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Meet Bran’dee Allen of BDA Photo in South Bay/ Mid City LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bran’dee Allen.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started doing music photography sort of accidentally. I would always go to concerts and shows in middle school and high school and I hated the way the photos on my phone turned out so I eventually got a beginner little Canon Rebel camera and started taking it to shows. I soon figured out I wasn’t allowed to bring my camera in. I had to start sneaking it into shows just to get pictures and my friends started telling me how cool my photos were and it kind of just took off from there and now I do a little of everything from commercial to music but music is definitely my specialty.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. Being a music photographer has its perks but also it’s downside. There are times when it’s really slow and nothing is happening so that’s when you have to make sure you have multiple streams of revenue. Also, the music industry is very strange, it’s kind of about who you know and then proving yourself from there on. There are rare occasions where an artists sees your work and you get some recognition but those opportunists are rare. I definitely struggled with understanding that it’s not just sending emails and getting a press pass etc. but I think the struggle is so important, it keeps you humble at the end of the day.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
So I’m a freelance lifestyle and music photographer. I shoot anything from commercial to lifestyle but I would definitely say I specialize in music photography. I think what sets me apart I guess is I would say the way I started. I loved going to shows and being front row and getting to participate in this insane experience and having everyone around me doing just the same. I loved it and I knew I wanted to keep doing it and I think one day it just clicked like oh I can keep doing this. So I think it’s cool that I have the experience and perspective from both side of the barricade now, so I’d say being a fan was first and now I’m a photographer.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Right before I started 3rd grade, I went to my very first concert. I thought it was really cool because I ended up getting to meet one of the artists right before they were getting on their tour bus.

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Bran’dee Allen / BDA Photo

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