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.

Kalina Yang
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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.

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

Collab: Houa Vang & Oskar Ly

ONE OF MY CHILDHOOD DREAMS CAME TRUE

I'm not even joking around. Houa Vang is one of my biggest inspiration, I found her work back in middle school and I've been looking up to her since. You see my self portraits, yes....inspired by her and a little push from my teachers and friends, I started creating my own. So getting to collaborate with her was a freaking dream come true and I absolutely loved hanging out with her.

To make it even more extravagant, we were able to connect with Designer Oskar Ly on photographing her beautiful pieces. I literally just started asking designers if I could collaborate with them this summer and Oskar is a pretty huge deal (to me) as I've seen her as an artist and curator and all the above. Having her allow me to photograph her pieces with a huge team was a dream come true.

So let's start with behind the scenes because I also loved that I got to photograph Houa in her zone too. We had the beautiful Sophia Korm as our model, the amazing Mai Vue as our make up & hair stylist, we got lucky to have so many assistants: Yeej Moua, Touchaingkong Yang, & Houa's little brother.

This was the first shoot that I had artificial lighting as my main light source. I was super nervous that the images wouldn't turn out well but thankfully they did and I love how the images came out. Sophia is such a strong, confident and fierce individual, she totally completed the whole look.

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling Model: Sophia Korm MUA & Hair: Mai Vue Photographer: Katherina Vang Assistant: Houa's Brother

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling
Model: Sophia Korm
MUA & Hair: Mai Vue
Photographer: Katherina Vang
Assistant: Houa's Brother

Our team was amazing!! Mai did such an amazing job with hair and makeup, Sophia totally rocked each outfit and the guys helped out so much. 

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling Model: Sophia Korm MUA & Hair: Mai Vue Photographer: Katherina Vang

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling
Model: Sophia Korm
MUA & Hair: Mai Vue
Photographer: Katherina Vang

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling Model: Sophia Korm MUA & Hair: Mai Vue Photographer: Katherina Vang

Designer: Oskar Ly of Os.Couture & Styling
Model: Sophia Korm
MUA & Hair: Mai Vue
Photographer: Katherina Vang

CONNECT

Photographer | Houa Vang
http://www.houavangphotography.com/
IG @houavangphotography

Photographer | Katherina Vang
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography

Designer | Oskar Ly
https://www.oskarlyart.com/
IG @oskarlyfe

Model | Sophia Korm
https://with-meraki.com/
IG @xsophianaly

MUA & Hair | Mai Vue
IG @mai.stylee

Videographer | Touchaingkong Yang
IG @teeseekay

Assistant | Yeej Moua
IG @yeejmoua
 

Collab: Melissa Moua & Savannah Phoukatam

This was one of the most fun session I've ever had hands down. The ladies and I connected so well, we spent most of the shoot just talking and laughing. I met the beautiful Melissa Moua during work time at In Progress, she was one of the artist I taught for a few hours on photoshop and then I met her again during the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival. I reached out to Savannah on Instagram when she liked and commented on the shoot with Lucy & Stacey. A little about these beautiful ladies:

Melissa Moua is a Filmmaker based in Minnesota, she currently won Best Cinematography Award for her short, "Memories". You can find her on instagram: @melissamoua

Savannah Phoukatam is a Make Up Artist who just moved from Boston to Minnesota. I was very excited as she reached out to me to work together - we slightly had fan girl moments when we contacted each other to work and she is so damn amazing, you guys don't want to miss this talented soul! She's looking for collaborations so feel free to reach out to her! Check her out on Instagram: @savanahtsang

Model: Melissa Moua MUA: Savanah Tsang Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

Model: Melissa Moua
MUA: Savanah Tsang
Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

As this was the first time Melissa would be modeling, I wanted to easer her in so we had three different looks. The second look, I wanted to try something completely different from the vibe her instagram gave off and I'd like to think she pulled it off beautifully. The last one was just a little bonus round that we had lots of fun putting random things together. 

Model: Melissa Moua MUA: Savanah Tsang Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

Model: Melissa Moua
MUA: Savanah Tsang
Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

I have to say Savanah is freaking amazing and so easy going. I don't work with many make up artists as she was one of the first artists to reach out to me and get super excited to work with me so seeing her in action working her magic was super....let's just say I fan-girled quite a bit during this session. 

Model: Melissa Moua MUA: Savanah Tsang Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

Model: Melissa Moua
MUA: Savanah Tsang
Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang

The team was great!! Special thanks to Touchaingkong Yang for dealing with my lighting needs. He totally worked all the lights pretty much as we ladies spazzed our hearts out, best assistant ever!! 

So during the shoot, I was so completely into photographing that I forgot to take behind the scenes photos and I had my assistant helping me out the whole time with set up. So instead, here is the MAKE UP PROCESS - not a make up tutorial just to clarify - just the process of how the amazing Savanah does what she does and then the photos from her beautiful work. Also, sorry for the music, I haven't worked the audio through youtube before so it ends and doesn't come back....video noob here.

Connect

Photographer: Kat/Maivab
Personal/BTS IG @maivab
Photography IG @maivabphotography

Model: Melissa Moua
IG @melissamoua

MUA: Savanah Tsang
IG @savanahtsang

Assistant: Touchaingkong Yang
IG @teeseekay

Collab: Stacey Moua Photography

We first reached out to each other when Stacey posted up a need for editing help a year back or so and I reached out to her first through messenger since the post got a bit spammed and I lost track of the questions. Fast forward, my friend Cha told me that I should meet up with Stacey in person because Stacey is amazingly cool and lots more of other facts that finally pushed me to contact her.

