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.
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.
MUA & Hair | Mai Vue
Videographer | Touchaingkong Yang
Assistant | Yeej Moua