Quyn Duong

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Quyn Duong

Photographer / Founder of One Night Cereus

Brooklyn, NY

www.quynduong.com
www.onenightcereus.com
instagram @onenightcereus
instagram @quyndita

 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I photograph people in their most intimate settings.

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I studied Visual Communication with minors in Art History and Psychology. My first couple of jobs out of college were at a video production company and a hospitality group. 

Photography has always been my passion. I've been using a camera since middle school and haven't really ever stopped. In high school, my summers were spent assisting photographers and taking pictures endlessly. In college, my work-study grant was a job working in the film photography lab on campus. And then when I moved to NYC, I second shot with photographers for two years while working full time before finally deciding to be a photographer full time. 
 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

Confidence in their uniqueness. It's easy to fall into trends and mimic what others are doing without considering what makes you stand out. Then the trends change and you feel like you have to keep up in order to get hired. Just put your blinders on and create what's true to yourself. The work will come!

 

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WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

Expanding my skill set in filmmaking. 
 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

I want my images to feel like a backstage pass that tell a story and carry an emotion. I love using different kinds of light to convey intimacy in a raw and honest way. I consider all of my wedding clients to be part of a long term photo project.

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WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

I would love to focus more on filmmaking. 
 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Learning how to edit video. 

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

Bookkeeping, invoices, filing taxes, managing clients, scheduling meetings. All the business side of things.

 

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LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

Only put out the work you would want to create again. I used to publish everything I made even if it wasn't exactly what I wanted to be doing. I'd get more work from it, but it wasn't the work that was fulfilling to me, so I started to burn out. 
 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Pricing, rates, and licensing.
 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I’m always looking to work with clients who have a unique story to tell. 
 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

I love working with clients who aren't afraid to break tradition, fully trust my creative vision, and can have fun in the process. 

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WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

No two projects are alike, so my rates vary depending on the size and scope of each project. 
 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Email me at quyn@quynduong.com with thorough details, and why you've chosen to reach out to me in particular. I like to know what has drawn people to my work to make sure our visions are aligning. 
 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Working on personal projects that aren’t for clients.  


This member profile was originally published in August 2017, Updated July 2018.