moving along…

Posted in personal, projects by Kevin Vu on May 6, 2011

© kevin t vu


the goal was comprehension, and the only way to comprehend the world was by making myself vulnerable to it so that it could change me. the challenge was to lay myself open to everybody and everything that came my way. the prize was to change and grow big enough to feel one with the whole world. the real danger was death by exposure.

~ ted simon \ jupiter’s travels



finding balance

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on April 17, 2011

picnic at lauren’s place.

los angeles, california.

© kevin t vu


i’m dedicating this year to finding BALANCE in my life.



   life is no straight and easy corridor along

which we travel free and unhampered,

but a maze of passages,

through which we must seek our way,

lost and confused, now and again

checked in a blind alley.

But always, if we have faith,

a door will open for us,

not perhaps one that we ourselves

would ever have thought of,

but one that will utimately

prove good for us.

~ a.j. cronin

new year, new hopes

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on December 30, 2010

portrait of deserae.  santa fe, new mexico.

© kevin t vu

Like a book and its chapters, as one year ends, we eagerly await what the new one has in store. I am so excited for the new year!  I’m full of ideas and I can’t wait to get them out into the world.

I’ve learned a tremendous amount in 2010. And I’m hoping to learn so much more in 2011!

I love the process of age and time. I have come to accept them and they in turn have given me more wisdom. For that, I am truly grateful.

“everyone is born creative, everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarden.”

~ hugh macleod

Ignore Everybody


Posted in work by Kevin Vu on December 18, 2010

fashion designer anna lynette. downtown los angeles, california.
© kevin t vu

i am still in awe that we are already at the end of 2010! its really unfathomable to me! i’m so excited for what 2011 has in store!

it has been a whirlwind. i’ve been jumping around for a bit and 2 weeks ago, i was able to go to hawaii for my very first time. what a beautiful place!! i went w/ robert maxwell and we stayed in the north shore.  it was mostly all work and very little play, but when your office is in paradise, you don’t really have a right to complain.  i had 5 min. in the water during our lunch break, but i’m happy i got to experience it on someone’s else’s dime.

after that, i came right back to LA and started assisting nadav kander on a 5 day ad gig.  i’ve always wanted to work w/ him.  i find his imagery amazing!  so it was a great experience to go thru and see his process of shooting.

i’ve had some days off now and have been catching up on my lack of sleep.  i’ve also gotten a chance to do all my holiday shopping.  i’m gonna take the time i have off to do some more tests.  i updated my website recently w/ some new work.  but adding new work makes me wanna have more work to put on.  its an endless cycle.  and i want to be a part of the cycle if i want to stay relevant.

“i never want to take this for granted, so i try to keep my motivations simple, real and positive.  if i only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping.  if there’s no future in it, at least its a present worth remembering… i feel genuinely lucky to hand on heart say i love doing what i do.  and though i may never be a rich man, for if i live long enough, i certainly have a tale or two for the nephews.”

~ mickey smith

dark side of the lens

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!