Flash Back Friday with Photographer Vivien Liu aka @vdubl

Author: Kristen McCloud / Photos: Vivien Liu
08.10 / MB Series

For Flashback Fridays, we're reopening the conversation with different BISHes we have interviewed in the past; seeing how their attitudes and creativity have evolved over time. This week, we're bringing photographer Vivien Liu back into the spotlight and learning more about her journey as an architect and photographer in Hong Kong. See more below!

How has your work/professional life changed since we last spoke to you?
When we last spoke in June 2015, I was working full time as an architect in a corporate firm. In November 2016, I started my own practice to pursue two of my passions – architecture and photography. I have completed a few interior design projects and have shot professionally for commercial clients including real estate developers, fashion, jewelry, and product brands.

What's the biggest difference you've seen in your industry?
In architecture, I have seen some positive changes in terms of innovation and clients are increasingly willing to jump out of their comfort zones to try new ideas. For photography, I find that the rampant growth of social media use has impacted the way we create. Creative fatigue is a lot more common and I constantly find myself trying new styles, genres, vantage points and perspectives, which is actually a pretty good thing.

How has getting yourself or your work seen changed? Any changes in how you market yourself or your brand?
Related to the answer above, I can say that online marketing has been the number one means of getting my work seen. Many of my clients discover my work through social media channels, while others are through referrals from social and professional circles.

Anything that you know now that you wish you had known then? What's the biggest lesson you've learned?
Treating oneself well, focus on happiness and things that make one happy. If you don’t know what that is, go on a quest to seek it out. Only then you will know how to spend your time well and treat others better.

Where do you see your future going?
My goals are quite simple - to work on projects that align with my creative thinking, or better yet, have opportunities to work on projects that take my skills further, something symbiotic technically and creatively.

What advice do you have for others when handling things not going as planned or adapting to changes?
"Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie

On top of that, don’t worry too much about things you cannot control; develop success from failures because they are the most valuable lessons you can possibly learn to grow stronger, preparing you to achieve future success. Lastly, stay positive, look forward and do not dwell on the past.

Model: Andreea Micu

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