My name is Lara and this is my first entry in the blog, which from now on will be known as Lara’s super amazing photography blogs of photography and other things of similar interest. Well, no…it won’t quite be called that. But this is my space to discuss photography with you, or at least to write things that are picking my brain at the time.
Here are a few of the works I have done. Sorry about the watermarks! You just can’t be too careful, you know. You can see more works at my Website (LaraHamdan.com), or at my Flickr. I also have a DeviantArt page if you’re interested in purchasing some of my prints.
Candids and Street:
I’ve always been into photography, though I only recently started the practice of photography. My dad was really into still-life when I was a kid, and one of my best friends in college was an avid photographer, also very into still-life. My dad no longer practices photography (he gave me his tripod, which is cool), and I am no longer friends with that person. But I am thankful to each of them for giving me the desire to learn and begin photographing.
I am also thankful for my best friend’s encouragement. NJ and I spent the entire last summer (2007) together, doing what we called “photoadventures,” and some photo shoots. “Photoadventures” is the activity of going to a new place every so often and just photographing what the area has to offer – still-life, candids and street portraits. We started out with still-life, progressed to portraits, and I have since taken a great liking to candids. They are challenging to do, especially to get a great shot, and that’s what makes it so fun and rewarding.
We dabbled with fashion photography for a little while, left it and then picked it up again. We started off photographing each other, then worked with our first model TFCD, Aki, and then worked with a female model named
However, in September 2007, NJ went back to uni, and I left for
The Way I Tick
The main aspect of fashion I enjoy is editorial and high-fashion. I also enjoy some glamor, so long as it is interesting. I love conceptual fashion shoots and working on location. I think concepts are as important as the photography itself, because they tell a story and make a photograph interesting. I believe I have an eye for photography, but also a mind for concepts. The beauty of fashion photography is that it allows you to be imaginative, to make something fantastical.
I’m not sure if I want to take photography as a career. I enjoy it so much, I sometimes think that by trying to make money off of it, I may ruin it for myself. I also have other career goals which are important to me, and everyone knows it is very difficult to make a living from photography.
The only thing I do know is that I want to make art, and I want to share it with people.
Notice I didn’t mention stylists – this is because I prefer to do all of my own styling. I like to mix high-end and low-end, modern and vintage. So generally, I am in no need of a stylist, unless I am working with a very particular theme (or with a guy!). I would be willing to work with one with pay.
I have up until now been working with a 35mm Canon EOS RebelG. It’s about ten years old and I bought it for $30 from a guy on Craigslist. He also gave me the standard lens, a sigma telephoto lens (70-300mm f4/5.6), the manual and a bag. I named the camera Malcolm, because I name everything. I think this was a pretty good deal, and I certainly have used the camera enough to make the money worthwhile.
I chose film because, well, the camera was cheaper for one. Secondly, I do enjoy the surprise when you develop the roll, the sound the camera makes after each photo, and saturation in the photos. I couldn’t afford a digital camera at the time, so the film was fine.
I became demoralized, and decided I needed a digital camera if I intended to continue photographing. I paid $400 for a Canon Rebel XT, a slight upgrade from my last camera. I purchased the body only with the intent of using my current lens with it. It should be arriving sometimes next week, and I can barely hold myself with excitement!
Any self-portraits you see of me have been done with my crappy point and shoot and then edited to make the colors look like the photo came of a proper camera. This will change when that new camera comes…and I will of course let you know when that happens.
As for lighting, I generally use natural light when available. I have yet to buy a lighting kit because I am not going back to the states for a while, and I am not sure I want to buy one here, but I am looking into it. Photos with artificial lighting, taken before I came to