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Conversations with the Inspiring Suyeong Yang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suyeong Yang.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Suyeong. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I decided to come to the US while I was in my last year of University in South Korea. I wanted to have an international experience before going on to graduate school so I started looking for internships. An opportunity popped up here in Los Angeles and I jumped on it. The job wasn’t in my area of interest (marketing) but I had never been to the United States so I accepted. By far the biggest obstacle in moving around the world from Seoul, South Korea was the definite language barrier and making new friends. My conversational English was decent but it was a challenge being immersed in a foreign language, especially when it came to meeting people.

But one of my hobbies is photography and I figured I could use my camera as a vehicle to break the ice and interact with people. After being here in LA for two weeks, I found photography meet up which introduced me to the photography world in LA. At first, it was just for fun, but it gradually became a passion of mine. I feel so blessed I could start my photography journey in LA which is the perfect city for any kind of art.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? 
Female professionals have fought with many stereotypes for their gender; likewise, I did in the photography field. There are some people who think my work is OVER-ESTIMATED as I am a ‘FEMALE’ photographer which is rare in this field. Sometimes, I feel like people don’t see me as a photographer or artist, rather they see me as the new girl with camera. I can’t deny this was bothering me before, but I don’t care about what other people think anymore. What can I do and what should I do are to keep up with good work to prove myself.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
My advice is for young woman are just starting their journey is ‘Don’t be afraid of uncertain future.’
‘Knock and the door will be opened to you.’ Since I came to LA, I have thought about getting a letter tattoo with the bible verse. It suddenly came up in mind one day, though I am not a religious person at all. If I am asked to describe LA in one word, I would say ‘OPPORTUNITY’ is the word.

Sometimes, you could be scared of your uncertain future. You might feel there would be no way to go forward and it seems to be too risky to choose what you want to do in your career. You might be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone though it’s not what you really want.

However, you live in a city that is full of opportunities. If you believe you can do it, then you can do it. Believe me. Knock and the door will be opened to you.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am still exploring myself. Though I try not to limit the spectrum of my photography, what I love most is fashion photography. So far, I have built several rules about my work.

First of all, DON’T BE BORING. I keep trying to find new and different stuff. That’s why I have been into fashion photography. There is an infinite potential for creativity.

Second, MAKE YOUR STYLE. I would like people to recognize my photos even though they don’t see my name. I try to find my style of creativity.

Last, WORK WITH CONFIDENT PEOPLE. I prefer to work with people who respect and love themselves. There is a distinction between inner confidence and people who just want to show off their appearance.

I’ve only been in the photography field for about a year and I’m self-taught rather than being formally trained. Some might see this as a weakness, but I see it as a strength because I’m not hindered by arbitrary rules or educational indoctrination. I don’t settle into a routine. My photography is full of curiosity and passion.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I believe there are good opportunities for female photographers if you position yourself correctly, especially in fashion photography. Women have a relatively high understanding of woman’s fashion and beauty. Female photographers tend to care more about the details like hair and makeup. As a woman, I understand the details that models hate or love in their photos. For example, I care about how the model’s eye make-up should look or how the model’s hairstyle should be.

Plus, models tend to feel safer and more comfortable when they work with female photographers. Out of my modeling experience, I totally understand what the models worry about. Today’s world is not always safe to meet up with strangers to work with.

Therefore, my answer to your question is ‘YES! There are DEFINITELY good opportunities for women!’

Pricing:

  • FASHION Session: $140/2 hours. Include all law files and 5 edited photos

Contact Info:

  • Email: suyeongyang1010@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @look.into.dream

Image Credit:
@gul_look_book, @devinnashtonzz, @tylerjgodfrey, @7aula, @to.live.and.die.in.la

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