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. 

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.


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.


Photographer: Katherina Vang
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Photographer: Nahly Vue
IG @nalyvuephotography

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

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