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I've always been the person everyone knows. Whether close friends or just the person that can crack a good joke here and there, most people would at least know my name. I'm the happy, go-lucky person that puts a smile on someone's face to make them feel better. No matter who it was, I'd be able to get them to crack a smile. Smiling through life is something I hold myself to because it makes others smile along with me.I'm also very energetic and unstressed. People would always see me as the person that would never stress over things and think I wouldn't make it. However, I always did everything and got things done because I always have a plan. A plan always keeps me on my toes, so I know what I'll do every moment, and if life throws me a curveball, I course the plan around it.
Brandon, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
When I first started taking photos, I've loved every minute, and I still do. It allows me to capture the beauty in every moment as I walk through life. And as I take photos, I can better myself from different angles, different subjects, or different ideas that no one else has ever done. In my photography class in high school, I was always the one that worked harder than almost everyone. While everyone else played games, I would be the one critiquing my work, working with the teacher, or just scrolling through my photos and picking the best ones out to post onto my Instagram for more publicity. I started off my photography life actually out of the requirement. I was required in high school to take a photography class, and after a few weeks in the class, I had fallen in love with photos and how complicated something that sounds so simple is.
Who is your inspiration in life Brandon? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life would, to be perfectly honest, Kobe Bryant. I know that sounds strange from a photographer, but his work ethic speaks to me. I remember sitting on my parent's bed as my father watched basketball and I would ask him which player was which as I pointed to the screen. And the first player I pointed to was Kobe Bryant, the best player on that court. He reminds me of me in high school, the one who worked while they all played. There's a reason he's one of the greatest, and that's the same mindset I have when I do photography, always striving to better myself in every aspect so that I can become great.
We all make mistakes Brandon; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, and you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
In my yearbook team, one of my colleagues would always ask me for help, as she had no previous experience in photography. I would help her as best I could, but sometimes I'd be overloaded with work and just couldn't help her. It got to the point where I was doing her work, and I just got to busy to do it. She was very frustrated with how she had no skill in the work she was given and that turned into anger against me. I wish I had given her more of my time to help her understand how to do the work so I could do my own, but its now in the past.
Brandon, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
It's always quality over quantity for me. I never want to give a client something I threw together quickly. I only want to give them my best work at its best quality. So when I'm given a large number of clients, I prioritise my time on their needs. If a client required my time, I give them my time, even if I work overtime or until the break of dawn. I am doing what I love as a photographer, and I'm willing to do what it takes to get the job done in the highest quality I can give.
Please tell us, Brandon, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
In my yearbook team, we had a time where we had to set priorities because of how little time we had to finish the yearbook. I would strategise my time by going into photography during different classes or even at lunch to make sure that a certain page got finished on time. I would always be the first to come and last to leave, but as long as the work got done and it looked of high quality, then I didn't mind.
Brandon, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I was filling in photos on the yearbook, I would always be asked if I should put a picture there or somewhere else, but I'd always be able to tell them why I'm doing what I'm doing. I created that layout the way I did for a reason, and I take critique and fix what I can, but the specific way I did the page was better then what they were saying. I suppose I'm just saying that my experience was greater than their experience.
Brandon, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The finished product of my yearbook or my AP Photo portfolio. That entire senior year in high school with all those photos put into just a simple book and portfolio. With so much of the writing put into that book along with all the photos that were taken for the over 200 pages, that yearbook was an amazing accomplishment. Along with the yearbook, I won an award on the small team of about fifteen for best photographer and most friendly, which I suppose speaks out to the fact of how great I am to work with.
Brandon, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
In my graphic design class in high school, we were asked to make our logo and branding. A business card, a portfolio, everything to brand our company. I named my company "Sparks Photography" and decided to base the logo and such on the design of sparklers on the 4th of July along with a camera flash. The design came out great, and I hope to use it shortly.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Love what you do and never stop trying to improve. When you look at you photos, you want not to feel anything except proud of you work. I have strived for that every time and I still only find a few out of hundreds of photos that I'd be proud of. A photo captures the beauty, so make sure you take the perfect shot.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I've been modelling my friends on my Instagram page when I heard from one of the Model Citizen Magazine accounts to submit my work. I'd love to work with creatives on modelling and fashion shoots because I've always felt my best photos come out when taking photos of people, doing different emotions or just a face that defines a person.
Photographer: Brandon Sparks @sparksphotograph