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!!



  • Avina Yang | IG

  • Kalina Yang | IG

Stylist: Nurrixa | IG

Hair: Megan Vargas | IG |

Make Up: Heather Trachsel | IG |

& 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

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
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography
FB @maivab

Photographer: Nahly Vue
IG @nalyvuephotography

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

Hmong ABC

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).



Model: Fuechee Thao
IG @fuecheethao

Photographer: Katherina Vang
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography

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. 

Kaozong Thao

Victoria Vang

Ericka Vang

Sheng Yang

Pearls from Target
Fur from JoAnn
Smoke grenade from Genola Co.
Dress donated to me by photographer friend Lee Vue