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 my photography career I spent nearly two decades as a Personal Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor. There are many qualities and skills that carry over from fitness into working as a portrait and headshot photographer - Effective interpersonal communication, an understanding of the human body, and positive vibes. It's all about the look. If I was a beast 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 point-and-shoot cameras later, my wife bought me 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 a7iii (What's 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 friggin' nail it.