We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Britt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
After 10+ years of working for a company supervising a call center, becoming a wife and mother, it was time to have something for me. I’ve always been into photography although during my younger years I was mostly on the other side of the camera as a model. For my 32nd birthday, I asked for a camera and my husband delivered. I shadowed other photographers to learn how to use the camera and found myself in my own element, doing something I love. As I began taking photos of my own children/family and posting them on social media, people began to reach out and ask for their .photos to be captured as well. During the beginning stages, I had the most fun picking out the lenses for the camera and that’s how this mompreneur created The Lens Element. In my own element, with a Lens.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art starts with emotion. When I create a set or capture a photo, I think of how it will make others feel. Rather it be happy, sad, or a combination of feelings, that is my goal. To make my viewers feel.

My family recently moved from Indianapolis, IN to Surprise AZ and I’ve taken on skatepark kids as my first series of photos living in AZ. I chose these children because of their energy. The kids put so much time and effort into skating and they were so happy when I asked if I could take action photos of their tricks. The support and encouragement they give to each other is amazing to witness. I was proud to offer clear images of all their hard work and to see them smile.

Becoming a photographer as with anything, requires giving 100%. Spending countless hours of researching/shadowing while working a full time job and raising children is definitely a challenge. Both are jobs that are never done! However, my husband and family are huge on pushing for success so there is always a helping hand when I needed it most.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to just dive in, everyone started somewhere. From my perspective, there is always room to grow.

When I book a client, communication is key. I ask questions learn more about you, what makes you comfortable so that you can be in your element as well. I also offer custom photoshoots to fit all customer needs.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My family recently moved to Surprise, AZ so I haven’t been around to have a long list of things to do. But, the scenic views at White Tank Mountains and the Victory Steps at Verrado are amazing. I’d also recommend visiting Sedona to see the red rock formations as well as taking in the views of sunrise at the Sedona airport.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There has been a ton of support from family and friends who pushed me to where I am today. I’d like to give a special shout out to my husband and mother who are my best friends and biggest supporters. As well as Bradley Price a fellow photographer from Indianapolis (instagram: photographybybradley), who allowed me to shadow and ask question after question as I started my journey.

Website: TheLensElement.mypixieset.com

Instagram: PhotographybyBrittanyBritt

Facebook: The Lens Element

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutArizona is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.