Today we’d like to introduce you to Viet Le.
Hi Viet, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I picked up my first “professional” camera back in 2009 and started experimenting with it. I’m sort of a geek when it comes to electronics so getting the technical side of it was quite easy. My first experience of capturing a wedding was at my girlfriend’s sister’s wedding. I didn’t know it then, but I was that “uncle bob” with a camera – whoops, sorry. After that wedding, I fell in love with it. I couldn’t really get into it too much as I was still struggling financially to pay for school and rent. It wasn’t until when I was finally finished with school and started my career that I started my photography business in 2013. In 2016, I started incorporating traditional analog film into my work and completely fell in love with it. Nowadays, I try to capture everything exclusively on film or my iPhone if my film camera is not nearby.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I can’t imagine anyone saying starting a business and running one is easy. It’s still rough now, especially with this whole COVID pandemic. The process of discovering my look and style took some time. When I first started, I tried to look at trends and inspiration through others. I made the mistake of trying to mimic the works of others that were popular. This mistake made me realize that I was no longer shooting for myself but was just trying to “fit in” with the trend. I began to like my work less and less and at one point, just wanted to quit completely. When I started to incorporate film into my work, it completely changed the way I captured my photos. I became more intentional and started to capture photos that were inspiring to “me”. Over the years, I’ve slowly refined my work. I wouldn’t say I am completely content with my work yet, but I am proud of how far I have come.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a film photographer that mainly focuses on wedding events. I’m not too sure what I am known for, but I would say I try to shoot nearly everything on film. If it’s a choice between film or digital, it will always be film for me. I believe film photographers are in a league of their own. Not everyone can pick up a film camera and just shoot. Unlike, digital cameras there are no “delete” button. Every frame costs ~$2 and must be shot with the utmost intention. As a film photographer, I’ve become well in tune with anticipating moments and better at composing my images. In 2017, I was awarded the “Emerging Film Photographer of the Year” by Belle Lumiere Magazine and I would say that was one of my proudest moments.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
You can contact me through my contact form on my website or send me a DM on Instagram.
- Wedding coverage starts at $6k
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.levie-photography.com
- Instagram: @levie_photography
Photo of myself is captured by Kurt Boomer Photography All other images created by Le Vie Photography