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.

Kalina Yang
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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

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: 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

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, & 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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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

Portrait Session: Kaozong Thao

I got to work with the beautiful Kaozong Thao again!! YAY!!! Instead of being in freezing weather, we got to enjoy the heat in the summer this time and it was lots of fun. She's so incredibly flawless and beautiful, it makes photographing such a breeze. 

This was a closed portrait session, it was pretty much just me and her walking and talking while stopping every few steps to snap a few photos. It felt so nice and relaxing after doing so many large(ish) collaborations that includes MUA, Assistant & Model. Not that I don't love that, I do, the crew makes it so easy to prepare for the next look but this shoot was pretty much taking a breather from that process and going back into my roots: just me and the model and making things work.

 Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang&nbsp;

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

So one of my buddies suggested I use my primes again. I don't exactly dislike them, my 24-70mm just gives me the ability to shoot portraits and wide without having to bother with changing lens. Super useful go-to lens whenever I'm shooting fine arts or weddings. Going with his suggestion, I shot this whole session with my 85mm and I'm super glad I did. The photos all turned out so beautifully!! I'm super in love with this whole session, scroll down to see more from this shoot.

 Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang&nbsp;

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

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Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

CONNECT

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

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

Speed Retouching

Hello everyone,

I know it's been awhile since I last updated this lovely blog but I'm currently crammed with homework and work. I did, however, make a video update on my youtube account which you can see below. It's a super speeded up process of how I do my basic editing but I just wanted to showcase that once you get the image right, lighting, make up, hair and all that sort, there's only a little more to add on for the final results.

For some reason when anyone reads or hears you mention retouching, they automatically think that you change body proportions. You don't, well I don't at least. I do my best to stay true to BODY PROPORTIONS and that's because I, myself, struggle with my own body type. Why would I put anyone through that too? Anyways, I love retouching for my own personal reasons, just putting this out there that when I do retouching, I get rid of acne and color discoloration as you will see in the video. Then I also love adding volume to my volume-less hair. 

Thank you for checking back with this blog. I promise I'll do better to update after I finish my semester. For now, check my updates (if you want to) through instagram.

Winter Wonderland Glam

I absolutely love working with Joylin. We usually shoot together once a year but this year, it happened twice! We started in studio first as I am learning and experimenting more with studio photography. I wanted to end 2016 shooting differently than the usual so during the christmas haul, I went a little crazy with wrapping paper to use as the backdrops.

The wrapping paper worked beautifully although there are slight changes I would make for my next shoot with wrapper paper. Joylin worked her poses so beautifully, I had so much fun shooting away as we caught up on life. Towards the end of the shoot, we mentioned going outside, slightly cautious of the weather but she was all up for it. Which was great because I absolutely love Joylin with nature. 

Check out Joylin because she's beautiful and amazing and then scroll down to see more from this shoot.

Snow & Fur

SIDE NOTE: I'm a little behind on blog updates only because I had so many shoots within a certain time period so now i'm trying to catch up.

Another winter break photoshoot with the lovely Kaozong. The weather was freezing but at least it was the better day of weather compared to the rest of the week. I was lucky enough to have three assistants to make sure that I had everything together and also get a behind the scenes video. We spent a good 30 minutes shooting until it got too cold to do anything else. So thankful to have such a brave first time model who wasn't layered up much but still braved the cold weather. 

MODEL
Kaozong Thao
http://instagram.com/kaaaoozzzong

ASSISTANTS
Victoria Vang
http://instagram.com/wtoriadraws

Ericka Vang
http://instagram.com/pabgha

Sheng Yang
http://instagram.com/genrenormal

DETAILS
Pearls from Target
Fur from JoAnn
Smoke grenade from Genola Co.
Dress donated to me by photographer friend Lee Vue
http://instagram.com/lumie

Creative Shoot with Xiomara

A few weeks ago, I posted on my social media letting people know that I'm always up for a collaboration. A few days after that post, Xiomara personally contacted me to work together. For her first time modeling, Xiomara did an amazing job. She was super upbeat and bright, I absolutely loved working with her!

Model: Xiomara
IG @ yenefyxiomara

Assistant: Sheng
IG @ genrenormal

Photography IG @ maivabphotography
BTS & Personal IG @ maivab

My assistant and I worked on creating her look and played around with her hair with the items that I had available. She brought her dresses for us to play around with. This was a great first time shoot with her as we eased her from simple portraiture to more dramatic and extravagant looks.

To create the metallic look, I covered her with basically one metallic silver eyeshadow that was part of my metallic colored palette. The crown is a creation a did a few months ago using wire, hot glue and silver spray. The earring, I grabbed from my sister's store Hmong ABC. The pearl necklace I found in the party section at target.