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Meet JK Wong

Today we’d like to introduce you to JK Wong.

JK, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up in Canton, one of the three major fashion-centered cities in China, I was inspired by the people that I met. During my four years in college, I skipped the classes almost every single day. I earned money by myself and traveled to more than 15 countries. After four years, I realized I had to start thinking about my future. I am not good at expressing myself, taking pictures is the way how I convey my thoughts and my feelings. It was really hard at first. I had to do the model’s makeup and hairstyle.

I found some designer’s clothing for my models. After taking the pictures I edited them myself. But just because of making photos, I feel my life comes alive. Taking photos gives me energy, excitement, and faith every day. Coming to the United States to study has been my dream since childhood. I came here alone three years ago, I experienced many difficulties in the process, but I never gave up. More than a year ago, that was the first time my work has been published in Vogue Italia. So far, my works have been published in Vogue Italia 52 times.

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?
A good photo is definitely not the result of my own work. I love very crazy fancy hair and makeup styles. I shot a photo which is called “Alien Pilot”. In order to make the model look like an alien, I asked the hairstylist to make a bald cap for the model. This requires the makeup artists and the hairstylists to have very high technology.

I have a clothing style that I particularly like, so I am very picky in choosing a stylist. The model is the main character of the photo, so I will choose different models according to different shooting themes. I was also responsible for guiding and mobilizing the mood of the model when we are doing the photoshoot.


Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think I am a lucky person because I have very supportive parents and friends. I was born in a well-educated family. My parents sent me to learn piano and painting since I was three years old. Those kinds of studies have a good foundation for my artistic creation. I have painted oil paintings for more than ten years, which makes me very sensitive about colors. Learning to paint also has a great impact on my photographic composition. I think the photos that I took are also very dynamic because I incorporated the rhythm of music into my photography.

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