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Botanist (noun):

An expert in or student of the scientific study of plants.

Hi guys,

This is Christian – Keeli’s boyfriend/photographer and I finally got around to being a guest blogger again. Check out my last blog where I discuss my love for film photography here.

Currently, I am a PhD student studying plant physiology at UCLA, so most of my work is done on a lab bench, a greenhouse and on occasion, the field to collect different plant samples. Grad school can be pretty difficult, but I enjoy what I do so it makes it easier to accomplish personal goals while being a full time student.

Since school takes up so much time, I don’t get the chance to take as many pictures as I used to. But, whenever I’m in the field I try to capture as many images as I can with my phone. It’s a bit much to travel with my camera since I already have my work equipment.

Some of my favorite research field trips are below. 

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Ensenada, Baja California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Central Valley, California

Whenever I do have free time to shoot, I’m not always motivated to drive around LA to find places since it’s such a big city. Unlike when I lived in Virginia or North Carolina, where it was easy to travel around those states by myself, in LA driving anywhere is a process, people everywhere, and the parking situation is a completely different beast.

Being in a long distance relationship has also made it difficult to get out and shoot. When Keeli comes to visit, it’s a lot easier to move around the city to take pictures. We usually have a plan that isn’t always predictable, which makes each shoot unique. It also eases my nerves knowing I’ll have a solid friend to double check street signs, because I DO NOT want my car towed or a parking ticket.

Even though I prefer to capture the life of plants, I like photographing Keeli because it’s fun to have someone that’s just as eager to shoot and is comfortable in front of the camera and spontaneous explorations. 

Peep some of my favorite shots from Keeli's last visit (p.s. she doesn't shy away from directing shoots -- even when it isn't her own).

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"At the end of the day if you have something that you love to do you will make time for it no matter how busy you are." - Christian H. 

edited by @joshuaperrin_ 

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