Hi there! My name is @brianwhitt. I am a wedding and editorial film photographer based in Portland, Oregon and I am honored to be hosting a #pvtakeover for the next few days. I totally could not do this without PhotoVision! Over the last few years and many conversations, I have fallen pretty hard for PV. More doting on PV to come, but during my time with you, I want to talk about something that is not always as pretty as the images we share . . . Vulnerability. As creatives and photographers, we experience it all the time—heck, it's part of being human! Being vulnerable as an artist means taking chances, putting yourself out there and bringing to life something no one else has seen before. For us wedding photographers, we do this by showing the love and unique connections our couples share in a beautiful, artistic way. I personally have a huge thing for human relationships, and I believe these connections are why we are here—to be vulnerable with one another. If you'd come along with me, over the next few days I'll be sharing how some of my own creative vulnerabilities actually led to spectacular outcomes, along with a little help from my friends at PhotoVision!
Photo by @shannonvoneschen.
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@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: This . . . the FIRST image I ever took on film, was at the #erichmcveyworkshop and was scanned overnight by PhotoVision! In my opinion, there is a lot of beginner’s luck in this image, as it took me another good year of playing with only one or two film stocks to really embrace and feel confident about being a film photographer. Up until this image, I was shooting digital for about a year and a half. And before my digital days, I hadn’t picked up a camera more complicated than an iPhone. But once I realized film was what I had been seeking, I was hooked—hard—and jumped into the deep end. I put all my business’ resources toward @erichmcvey’s workshop in October 2014. It was a huge exercise in vulnerability for me. I had never worked with film before and knew so little about film photography, but here I was investing in a workshop led by a super-talented guy with a #manbun surrounded by talented photographers. The only thing I had to lean on was my gut feeling that I knew it was the right investment both professionally and personally. Erich and @amymcvey’s workshop was beyond incredible, and this image wouldn’t have been possible without a ton of wonderful folks believing in my work before I truly did.
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@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: Creating a safe space that enables couples to feel super comfortable is paramount to me. I love the moments when I am able to encourage couples to be vulnerable with each other so their unique love can shine through in an image. I want them to remember and be inspired by these moments again and again. Working with couples out in nature in small, intimate groups has really enabled me to foster a space of comfort and freedom, allowing couples to express their love more freely. Also, I give lots of positive feedback during the shoot to lighten the mood, by telling couples how much I love what’s happening in the moment, by cracking jokes or just by talking about one of my favorite subjects—food. When you take the focus off your camera, folks can really relax, and then you have an opportunity to capture real, true, authentic moments. Lindsay and Jai here have such a beautiful love and I wanted to be sure I caught an image of their tenderness for one another.
@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: This shot did not magically appear after the first try. It took me 3 or 4 good runs to capture the inherent movement of @clairelafaye’s stunning gown. When I first started photographing people, I used to feel silly asking a model or couple to repeat a movement or pose. I would think, “Is this person going to wonder why I didn’t catch it the first time?” or “What the heck kind of professional is this guy?!” But over time, I relaxed and learned to pay close attention to what catches my eye, to try new things and never compromise on delivering the best results I possibly can. That doesn’t mean I act like a little Mussolini who has to control everything. The goal for all of us is to deliver our own best work. There is no need to feel silly for doing something different, as long as your clients are having fun. Take a chance on your vision and be confident with the people you are photographing. Most likely, others will believe in you and add to your vision. And when they see their final images, they will be so happy you went for it!
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@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: I have become such a sucker for close-up portraits! I love their intimacy and how they capture something special about the subject. When I first started photographing people, I would not have dared getting my camera 10 inches from someone else's face. Talk about being all up in their personal bubble! When you take shots like this, it's all about expressing confidence in yourself and inspiring confidence in your subject. I give lots of positive encouragement and very little direction to help my subject feel comfortable in the vulnerable moment we share. I also don’t linger and try to make the process fairly quick and painless. Here, there is something to be said about @kimiaa7’s eyes that seem to gaze straight through you.