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Conversations with Brittany OBrien

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany OBrien.

Hi Brittany, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’ve worked as a full-time music photographer touring around the world photographing in venues ranging from clubs to hockey arenas for the last five years. Before photography became full-time, I worked odd jobs in every industry you can imagine. Back in 2012, I was the assistant manager at a restaurant in San Francisco where you ate dinner in complete darkness. Photography was just a hobby back then and I spent every dollar on concert tickets. My “big break” came in 2016 when a Bay Area band, Finish Ticket, got an exciting tour offer. I quit whatever odd job I had and hopped in the van with them. My documentation style caught the eye of the headlining artist and soon, I was touring with them in a bus around America. Shortly after, Brittany O’Brien Photography was born. I relocated to Los Angeles in 2019 to be closer to the heart of the music industry.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve faced all sorts of challenges in this career path. Touring is a challenge in itself. Living life away from home 8-1o months of the year can take a toll on you. I thrive on the whacky nomadic lifestyle — but the pandemic has shown me that it can be nice living at home too. Finding reliable work as a freelance photographer is quite a challenge. You have to accept the unknown and really love to live a lifestyle that’s freeing — but be okay with the fight for the next gig.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I document artists on the road. Every aspect of life — from finding breakfast in the morning to playing the shows at night. I specialize in capturing the realness of this lifestyle. Creating memories from the ordinary. I think that’s what I’m known for… inviting people into an intimate moment. Showing people that you can find emotion in everyday events that we don’t stop to think about.

I’m most proud of myself for getting here! It still blows my mind that I was able to turn this love/hobby into a career. Blood, sweat and tears, worth it every day.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Finish Ticket deserves so much credit. They took me on the first tour, they had me take my first band photos… they were my early support.

My family always backed me, never doubted me.

Artists I’ve always admired: Pooneh Ghana, Annie Leibovitz… where would I be without them.

My dad too. He died while I was on my first tour but wanted nothing more than for me to continue to live my dream.

Contact Info:

  • Email: brittanyobrienphoto@gmail.com
  • Website: brittanyobrien.com
  • Instagram: @britobrien
  • Twitter: @britobrien_


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Brittany O’Brien

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