Alvin Nguyen runs fashion business in Seattle, LA, & New York
You have most likely heard the phrase; “lights, camera, action," but what you might not know is that Seattle-based photographer Alvin Nguyen is taking that phrase to the next level. This past Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Nguyen at his photography studio, Storm, on Alaskan Way. Nestled in a collection of brick and stone buildings, the setting is the perfect blend of an eclectic artist’s neighborhood, and the stylish downtown vibe. The studio itself is one of many artist dwellings, and it is there that Nguyen makes magic.
I met Nguyen a year and a half ago as he was finishing his last quarter at Seattle University’s MBA program. His photography practice was in its’ initial stages, but his passion for art and form was already in full gear. I invited him to work with Luly Yang Couture for one of our test shoots, and it was through the experience that I knew Alvin was headed down a road of success.
The way he interacted with the models and the energy that he exuded allowed the pictures to come to life. From that shoot, he starting photographing for local magazines and eventually started shooting tests for local modeling agencies. His vision and passion were well recognized, and before long he was traveling between jobs in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle!
As of late he has done work for New York Model Management and Papercut Magazine, among others. But it doesn’t stop there for this 24 year old visionary; as we reviewed his portfolio in his studio he remarked, “I want to be the next Steve Menzel!”
What is truly amazing about Alvin, in addition to his artistic genius, is his approach towards his craft. He explains, “ I don’t plan my shoots in advance, to me it takes away the organic nature and you might end up missing a pose or inspiration that you wouldn’t have captured otherwise." In regards to working with models, “They need to be able to trust you," says Nguyen, “when that trust is made they will do poses for you that they wouldn’t do for anybody else." Although he may jet-set across our continent, working with some of the industries elite, Nguyen remains a Seattle soul and I can only guess where he’s going to do next.
Find Alvin online! www.alvinnguyen.com
All Photograph's © Alvin Nguyen.