We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Lorraine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Several times over the past couple years, I have allowed the thought of leaving photography behind, creep in. Sometimes I lose motivation, or even feel inadequate compared to other photographers I’ve seen online. What keeps me going, is knowing that being behind the camera truly makes me happy. I have even stopped during a photoshoot (like when the model is changing or when we are waiting on a prop) to just look around and think to myself, “I’m at work right now. This is actually my job.” I couldn’t be happier. If what you are doing every day makes you happy, then that is something you can never give up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of the things I am most proud of when it comes to my photography, is my willingness to make anything work. In college one of my instructors called me “MacGyver” since I always figured out a way to make an idea happen and I still do that to this day. Behind the scenes it may look like a mess, but the final images will always be what you were wanting. I will try and do what i can, with the space or materials I have, to bring the vision to life. In order for me to get where I am, I have worked almost any photography job available to me. I started taking photography seriously in high school, working for the school paper as the photo editor and even photographing my friends in the backyard to get more experience. Then starting my first job outside of school as a photographer in the mall. I’ve worked for traffic camera companies, other professional photographers as a second shooter, and even worked at the zoo as one of those photographers that greet you at the gates. I wanted to be a professional photographer so much, I refused to have any other job. The biggest lesson I learned throughout all these years and jobs, was to never stop shooting. Besides working full time I have always done shoots when I wasn’t at work. Whether it be family portraits, weddings, model test shoots, or even just something creative for my own portfolio. It never mattered what kind of camera or equipment I had, it was always about the willingness to try new things and come up with solutions to create the best images I could.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places to visit is Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. One of the perks of that lookout is that you can drive all the way to the top if hiking is not your thing. You can sit right at the edge of the mountain and overlook the entire Phoenix area. Best time to go is right before sunset. Although the Arizona sunsets are gorgeous, my favorite thing is actually right after the sun goes down and you can see the entire city just light up. Watching the cotton candy skies fade into black while looking at the city lights down below is so beautiful to me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, I have been really blessed to have so many people in my life who have supported me in my photography career. My parents, siblings, friends, and even one of my clients. My parents were there when I was in high school and college, fumbling over the camera and still trying to find my style. Even being there when I would bounce from one photo job to the next looking for that perfect fit. Anytime I have a low point, I am so lucky to have all these people to build me back up and I can always count on them to give good advice. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have the support system I do.