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Meet Halan Le of Herronre in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Halan Le.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Halan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have grown up with art, such as drawing/painting. Photography was another outlet of art I was interested in, but never got involved in until I was about 16 years old. My brother had gotten his first DSLR camera for videos, which gave me the idea that maybe I can also get a camera for photos. I asked my dad if I could get a camera, and we went to go buy the camera. I started off taking pictures of whatever I thought looked cool, especially when I went traveling with my family in Quebec. I got into portraits later on, then got involved in lifestyle photos. I took a short break in photography because I felt uninspired and unmotivated. This break allowed me to conclude that photography should be an outlet of expression and not something on social media to “show off” or “get big”. I have never been a fan of the social media, but it is a place where I share my photography for myself to see how my photography has developed. I have grown to take photos of just about anything: portraits, street, landscape, conceptual, etc.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Of course, with social media it gets to your head with the amount of likes or follows you have. I did struggle with this mindset and took a break because I didn’t want to be like that. I wanted to keep my work authentic and unique. I didn’t want to follow any trends which was hard since I didn’t get as exposed as other people, but I don’t mind anymore. It’s hard to know who really wants to get to know you as a person versus who wants to use you for their benefit of photos. That was a challenge for me since I do enjoy meeting new people, I didn’t know who really wanted to have a genuine relationship that was something more than just photos. I believe art can connect people in various ways, and it can also bring people together to create something quite beautiful.

Please tell us about Herronre.
My work is photography, which focuses on everything. I have been known for drawing on top of my photos with a graphic design or something that people have not seen as often. It is a personal touch I like to add to the photo to represent people in a different way other than the photo itself. I believe that taking photos is a unique kind of expression since it is a moment that you capture within less than a second. I believe my development and the name I have created for myself is something I am greatly proud of. I try to set myself apart from others by purposely going away from the trend and just do my own thing. I try to take things from a different perspective and work with various colors rather than keeping it a monotone scheme in my photos. I also want to represent people in a different way other than just words. I believe that you can be inspired from multiple things such as music, movies, and other things makes it even better. The inspiration is what makes you think out of the box to improve yourself.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t have done anything different because I wouldn’t have become the person I am today if it wasn’t for those events throughout my life that includes photography.

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Image Credit:
Models: Tiffany Simpson, Adam Santa Cruz, Jeffrey Chang, Manny Shih and Jonathan Luing, Mikaela Kim, Jason Shi

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