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Meet Bernadette Madden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bernadette Madden.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I fell in love with film photography on my trip to Europe at the age of 17. The images I captured captivated my friends and since then I was convinced that I had to pursue a field in art. I studied fine art for a while, but I found love at a young age and dove straight into marriage and family. Meeting my husband and having my 2 boys are the best things that has ever happened to me! As a young mother, I ventured into dance for recreation and discovered a hidden talent where I ended up as a bgirl breakdancer. After 4 years of dance I settled down and focused back into art with design, painting, and photography. After years of taking pictures of my own kids, I worked my way into taking pictures of friends and family. After months of persuasion from my husband and family, I finally pursued photography seriously and professionally. In 2010, I captured my first wedding. I am now a lifestyle family photographer and a wedding photographer under the brand Bramble and Vine.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a film hybrid photographer of weddings, lifestyle, and family. I am in love with how film captures light and creates luminous pictures. I can shoot digital as well, but there is nothing like film capturing the soul of an image. Although I have a different brand for weddings and all things romantic, I find all things I shoot interconnected. My main passion is to document life and love. I am story teller with a focus on relationships. There is always a beautiful love story to tell with every couple and family. There is lifelong saga of a couple falling in love, entailed with romance and friendship. Then, uniting as one, bringing a merge of 2 families together. Eventually, the story continues with pregnancy, a baby, and the starting of a new family. It’s so beautiful! I want to be a part of it all and tell the story from beginning to end.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
There is a huge struggle comparing yourself with others, especially with Instagram. It’s a very competitive market as a photographer. I live in Los Angeles, and it’s a saturated industry. In the past I had often struggled with comparing myself with peers and other photographers. I was never satisfied with my work. An artist’s always needs to critique their work because they want to improve, but they need to realize what their motive is. I would struggle with motives with wanting to be better than others to in order to be recognized. Or my work isn’t good enough until it looks just like “so and so”. Those are the totally wrong motives, there will always be someone better than you and you will never be content. I had to realize I needed to find my own voice, be the best that I can be, and embrace who I was in order to find my own style. I’m still in that process. I think many photographers and artists today face this challenge of comparison, especially with Instagram and having followers. Perhaps the struggle is wanting to be noticed and compromising your motives just to be popular, instead of keeping it real.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can visit my weddings website and follow me @brambleandvinephotography!

They can also follow me @bernadettemadden for family lifestyle.

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Image Credit:
Photography Bernadette Madden @brambleandvinephotography

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