Jean Bai

I majored in Mathematics/Economics and minored in Theater and Global Studies in UCLA. After exploring the world of film & theater off-campus as well as video-journalism and photojournalism while working at the UCLA Daily Bruin, I fell in love with the process of documenting and sharing the stories around us.

Not sure if it was due to all those math classes or the constructivist artwork from Lazlo Moholy-Nagy I began looking at, but my style started taking an abstract spin - I started obsessing over my use of light and composition and started shooting architecture.

Instead of jumping right into art after graduating, I balanced my day job in finance with personal creative work, building a portfolio while shooting during business trips and vacations, submitting to photo awards, and saving money to pursue photography professionally.

My philosophy about photography—no matter the medium—is that it is strong in form and looks natural. I don't shoot until I feel like I am standing in a position where everything feels balanced in harmony. I do several iterations at each point until I feel like I've gotten a good capture. The captures that don't require massive post-processing end up being the ones most poignant.

For me, natural beauty is a must. It's a way to show the world your confidence and genuine aesthetic; a way to showcase your perfections and reveal those imperfections that make us human. Ultimately, it's about seeing the beauty in everything.

In July 2018, I was hired as a photographer by Airbnb shoot their Airbnb Plus luxury listings in the San Francisco bay area, but I continue to take commissions to shoot commercial, residential and interior design work.


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