WHAT DO YOU DO?
I like intersecting these mediums to create something unique and eye catching.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
I started doing photography in high school, and worked my way up from there. I took up video about two years ago to branch out and tap into something new. A lot of work comes through word of mouth - so I work on one project, and then get recommended for another.
How do you stand out in your field?
I think my strong suit is creating visuals by envisioning the big picture and scaling down from there. What am I trying to say, and how do I portray that visually? I like to push the envelope a little by sourcing interesting props, using light and color to create a mood, and laying out the vision for a project before it even starts. Those building blocks are super important to me, and because I dabble in multiple mediums, I have the experience and skill sets to create something unique.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I'm currently freelancing as a photographer and videographer - whether it's a product shoot, a music video, or social media content. I'm also planning to release music in the next few months under my own name, as well as a band I have with my sister.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
I would say my style is clean, poppy, and a little gritty.
WE ALL HAVE MULTIPLE SKILLS OR WORK IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FOCUS ON MORE?
I really love filmmaking and I definitely want to focus more on video this year, as well as music. I've been writing and producing music on my own but it would be great to spend some time this year learning from other producers, musicians, and filmmakers.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Honestly, time management. Since I work in multiple fields, there are multiple projects I want to accomplish but it's so easy to get distracted, especially in our age of social media. My phone is a big procrastinator, so I have to put it in another room to get work done.
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
An assistant to reach out to potential new clients or partnerships, do some research, answer emails. That would be a literal dream.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
I would tell my 18 year old self with high expectations and a blissful innocence: The bad experiences will help you grow.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
Music engineering, producing, and mixing.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Photography and video for brands such as lookbooks or campaigns. I'd also love to photograph more portraits for musicians, and work on music videos.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
Someone who values creativity and is willing to run with my ideas. The dream would be to collaborate with an art gallery on a project that involves music, photography, and film.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
It depends on the project. Typically, a photoshoot for a lookbook that will live on web + social ranges from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the scope of work. That can include art direction + styling, shooting, and editing.
WHO IS A CREATIVE THAT HAS HELPED YOU ELEVATE YOUR WORK?
My sister Melody (@themelodyh) is definitely one, but I think we help push each other to create anything and everything. Valerie Chiang's work hits home with small town Americana landscapes and beautiful portraiture (@ninebagatelles), and I love Zhang JiaCheng's work, especially the art direction and styling (@lesliezhang1992)
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
Days of solitude with mental stimulation and no room for comparison.
This member profile was originally published in March 2019.