Flashback Friday. Once upon a summertime when I was 19 years old, I acted in a few Vietnamese karaoke videos. It was a paid summer job for fun.
These video stills are from two different videos. The first two pictures took place on a gorgeous white sand secluded beach in Carmel. We’re playing in the ocean. I remember the water being icy cold as is typical for Northern California beaches, but the scenery was beautiful and it was a bright and cheery sunny day. (He was wearing jeans).
In the third picture I look distraught because my character just found out my partner is dying. Pretty heavy, isn’t it? Vietnamese love songs tend to be quite dramatic and sad. :)
Last month I was invited by a friend (thank you Zach!) to support an amazing iPhone night photography and videography accessory called Ember, created by filmmaker Jedd Goble. I supported by being a part of his product promotional and Kickstarter campaign video.
As an avid iPhone photography enthusiast and lover of all things photography and videography related, I was thrilled with the opportunity and also excited to try the Ember.
The night video shoot took place in one of my absolute favorite local destinations - beautiful San Francisco! We got to run around the city at various locations shooting with the Ember and had such a fabulously fun time doing so.
Check out the Ember video and website on Kickstarter for more details about the Ember and how your support could bring it into production!
Follow me to The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade!
San Francisco, CA
Photo by Michael Vu
In anticipation of February’s photo shoot, the month of the special Lunar New Year celebration - I had the idea to wear a tradition Vietnamese ao dai dress. A dress which not only represents my ethnicity and culture, but is also a sentimental souvenir which I had custom made during my first trip to Vietnam in 2000. A very memorable three week trip spent traveling the northern, middle, and southern regions of Vietnam with my family and relatives. The trip was an amazing eye opening and heart warming experience and really evoked all my senses and emotions. I will always cherish those fond and beautiful memories of my first trip to my homeland.
For the setting of this photo shoot, I initially had a lucky Vietnamese location in San Jose in mind. But Michael suggested capturing the shot amidst a Lunar New Year parade instead. I immediately fell in love with this idea, searched for local parades online and found The Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade.
This was a massive annual event with one million attendees at what is known as the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia and named one of the top ten parades in the World by IFEA. It was a fun and festive pleasure for us to watch and shoot at this amazing celebration.
Follow me to the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, CA
Photo by Michael Vu
January marks the first installment of a year long monthly photography project featuring the “Follow Me” concept in which I am collaborating with Michael Vu.
This project will capture some of my favorite locations and experiences big and small. It is meant to be a fun-filled project fueled by the passion to create.
For January’s location and setting I selected the iconic San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, specifically from my favorite lookout point. It was chilly and windy atop the viewpoint but I was pleasantly distracted by the beautiful view and the excitement of trying to capture the shot. The wind added positive elements to the final photo as windblown hair and a poofed out dress.
I’m excited to share with you the next eleven months of photos for this “Follow Me” project and other photography projects I have in store. Check back weekly for more photos and updates!