The “Dark Side of Me” Music Video

On Saturday, I shot set photographs for a music video which will be entered into a film competition.  This specific contest is called a quick fire because we have 11 days in preproduction, production, and post production.

The morning of the shoot we met up at the Visalia Sports Park at 10:00 AM. My group arrived 15 minutes early and waited until the next car pulled up beside us. To everyone’s surprise, we had the same car-though different in year and colour- it sure did receive some chuckles.


Who wore it best?

After unloading the equipment, we walked down a dirt path and began setting up for the first scene.

While the actors got dressed, camera men put on the appropriate lenses.

Then the director showed everyone their positions.Image

And we were ready to shoot!

This soldier is the protagonist.
Hunting down people.


Here is the protagonist’s wife, who is dead. She appears throughout the video.
Here, Dylan(left) is showing the soldiers(right) the choreography to a fight scene.


Caleb filming a scene.
The fight between the protagonist and antagonist takes place.
The camera man sets up his shot while actors are learning choreography for the fight scene.
The antagonist hits the soldier and takes his weapon, holding him at gunpoint.
Caleb (right) shoots a soldier firing his weapon.
Caleb and the director show the actors their next positions
Spencer shooting the soldiers as they run through the forest.
Dylan runs through the forest, trying to kill the antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
A soldier aims at the Antagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Spencer (right) shooting the soldier hunting down the protagonist.
Soldier's Wife appears behind him.
Soldier’s Wife appears behind him.
Soldier's Wife strokes his face
Soldier’s Wife strokes his face
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
Soldier takes a quick break from firing and thinks.
The antagonist aims.

This journey helped to provide me with more experience in set photography and learning my settings. Choosing my camera settings is becoming more of an instinct, than something that I still have to take time to set.


Past. Present. Future (National Geographic)

Dear Diary,

My mom says that I should start college in the summer. She says that I am changing into a Visalian- for the worse. Most people in Visalia are nobodys, but I want to be someone and I have to keep my drive.  I agree with her, I think Ill start in June.

I need to begin a new life, my adult life, where I can become the person I have always wanted to be.

I think that I have to let go of everything that I have ever previously known. Is that the right thing or is my head just clouded with confusion? I think it may be my final decision to let go off everything, everyone here when I leave, though I am rotten at goodbyes.

I don’t think forever lasts forever with people, necessary.  But the impact you have on another person is the thing that they will keep forever in their hearts. I hope to make a strong impact on people through photography.

I am not sure how to say goodbye, but I plan on leaving with several “see ya laters.”  Though it may be a lie for the majority, it will help me lose connection and focus on my future.

I cannot have anything holding me back in college. I can meet up with the past, maybe in my future.

I need to focus on leaving for college these last few months of high school and refine all of the lessons that I have been taught these past 17 years to be independent when I reach adulthood.

I need to focus on my dream of photographing for National Geographic. I have the drive, the passion, and work ethic. I will keep practicing and weeding out my mistakes so that I can become more consistent in my work.

Some people ask me why I work so hard with my photography.  They don’t understand that it isn’t something I have to do, it’s something that is apart of me and I am driven to make beautiful pictures that will make an impact on both people and the world. It brings me great joy in what I do and I think about photography all the time. I daydream about photographing and making a difference in the lives of people.

I know I have a lot to learn, but I will continue to work very hard for the people of the world so when I shoot my first assignment for National Geographic, they will feel strong emotion from my pictures that will inspire them to better our world.

See ya later,

Miss Hale


On Saturday morning this weekend, my mom drove her and I up to Three Rivers-about 45 minutes- up into the mountains where we met my Aunt Pam. After Breakfast we drove down to Slick Rock.

With my shoes thrown on the dirt, camera and one hand and the other hand keeping me balanced, I walked through the river to make some photographs.

There was one couple and a family that caught my attention. To get the shots I had to stand 2 feet in mud under the water all while trying to keep my balance.

It was a warm day and the water rushing through my feet felt amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better morning!Image

A sweet girl was sunbathing under the warm sun.



While laying stomach first on a rock, I painfully captured several poses of this sweet dragonfly whose colour matched the river blue.

ImageMy mother posed while i captured a family playing in the background. Image

A couple camped out on a rock while with no knowledge of me in the bushes.


Who Am I?

Dear Readers,

I bet you would like to become more familiar with the person you are going to be following for the new few years. Well, for an introduction, my full name is Adriane Yelena Hale.  But you should be surprised to learn that I wasn’t born with this name. “Why?” you ask.  Well, that is because I was adopted at three months old.  My adoptive parents adopted me from the city, Rostov na danu, in Russia.  I was born with the name Vera Anatoleyevna Velishco.  Pretty cool, eh?

Presently, I am going to be a senior in high school.  I play varsity soccer and I am involved heavily with the media department at our school.

My passion is photography.  My goal and hard work is to be able to photograph for National Geographic.

Miss Hale

Reason For This Blog

Dear Readers,

Unlike most blogs you find over the internet, I would like mine to be thought of as unique.  The purpose of my blog is to record my journey to being a photographer for National Geographic.  Whether through writing or posting my pictures along the way, I am going to share every bit of my experience with the world.

Along with recording my adventures, I will be writing to inspire others.  To me, love, passion, dreams, and happiness are the key to life.  I would like to reach as many people as I can with my work, so I may inspire others to find what makes themselves happy so they can develop a passion and follow their dream.

I hope that you will enjoy learning about my life and experiences as well as being inspired to follow your own dreams!

So please, I invite you to stick around and we’ll reach our dreams together!

Ill see you soon,

          Miss Hale


13 y/o Death in a Fire


On Friday, a fire arose, engulfing the Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant-now considered a local landmark- of Three Rivers, California.  Attempting to rescue her son, the owner of the restaurant broke through a window, cutting her arms.  In the back storage room which also served as a bedroom, her child was found lying on the ground.  After investigation, the death of the thirteen year old boy was caused by smoke inhalation.  Later this week, following further investigation, the cause of the fire will be released.

Silent Morning

Silent Morning.Visalia Ca.2011                                              Adriane Hale

Silent Morning.2011                                                                                                                                                                                                  Adriane Hale

Before Sunrise on a Saturday morning, I drove downtown, and came across a restaurant with beautiful colours on the wall. So I stole the shot right before the owner turned the lights on! I have to say I was pretty lucky!