meet the cotton candy team


Jeff M. Lewis (CEO, right) earned his Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from UCLA in 2014. He is the founder of landESCAPEphotography and the former president of the 1200-member Photography Club at UCLA, and his work has been showcased in Adobe's global advertising campaigns and the covers of official UCLA publications. Jeff's photography is unique in its fusion of art and science. He analyzes meteorology data to bypass the biggest problem in outdoor photography, by forecasting when and where he needs to be to catch the best light. Jeff provides the meteorology insight that makes Escaype scientifically sound. He also sleeps with 400 stuffed animals at home and cooks a mean pasta bake. 


Tung X. Dao (CTO, left) earned his Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA in 2011, then went on to earn his Master's in Aerospace Engineering at San Jose State University in 2013. He has provided services for NASA, among others. Tung is a studio photographer and spends much of his free time coding and coming up with innovative solutions to technological problems. Tung is the mastermind behind the Escaype code. He also grows ghost peppers in his backyard and eats them whole. 


Now, put those two together, and what do you get? Lots of knee-slapper jokes, for sure. And freakishly accurate sunset and weather forecasts. 


PSST. Think you have what it takes to join our team? We are always looking for photographically-oriented, technologically-talented minds who are looking for a fun, exciting side project that will teach you everything you need to know about sky forecasting. For more information, shoot us a message with your contact information and a haiku that will knock us out of our chairs. (Yes, the haiku is mandatory.)


P.S. We just HAVE to give a massive shout-out to our Escaype Rockstars, who have not only been our primary local testers, but they have been instrumental in the development of Escaype and have become our lifelong friends and shooting buddies. They are Tarun Kottary, Sam Post, Matt Walker, Nick Steinberg, Steve (Birdo) Guisinger, Michael Shainblum, and Yan Larsen. We could not have done any of this without you. (Especially you, Tarun.)

Huge thanks are also overdue to Rami Jabaji, Leigh Anne Langman, and Jojo Butingan

All of these people are incredible artists with breathtaking portfolios; make sure to check out their work and follow them on social media.


Special thanks to our board of shareholders. We're pretty sure we have the best shareholders in the world. Shop small. Shop local. 

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