life of bryan
I have to admit, I love telling people what to do. I believe most photographers refer to that as "directing." Prior to becoming a full-time portrait and headshot photographer I spent nearly two decades working as a Personal Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor. Both professions require similar skills and traits - Effective interpersonal communication, an understanding of the human body, and positive vibes. It's all about working with the client to achieve the look. If I kicked ass with a camera, but didn't know how to make people look like a million bucks, I'd be photographing buildings or birds.
My first camera was one of those pocket cameras with the flip flash on top. Many years and several SLR and point-and-shoot cameras later, I got my first DSLR - A Nikon D5000. I used the kit lens for a bit until I saved up to get a 50mm f/1.8. That was the moment I realized two things: My photos instantly looked so much sharper; and I was a terrible photographer. Through the 2010's I spent countless hours each day learning and practicing as much as possible. Today I proudly shoot with a Sony a7R IVA (What up, Sony? Love you guys.).
I know it's cliché to say, but I'm truly fortunate to be able to pick up a camera, take pictures of amazing people and call it "work." The creative and collaborative process of headshot and portrait photography is both challenging and rewarding. The challenge is working with each client, often intimidated by or shy in front of the camera, to get the perfect shot. The reward is when we f***ing nail it.