The first time I reached out to collaborate with her, I caught the flu and couldn't make it. I felt so bad that I just kept to myself until Cha and I got together again and she was like, JUST CONNECT AGAIN GIRL! So that night, I drafted my message and sent it to her hoping there wouldn't be any more issues that come up.

Collaboration between Maivab Photography & Stacey Moua Photography Photographer: Katherina Vang Model: Lucy Vang Make Up & Hair: Mai Vue Assistant: Ericka Vang

Collaboration between Maivab Photography & Stacey Moua Photography
Photographer: Katherina Vang
Model: Lucy Vang
Make Up & Hair: Mai Vue
Assistant: Ericka Vang

So before the shoot, it was raining and I was hoping (because MN weather is bi-polar) that it would stop raining when we got to location. Which it did! Thankfully! During the shoot, it was beautiful, the sunset after the rain just helped the glow on her skin and it was just beautiful. Although when my sister and I headed back home, we got lost, it was a fun mini adventure.

Collaboration between Maivab Photography & Stacey Moua Photography Photographer: Katherina Vang Model: Lucy Vang Make Up & Hair: Mai Vue Assistant: Ericka Vang

Collaboration between Maivab Photography & Stacey Moua Photography
Photographer: Katherina Vang
Model: Lucy Vang
Make Up & Hair: Mai Vue
Assistant: Ericka Vang

Thank you Stacey for putting this shoot together! You gave me more confidence to contact creatives about working together. It's one of the struggles I go through having anxiety and I'm thankful to have awesome people like you guys help me work through my anxiety with me.

So here's a little clip of what went on behind the scenes. We're missing a chunk of the middle of the photoshoot because we were putting our assistant to use (I have my assistants record if I don't have them hold the reflector or something). 

Collab: Kachia Lee Designs

I know I'm behind on blogging but at least I'm working on them!! Most of them are saved as drafts until I finish editing so don't fear! They're coming!! Ok, so the shoot with Kachia Lee Designs happened because during the school year I was tagged to photograph her designs during a fashion design. Sadly, I wasn't able to since to help because at the same time I was focusing on studying for finals and creating content for work. Fast forward, the moment school was over or getting over (basically when I finished studying for finals), I reached out to her to work together.

Although I was tagged to work with her, contacting her personally was nerve-wracking and felt like finals all over again. I probably revised my message a dozen time. BUT she was such a sweetheart and made my anxiety levels normal again.

Model: Mihoko Xiong Dress: Kachia Lee Designs Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang Assistant: Yer Vang Location: Sister's back yard Jewelry from Hmong ABC

Model: Mihoko Xiong
Dress: Kachia Lee Designs
Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang
Assistant: Yer Vang
Location: Sister's back yard
Jewelry from Hmong ABC

We met up a week or so after discussing which piece I wanted to photograph. After talking to Kachia about her design and what came to her as she was creating this piece, I knew that having the model in nature would work out nicely as that was also her vision for the piece.

Since a lot of my work falls into the Fine Arts category, I usually pre-warn those who I work/collaborate with about my style (if they didn't take a look at them themselves already) so I'm super happy whenever designers are willing to work with me knowing that the final results won't always be super editorial looking.

Model: Mihoko Xiong Dress: Kachia Lee Designs Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang Assistant: Yer Vang Location: Sister's back yard Jewelry from Hmong ABC

Model: Mihoko Xiong
Dress: Kachia Lee Designs
Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang
Assistant: Yer Vang
Location: Sister's back yard
Jewelry from Hmong ABC

I went to my niece and asked her to model for me (as I was still too nervous to contact models to work with me) and I had my sister assist with the smoke grenade (which ended up being too close to the model and burning small holes into the design - yes, I felt terrible and I still feel terrible as I'm writing this because it could've been avoided had I been more clear to my assistant). I grabbed some jewelry from my sister's store and then my friend wanted to come along and second shoot so this was a close knit shoot and it turned out really quick and fun. Thankfully it was a cloudy day so we didn't have to worry about sharp shadows, we were worried it was going to pour but it didn't, so we got lucky. 

Model: Mihoko Xiong Dress: Kachia Lee Designs Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang Assistant: Yer Vang Location: Sister's back yard

Model: Mihoko Xiong
Dress: Kachia Lee Designs
Second Shooter: Touchaingkong Yang
Assistant: Yer Vang
Location: Sister's back yard

I'm so grateful and thankful that Kachia Lee is such a sweetheart. I felt like I failed on my first collaboration since I burnt little holes into the green and pink tulle and I pretty much told myself I should never collaborate again if I'm just going to ruin beautiful designs but she told me everything was fine. Of course it didn't make me feel incredibly good, it just lessened the blow I was putting at myself. In return for screwing up on that portion, I wanted to provide her with the best photos. 

So, only let the assistant handle what they can handle. I was so used to my other sisters handling the smoke grenades and being pros with it that I thought my sister would be able to pull it off too. Not only that, give more clear and precise instructions to avoid hurting the model and the design she is wearing.

Thank you again Kachia Lee for allowing me to photograph your piece and forgiving me for pretty much ruining one of your first designs. I AM SO INCREDIBLY SORRY STILL!!!