I enjoy telling visual stories and adding context to my work. When it comes to the developing stages of the shoot all the way to the post editing stages, I am hands on with everything involved.When working with others, my goal is to give them comfort and show them through the process not who I am just as an artist, but as an individual in general. I enjoy showing others my professionalism and show my love for the craft.
Brian, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I grew up with love for Illustration at youth and would spend my days drawing nonstop. That transferred to Photoshop when I was old enough which began drawing me to graphic design. During my time at El Camino College, I was required to take an elementary photo class for my degree. It was that semester I fell in love with photography, and it was that semester I decided this was going to be my life passion. I spent most of my time photographing friends at any location, from cosplays to fashion, to portraits. I've always enjoyed as well doing Landscapes and Automotive, but Portraits I knew was going to be my passion.
Who is your inspiration in life Brian? How do you keep inspired?
My love for portraits began when my elementary photography class watched a documentary by Annie Leibovitz and her life's work. Her attention to detail and process of photographing portraits lit a fire within me. I knew after that video that portrait photography was going to be my long-term goal for a career. I continue to inspire myself watching the industry grow and see myself growing with it. My goal when starting was to continue to find new ways to develop as a storyteller that would create connections with the audience. I have been in the industry for a decade now, and I can proudly say that my work has touched others. It knows that information that allows me to continue and push the envelope to continue to progress in my already successful portfolio.
We all make mistakes Brian; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Starting young, I thought that I was already the best at what I did and I didn't take critiques too well. I worked alongside a model who was representing a starting fashion line in Los Angeles. Post processing, we were at constant odds of the editing style, and I grew too frustrated with the situation. I told her I could no longer work with her and gave her what I had done. She had to find a second editor to help her with the rest of the project.I was embarrassed realising how I handled the situation and wouldn't accept her opinions of the photos. I realised clients are not going to have your exact mindset with editing style, and that you need to work with the client rather than say your style is right and theirs is wrong. I did reach out to apologise for my unprofessionalism, and we did do another shoot in the future with a much smoother transition. We remain good friends to this day!
Brian, 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?
At the beginning of the process, I approach each client with questions regarding their intentions for the photos. What they are for, how will the clients will share them, and who the audience is? With that knowledge, I can work with them and give them a realistic timeline of the process and how we can move forward. Keeping an open line of communication allows me to keep the client updated and we can establish what requires attention first.
Please tell us, Brian, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
There was a week where I had done six shoots for six different clients, and they all wanted the photos processed by the end of the week. Keeping that line of communication with my clients, I was able to keep each one updated continuously on my process.Knowing how much work each client wants, I split my workload each day by working on a certain amount of images per shoot for that day. For example, if Shoot 1 had 20 images that needed to be done by Sunday, I would work on three images per day for that shoot. If Shoot 2 needed their 20 images done by Thursday, I would work on five images per day.Splitting the workload, depending on their due dates, helps me have balance in my post processing rather than doing each shoot one at a time. I was able to finish all my editing and get the images to my clients on time.
Brian, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I had a manager that wanted me to do post-processing on a model that would create a plastic-like texture on her appearance. I showed her my approach of how I edit faces; that does give a softer texture skin wise while still keeping the naturalism of the human skin. I expressed the naturalism is going to create more interest and will make the audience feel a better connection with the model. She was very happy with the outcome and allowed me to edit all future models as such.
Brian, 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?
In my second year of photography, I was discovered and approached by a talent agent who represented a group of Los Angeles artists. She asked if I wanted to showcase my work alongside others for an upcoming show. Of course, I accepted, I was never approached like that before. She had rented out an industrial building in downtown Los Angeles and filled it with bands, poets, photographers, and runway models. I was able to establish many more connections that night that helped me grow in the industry.Being approached for the first time is always, and you don't know how to handle it. I was instantly filled with joy, cause I knew it meant that my stories were creating interest in the industry. It pushed me to continue developing my skills so that I could be a stronger artist and create more connections.
Brian, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was given access to a studio for my portrait class and given free reign of a theme for the shoot. I decided it was going to be perfect to create a "Hollywood Glamour" shoot. The simple textures, posing, and lighting; it was an opportunity for a fun shoot. I had two models with me, and we had fun with the shoot. Different poses, playing with the position of the lights, different forms of expressions, we were able to do so much. The most exciting thing for me was the post-processing; the challenge of keeping the Hollywood Glamour style while creating a modern look to it. All in all, it ranks high in my most favoured shoots.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Never be afraid to try new things, and always keep an open mind. There is no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to creating art. With that, stay true to yourself and show the world what you see.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to work for all types of talents, brands, and creatives. As of today, I have worked with Redbull and Kendra Scott. For my future, I would love to work alongside magazine lines to create new content and stories. My top 3 would be Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stones.
Photographer: Brian Angers @baphotographics