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Life and Work with Brigitte Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brigitte Park.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started photography with a small polaroid camera that I got as a high school graduation present from my sister. I took pictures of friends, plants, and just anything I encountered in life during college. I progressed with a larger polaroid and then moved on to film photography after two years of exclusively shooting polaroids. I decided to try it out with the encouragement of creative friends around me.

The first few months of film photography were like the first few months of shooting with a polaroid, taking pictures of life around me. It was to be able to keep moments and save them to look back on as memories. Knowing my memory potentially could be affected as a result of recurring post-concussive disorder from sustaining injuries from volleyball made it imperative for me to take pictures.

Landscape, plant, and portraits were my favorite type of pictures to take. Landscape photography helped me to remember the beautiful sites of the camping trips I went on for my degree in the earth sciences. Plants are always so amazing on film and finding angles and different perspectives made me fall in love with the process of composing a photo. Portraits enabled me to meet and connect with people who were both different from me and shared the same passion to create. The most rewarding thing about shooting people’s portraits to me was being able to give them memories to treasure forever.

Soon, I started styling shoots as a creative outlet, I love how it’s a way to convey yourself in an image that didn’t have to be of yourself.

Great, 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?
It was tough to do photography and love it so much at first. My parents always asserted that it couldn’t be more than a hobby, how I needed to get a “serious” job by going through college for a degree. My parents didn’t encourage me to commit to creative activities even though they interested me more. The pressure and the constant reminder that creative pursuits weren’t a viable way to support myself made me feel guilty for loving photography so much. My family struggled with financial insecurity for the majority of my life and I wanted to help them the best way I could. It was mentally tolling to have to commit to school when I didn’t feel as passionate about what I was studying compared to photography.

Mental illness has been something that has made it hard as well. Being in school for so long wore me down, I was mentally burned out by the end of college. Feeling despondent and not in control of my fate made me feel hopeless for a long time. I’m still working on getting help for my mental health, but letting myself rest and do what I love has made everyday life much better.

If you’re passionate about something, you should do it, your life is yours and happiness comes from doing what you feel like you’re meant to do. Despite a lot of visual mediums being dominated by men in terms of the media industry, I think women need to remember we belong in these spaces and that there are stories which only we can tell.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
A lot of my work is of landscapes and plants but I specialize in portrait photography and specialize in styled portraits as well as behind the scenes photos. As someone who gives people photos of themselves, I’m proud of my ability to compose and guide my models and execute work that they find themselves feeling beautiful. I do my best to make sure they are comfortable, respected, and most of all enjoying themselves. I dedicate myself to ensuring that everybody involved is happy to be creating.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
The most important way to network is to reach out to others you want to create with. You make meaningful connections when both parties are excited to be creating with one another. I never really had a mentor but I think that getting people’s feedback when you share photos with them is something that you can use to continue growing. Other perspectives are a great source of lessons from which you can grow and continue evolving your art.

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