Monterey Bay Aquarium by Ella C.

Hello friends! 

Stanford High School Summer College is about halfway through, so I thought I would check in with this brief blog post! 

So far, I'm really enjoying HSSC. I've met so many people and learned so many things in just four weeks- I'm really looking forward to what I'll experience in the latter half of this program! Out of the many perks of this program, one that I enjoy the most is the field trips. Every weekend, students are offered a chance to go on a field trip to a local attraction/tourist site. This is a great benefit because most of the students, including myself, are not from the area. Thus, this is a great opportunity to take a break from studying and explore the Bay Area! 

A few weekends ago, I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a field trip. It was a beautiful place and probably one of the best aquariums I have ever visited. It was quite large and took about 2 hours to explore. It was really neat to see all of the sea creatures that I marveled over when I was a kid. Below are some photos I took of the bay and some marine life as well. 


Stay tuned for more field trip photos 


Be sure to check out the tags #StanfordSummer2017 and #StanfordHSSC2017 for content on the program itself! 

Portraits by Ella C.

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 :-)

Summer by Ella C.

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!


Hello! by Ella C.

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