Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Mykel.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brandon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
So I’ve had a camera in my hand since the age of 9 because my mom gave me a camera one year for Christmas & I took it to every field trip. I picked up film photography about two years ago. My roommates at the time, Kobe and Whaffle, would always push me to keep shooting film and since then, I’ve brought a film camera with me everywhere. Since I always had a camera on me, I’d see celebrities at local events and just ask for a picture and shoot. A lot of my photos are like that, it makes the pictures more organic.
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?
Being a freelance photographer has its challenges, but for me, it’s been so tough. Getting consistent shoots gets real difficult at times, but it’s given me more knowledge on my own limitations. Being your own boss is dope! You just have to stay on yourself and get your work out there.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a photographer based out of Long Beach, and I specialize in film photography. I think I’m known as the dude at the event with a camera around his neck. What sets me apart is the fact that I love photography so much. I’ve researched and studied photography and film in general to get a better understanding of it. Mix that with my passion for capturing the perfect moment and you got yourself a problem!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I think the proudest moment so far would be shooting for the sneaker brand Pro-Keds. They reached out to my friend Whaffle and instantly he wanted to use me as the photographer over the collection. The whole experience was surreal and the fact that Whaffle put his faith in me and my eye is still crazy to me. I shot the whole collection on film… Someone could’ve saved the brand more money and shot digital, but Whaffle put his trust in my work and it showed in the shoot.