A few months ago my friend Pa Chia and I planned a photo shoot. As people may have guessed by now, I’m very much an improviser and don’t make very solid ‘plans’. So, I left wardrobe and styling to Pa Chia and decided to play around with lighting and my camera. Surprisingly, results were satisfactory. Make sure to notice the amazing highlight courtesy of our makeup artist Jackie.


Thanks to Jackie for Hair and Makeup, she did a phenomenal job on Larisa. Tons of props to Larisa for attempting all the strange poses and facial expressions I asked of her. Side note, the dress below looks great on me too and I’m significantly shorter than Larisa, plus it was only $9.


Larisa is fantastic and very easy to work with. She’s an aspiring model so reach out to her at her IG handle @risanuggs


Pa Chia has been mentioned on my blog before but reach out to her for styling inquiries on IG @itspachia or her blog Petite in Heels.


Thanks a ton to Pa Chia’s big sis, Chue, for allowing us to utilize her house as our studio for the day and also for feeding us pizza & breakfast. The yellow chair belongs to Chue as well, not to mention, her house and home decor are magazine worthy. 🙂


As always, thanks for stopping by and my apologies for the delay. I’ve been undergoing some transitions in life but have more projects in store! Last but not least, thanks a ton to InProgress for lighting and backdrops.

Stay fab,

*All images are the property of Mai (2017).


Phenomenal Womyn

And we’re back! This post is rather overdue but, for good reason. This whole shoot was rather experimental but was an amazing experience. When people say you need to connect with the model, they aren’t kidding around. I was so lucky to have these two strong womyn as my models for this session. We had laughs, some serious talk, lots of hugs, and most of all, excitement.

This past Saturday, January 21st was day of national and international Women’s Marches. I was able to attend the local MN march but in essence, more than the real physical act of marching, it made me think of all the amazing women I already have in my life.

First we have Melysia. Melysia is incredible. If the first thing you notice isn’t her amazing face structure and eyebrows, then maybe I need to improve my editing skills. Aside from her fantastic face, Melysia is absolutely striking in presence and form. This first set of Melysia is my favorite.


Melysia is a natural. Of course, from the moment I met her, I knew she was phenomenal. It’s been a little over a year since we have met but man, she’s someone I immediately connected with. She’s incredibly independent, strong, and intelligent. She’s also a very stylish minimalist, which I love and admire.


Melysia is younger than me but wow, so much wiser than I was at her age. I’m envious!


& here, we introduce Mindy. Mindy and Melysia are very good friends. They were actually friends before I met either one of them, which is so wonderful. They are so blessed to have each other and have an inspirational friendship.


I met Mindy a little after Melysia but befriended her around the same time. Mindy has a very beautiful soul. She’s one of the sweetest and kindest womyn i’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I’m fortunate to have her friendship. Additionally, she also has eyebrows to admire.


Mindy simply radiates warmth. She has a killer smile (sorry I didn’t as her to smile for the shoot). There’s a softness to her presence that is so alluring.


This last set of Mindy is my favorite of her. She was great!


If you have amazing womyn around you, thank them, spend time with them, build on those relationships. I have work to do with these two since they are newer in my life, but, I’m so appreciative of their friendship and the love they have shown me. Support the womyn (&men) in your life. Stay strong & soft, everyone.

Thanks for spending time here!



*all images property of this blog & Mai Yang.