Miré Yang, Photographer & Digital Creator

To Becoming the Girl Behind the Camera

There are no failures, just processes to success.

Hi, my name is Miré and I am a freelance photographer, director and digital creator based in Los Angeles. I am originally from a small island in the Pacific Ocean, called Guam (which still not many people know that it's a US territory and they speak English). I am a proud Korean-American, now living in LA for 15+ years.

Mire Yang in The Dallant Oversized Checkered Blazer

Miré in Classic Beige Checked Blazer

WORK & TALENT

You studied Fashion Design and worked in design for a while. What was that like?

During college while studying fashion design, I had a dream of becoming a designer and working in this career till I grow old. After I graduated and worked in the industry for a few years, I realized that this wasn't a job that I could be in for a long term. It's very fast-paced, competitive, not so friendly, and extremely stressful. I was mainly designing for fast-fashion and it was hard to keep up with designing innovative trendy styles while working in a white box from 8AM - 6PM. It felt like a non-creative office job and sucked the creative juice out of me.

How did you get into photography?

I told myself it was never too late to start something new. I didn't have any other work experience other than design. I recklessly (or courageously) quit my job in my mid-20s and jumped into e-commerce management. It was a time when e-commerce businesses were booming and it seemed like an extension of fashion, so I told myself 'why not'? While working on building an online presence for a brand I worked with, I eventually ended up grabbing a camera and started to shoot content for e-commerce and social media.

What do think is your biggest talent?

My biggest and proudest talents are my organization and branding skills. I love to organize and curate things together, build ideas and shoot them to make them come to life. I love the process of creating something from nothing. My eye for fashion also has definitely helped me stay in this business and work with different types of clients.

Mire in classic beige checked blazer

Miré in Classic Beige Checked Blazer

What do you enjoy most about your current job?

I enjoy the fact that I have flexibility with my working hours. I am spoiled sometimes at spending long morning hours before I go to work. However, I work 16 hours a day for 3 days straight at times, editing hundreds of photos. But if I felt like taking a day off to go to the beach, it's possible. I also love meeting new people through this job. With my previous jobs, I only worked with people within the company or vendors, but as a freelance photographer, I get to meet new people every week and make new friends - it's amazing!

How did you make the brave decision to start your own business?

Both my parents are business minded. As much as I want to deny it, I think I got some genes from them. They come from nothing and has worked on multiple businesses to make a living and I learned from them to go after what you want. Also, you only live once. There are no failures, just processes to success. That mentality got me to start my business.

 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I love to have a 1 year plan, a 5 year plan and a 10 year plan. I usually have my travels scheduled a year ahead, since if I don't prepare ahead of time, I won't be able to make time to go. However, I also acknowledge that life is full of surprises and unexpected twists & turns. So, who knows what I'll be doing in 10 years, but one thing for sure is I will still be shooting and maybe I would have created a couple music videos with artists. 

What is one advice you would give to girls that want to work in the fashion industry?

Be humble and be nice. It's a small industry and people love to gossip. However, if you are humble and treat others with respect, there will be nice people who will take care of you throughout life in general.

Mire in classic beige checked blazer | The Dallant

Miré in Classic Beige Checked Blazer

FASHION & LIFESTYLE

What does your typical day look like?

My day usually starts at 7am. I wake up, open Instagram & seek for inspiration. I always eat some kind of breakfast to get my brain and stomach to wake up. I drive 30 - 40 mins to my studio in DTLA and work on any tasks scheduled for the day. However, I don't really have a typical day. Everyday is different and being a freelancer is the craziest, most unstable job you can have.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is consistently changing and I don't like to be put in a box. I love everything about fashion and am figuring out how to pull off different styles for different occasions. Currently, I am very into two piece sets - outerwear over pants, dresses or skirts, and love to mix in statement pieces. I am also very into vintage. I've been more conscious of the waste one person can create in a lifetime and have been looking more into sustainable brands.

What is your go-to outfit?

My go-to outfits are jumpsuits with pockets or a big oversized jacket (*with pockets) for photoshoot days. Jeans, top, & blazer look for casual events and a slip dress for special dinners.

Miré in Classic Beige Checked Blazer

Miré in Classic Beige Checked Blazer

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

My recent fashion purchase would be a shoes from Yuul Yie, a Korean shoe brand. Currently, I am purchasing pieces for fall, but can't wear any of them yet as it's still close to 90 degrees in LA.

Do you follow trends? What is the Fall 2019 trend that you are the most excited for?

I would say I do and I don't follow trends. However, if I see a new amazing shoe or bag collection, I'd die to get one. Currently, I am obsessed with the New Bottega Pouch Bag. For this fall, you should watch out for faux leather pieces. I'm dying to find a real or faux leather black jacket. I think plaid is always in during fall, so more plaid blazers or suits are wanted.

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For more on Miré-

@mireyang

http://www.mireyang.com/

https://www.pleatstudio.com/

 

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