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

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

Portrait Session: Kaozong Thao

I got to work with the beautiful Kaozong Thao again!! YAY!!! Instead of being in freezing weather, we got to enjoy the heat in the summer this time and it was lots of fun. She's so incredibly flawless and beautiful, it makes photographing such a breeze. 

This was a closed portrait session, it was pretty much just me and her walking and talking while stopping every few steps to snap a few photos. It felt so nice and relaxing after doing so many large(ish) collaborations that includes MUA, Assistant & Model. Not that I don't love that, I do, the crew makes it so easy to prepare for the next look but this shoot was pretty much taking a breather from that process and going back into my roots: just me and the model and making things work.

Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang 

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

So one of my buddies suggested I use my primes again. I don't exactly dislike them, my 24-70mm just gives me the ability to shoot portraits and wide without having to bother with changing lens. Super useful go-to lens whenever I'm shooting fine arts or weddings. Going with his suggestion, I shot this whole session with my 85mm and I'm super glad I did. The photos all turned out so beautifully!! I'm super in love with this whole session, scroll down to see more from this shoot.

Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang 

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang 

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

CONNECT

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

Photographer: Katherina Vang
https://www.facebook.com/maivab/
IG @maivab | @maivabphotography

Winter Wonderland Glam

I absolutely love working with Joylin. We usually shoot together once a year but this year, it happened twice! We started in studio first as I am learning and experimenting more with studio photography. I wanted to end 2016 shooting differently than the usual so during the christmas haul, I went a little crazy with wrapping paper to use as the backdrops.

The wrapping paper worked beautifully although there are slight changes I would make for my next shoot with wrapper paper. Joylin worked her poses so beautifully, I had so much fun shooting away as we caught up on life. Towards the end of the shoot, we mentioned going outside, slightly cautious of the weather but she was all up for it. Which was great because I absolutely love Joylin with nature. 

Check out Joylin because she's beautiful and amazing and then scroll down to see more from this shoot.

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. 

MODEL
Kaozong Thao
http://instagram.com/kaaaoozzzong

ASSISTANTS
Victoria Vang
http://instagram.com/wtoriadraws

Ericka Vang
http://instagram.com/pabgha

Sheng Yang
http://instagram.com/genrenormal

DETAILS
Pearls from Target
Fur from JoAnn
Smoke grenade from Genola Co.
Dress donated to me by photographer friend Lee Vue
http://instagram.com/lumie