May

Last month, I scheduled a photo shoot session with May, whom I met through a mutual friend at an AAPI-related event. May is a music major at UCLA, and our interactions happen the most whenever we happen to volunteer at the same AAPI event (but through different organizations). The past year saw less interaction between us, however, as I adjusted to work and she her last year in school.

When I made a public call for models on my social media accounts, to my surprise, she had reached out to me. Initially, I was hesitant in doing a shoot with her, as I normally reserve shoots with 2 types of people:

  1. My closest friends—because I interact with them the most, I feel more confident taking their portraits.

  2. Actor/actresses who have a clear concept.

After some thinking, I realized May would be the perfect subject for me to try using my glass prism. I was always too afraid to experiment with the prism because I wasn't confident in my night photography skills and I wanted my portraits to turn out perfect. May has a strong sense of style (she has blonde hair with a pink ombre) and seems like someone who isn't afraid to go against the status quo, so I felt she was perfect for this shoot.

And so, we met up one chilly Saturday night last month, and our night adventure in Little Tokyo began.

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To be quite honest, using the prism was tough! I had trouble figuring out how to position the object against my lens so I could get the best refractions. On top of that, I had to work in a low-light situation, something I wasn't 100% comfortable in. 

In the end, I was able to turn up some decent shots, and because not many of my immediate friends do this style of photography, it was cool to see how people reacted.

Here's to more prism shots in the future!