The Internet is truly an amazing thing. Not only has it revolutionized the way we communicate, but it has also brought the ability for individuals to create and share content with the world without the gatekeepers that we used to have in the past. The democratization of media has brought along a huge influx of photos, videos, and text that bombard our senses each day with varying quality. However, it has also allowed those with the talent, message, and hustle to rise to the top and become authorities in their field, effectively becoming stars in the process.
Mina Oh is one such individual. Search for content about travel, food, or culture in Korea (and beyond), and you’ll likely find one of her entertaining and very informative videos or blog posts. I have personally watched her videos for years and constantly recommend them to anyone who asks me for information about Korea. I had literally just got done recommending her channel to my cousin when the opportunity to photograph Mina came along. Of course I was stoked to be working with this talented creator and wonderful person. The awesome Mommy Oh was there as well and we made sure to get some photos of them together at each location.
Our first location was Changgyeongung Palace. The variety of backgrounds and textures there are amazing, and we hit the ground running (or more precisely, jumping ;))!
Of course you can’t go to Changgyeonggung without visiting the picturesque greenhouse. Mina’s wardrobe was on point and worked especially well with the building’s classic, elegant lines.
Our next location was Gwangjang Market. This street food haven is, of course, Mina’s turf and you’ll see it in many of her videos. After doing some photos around the market alleys and a few selfies with Mina’s fans who pulled her over, we headed over to Choi Yonsoon’s knife-cut noodle stand. You may remember this place from Netflix’s Street Food documentary. I remember it for the delicious dumplings and noodles that I devoured that day.
Our third and final location of the day was Cheonggyecheon Stream. It was a quick walk from the market and the light was absolutely gorgeous by the time we got out there. Again, Mina’s wardrobe choice was perfect for the location and we enjoyed the bit of nature within the heart of Seoul.
Overall, it was amazing working with Mina. As someone who is used to being in front of the camera, she made the shoot a breeze. It was great constantly sharing ideas and trying different things. Thanks to our good friend Dylan Goldby for connecting us and joining us after the shoot for drinks in front of the waterfall. 😉
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