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!! :)

NYC for Tribeca Film Festival 2018

I'm a little late with this post but back in April, I spent a wonderful 4 day weekend in NYC with my sister and buddies to celebrate NICE's premiere at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. 

NICE
Director Andrew, Writer and Actor Naomi, and Producer Carolyn at Tribeca Film Festival.

Director Andrew, Writer and Actor Naomi, and Producer Carolyn at Tribeca Film Festival.

NICE, if you haven't heard of it, is a new potential series about Teddy, a black sheep of her conservative Korean-American family dealing with the unexpected return of cancer. It’s created by and stars Naomi Ko, who made a brief but memorable appearance in 2014’s Dear White People. (Directed by Andrew Ahn; April 23) (SUMMARY FROM ETONLINE).

I was able to go behind the scenes to meet all the stars and celebrities since I had photographer's access thanks to Naomi, Andrew and Carolyn. It was such a surreal experience and I felt so noob with all the gears that the pros were using but I got the job done. I met a lot of amazing people at the after party and had lots of fun (thanks to everyone who took care of me). This was such an amazing event in which I feel so honored to be a part of. 

Of course, while in NYC, we explored and I had a few spontaneous sessions. Thanks to all the guys who allowed me to put them through the randomness that inspired me at that moment.

Mel
johnny
Yeej
Randy

Portrait Session: Julianna Thao

Model: Julianna Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang

Model: Julianna Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang

I've been shooting a lot of big projects lately and I just wanted to rest (I'm suppose to be resting this week) but I also really craved just to do some random shoots instead of planning so much. But my favorite shoots are these simple portrait sessions where it's literally the model and I walking around, getting to know each other and photographing where ever I spot a spot that I want to try shooting.

SO, when Julianna reached out to me through Instagram, I was super excited since I had just finished a family session and was craving a random portrait session and well, fate brought her to me <3 (slightly dramatic, I know). But I had let her know that I'd just like to do a test shoot since I have no real idea what I wanted to do and she was all down for it, which I was so thankful for.

The shoot itself was super fun and Julianna is such an amazing model to work with. She was so damn easy to photograph, I'm super excited to shoot with her again. Since there was no real agenda to the shoot, here are some of my favorite shots. Just talk about her interaction with nature, I absolutely loved the vibe she was throwing out.

CONNECT

Model: Julianna Thao
Agency: Wehmann and Moore Creative
IG @juliannathao14

Photographer: Katherina Vang
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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&nbsp;

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&nbsp;

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

Model: Kaozong Thao Photographer: Katherina Vang&nbsp;

Model: Kaozong Thao
Photographer: Katherina Vang 

CONNECT

Model: Kaozong Thao
IG @kaaaoozzzong

Photographer: Katherina Vang
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