In case you’re wondering, the word on the street is true: senior year is by far the most candid, wholesome, and spontaneous year of them all. It’s been crazy. As a photographer, I’ve been trying to capture its essence through various photos and video clips (ignoring aesthetics for the most part AH). I intend to make an entire video at the end of the year, but here are seven shots that really sum up summer to now. Enjoy!

1. me n my dog :’)

taken by my sister when we went on a brief vaca to coronado beach, san diego


2. chinatown

explored sf chinatown with some friends from Stanford Summer Session. someone brought a black and white disposable camera so yes, this was shot on film :)


3. a ball ?

as a tournament of roses student ambassador, i got free tickets to the royal ball! i decided to take one of my good friends and uh let’s just say IN THE END (sorry for the extreme vagueness), things didn’t end well :’) but at the moment, it was a good time.

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for ASB we had to chalk the whole school for spirit day! in light of the word “massive” that my friends and i exploited, i decided to make our mark for one last time.


5. hello we are unit 3…



6. jumping into second semester like…

we’re so done HAHA


7. meet B the Beta fish

for ASB secret santa I asked for a fish and believe it or not, i got a fish :-) thank you stephen <3


merry almost christmas!

A Calling from Calder

Alexander Calder's work is



yet beyond




"To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect."


i wish my life was like a Calder sculpture. 


Portraits are really cool. 

Recently, I've been really into shooting portraits. In fact, this past week, I went to SF with a few friends and I had the opportunity to shoot a few. Soooooo, I thought I'd like to share some of the photos and inspiration here :-)

To be honest, I used to dislike portraits because I felt that they were a little too staged. At that time, I mainly shot candids and non-human objects/places, so I wasn't used to the idea of staging photos . But after watching a few videos and seeing a lot of great work on VSCO, I decided to give it a try. What really turned me was the power that portraits have- they tell stories in a visual form. One's portrait can say a lot about them, and I would love to be a part of that storytelling process.


The video that changed me - 

If you like what you see, you can find more of my portraits on my VSCO page and favorite portraits/images in general on my VSCO collection

If you'd like me to collaborate on some portraits, feel free to contact me via my contact page


Have a nice summer :-)


Hi! It's been such a long time since my first post, that now it's already summer! So what am I planning to do this summer, you ask? Well,,,, 

1. TOMORROW I will be traveling to Costa Rica with my symphony orchestra! As you probably know, any opportunity to travel means an opportunity to take a lot of photos (can't wait!)

2. In two weeks, I will be heading to Stanford University for High School Summer College, which means I will be living up north for the rest of summer! I know it's going to be pretty different from SoCal, nevertheless, I'm really looking forward to it. 

3. Cool VSCO things... stay tuned.

SO YEAH even though I have A TON of school work to do this summer (ahhhhh AP English reading + SAT Prep + Stanford work), I am going to try my best to keep creating! I definitely want to improve in my photography, videography, and design by the end of this summer. 

I have no idea how many people read my blog, but....




have an artful summer! 

- lifedoings 


P.S. Check out the link below to see my work on The Cut!



Hi! I'm Ella. I've had this website for almost a year now, and I feel that now is a good time to begin my blog! I'm not quite sure how to blog or what to blog about, but I can assure you my posts will be fascinating! In the meantime, you can view my work on this website or on some social media platforms:

Instagram: @lifedoings

VSCO: ellamcho

SoundCloud: @echowhat