Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My First "Photo Shoot"

This is the first official "photo shoot" I ever had. This is my friend Shadi. She went to Interlochen with me and lived in the same dorm. Sometimes I think my older work was better. I've been having trouble thinking of photo ideas, and my photos feel forced.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz just blows my mind. She is such an amazing photographer. My two favorite photos of her work are still the photos she took of The White Stripes, and of course John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is not only on of my favorite because it is a great photograph, but because she had the honor of being the last person to photograph him before he was killed that day.

R.I.P. John Lennon.

My Guinea Pigs

My friends Jordan, Mei, & Gracie were my first models. One could say they were sort of like my photography guinea pigs. I love them to death. I get to see them this Saturday because I'm going back up to Interlochen to take senior photos for people.

My First Photos

These are the first photos I had ever taken. If it wasn't for Mani randomly asking me to take her senior photos, I would never have started photography.

A Little History

So this is my first "blog post."

I don't plan on this being a blog about my personal life, although I'll probably end up venting every now and then. I created From Behind the Lens as a blog about photography, but more specifically a blog about my own photography. Here's a little history about how I got started.

I started photography by accident. I applied to the Interlochen Arts Academy as a violin major three years ago, but I ended up having tendonitis both years I attended, so I didn't do much playing. I ended up buying a camera just to have, and I honestly don't know why I wanted one. But this past April (2010), someone asked if I wanted to take their senior photos, and I figured I'd take a stab at it.

I fell in LOVE with photography, and since then I've been addicted to taking photos. Now I take photos on a weekly basis, and it makes me feel a little empty when I miss a week. I know it sounds stupid, but photography is probably one of my best friends. I know I'm not the best, but it's more for myself than anyone else. I believe that as long as you're passionate about your art, it shouldn't matter how good you are. I plan on using From Behind the Lens as a way to motivate other people to give photography a try, and a place to find advice. I know it's intimidating to put your work out there at first, but its worth a shot.

Hope you enjoy my blog!