Typhoon Ondoy, it’s victims and aftermath

At a young age before I even picked up a camera I always admired these photojournalists in documentaries, in the news, and even in the movies. I always wanted the chance to capture images that made an impact, a difference in the world. I would have never forgiven myself if I didn't at least try to cover the disaster relief efforts of the Typhoon Ondoy aftermath. Thankfully, I was put in touch with the right people. Read More...

  • Be there for my brother on the most important day of his life, his wedding
  • Photograph a Trash-the-Dress session in Boracay with Drew and Isabel (my new sister!)
  • Visit the ruins of Angkor (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
  • Capture the Typhoon Ondouy aftermath (Philippines)
  • Travel Asia and absorb myself in cultures I was unfamiliar with, completely out of my comfort zone.

Wedding photography naturally was a great stepping stone to becoming a photojournalist, recording the most important moment in these couples lives. The mere thought of my work hanging on their walls for generations still gives me goosebumps. I want to make a difference in the world with my photographs, just as I am trying to do with these wedding couples.

I wanted to give a special thank you to Father Gerard Devesa and Michelle Soliven ...  for giving me the opportunity to help some of the victims of Typhoon Ondoy and allowing me the chance to capture images that make a difference.

This is Ondoy, the typhoon that ravaged the Philippines for 3 straight days.

As we were rowing to the center of town, I looked in the distance and noticed waves crashing. Eventually, I made out a basketball hoop and realized that the waves were crashing on to an actual basketball court. People were rowing boats throughout the court. These photographs were taken approximately 1 month after Typhoon Ondoy hit as the water levels had yet to decrease to a level which was livable.

I felt like i was reaching each of their hearts with every click.

With a backpack on his back one would automatically think he was going to school but that wasn't the case here.

Two truck loads of relief goods were brought to this village in Laguna, Philippines.

Each family was assigned a number for their relief bag.

To avoid distributing more than one relief bag, fingers were marked with permanent marker to help regulate distribution.

Two of the main organizers, Father Gerard and Michelle Soliven.

Regardless of the gravity of the situation, the kids always brought smiles to everyone's faces.

So many emotions were racing through my mind when seeing these kids.

Temporary shelter and housing for the community provided by the International Rotary Club.

One of the children of Laguna wearing the bandana I gave him.

These photographs do not do each and every man, woman, and child here justice...  They were all beautiful beyond any words or photograph could describe.

Despite the calamity of Typhoon Ondoy, the Filipino people still remained positive. From poverty to mudslides, starvation to typhoons, they still planted a smile on their faces knowing God was there to help guide them through it all.