KEVIN T VU

The New Year Came in Screaming!!

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on January 25, 2011


Anna in her studio. Downtown Los Angeles, CA
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Man!! The year came in kickin’ me right over the head!!! I’ve been filling in for my good friend Elaine Brown, who’s Art Streiber’s first assistant. She’s been back in Ireland for most of January and I’ve been in San Francisco, Seattle and Miami. And I’ll be heading to NYC tomorrow morning.  I’m not sure if I want to leave this 80 degree fahrenheit sunny weather in Southern California for NYC weather!

Being Art’s first has taught me a tremendous amount!! That man has his, excuse my language, sh*znit down!! That’s probably why he can have 3 back to back shoots a week!!! Crazy!!! And he’s been absolutely lovely to work for and with!! He respects everyone on his crew and definitely takes care of all of us! He’s what I call good people!! You keep those guys around you, that’s for sure!!!

 

 

keeping focus

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on November 15, 2010


portrait of jess. los angeles, ca.
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i feel like i’m a headless chicken at times, running around working for so many different photographers. i find that as i get busier assisting photographers, i begin to lose touch with my own work. so i’ve started to commit more to myself and my own work. i can only assist for so long and that so long is getting shorter each day.

its so easy to get into a routine, but you have to remind yourself to shake it up here and there. to stay fresh. to stay driven.

i force myself to stop every so often ( but not enough) so that i can take a step back, and evaluate how far i’ve come and how far i still have to go. there is still so much to accomplish. and i’m super excited for what the future holds!

transitions

Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on May 18, 2010


justine bennett singing at a cafe. hollywood, california.

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i went to louisiana last weekend for work. the south is a whole world to its own. the architecture, the weather, the people. so different from what i am used to in california. it was a short trip, but it made my travel bug itch a hell of a lot more.

luckily, i will be going to paris at the end of this month. i have a parisian friend, elheme, whom is getting married. so we bartered. she bought my ticket to france and i will be shooting her wedding. i love being able to trade talent! it takes away the selfishness of money away. i’ve been working myself to the ground since the beginning of the year, so this is gonna be a great creative vacation for me.

work is still coming. i’ve made a point for myself that i will be transitioning out of assisting by the end of next year. that will give me time to build a solid savings so that i can really push my work and build my business. i dont want to be worrying about money as i make the jump over. i’m sure i’ll have plenty to worry about on top of money, but i want to make sure i’m prepared as much as i can be.

“The best ideas come out of the corner of our eye, the edge of our consciousness, in a flash. They are the result of misdirection and random collisions…”

~ Seth Godin

back to work

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on July 16, 2009

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lauren enjoying a sunday lunch in the garden. santa fe, new mexico.
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i’m back now in southern california. came back for work. i drove the 12 hours straight on monday. thought i had a job on tuesday and wednesday, but that fell through. though, we’re doing a prelight tomorrow for a movie poster at fox studios on friday. frank might also have another job on sat/sun. but that is still pending confirmation.

i went to pick up my film from the lab today and about a mile out from making it back home, my car dies! i’m not quite sure what’s wrong. it’s an electrical problem and i hope its just the battery, which is charging as i write. otherwise, its gonna be hard to make it to work in LA tomorrow without a car. fingers crossed!

i’ve been loving shooting in film. there’s such a magical quality to it, very childlike, not knowing what you’re gonna get. and the colors and grain of it are gorgeous. my next business purchase is going to have to be a scanner for myself.

family

Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on March 9, 2009

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lauren and alyssa at the railyard restaurant. santa fe, new mexico.

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mignon in her kitchen. el dorado, new mexico.

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renie in her home office. arroyo hondo, new mexico.

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nerissa at the cowgirl bar. santa fe, new mexico.
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these unbelievable women have been my family for the last month that i was in santa fe. they were kind in so many ways. they opened their homes to me, fed me, found me work, gotten me in contact w/ amazing photographers/editors, and pushed me to be a better person and photographer. their strength, confidence and warmth have been an inspiration for me!!! i only hope they know how much love and respect i have for them all!!

it has been quite a hectic couple of weeks, and it seemed to come at me all at once. i left santa fe last wed. I came home and went to an assisting gig for O’neill w/ Embry Rucker. A day later, I had to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to do a shoot for a buddy of mine.

I will be going to the nyc on wed. to go get my portfolio reviewed w/ Stephen Mayes, who is the new managing director for vii. I have no expectations, all i hope is stephen will endow me with some great advice so i can make millions and millions of dollars! haha!

i also got in contact w/ brenna britton, who’s the deputy photo editor of people magazine, to see some of my new work as well. she’s from california and i met her at the workshops. she’s an absolute professional and i know i’ll get some great feedback!

i’ll be in nyc for 2 weeks and fly back to santa fe, where i’ll be taking a workshop w/ Gillian Laub and Kira Pollack, who is the deputy photo editor for the ny times magazine.

so its gonna be quite a hectic month for me, but i am breathing every second of it in.