

Hagen is Garret’s brother, so I was more than happy to take their engagement photos, along with his upcoming wedding as well. Hagen and Natalie were going with a nautical theme for their wedding and wanted some shots with the Seattle skyline behind them, so Alki was the obvious choice for some good locations. We lost light pretty fast, but […]

For the second year in a row, I was fortunate enough to shoot DeadMau5 for the Seattle Weekly. I shot the entire show with just my Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ2.8, and its lightning-quick focusing proved to be very invaluable. The show was amazing as usual and I was able to get some great crowd photos. You can see all the published […]

Formula D Seattle is undoubtedly my most favorite event to photograph every year. In previous years, I shot the event for Subiesport Magazine and Driving Sports, however this was the first year I shot the event for NWMotiv.com. Due to scheduling issues with another event I was going to on Saturday, I was only able to shoot Friday’s practice and […]

After a couple rain/weather delays, Kaylee and I were finally able to go do some fashion photography on a beautiful summer’s day at Renton’s Coulon Park.  With plenty of assistance from Erica May, Kaylee and I were able to take photos of her in three different outfits, timing it perfectly to end our shoot at sunset.  I took this opportunity […]

  When my friend Kiyomi asked me to take photos of the food at her restaurant, Cheeky Cafe, I simply could not say no.  She told me to come hungry, so I brought Wence, Carlos, and Erica with me and we all left with a food coma that would last the entire weekend.  I cannot praise the food at Cheeky […]

Blue Scholars are undoubtedly my favorite hip-hop artists.  With roots from the University of Washington and made up of just “one DJ and one MC, ” they’ve always made music that speaks to me, not just through the beats and lyrics, but also through the connection I have as a Filipino American and University of Washington alumnus.  To raise money […]

It’s been three and a half years since I went out to take photos of Seattle at night, and since my friend Pauline really wanted to take photos and learn more about using her DSLR, we decided to take advantage of the dry and warm Seattle weather. We started at Kerry Park and ended up on the Jose Rizal Bridge […]

Four years ago, I took Brianna’s senior portraits and much to my surprise, she hit me up randomly for some new photos. Apparently, she had been using her old photos all this time and never had a chance to get some new ones done. The weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous here in Seattle this past weekend, so we […]

Last Sunday the 22nd was the University Street Fair, and my friends and I decided go to out and shoot some street photography. I hadn’t done any dedicated street photography for some time now, so it was a welcome change to most of the other types of things I’ve been shooting lately. I only brought my Nikkor 50mm ƒ1.4 and […]

First off, a big congratulations to Erica for making into the 2012 SubieGirls.com Calendar! I took these photos a few weeks ago, but Erica didn’t want me to publish them until the competition was over. Based on the number of forum posts she had on their forum, Erica was able to submit 2 photos and then the top 12 winners […]

Since I started using my Nikon D700 last November, I hadn’t really changed my line-up of lenses.  My Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D felt right at home with the new full frame sensor, and the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G satisfied my everyday walk around lens requirement, but none of these lenses really offered anything new to me.  On top […]

To help me decide on some possible future lens purchases, I went to BorrowLenses.com to rent the Nikkor 135mm ƒ2 and Nikkor 24mm ƒ1.4.  I couldn’t properly test these lenses of course without a good subject, so I got in touch with Erica once again to help me out.  She happily obliged and this time around, we both wanted to […]

Part 2 of the PROPS! shoot (see here for Part 1) was a concert at Rock Paper Scissors in Seattle, which also featured Vitamin D and International Mo.  The venue was packed with people, which made it a little difficult to move around, but I was still able to get some great shots.  All photos were taken with my 24-70mm […]

I arrived back from The Philippines (many photos coming soon!) on Monday the 21st after three weeks of vacation, and immediately Berto from Lake City Legends hooked it up with a behind the scenes video shoot for PROPS! on the 25th and his concert the next day.  The video shoot took place at the Century Ballroom on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, […]

My cousin Liezl got married to her long-time boyfriend and I was able to make the wedding on New Year’s Eve, despite the fact that I was originally supposed to be out of town! I wasn’t the hired photographer for this wedding, so I was able to do a little experimentation with lens choices and post-processing. Please let me know […]

The hearts of many male (and probably a few female) Subaru owners broke over night on December 4, 2010 when the (in)famous Stephanie French said “I do” to the love of her life, Travis Wiegand. I had the honor of capturing these moments and more at their wedding in Bellingham, Washington. It also marked the debut of my new Nikon […]

Erica’s been great to work with and hang out with since our first initial shoot, and now we’ve got another small one under our belts.  We didn’t have much time to prepare, so this entire shoot took less than about 30 minutes total.  Despite the short time frame, I think they all came out pretty good, and Erica’s happy with […]

For my third year in a row, I spent a Saturday out of the year among my Subaru brethren at the West Coast Subaru Show.  This year, the show took place in Cashmere, Washington, just 10-15 minutes from both Leavanworth and Wenatchee.  Again I participated as one of the judges and also gave away a free photoshoot as part of […]

Following the NWMotiv International Automotive Showcase, I was fortunate enough to take some time to photograph Jeff’s STI, which turned out to be the Best of Show winner.  Jeff actually won a free giveaway photo session from me at last year’s West Coast Subaru Show, but thanks to the wonderous wait times of JDM parts, we were only able to […]

Make no mistake: I love the E46 M3.  What I didn’t love however, was the maintenance costs associated with owning a used M3 outside of warranty.  These costs eventually started to catch up with me, so I decided to start looking into new cars as a replacement. As I’ve grown older, having absolute power and street superiority were no longer […]

The nice guys at Fine Line Imports flew me down to Santa Rosa, CA last Saturday to take some snaps of their own and customer cars.   I can only post a few here since we’re trying for publication, but here’s a few to share. Ryan, Miles, and Steve really do some top-notch work. They really know their stuff and […]

It’s officially one day before my birthday, although now it’s RJ’s birthday, so happy birthday RJ! Anyway, in relation to my last blog, here’s a birthday wishlist for my 30th birthday. You’ll notice that obviously some of these are pretty much impossible to happen overnight unless I’ve been bestowed omnipotent powers, but hey that’s why it’s called a wishlist, right? […]

My MB-D10 vertical grip came in today.  The camera already feels much more complete than without it.  Nikon definitely did well on the ergonomics of this new grip.  I’ll of course have a more detailed review later on, but until then, here’s a quick photo from my phone:

Just a quick teaser pic for now, taken with my Samsung T929: