Home D.I.Y. "Studio"

A year ago when I moved from my brother’s to my sister’s house, I had to find new ways to photograph myself without my trusty bathroom (since the bathroom at my sister’s is smaller). During this time, I’ve kept a wall blank in order to use it for full portraits and while that was fun, there was some problems that came along: my mom staying in the same room during her surgery which required another bed in my room which took up my blank wall and now a corner that I used to keep readily available is covered with a shelf to help me organize all my arts and crafts.

Backdrop: Glitter Wrapping Paper & Red Cellophane Dress: Target Earrings & Rings: Forever 21

Backdrop: Glitter Wrapping Paper & Red Cellophane
Dress: Target
Earrings & Rings: Forever 21

My self portraits are going to be a forever thing for me I feel, even when I’m old and cringey looking and they’re going to forever evolve and change as I have/will. So because my walls ended up being all covered, I had to get a little more creative.

Ultimately, my D.I.Y. studio has become my new favorite thing to do. In the image above, I taped my sparkling glittering christmas themed wrapping paper on my dresser: It’s wide enough to take a headshot with. Then I taped the red cellophane onto the top of the dresser, just a little further from the glitter material, so i could play around without worrying about it falling on me.

These are my favorite moments, when i’m testing myself on how creative I can be in a space that isn’t ideal. I wish I could say I have my own studio space but I don’t. So I make do with what I have.

Backdrop: Wrapping paper from Dollar Tree Earring: Shop Miss A Jacket: Hand me down from my sisters Skirt/Dress: Pivoine LLC

Backdrop: Wrapping paper from Dollar Tree
Earring: Shop Miss A
Jacket: Hand me down from my sisters
Skirt/Dress: Pivoine LLC

Fast forward six months later and I’m completely in love with this set up for myself. I would probably find a blank wall to tape my wrapping paper onto for client/model shoots but as for now, I love this. I got smarter this second time around and was able to transport my mirror closer, therefore giving me easier access to see my posture.

** I PHOTOGRAPH ALL MY SELF PORTRAITS WITH NATURAL LIGHT OR LEDs

Random fun fact because I haven’t updated since Jan: I wanted to be a hairstylist and nail technician when I was a little girl (along with vet and robotics programmer), you may say I was obsessed. I stopped towards freshman year of high school when my older sister and mom told me that it wasn’t realistic and threw all my passion into Photoshop.

Happy New Year Giveaway

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be updating the site with more of my wedding photography and event photography since I’ve been getting so many requests and I occasionally do both. Also, to celebrate the wonderful opportunities I’ve received and the lovely fan base growing, I’m also doing a giveaway. One thing I wanted to do more of for 2019 is artistically photograph 2+. I’ve had the opportunities of photographing 3+ models but I wanted to focus on 2 individuals and master that first before I move on to larger group settings and the main goal is to do something artistic with this giveaway.

2019 Giveaway

In case you’re interested, deadline is January 11th. I will be announcing the winner on January 12th.

RULES:

1. Follow @maivabphotography on IG &/or FB
2. Tag a friend who’d you like to have a shoot with, each tag counts as an additional entry

Note: Photoshoot scheduling will only be considered from the announcement of winner until the end of July and both of you must be able to travel to MN for the shoot.

Also I know the photo are girls, but this goes for both guys and girls 😂

Please go comment on my FB or IG post.

Next, I have also started an magazine focusing on promoting minority underground artists. I’m super super excited about it as I have an amazing team behind me helping me make my vision come true. If you’re an artist and you’re interested in getting featured, PLEASE don’t hesitate to submit your work!!!

Check it out: C.AIM Magazine

Thank you all so much for the wonderful opportunities in 2018, I’m excited for what’s to come forth for 2019.

UPDATE: Winner from IG @haiz_02

Thank you for everyone who entered!!!

Step Rockets

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!! I’m a little late with blog posts but I promise I have a bunch of drafts I just need to work on before posting them online.

This year has been the year of working with talented musicians and singers. I love these sessions only because I get my own private show of their talent, directed at my camera = directed at me = feeling all the love and feeling like I’m one of those private photographers for concerts (Still waiting for that to happen).

Check them out on https://www.steprockets.com/ & Instagram!!

[L-R] Brady, Joshua and Johnny.

[L-R] Brady, Joshua and Johnny.

I’m very thankful for my friend Lee Vue for connecting me with them. I had such a blast working with Step Rockets: Brady, Joshua and Johnny. They’re each so different too so to see how balanced they are with each other despite their different personalties was fun to watch.

Joshua

Joshua

Brady

Brady

Johnny

Johnny

As you may notice, we had a lot of fun with Projections and Gels, which is something I love to shoot.

Keep an eye out for all their updates and the photos from this shoot!! :)

Collective Vibe Collaboration

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I would like to join Collective Vibe on their 6 photographers photograph 1 model. Fast forward a few weeks later and we made it happen. Below are the final selection that we made, we had 2 hours to go through the whole shoot and figure out which one shot we wanted to show for votes.

Look 1 - Avina Yang

Look 1 - Avina Yang

Look 2 - Kalina Yang

Look 2 - Kalina Yang

Look 3 - Kalina Yang

Look 3 - Kalina Yang

Look 4 - Avina Yang

Look 4 - Avina Yang

This was a super fun experience, I felt honored to be asked to be one of the guest photographers for this challenge. Shooting for 5 minutes per look did give me a little anxiety attack. I don’t like shooting under the pressure of time crunch but it was a nice challenge and I enjoyed the challenge. Thank you all for your amazing skills for making this happen!!

These two amazing girls are also sisters!!

These two amazing girls are also sisters!!

Photographers

Models

  • Avina Yang | IG

  • Kalina Yang | IG

Stylist: Nurrixa | IG

Hair: Megan Vargas | IG | http://meganvargas.com/

Make Up: Heather Trachsel | IG | https://www.heathertrachsel.com/

& because there’s way more shots that I loved during the shoot, below are more from the 5 minutes of shooting with each look. Thank you ladies for being so easy to photograph!!! They seriously made photographing for 5 minutes a breeze.

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Celestial Moon Goddess

Hello everyone!!! I know this is a long overdue post but I was reminded of this shoot I did with the super talented ladies: Vanessa Lawson, Brianna Violet, and Victoria Vang. So long story short, I had this amazing shoot with these ladies but we weren't able to post any of them up because I got them accepted into Salyse Magazine. The wait was long....a bit too long that I forgot about them as I continued shooting more projects.

Now you'll get to see more of the photos from the session and there's also a link provided below to view the magazine since we had the honors of being FRONT COVER TOO!!!

Published in  SALYSÉ Magazine  | Vol 4: No 42 | May 2018  Model  Vanessa Lawson  MUA  Brianna Violet  Glitter from  The-Gypsy-Shrine  Assistant  Victoria Vang   GRAB YOUR OWN COPY HERE:  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1474685

Published in SALYSÉ Magazine | Vol 4: No 42 | May 2018

Model Vanessa Lawson
MUA Brianna Violet
Glitter from The-Gypsy-Shrine
Assistant Victoria Vang

GRAB YOUR OWN COPY HERE: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1474685

I am sooooo incredibly proud of these ladies!! Vanessa Lawson started her own business, launching her fashion line: Porte Celestial. Brianna Violet seems to be painting the world of make up and I'm in love with every new creation she does! You can check her work at Breezy Makeup Art. Victoria is my amazing graphic designer of a sister who's been doing hand crafted mixed media and doodles, you can check her work on her website

Without further ado, more photos from the session.

Spring Montana Road Trip

This has somehow become a half-yearly ritual. To go with our friend Yeej to his hometown in Missoula Montana. This time, we had a large group of Filmmakers, Photographers and Actor/ess and was able to craft and create to our heart's content. We also spent a lot of time exploring, showing the friends who haven't been there the places we visited last time.

Pachia overlooking the scenic spot that shows all of Missoula.

Pachia overlooking the scenic spot that shows all of Missoula.

I'm very thankful to the friends who helped me handle my anxiety during this time. I wasn't expecting myself to go through what I went through and I probably surprised them too. This trip was meant to allow myself to relax and create....which I kind of did. More creating than relaxing. 

Glacier National Park, Pachia to the right.

Glacier National Park, Pachia to the right.

Every time we've been to Glacier National Park, we could only see 1-2 spots....it's been super heartbreaking but that's ok! Hopefully the next time we come we'll get to see more and maybe even go camping.

So my main muse this trip is the beautiful and talented Pachia Vang. She was so incredible during this whole trip and I'm so thankful that she decided to come along with us. She is not only the model for a majority of my photos, she's also an upcoming actress who's so insanely talented!! But here are a few of the photos of her during the trip.

The first few photos of Pachia are from a pitstop that we randomly found because we really loved the sunset and wanted to capture it with the reflection. It's an nature sanctuary and if I've learned anything, I absolutely love photographing in nature sanctuaries. The second group of photos are at Yeej's parent's garden. I love greenhouses and they put one up!! So I got really excited and pretty much just made Pachia get dressed really quickly so we could shoot.

I got really lucky this round and was able to photograph the guys too. Specifically our buddy Sijhawm who I didn't realize how big of a fan he was to my work until this trip. So of course, we had our own mini session. 

Then there's also the whole gang

NYC for Tribeca Film Festival 2018

I'm a little late with this post but back in April, I spent a wonderful 4 day weekend in NYC with my sister and buddies to celebrate NICE's premiere at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. 

NICE
Director Andrew, Writer and Actor Naomi, and Producer Carolyn at Tribeca Film Festival.

Director Andrew, Writer and Actor Naomi, and Producer Carolyn at Tribeca Film Festival.

NICE, if you haven't heard of it, is a new potential series about Teddy, a black sheep of her conservative Korean-American family dealing with the unexpected return of cancer. It’s created by and stars Naomi Ko, who made a brief but memorable appearance in 2014’s Dear White People. (Directed by Andrew Ahn; April 23) (SUMMARY FROM ETONLINE).

I was able to go behind the scenes to meet all the stars and celebrities since I had photographer's access thanks to Naomi, Andrew and Carolyn. It was such a surreal experience and I felt so noob with all the gears that the pros were using but I got the job done. I met a lot of amazing people at the after party and had lots of fun (thanks to everyone who took care of me). This was such an amazing event in which I feel so honored to be a part of. 

Of course, while in NYC, we explored and I had a few spontaneous sessions. Thanks to all the guys who allowed me to put them through the randomness that inspired me at that moment.

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Randy

Michael's Challenge

 

I was super excited as soon as I found out that Michael's was challenging creatives to pretty much go into their shop and do what we've always dreamed of doing: photographing inside their store. Who wouldn't take advantage of this challenge?!?! I certainly did - although they announced it right before I got sick so I had to wait a few weeks before I actually finally did anything about it.

Thank you to the lovely model Houa Vang who reached out to me prior to my health for a shoot, I ended up asking to shoot with her for this. She was so lovely to work with and did a super job! Thank you to my awesome sister Victoria Vang for recording footages for me as always. I was able to keep a memory of this awesome day because of her. Check below for the behind the scenes as to how I shot these with no reflector or other source of lighting besides using the light that was given to me.

CONNECT

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Model: Houa Vang
IG @lovehouav

Assistant/Video: Victoria Vang
https://www.victoriakabvang.com/
IG @wtoriadraws

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Collab: Pretty Rock Girl Collection

Three years of being in love with her creations, I finally got a collaboration to happen between us. Pretty Rock Girl Collection has been on my radar for awhile now, I just love her pieces and they're amazing and glam with an edge - which I love! Check her creations out if you haven't yet!!

www.prettyrockgirlcollection.com

I got super lucky and was able to get the amazing Jennifer Chang to model the pieces for me too. Check her out, it took me a year of following her in IG to finally tell myself to just reach out but then she reached out to me first!! She's super awesome, I wish I had reached out to her earlier but it's ok cause we gonna work together again ;)

Special thanks to my sister Victoria for capturing all the footages for me (there's a reason why I've been lacking videos lately - my go-to assistant was too busy to follow me to shoots). She's also an amazing artist so go check out her work too!

Check out the video for behind the scenes and scroll past for more photos from the photoshoot. 

CONNECT

Pretty Rock Girl Collection by Zong Xiong
www.prettyrockgirlcollection.com

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Model: Jennifer Chang
IG @therealjchang 
Youtube Jenniferchang

Assistant/Video: Victoria Vang
https://www.victoriakabvang.com/
IG @wtoriadraws

 

Collab: Ramadhan Designs

I fell in love with Rammy Mohamed's designs after spotting them on IG. Finding out that she is a local MN artist, I knew I had to work with her.

Special thanks to Joylin for modeling for us & In Progress for allowing us to use the space. I also made a quick behind the scenes video from the shoot so check it out! 

I loved all the photos from the shoot so narrowing them down to edit was super hard for me. Check below for some of my favorite final products from the shoot.

CONNECT

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Fashion Designer: Rammy Mohamed
IG @ramadhan_designs

Model: Joylin Munro
IG @joylinmunro

Collab: Nahly Vue Photography

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Nahly Vue Photography who is a beginning photographer. Although she has recently started, she has already started gaining traction from her work and her ability to network so definitely check her out as she is going places :)

Nahly fixing Kaozong's hair

Nahly fixing Kaozong's hair

Thank you to the beautiful Kaozong Thao for modeling for us and freezing yet again!!

I also created a really quick video from behind the scenes that I recorded as Nahly was shooting and the images shown are the ones I took since I wasn't able to videograph myself shooting. I'll also be posting my part of the photographs below.

CONNECT

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Photographer: Nahly Vue
IG @nalyvuephotography

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

Hmong ABC
www.hmongabc.com

Korea Trip!!

If you have been keeping track of me through my social network: IG & FB....you will know that I spent Christmas in Korea. Just so happen to be a few days after my birthday too so I re-celebrated my birthday in Korea with some friends there too. 

It took me awhile to finish this post because my hard drive (with all my photos from Korea) crashed TT_TT it was a month of mourning for me basically and going crazy with backing up all my shoots from my other hard drives too. But now that I've gone through all of that, I can go back and reflect on my beautiful trip to Korea.

Exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace Photo by Manivanh

Exploring Gyeongbokgung Palace
Photo by Manivanh

The first two nights in korea was me, being completely jetlagged and waking up at 6am to knock out at 4pm. Also, shopping drains the heck out of me and my best friend and I spent the first two days in Korea shopping. We met up with my friend Paker (teaches english in Korea, I knew her from camp menogyn back home) and her friends to celebrate my birthday - Korean style. This day was the one day I stayed up until 4am and knocked the jetlag out of my system.

Me & Paker

Me & Paker

Celebrating my 26th birthday in Korea with friends. Photo by Mina Choi

Celebrating my 26th birthday in Korea with friends.
Photo by Mina Choi

They taught us about Korean Rounds (Korean RESTAURANT ROUNDS - I was full by the first round already = fail) which we had KBBQ, it was soooo gooood. Which is how I was full by the first round already. Second round was at the Chicken and Beer restaurant (photo above) which is where they surprised me with a birthday cake and everything then took us to karaoke. We ate really good when we hung out with them making the last couple of days really sad for us.

I love street food in Korea, it is cheap and delicious and I miss it the most now that I'm back home. We mainly hung out in the touristy areas so we got through by speaking english and a little bit of Korean. Korean food is amazing, I love it. I wish we had better Korean food here in Minnesota. 

Street Food, cooking fresh seafood in front of us <3 

Street Food, cooking fresh seafood in front of us <3 

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Now, onwards to the biggest highlight of the trip for me. Gyeongbokgung Palace....is my favorite palace, only because it was the palace I ran around wearing a Hanbok and fulfilled the historial k-drama lover in me. I was the biggest kid there that day....and if I wasn't, I wasn't paying attention to anyone else except taking in the experience and loving every moment of it. To make matters even more interesting, I was also doing a photoshoot of Eric (Paker's friend) who was willing to model for me in exchange for being our translator and taking us around Korea to explore (though Paker was more of the GPS than Eric was, he did a great job as translator though). As I was unable to pull off self portraits, I had Paker take the photos of me instead.

SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FRIEND PAKER WHO WORKED MY CAMERA FOR ME!!!

SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FRIEND PAKER WHO WORKED MY CAMERA FOR ME!!!

Of course I wouldn't be the only one to get a photoshoot. I was also able to exchange my photo skills for some models & tour guides. Thank you to Mina & Eric for letting me photograph you two in exchange for taking us around Korea. You guys are awesome!!

Model: Eric

Model: Eric

Model: Mina Choi

Model: Mina Choi

My two amazing assistants and travel buddies: Manivanh &amp; Paker

My two amazing assistants and travel buddies: Manivanh & Paker

This was the first time I traveled without family and although I love family, I also loved being able to make my own choices and decisions. I did hesitate a lot because I wasn't sure what was the best thing to do culturally in Korea but because my bestie is the best :D she made sure to let me know if I was being weird....which is normal for me :P

Special thanks to Paker, Eric, Mina, Paul, Evee, Zero-One, Michael, and everyone else who made time to hang out with Manivanh and I during our trip to Korea!!! Thank you Manivanh for pretty much taking charge of everything cause let's be honest, I would've gotten lost in Korea without you.

Partnership with 6th Borough Boutique

6th Borough Boutique reached out to be in December to do a partnership and I happily went along with it because I've never done a partnership together. It was super fun and I loved the pieces that I got from them. So basically the partnership was to photograph their jewelry pieces that they sent to me which just gave me more excuses to put together shoots.

My first official shoot of the year was showcasing their pieces with the beautiful model & blogger Sophia Naly Korm, check out her blog: With Meraki. She totally rocked out the pieces and the outfit and we were so thankful the weather wasn't below freezing.

Model Sophia Naly Jewelry from 6th Borough Boutique Outfit from Amazon

Model Sophia Naly
Jewelry from 6th Borough Boutique
Outfit from Amazon

Model Sophia Naly Jewelry from 6th Borough Boutique Outfit from Amazon

Model Sophia Naly
Jewelry from 6th Borough Boutique
Outfit from Amazon

My second shoot with a necklace from 6th Borough Boutique was with my beautiful niece Skyler. She and I decided to have a little fun shooting by the window in my room since the snow storm was going crazy outside but the natural light that was coming through was beautiful.

Model Skyler Vang Necklace from 6th Borough Boutique

Model Skyler Vang
Necklace from 6th Borough Boutique

Model Skyler Vang Necklace from 6th Borough Boutique

Model Skyler Vang
Necklace from 6th Borough Boutique

My first partnership was super fun and I also got to keep the pieces so I am able to continue working with their pieces. If anyone is interested in a partnership, please do contact me and we can work something out.

Check out their jewelry at http://www.6thboroughboutique.com/ and use code Welcome10 for 20% off your purchase!

CONNECT

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Model: Sophia Naly Korm
IG @xsophianaly

Model: Skyler Vang
IG @skyerlvang

Collab: Linda Vang Photography

Soooo....I'm super behind on updating my blog posts and that's because life has been a whirlwind and kept me busy from everything I had to do. But I'm here, alive and breathing, preparing this blog post for you all.

I had the amazing opportunity to  I got to work with the amazing Photographer Linda Vang and again with Designer Keng Xiong this summer (I had worked with Designer Keng before the Fresh Traditions Show in 2016). I met these two while on a road trip from the US to Canada and it was fun and amazing and a lot of driving and a lot of me getting motion sickness. We stopped in Indiana because a friend of mine had gotten married right before we left and she had moved to Indiana with her husband, so of course, we took the time to spend a week or so with her before heading back home to Minnesota. I honestly don't remember the story of how they met my friend but they were super welcoming and loving to us and after learning that Linda was a photographer and Keng was a designer, we had to connect.

When I got home, Linda and I talked about collaborating for months and then when Keng and I made our collaboration happen, Linda and I knew now it definitely had to happen. So we finally decided on a date and on a whim, started planning.

Collaboration with Linda Vang Photography Model: Keng Xiong of House of Xiong Designs MUA: Moriah Justin Assistants: Yeej Moua, Lee Vue, &amp; Melissa Vang

Collaboration with Linda Vang Photography
Model: Keng Xiong of House of Xiong Designs
MUA: Moriah Justin
Assistants: Yeej Moua, Lee Vue, & Melissa Vang

Planning in the beginning was a mess, as always but we ended up with an awesome team. We had Keng modeling random thrifted outfits as well as her own designs. We knew we would be having a team of photographers/videographers: Keng, me, Melissa, Lee and Yeej. We also got the amazing make up artist Moriah Justin who joined us and completed the magical transformations. I also got transformed since I had wanted to experience it and experiencing it, I did!

The location was recommended by Keng as she has driven by it a few times. Its the abandoned City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. I had my sister Melissa and my buddies Yeej and Lee join us for the shoot as I knew I needed help driving to get there since it would be a seven hour drive. We were pretty burnt out by all the events that had taken place the week before so I was nervous that it would be a waste of time for them. Thankfully, everything seemed to flow nicely as soon as we all started gathering. We also met a lot of other photographers and the church was so much bigger than we had imagined. There were so many nooks and crannies, of course you had to be careful because everything was slightly falling apart but it was super cool to explore the space.

Much props to Linda and Keng for pretty much planning everything. I was pretty dead with all the events was taking place and I had no inspiration whatsoever but since I had already agreed to this shoot, I couldn't miss it since we planned it so many months ahead already. I went in pretty much telling the ladies not to expect too much creativity out of me because I was completely drained and they were such sweethearts. As mentioned, I got to model for Linda and she completely transformed me. I was so nervous that I would ruin her photos as I am a completely different person when someone else takes photos of me (yes, I cannot channel my self portrait poses...) but she did amazing and I was completely awed with the results.

Here are the photos I took from this collaboration.

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CONNECT

Make Up Artist: Moriah Justin
IG @moriahjustin
FB @moriahjustin

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.maivabphotography.com/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Photographer: Linda Her Vang
https://www.lvlovephotography.com/
IG @lvlove
FB @LV Photography

Photographer: Lee Vue
https://www.lumielumie.com/
IG @lumielumie | @lumieweddings

Photographer: Melissa Vang
IG @kazuamvang

Video: Yeej Moua
IG @yeejmoua
Youtube @yeejmoua

 

Below are the shots that Linda got of me as her model.

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New Look

Hello there!!

Thank you for visiting my website!! It has currently gone through a remodel and update. I have successfully updated the website with all my recent shoots and cleared out the old shoots which can all still be seen if you go to my facebook page: maivab or my photography IG @maivabphotography which has pretty much all the shoots I've done if you want to work your way all the way to my beginnings or you can go through the rest of the blog posts to see past posts.

As summer is at an end and fall is coming through, I'd like to thank everyone who worked with me this summer. You guys are the best and will forever hold a place in my heart!! Thank you to all the ladies who allowed me to do crazy stuff to you and designers who allowed me to photograph their pieces. You guys seriously made my summer amazing!!! Thanks to all the guys who I crammed in towards the last few weeks of summer before school started, you guys were so kind and patient with a noob like me. Thank you to all my make up artists & assistants, these shoots wouldn't have been possible if I didn't have you guys to boss around <3 I really hope to work with you all again in the future (so keep an eye out for my random messages)!!!

Since I've accomplished my mini goals that I had set during the summer, I am hoping to start new project which will be focusing on mental health issues. If you know anyone who struggles with depression and anxiety, please send them my way as I want to promote more of the mental health issues in a visual way as I am someone who dealt with depression and still dealing with my own anxieties. 

With that being said, thank you for reading through all of this and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day :)

Portrait Session: Fuechee Thao

I consider this my first official male shoot because it's one that I planned myself and the sole focus was for a male. Fuechee is my nephew in law and I've known him for some years (ever since his sister married my nephew) so I've watched him grow up into the handsome guy he is now. I was super excited when he was up for being my first test subject. 

I've been doing some research on how to pose guys and watching tons of videos and I figured I wanted to focus on the asian men photoshoots - which meant I just focused on a lot of Kpop groups and how they create their look books and video teasers such.

Model: Fuechee Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang

Model: Fuechee Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang

This shoot was for my experimenting purposes so we went into direct sunset for the shoot as well as indoor studio shots since I'm still learning how to 'master' studio photography. Throughout this whole session, Fuechee was so patient and nice!! So very thankful to have him as my first official male model (only saying this because I did photograph John & Julie but that shoot was couple based with some single portraits on the side).

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CONNECT

Model: Fuechee Thao
IG @fuecheethao

Photographer: Katherina Vang
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography

Portrait Session: Julianna Thao

Model: Julianna Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang

Model: Julianna Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang

I've been shooting a lot of big projects lately and I just wanted to rest (I'm suppose to be resting this week) but I also really craved just to do some random shoots instead of planning so much. But my favorite shoots are these simple portrait sessions where it's literally the model and I walking around, getting to know each other and photographing where ever I spot a spot that I want to try shooting.

SO, when Julianna reached out to me through Instagram, I was super excited since I had just finished a family session and was craving a random portrait session and well, fate brought her to me <3 (slightly dramatic, I know). But I had let her know that I'd just like to do a test shoot since I have no real idea what I wanted to do and she was all down for it, which I was so thankful for.

The shoot itself was super fun and Julianna is such an amazing model to work with. She was so damn easy to photograph, I'm super excited to shoot with her again. Since there was no real agenda to the shoot, here are some of my favorite shots. Just talk about her interaction with nature, I absolutely loved the vibe she was throwing out.

CONNECT

Model: Julianna Thao
Agency: Wehmann and Moore Creative
IG @juliannathao14

Photographer: Katherina Vang
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography