Define the word beauty.
Whatever is personally aesthetically pleasing. For myself, I’d probably have to use other singular words, such as Quality, Unique, Moving, or Heartfelt.
What does fashion mean to you?
Style you wear.
When did you decide to become a photographer?
I believe it was June 22, 2005.
When did you fall in love with photography?
Whoa whoa whoa… who said anything about love?!? I thought we were just messing around…?
Are you professionally trained? How did you learn your craft?
I’m professionally self-trained? I don’t really know what ‘professionally trained’ means. There are plenty of ‘professionals’ and ‘professional institutions’ (at least that’s what the card says), but I’d have to define it as otherwise. I learned (and learn) through trial and error, just like all the other monkeys.
What would you say is your specialty (beauty, fashion, editorial)?
Do you prefer shooting in a studio or outdoors with natural light?
Can I say shooting outdoors with non-natural light? But to answer, yes, anywhere other than studio is generally preferred.
Do you post process your photos, or prefer a more natural look?
I think it’d be weird if you didn’t do it every once in awhile, right? Right??
What do you shoot other than fashion?
The squirrels in my parents’ backyard are particularly photogenic. I’m not kidding. Better than some models.
Who are your influences?
We are influenced by both the good and bad I think. I’m not good at pulling up names, but you guys know who you are
Who would you like to thank for your success?
What are your biggest personal/professional challenges that you face day to day?
Biggest personal challenge… to not be lazy. Biggest professional challenge… to not be lazy.
What has been your biggest professional achievement so far?
The fact that I’m still shooting.
What is the biggest mistake you have made with your business?
I don’t make mistakes! They’re… happy accidents.
What has been your most difficult job?
It was probably a project called the ‘Viet Model Project’ in LA. I’m pretty soft spoken and very non-self-congratulatory about my own work… but I have to say I worked MAGIC to bring together a shoot of 20 models, with 20 Different setups, using several male models as prop-age, to develop a concept/story on the spot, in a foreign city with virtually no resources, on a 95 degree sunny LA rooftop, with almost no help, all in about.. 5 hours total. I was fairly proud, not only did I pull it off, but I was packed up and out on time, with heatstroke, and time leftover for a ‘group shot’ at the end… And the producer never even paid me! Good stuff huh? Yea, don’t work with Van Pham. Douche dot com. Lesson learned. But it’s those types of jobs that condition you for the rest, which by comparison, are cake! Yum!
What are your inspirations, your dreams for your business?
I’m inspired by surprises. The things that for all rational thought should probably Not succeed or exist, but against odds they push forward to be different.
How do you see your business developing over the next couple of years?
I have rough goals, visions, fluid dreams… wait that sounds funny. I take things one step at a time. If I like the direction of the step I just made, I’ll take another. But maybe in a few steps, I’ll see a cuter, more attractive step off on the side.
What exciting things are on the horizon?
The future! and possibly clouds!
Oh, also, I’ll probably throw a new studio launch event for my pad in Sodo. Debating on whether to make it a networking mixer… versus a fashion show… versus a weird theme party… versus a giant duck, duck, goose game.
If you weren’t a photographer then what would you be?
A non-photographer. Probably homeless.
Which photographers currently working do you admire most?
I admire any Working photographer.
Do you have any advice for anyone entering your field?
Just use your iPhone camera, cause it’s the best camera in the world.
When you think of Seattle Fashion, what comes to mind? How would you define Seattle’s fashion style?
Honestly? I think misfits. Misfits with good intentions. I also think of great creativity and passionate individuals, but often it’s energy mis-directed… OR, said parties will simply depart for greener pastures, because well, they have to. I definitely applaud the local designers starting out who incorporate the Green movement into their aesthetic. I think it’s smart, timely, and appropriate for the hipster scene in which we live.
How has the Seattle Fashion landscape changed over the years?
I have no idea. Probably… grown?
What excites you about the future of Seattle fashion?
Hmm… I am cautious.
How would you describe your own personal style?
“Classy”. Inside joke. No, I don’t know. I’d let other people describe it. I’d just call it personal.
Can you share a few address book recommendations to our readers (hairdressers, tailors, shops… anything you like really)?
Bossi & Ich Ky was cool, but they’re gone… too high a price point/style for the scene (and location). I wandered in Jack Straw on 1st the other day, that spot had a really cool vibe. I should probably get out more.
Now this is your chance to ask yourself and answer the one question you wish you had been asked but have never had the opportunity to do so.
Q: Are you ready?