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

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.