Today we’d like to introduce you to Brenna Weeks.
Brenna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Growing up in a divided household, I got to see dichotomy of the workspace spectrum, my Father, Chris Weeks, a photographer reveling in creativity and my mother stuck in a corporate office from 9-5. At four years old, I decided that I would never want to waste my life as a corporate drone, wasting my life away behind a desk. With that being said, I suppose my story began at a less than standard “Bring your child to work day!” Backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at the impressionable age of seven years old, alongside my Father. Amongst the chaos, I decided that is what I wanted to be when I grew up. A photographer. Fourteen years later, my dream came to fruition. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Degree my first job was to cover New York Fashion Week for Getty Images. The organized chaos was just as enthralling as I remembered it to be. To be surrounded by so many creatives all working toward the same goal. Pure magic. I quickly became enthralled with the models backstage, wanting to know their stories instead of viewing them as “human coat hangers” since they are far more than that. Which, I believe applies most to my work today. On the constant pursuit of authenticity in humanity. The beauty of vulnerability, the realism amongst the fictitious.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road whatsoever. My educational career did not cease upon my graduation. Yes, I have made a multitude of mistakes but I have come to the conclusion that those were necessary lessons to learn from. And to never repeat. I would have to say my biggest struggles came from myself, once permitting my anxieties to squander my belief of self which leaked into every orifice of my being. Especially my photography.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
In this modern age, I still shoot film. I specialize in the art of portraiture. For I love people. I love the art of storytelling through self-expression. Having a camera being pointed at your face is an incredibly vulnerable experience, no matter how much self-confidence one possesses. Without a doubt, my main concern is the comfortability of my client/subject. Setting the foundation for a supportive, trusting work environment by reciprocating their level of vulnerability back to them and because of that, I have received the highest of compliments, being, “You have captured me for who I am. Not that part I have been conditioned to play!” This sentiment has been uttered to me in its own variation by my clients and it is what I am most proud of, people being proud of themselves and finding happiness and beauty in themselves.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is entirely a state of mind. Something to always be in pursuit of but is it ever truly felt? Others have complimented me on my successes when it felt non-existent to me since, at the time I was preoccupied with what my next goal was.
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- Website: http://www.brennaweeks.com
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