Today we’d like to introduce you to Bran Black.
Bran, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started photographing food and grew a huge passion for color and composition. After moving to Portland, I picked up a film camera and fell in love with the art of film. It quickly became a goal that I wanted to photograph people. I started photographing friends and that eventually turned into shooting models. I now shoot almost full time and have an amazing network of friends in the industry!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s definitely not been the smoothest road! Trying to get my work seen is one of my biggest struggles! I’ve also had a pretty hard time keeping friends in the industry. Not many people stick around! I have an amazing group of friends around me though that constantly inspire and uplift me!
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?
I specialize in effortless portraiture photography! That comes in the form of portraits, editorials, and etc. That term came from my friend Carina when I asked her to describe my work, but I’d definitely agree! My photography tends to be based on an ‘in the moment’ type of feeling. I never want anything to feel forced. I’m most proud of how far my work has come since I started. It’s been a long long journey. I think what sets me apart is my ability to understand people and photograph them the way they want to be seen as apposed to how they think they should be seen.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Absolutely! I would be nowhere without the help of some amazing people. Carianne Older (@peggyshootsfilm) is not only my friend but has helped me so much in the industry, she’s helped me find my voice and my place in photography! All of my colleagues I met in Portland will always have a special place in my heart and have helped me grow so much. Then, of course, where would I be without my wonderful mom! She’s done nothing but support me endlessly and never lets me down when I call her crying!
Models: Grant Uba (@st.grnt), Maggie Mae Danielle (@lilwhiskeymae, Nikky (@alm0ndmilf), Tamia (@tamiablue), Courtney (@666lizardgang), Kopps (@koppsmusic), Jordan (@jordankellyw), Carianne Older (@cariannesays)