happy holidays!!!

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on December 25, 2008

having dinner w/ lauren. quetzaltenango, guatemala.
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we made our way back home last friday. the flight arrived to LA at 830 am. my mother picked lauren and i up and shuttled us to my sister’s place. from there, we cleaned up and did some laundry. lauren and i then left for santa cruz at 430, just in time for the southern california traffic. in all, it took us about 7-8 hours of travel.

it was great to hang out w/ lauren’s family. they are so kind and giving. i was able to see them cut the christmas tree, which i think is a great family tradition! the weather was frigid up north, it definitely made it feel like winter/fall.

the best part of coming home was seeing my newborn nephew!!! i was trying to make it back for the birth, which took 32 hrs (ouch!!), but they had to induce my sis a week early. so i came back to a beautiful nephew named aiden! he’s a cute little booger. sleeps an awful lot though.

as for now, i am home and trying to get things in order. traveling throws so many parts of my life into disarray, that once i get home, i have to put the pieces together. and a lot of times, i come back w/ new pieces. its been a great trip and i havent been home really for six months. so it’ll be good to spend some time here.

i hope everyone has a happy holiday and that i’ll be able to chat w/ u all soon! love.



Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on December 7, 2008

bar scene. quetzaltenango, guatemala.
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we are making our way back up to mexico tomorrow. its going to be a long bus ride and i always hate the hectic state of things at international borders. its half way into the trip now and i cant believe i’ll be home in two weeks. it will be great to see some familiar faces for the holidays!!

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making headway

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on December 2, 2008

lauren swimming. tulum, mexico.
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lauren checking out the view from our cabana. lago de bacalar, mexico.
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we have made our way through the yucatan peninsula, belize, and am now in guatemala. it has been quite an adventure and we’re learning loads from each other. the land we have seen and the people we have met have been remarkable. we’ve been to a couple of world heritage sites and have relaxed in some crystal clear waters. we went scuba diving in the world’s second largest reef yesterday in belize. all this and all i have now is two plastic point and shoot film cameras, one for color, the other b/w. i had to return the d3 to the workshops so i had to make due w/ something else. so i am now back to shooting film and seeing where these images and way of shooting takes me. i have no clear idea of where i’ll go as i currently have no parameters. but i’m hoping to narrow it down as i go, as per usual.

unfortunately, we had to skip thanksgiving in the states. i always get sad for missing thanksgiving due to the fact that it is my favorite holiday. i had to settle for fried chicken w/ fries while lauren had some belizian fried fish.

we have three weeks to go and will make it back to california before christmas. that should give me a short enough fix to fill my traveling addiction for a bit. but u never know!

Patrick Donehue

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on November 9, 2008

Lorena modeling for me. san miguel de allende, mexico.
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I just finished my week assisting with Patrick Donehue, the director of photography at Corbis. He has been a wealth of information! I feel very fortunate to have met him at this time in my life, especially when I am reflecting on my next career move. He was generous enough to give me insight on my work and career and i’m hoping to take advantage of this opportunity.

I have one more week left here. I will be working w/ jim richardson this week through national geographic expeditions. and then i will be off to meet lauren in mexico city where we’ll set off on our adventure through mexico, belize and guatamala! woohoo!