Jean Bai

Jean Bai

Redwood City, CA, US



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 and 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.



Konstrukt Photo, San Francisco Bay Area, Photographer

Dec 2017 - current

Benny Chan/Fotoworks, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Photography Assistant

Oct 2012 - Mar 2013

UCLA Daily Bruin, Los Angeles, CA, US, Photographer

Sep 2010 - Jun 2012

UCLA Daily Bruin, Los Angeles, CA, US, Video Journalist

Sep 2007 - Jun 2009

Davie Brown Entertainment - The Marketing Arm, Los Angeles, CA, US, Film Marketing Intern

Jan 2009 - Mar 2009

Bedford Falls Productions, Santa Monica, CA, US, Film Production Intern

Jan 2007 - Jun 2007


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Mathematics/Economics

Minored in both Global Studies and Theater

Jun 2006 - Jun 2012

Areas of Specialization