Today we’d like to introduce you to May Iosotaluno.
May, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
As a first-generation Chinese American Angeleno, I was the first person in my family who had the opportunity to explore the arts.
After graduating from USC’s film program, I headed to the Bay Area for my first job at Pixar Animation Studios. While there, I learned to craft powerful stories from the most incredible, creative colleagues while working on films such as Inside Out and Finding Dory. However, I missed home and when my dad got sick, I moved back to LA and began working in the fast-paced content side of tech.
When my dad passed away in 2016, it was hard. I quit my tech job and took time to reflect on the life I wanted to lead. I thought back to when a friend at Pixar invited me to help shoot a coworker’s wedding and I realized — that was awesome! I adored being outside, surrounded by people in love, given the task to make art, serve others, and be present.
Having lost someone, I know how important it is to have photos of the people you love.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m an intimate wedding and portrait photographer. My goal is to craft photographs that document the feeling of someone’s day – emotional, candid, artful.
I find nature incredibly inspiring (it’s my happy place), and so a lot of my photos are created in the great outdoors. Living in DTLA and immersed in the city’s visual culture, there’s an editorial quality to my work. My approach is both photojournalistic and experimental, adventurous and gentle.
My work is both a creative art form AND a way to serve others. I love that there is a collaboration process – I create with couples something is extremely personal, unique to them and their relationship. We go on adventures together or take a sunset walk. It’s finding and making beauty in their every day.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
There is so much in the world to be appalled by and frustrated with, but documenting the intimacy of a couple reminds me of the overflowing goodness in humanity. In the ideal sense, love transcends social and political issues. Weddings bring people together.
However, to say that current events haven’t affected my work is inaccurate. World events do impact my couples. For example, I’ve seen the pain on a son’s face when his parents from Iran were unable to attend his wedding because of the Muslim travel ban. I’ve photographed guests who were refugees of war. These scenarios remind me that despite injustices, people actively choose to celebrate the beauty in life. My goal is to always create photographs that are inclusive and uplifting.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I tend to post the latest and greatest on Instagram (@mayiosotaluno) and my website. If you are engaged, in love, or know someone who is, please send them my way! I’d be honored to document their love story. I am based in Los Angeles but travel regularly for work.
- Website: https://www.mayiosotaluno.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayiosotaluno/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayiosotalunophoto/
May Iosotaluno (Me)