I am currently a student at Syracuse University, and in the College of Visual and Performing Arts as Film and Photography student. I am now breaking into the business side of photography, I have been into photography since I was 12 years old when I got my first "real" camera, and have never stopped taking pictures ever since.
I'm originally from Dallas, Texas, and now in university in Syracuse, New York. I love collaborating with others and having a great team to work with. I'm pretty easy going and love working with people. Photography is one of my passions, and love exploring different ideas.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Brighton. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am undergrad student at Syracuse University, in Syracuse New York. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I have never really defined my style, I have always shot whatever I think needs to be shot. I like not having a tight plan to get a feel of what the shoot will be about because to me keeping it fluid and as spontaneous as possible, help bring the best out of both the photographer and the model.
Brighton, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Photography and film is a way for me to show the world how I see it. I like to find the beauty in everything I see, everyone I see, and everywhere I go. I love just taking pictures of the world, and it’s rawness, my subject is the world. And as cheesy as that is I like photographing what I see, that’s what I consider my style. I want to be able to show people parts of the world that they might not be able to see, to show people reacting to people, and reacting to events. I feel like my job as a photographer and as a filmmaker is to show the real world, the real people that are right in front of you. That’s my goal, to show the world for what it is.
Who is your inspiration in life Brighton? How do you keep inspired?
I don't have just one person who inspires me directly; I like to take inspiration from anyone in the field. From Petra Collins, and old photos from Cindy Sherman and I also like the aesthetics of Owen Reynolds. Best mostly I take a lot of inspiration from the people I surround myself with, both people I know (friends and family), to people I don't know or are about to know. The environments and the people are the most inspirational to me because it's everyday life. And everyday life is as inspirational as you can get.
We all make mistakes Brighton; 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.
I was working with someone who took over my whole set. They were being super controlling and overbearing, everyone was frustrated and upset. I wish I had taken more control over the shoot. It was one of the first few shots I have done and been a part of, so I was trying not to seem like I knew everything and tried to make that person happy, instead of making everyone else feel comfortable.
Brighton, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Each client is different, and I think it is important to learn how to both get what the client wants and fitting in your styles and aesthetics. Also scheduling everything helps me the most, seeing everything I need to do laid out helps collect my thoughts and prioritize the things I need to do. Having great communication with your clients is also important, letting them know where you are, and what you are doing helps keep them at ease, as well as your sanity.
Please tell us, Brighton, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Well as a college student, I make sure to schedule everything I'm doing to make sure that I don't miss out on opportunities as well as get my course load done. And to be honest, there isn't a day that I am not having to be strategic and planning. Between scheduling shoots, and going to class and doing homework, being strategic is apart of my everyday life.
Brighton, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As film and photography student, I have had roles as a creative director, the photographer, film director, cinematographer, assistant director, and producer, so I've had to deal with trying to persuade or compromising on almost every level when on a set. I either try to help the other person to understand why I want to do what I want to do, or I try to find a compromise, to make both of us happy, cause in the end for both of to be happy and understand the message is as important as being "right".
Brighton, 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 with share to everyone. What is it and why?
This may sound cheesy, but when I was in the 8th grade, I printed out some pictures I took at my family's farm and gave them to my grandma for Christmas. When she opened them she was so proud of me, she loved and hung them up as soon as she could. She was so proud of me and excited, that it made me want to do more and more photography. I don't know if it's considered professional, but it helped shaped me as a photographer and make me want to do photography as a career.
Brighton, 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 one of my photography classes, we had to the Eggerston challenge, where we could only take one shot of an item (or place, or person), and it had to be a mundane and ordinary subject. It forced me to see my subjects differently, and have more creative shots. I had to look at things from different angles and see things differently. It was a quite fun, and helpful experience for me as a photographer.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?*
To find what you like or think is interesting and shoot it. Whether it's your family at a BBQ or a parade downtown. I think the most important thing you can do as a photographer is photograph what you love and are interested in, otherwise, why do it?
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, because I think to work with different people and experience different sets. I have anyone or any brand specifically in mind; I want to work with anyone who wants to work with me and give me opportunities to improve my talent.
Now for the best part Brighton! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Brighton Harding @im.brighton