Richmond Camera's 'FOCUS' Series highlights some of our team members. Get to know them a bit more, and come by our stores to meet them!
Brian is our Store Manager at our Midlothian Richmond Camera. He is a fantastic member of our team and he is excited to meet you to help with any of your photographic goals! Brian is available for one-on-one sessions for anyone interested, catered entirely to your needs. Stop by or give Brian a call today!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I grew up right here in Midlothian, but have lived other places such as Nashville, TN and Harrisonburg, VA (where I got my Psychology degree from JMU - Go Dukes!)
I also worked in the IT field for many years, before going full-time with my wedding and senior photography, and then eventually landing at Richmond Camera about a year ago. If I am not at Richmond Camera, you'll find me running trails at Rockwood, walking my dog Maddie at Midlothian Mines Park, out taking photos, and also just about anything exercise-related. But I also enjoy quiet time, too, playing guitar or re-watching Lost (my favorite TV show of all time). And if you've already met me at Midlothian's Richmond Camera, you know I love food, lol, and often bring in treats. If you didn't try the pumpkin pie cheesecake cookies the other day, you are missing out, lol.
QUESTIONS WITH BRIAN
What are your photographic interests?
People. When I first started with photography, about 20 years ago, the last thing I wanted to photograph was people. At the time, I was nervous about working with people, but that absolutely changed over the years. And now, I photograph people almost exclusively (and pets, lol). There is something so unique and amazing about a wonderful candid photo, an expression, or an emotion that you can capture in a photo, and it's those little moments that keep me interested in photography.
What about your work is most exciting to you?
Learning new things. If I am not learning, I am not growing. I believe that a month of making no photography mistakes is a month wasted. I'd rather mess up some star trail photography, and learn from it, rather than keep doing the same, safe, photography from the month prior. I believe in trying new things!
What are some of your other interests or passions?
Health and fitness are very important to me, but I also love food, lol. And my dog Maddie is basically a part of me. I also love spending time with my niece, cooking, shopping, hiking, and random exploring of small towns. I also have my own photography business for senior photoshoots and weddings.
What about photography is most exciting to you?
With photography, what really drives me, is the satisfaction of seeing that ONE IMAGE from a photoshoot or a wedding, that makes me stop and go 'wow' and just that feeling of accomplishment. There's nothing better than replacing a photo in your portfolio with a brand new one, that you love even more.
If you had to choose one lens, what would it be and why?
The 70-200 2.8 is my 'go to' lens. It's the lens I use the most, and wonderful for portraits. I can also add a teleconverter to it to get a bit more reach, and just lose one stop of light, so it's very versatile.
Do you have a favorite image you’ve shot recently, and what about it excites you?
A selfie. I have NEVER been one to take selfies, but I believe in getting out of my comfort zone, and taking selfies has been a big part of that. For anyone who prefers to be behind the camera, I can't encourage it enough, to make an effort of photographing yourself. You learn a LOT, and it changes your perspective on photography.
What photographic technology is most exciting to you?
Mirrorless technology, hands down. Seeing real-time adjustments in the EVF is a game changer (stop by Midlothian to ask me more about it), as well as the insane number of focus points, quiet shooting, lighter camera weight, and a ton of other great things.
What are some common challenges you face in your photography?
I think that all of us are facing a struggle with desensitization to visual media. We're all bombarded with curated content via social media and other channels 24/7, and the net result is that we are constantly seeing stunning, edited, perfect images. And that creates a sense of visual boredom that previous generations didn't face. So the struggle is how to creatively generate a 'wow' factor with an image, in a society that is constantly being flooded with visual image.
What does photography mean to you?
For me, a great portrait photo brings back a flood of memories. As our memories fade, it's amazing to look back on a childhood photo, for example, and have that rush of memories come back as you view the print. That's one of the reasons I love walking into a home that has walls covered with photos... I could spend so much time just enjoying every single print.
What piece of gear is a “must have” for you?
External speedlight. I can't stress enough how much of a gamechanger it is to have external flashes (speedlights/speedlites) for your DSLR. Please stop by and ask me for more details about that, or schedule a class - I love talking about flash lighting.
What’s your favorite part about working with Richmond Camera?
Seeing the older prints come in, for scanning or retouch, or reprints. It's amazing to see these gorgeous photos from the 1940's, etc. preserved. It's not just impressive to see the scans come back in, with the level of detail, but it's gratifying to know that the prints will make it yet another generation, if not more.