Quyn Duong
Photographer / Founder of One Night Cereus

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Quyn Duong

Photographer / Founder of One Night Cereus

Brooklyn, NY

www.quynduong.com
www.onenightcereus.com
instagram @onenightcereus
instagram @quyn.duong

 

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I photograph people in their most intimate settings.

I shoot weddings, in-home portrait sessions, behind the scenes on film sets, and musicians on tour. 

 

WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?

I studied Visual Communication with minors in Art History and Psychology, so I didn't quite study photography straightforwardly. My first jobs out of college were at a video production company and a hospitality group. 

Photography has always been my passion. I've been using a camera since middle school and haven't really ever stopped. In high school, my summers were spent assisting photographers and taking pictures endlessly. In college, my work-study grant was a job working in the film photography lab on campus. And then when I moved to NYC, I second shot with photographers for two years while working full time before finally deciding to be a photographer full time. It was scary! But so worth it.

 

FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?

Confidence in their unique voice and vision. It's easy to fall into trends and mimic what others are doing without considering what makes you stand out. Then the trends change and you feel like you have to keep up in order to get hired. Just put your blinders on and create what's true to yourself. The work will come!

 

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WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

Seeking new editorial opportunities in music & film, and growing my wedding business by collecting intimate interviews on the realities of love and marriage. 

 

WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS? 

I want my images to feel like a backstage pass that tell a story and carry an emotion. I love using different kinds of light to convey intimacy in a raw and honest way. One of my favorite projects was documenting the making of a short film called Margot. The production team used the photos while pitching to festivals and promoting the film. As for weddings, I put together a list of my favorite moments from last year called Weddings Gone Wild.

 

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WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?

I would love to focus more on creative direction for portraits and editorials. 

 

WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?

I struggle with understanding the commercial world of photography. Image licensing, standard protocols, etc. 

 

IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?

Bookkeeping, invoices, filing estimated taxes, managing clients, scheduling meetings. All the fun business side of things! 

 

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LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?

Only put out the work you would want to create again. I used to publish everything I made even if it wasn't exactly contributing to my overall vision and voice. I'd get more work from it, but it wasn't the work that was fulfilling to me, so I started to burn out. 
 

IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?

Pricing, rates, and licensing! 
 

WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Musicians, filmmakers, artists that need editorial / behind the scenes type photos to support their next project. 
 

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.

For my wedding clients, I love working with couples who:
1) aren't afraid to break tradition
2) fully trust my creative vision
3) just want to be in love and party on their wedding day and not worry about all the fluff that goes into it. 

And in general, shooting behind the scenes and production stills for Sofia Coppola.

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WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE? 

On average, my wedding couples invest about $4500-5500 for their base package. Everything else is quoted on case-by-case basis, and I'm always happy to work with a budget for the right project. 

 

HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?

Email me at quyn@quynduong.com with thorough details, and why you've chosen to reach out to me in particular. I like to know what has drawn people to my work to make sure our visions are aligning. 
 

HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?

Don't forget to create for yourself.

 


This member profile was originally published in August 2017.