About 2 weeks ago, I had the honor of being one of the photographers for the Empower 2019 conference created by Kollaboration. The goal of the conference is to inspire the next generation of Asian Americans in their creative career path or industry. Aspiring Asian Americans from all different ages and backgrounds gathered together at the Japanese American National Museum to hear from professionals across various industries such as art, digital media, entertainment, and business. This 2 day conference included workshops led by industry experts, small group mentorship programs, panelist sessions, and the chance to network with other attendees. While I was photographing the event, I also had the chance to sit in and listen to some of the speakers who spoke at the large group sessions. After attending the conference, I came back feeling rejuvenated and inspired more than ever. I highly recommend you guys to attend the Empower Conference next year if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area!
Ever since I joined Asian Creative Network (ACN) back in December, I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities. I had the chance to collaborate with so many models, photographers, and musicians, as well as landing a paid partnership with a company that I’m deeply passionate about (it’s a secret for now, but more on that soon!). Fast forward to the middle of January, my friend Miki (who I met through ACN) invited me out to take some behind the scene photos for her first music video of her brand new song “Looking for the Good”. I was ecstatic when she invited me, because I’ve always wanted to shoot some behind the scenes photos for a music video, but the opportunity never came…. until now.
I just want to say thank you to Miki for inviting me out to take behind the scenes photos of her first music video! It was so much fun meeting and working with everyone on set.
Miki's Dad: Norris Lowe
Miki's Mom: Juliette Lin
Random Attacker: Michelangelo Nguyen
Señor Woof Woof: Justin Sor
Madam Nyan Nyan: Megan Lau
Dancers: Noelle Funtanilla, Gregory Yuan, Jophiel Raguro
Director of Photography: Ryan Hoang
Assistant Director: Megan Lau
Camera Operator: David Woo
1st AC: Chris Blum
Editor/Animator: Sarah Leeper
Set PA: Li-Wei Chu and Justin Sor
Gaffer: Megan Lau
Key Grip: Amy Hoang
Choreographer: Noelle Funtanilla
Hair and Makeup: Joanne Kim and Jessica Yun
Location Manager: Michelangelo Nguyen
Art Department: Amanda Thai
Written by Miki Wong, Brite Ma, and Des Flores
Produced by Glenn Clancy
I hope everyone’s 2019 is off to a great start! Last month I had the pleasure of working with my friend Elisa on her portraits and headshots for her upcoming acting role. About a year ago, Elisa messaged me on Instagram asking if I could set up a shoot with her when she is back in Los Angeles since she is living in Japan. At the time, it was really hard to match our schedules so we decided to hold off on it until her next trip to LA. A few months later, she messaged me again saying that she was coming back but unfortunately, our schedules didn’t match up again. Fast forward to November of last year, I get a message from her saying that she will be in LA for 3 weeks. Since I had a lot of free time, I gave her my available dates and we were finally able to set up a shoot! I guess you can say that this photoshoot was 1 year in the making. Elisa currently works as a language teacher at an elementary school in Japan. She also sings in choirs for different churches around Japan as well as taking photos and video for Gong Min and his band.
If you want to book a portrait session, engagement, wedding, or any kind of event, you can book me HERE. I have limited availability for this month so please contact me as soon as possible!