Audrey Lew

How long have you been doing photography for? 
I’ve had some sort of camera in my hand since I was 4 so it’s been a minute haha 

What made you want to pursue it? 
I’ve always loved capturing the world through a viewfinder. I enjoyed photographing my friends and even made a scrapbook with all my photos when I was younger. I’ve been going to concerts for well over 10 years at this point so naturally the two collided at some point. They go hand in hand for me so it was easy for me to want to pursue music photography. 

What’s the most difficult part of your career been so far? 
I think overcoming a parent that doesn’t completely support what you want to do with your life or tries to live vicariously through your life has been the most difficult part of my career thus far. I spent years trying to make my mom happy with what I was doing. I tried to fulfill her goals for me as well as my goals at the same time. I realized somewhere along the way that what she wanted for me wasn’t what I wanted and that trying to do both wasn’t going to help. This whole ordeal built up a lot of depression and anxiety for me while going to college. Between being in a competitive business program and what was happening at home regarding my career/future, I almost gave up on being part of music. I thought that giving up would be easier than to get a handle on everything that was happening. Eventually, I was able to get myself to a point where I decided “I’m going to do this,” and never looked back. It has been quite the adventure since then. 

Do you have favorite show you’ve shot? What is it? 
It would have to be the Roots Picnic Festival in Bryant Park. So many special guest musicians/guests in general that made for an incredible experience. 

Is there a show you’d love to shoot again? 
There definitely is more than one show haha. Just to name a few…Carly Rae Jepsen at the Paramount, Envy On The Coast at Webster Hall (1st date of their reincarnation tour), and Twenty One Pilots at Hammerstein Ballroom. 

How would you describe your personal style? 
I would say that it’s clean, crisp, and vibrant. Every now and then I’ll go outside of the box to try something different but I usually stick to keeping it simple. 

Has being a woman in your field been difficult for you? Have you dealt with any effects on sexism in your career? How did you handle it? 
It definitely has. For a while I felt like being a young female in the industry held me back from a lot of opportunities and because of it I could only exist as a photographer in my local area. I was offered tours for the wrong reasons, had people pass on me because I’m a girl, and had to get bands I was working with to verify that I was there to work in order to get into the venue when I had the appropriate credentials. That’s just a few of the issues I’ve come across as a woman in the industry. With any situation that happens, I try to remain as professional as possible, stand my ground, and just show up whoever is trying to talk down to me or treat me as less. The best thing you can do in any situation is to be better, show everyone you’re the boss, and that you know your shit! 

What other photographers have had a big impact on you? 
Tom Falcone for sure. For a while when I was just getting my feet wet in the music photography world, he took the time to be my photo mentor via email. I’d send him my portfolio every couple months and he would always give me constructive criticism on how to get better even if he was on tour/running around the globe. I’ll never find the right way to thank him for that. Not to mention, the work that he is now doing with Big Sean is sick and definitely encourages me to keep driving forward. 

Best work you’ve ever done? 
I would have to say it’s my photos of John Mayer. Not because they are crazy cool in any way but it’s John freakin Mayer!!! 

Any advice for aspiring photographers? 
Never be afraid to ask for something or to say no to somebody. Know your worth and be kind to others. I can’t stress that last part enough. Being nice to other people goes such a long way especially in music. Last but not least, work hard at your craft and push the boundaries. ​