We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Carson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor behind the success of Palo de Rosa Photography by Brittany Carson, is my passion. I am passionate about many things when it comes to my photography. I always strive to provide my best work possible and to have high client satisfaction. I believe my passion is the force behind my efforts to accomplish that. It starts with the sessions, which I always try to treat as a fun time. I interact during the entire session and use lots of prompts for my clients, so they can laugh authentically or draw real emotion from within them. I want my clients to feel like they are having fun and not nervous, as many do when they know their photos are being taken. I listen to my clients needs and wants, and try my best to have the images I capture represent their visions. I also put myself in my clients’ shoes and try to provide a service and product that I would want to receive on the other side. Because I am so passionate about delivering my best work possible, sometimes I must meet clients in the middle. An example of that is that I am a natural light, outdoor photographer, so I only schedule sessions when the lighting is optimal. I am very nit-picky when post processing the images, and will not deliver the images until I am entirely confident in my work. My goal as a portrait photographer is to capture moments in time that are candid and authentic. Without passion, this goal would never be met.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an outdoor, natural light portrait photographer who loves capturing one’s authentic self! I’ve always loved photography and capturing genuine expressions in original moments. Candids are my absolute favorite type of pictures to capture. I love bringing out someone’s true personality in portraits. My favorites to capture are couples, engagements, honeymoon sessions, seniors, and individual fun sessions. I treat every session as a fun experience and as a date night for the couples. My favorite environment in photos is the ones in the beautiful AZ desert. I love framing subjects with saguaros, teddy bear chollas, and the desert mountains. My clients describe my work as empowering, engaging, and talented. My favorite feedback that I receive is when someone realizes how beautiful they really are with the photos. I love it when people feel radiant and confident after seeing their authentic selves in the images I produce from our sessions. My goal is to capture joy at the moment so that it may be cherished for generations.
When I am not taking pictures, you can find me working as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) in pediatric gastroenterology. I am a University of Tennessee alumni ( Go VOLS!) and am currently soaking up the desert sun. Some of my joyful hobbies are dressmaking, embroidery, and baking macarons.
What is Palo de Rosa? Palo de Rosa [Pal • o | deh | Roh • sah] is Spanish for the color dusty rose. I named by business “Dusty Rose Photography” because one of many commonalities that my precious grandmother and I share is our favorite color, dusty rose. Why is this important? Because my grandmother is someone I strive to one day be, even half the woman that she is. She is a treasure locked in my heart for eternity. This is my way of honoring my deep love for her and a way of keeping her as a daily part of my life. I decided to name it in Spanish to celebrate my love and passion for my Hispanic roots.
I would say the beauty of learning and working towards any skill is never easy. The biggest lessons are learned through struggle and hard work. While nothing really got in the way for me to get to where I am at today with photography, that doesn’t mean it was a smooth ride. There were moments when I felt like I would never be the photographer I wanted to be. I would create images that just weren’t my style or the composition I hoped for.
Sometimes I would forget to focus on some details during a session that would’ve created a much better image if I would have. Sometimes I would feel stuck and would work until I overcame the barrier I felt I was facing. I am not perfect by any means, so I still face these challenges from time to time. I have always been someone who takes a frustration or challenge and works on it until I am happy with the result. For me, personally, I think my journey in photography will always be fine-tuning my skills, and turning challenges into acquired skills. I think if I have learned anything, it is to embrace the process, no matter how frustrating it may be at the moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My day career is as a registered dietitian, so I love finding yummy restaurants and coffee shops. My current favorites include 32 Shea, Provision, Barrio Cafe, Ocotillo, True Food Kitchen, Gertrudes, Colados Coffee & Crepes, and Essence Bakery. The best outdoor places would be White Tank Regional Park, Papago Park, McDowell hiking trails, and visiting Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain to get a view of the city. My absolute favorite place in the city is the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens for a nice morning or evening stroll.