The New Year Came in Screaming!!

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on January 25, 2011

Anna in her studio. Downtown Los Angeles, CA
© kevin t vu

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.
© kevin t vu

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!


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

justine bennett singing at a cafe. hollywood, california.

© kevin t vu

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

minutes to hours to days

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on April 22, 2010

Brian at the beach to see if the waves are surfable. newport beach, california.
© kevin t vu

the days have gone by excruciatingly fast! i can’t believe may is almost upon us. I just finished a huge job w/ Frank. We shot the tv gallery for the show MADMEN. We had 8 assistants, 2 digital techs, and 48 profoto 7a packs! plus a 1,000 amp tow in generator. it was an 18 hr day that started at 5am. fun stuff!

its incredible the amount of skill, production, time and money it takes to do a shoot like that. and its incredible that i’m able to be a part of it! hopefully, one day, i’ll do the shooting instead of the assisting.

Work is still good and i’ve been able to buy some more gear. I just bought the canon 85mm f1.2, which is just a beauty of a lens.

The guys I work w/ are great and I feel like i’m really building a community here for myself in LA. I’m learning a tremendous amount and am making contacts w/ various producers, assistants, makeup artists, stylists and rental houses around the area. I’m making note of the people I like to work w/ so that when jobs come up, i’ll have a solid crew i can work with.

One of the things I’ve learned while assisting is that having a solid crew that you can trust will really help make the shoot day go smoothly. There are so many balls to juggle and you want to be confident in the people you work with.

“Their success is related to standing out, not  fitting in. Its a fad.  One wants to be the needle in the haystack, not the haystack!”

– Don Draper (MadMen)

28 years

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on January 30, 2010

working on my portrait portfolio with jana.  tarzana, california.

© kevin t vu

i turn 28 today.  a perfect time to look back.  a better time to look forward.