Rally for the Arandas!

Carlo and Ruth are two incredible people who spread creative energy, joy and compassion wherever they go. As professional photographers, they've captured moments of love for countless families. As the resident goofballs of San Diego's climbing and yoga community, they've turned gym and crag sessions into hilarious memories.

The weekend of January 5, Carlo and Ruth traveled to San Francisco to shoot a wedding when their rental car was broken into. Everything was stolen, including all their photo gear and luggage—altogether worth $14,000. Their gear included multiple Canon cameras, Sigma lenses, their Apple Macbook Pro, a Mamiya 7, professional cases, backpacks and accessories as well as their clothing and personal items (even Ruth's journal!). This collection of gear had been slowly acquired and saved up for with years of hard work and dedication, and is nearly everything Carlo uses to make a living as a full-time photographer.

Let's help the Arandas recover from this devastating loss! 

It's critical that we help these amazing humans start rebuilding their gear arsenal ASAP.

Know the feeling of being stolen from? Give a few dollars to the Arandas, plus the proverbial middle finger to every petty thief who has ever broken into a car, home or gym locker to turn a profit on somebody else's life's work.

If you're a creative, outdoors-lover, San Diegan, yogi, climber, Bixby Aranda fan or individual who has been impacted by Carlo and Ruth—whether through photography or in another one of their many circles of friends—let's come together in giving! If everyone gave a few dollars, think of how fast we could help the Arandas put this ordeal behind them!


(Top left: Ruth, Carlo and Bixby; Clockwise: Photos Ruth and Carlo have taken over the years as photographers; Main photo credit: Leo Cabal)

Donations ()

  • Ariana Kim 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • David Wilson 
    • $25 
    • 28 mos
  • Meg Lemmo 
    • $35 
    • 28 mos
  • Michelle Healan 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
  • Hillary Richards 
    • $100 
    • 28 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Margaret Chiu 
Organizer
San Diego, CA
Ruth Aranda 
Beneficiary
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