Thank You

I've been shooting casually for about three years now, and have just gotten really serious about it in the last year. I need to say a big massive thank you.

Thank you to those who come up to me and tell me in an apologetic tone that they've stalked my facebook, stumbled across my website or blog, and absolutely love my work. I put my work up for the sole purpose of getting exposure and letting people see my work. You are not stalking me, you are supporting me. Thank you.

Thank you to those who have given me a photo credit when I did not ask for one. It shows me that you respect me, my work, and the time it's taken me to get to where I am now. It has led me to amazing things (not exaggerating!), and I am so grateful. Thank you.

Thank you to those who have referred me to friends and family. It absolutely means the world to me when you trust my talent enough to keep it going.

Thank you to those who've 'liked' my photo on facebook. Thank you to those who also put up with my photography-talk and haven't deleted me yet, haha.

Thank you to those who use one of my photos as their facebook profile picture. It's just facebook, but it also means a hell of a lot to me. It shows that you like not only how I saw you in that moment but also how I chose to represent you with the tool I use to create my art.

Thank you to those who have said they've seen better. Thank you to those who have said my images were "not interesting." You have challenged me to be critical of my own work and strive to be better than I am now. At the same time, you have challenged me to learn to create images for myself and not to please others. You have challenged me to stay true to my style and my integrity. If I do not love my own work, then no one else truly will, either. Thank you.

A big, massive thank you to all.

Eileen & Kevin

Major props to this fantastic couple for being fearless about shooting in a wickedly public area... and Kevin being legitimately excited to have a photoshoot with Eileen!

Java Cafe

I did some food photography for Java Cafe, who needed some new menu items photographed! It was all I could do not to just gobble up the delicious looking food I had to shoot placed in front of me! I'm definitely going to stop by for a bite whenever I'm back down in LA!

Third Eye Blind

Behind the scenes of Backline's live taping of Third Eye Blind -

Apparently this was the first time they got back together for a show in quite a few years!

Update. Upgrade.

Not much to update around Annie Hall Photo lately. I've been doing a couple headshots / senior portraits for students, but nothing else much too exciting that I am allowed to post (yet!). I started getting more serious gigs and decided that my D90 wasn't performing up to the standards my work needed, and I couldn't wait for the D800 to come out fast enough.

So! I pick up a used D700, which came with two extra batteries, for about $2100. I also got a battery grip and an infrared wireless remote for it. Cool things will be happening soon, I'm sure :) More posts will come soon!

Until then,

What happens when you fall in love with a photographer?

I'm always looking to be a better writer, or at least be more creative with my words, though I've always described myself as one with few words. Today I found this and it was so beautifully written that I wanted to give it a try. I credit my inspiration to Molly.

What happens when you fall in love with a photographer?
Who knows, it's different all the time. They might buy doubles of everything, or three or four more. They might do the keys-phone-wallet tap ten times, or only feel hungry when it's 2AM. They'll spend the rest of their paycheck on new camera gear. Or eat ramen noodles for a month in order to save up for a new lens. Sometimes they stay in bed all day long, or never go to bed at all. Sometimes they'll stare at you for approval when they show you their pictures, or burst into tears when they find out you didn't like that one picture that was too distorted or too "blueish," or just not in your taste. They might refuse to drink milk or eat chicken, and they might take two hours to pick off every bit of cheese on their plate.

What happens when a photographer falls in love with you?
You become a supermodel, and the most beautiful person in the world. You see yourself in the way that they see you, and you find the words you once said to them pictorialized into images - immortalized into an expression that the rest of the world may see yet only you would understand. Part of you will always live within their style, their vision, and ultimately into each successive picture.

When you fall in love with a photographer, they make you want to be able to write well to match their thousand words. And when a photographer falls in love with you, you yourself become those thousand words.

Hsi Lai Temple

A lovely place to visit, walk around, and take a few snaps. Shot with my new Nikon D700.