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Meet Brian Saculles of Brian Saculles Photography in Woodland Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Saculles.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Like many artists whose hobby turns into a passion and then into a profession, I owe my creative roots to my mom. Though both of my parents were shutterbugs, my mom took pictures everywhere and anywhere all the time. She developed her rolls at those drive up one hour kiosks (that are long extinct) and made albums upon albums from our family life events. I guess you could say she was our family event photographer.

I grew up using my parents SLRs, reading books and magazines learning as much as I could on my own throughout grade school. In college, I took some basic classes and really fell in love with the hands-on process of black and white photography after discovering the darkroom. The dim light, the smell of the developer, the water subtly running washing away the fixer; the darkroom was my therapy or I was just getting high and didn’t know the difference. I was in love with it either way.

Just like any true love, it will never go away. I made a lateral move and finished college as an X-tech and then decided to not to continue in the medical field, but instead, I enrolled in a professional photography school on the outskirts of Boston. Less than a year after finishing, I was living in Brooklyn working in NYC as a photo assistant. I learned so much working on big budget shoots with amazing photographers. I was living my dream. I loved photography and I loved New York, but not more than Lyn, my wife today, and girlfriend back then.

Fast forward through marriage, three kids and a house in Vegas, a few years passed where I actually put my camera down and sold some of my gear. Again, my love for photography came full circle, when, after 2nd shooting some small weddings, and picking up a DSLR, my wife surprised me on Father’s Day with a business license with my business name on it. That was the best present ever.

Today, I’m continuing to grow my business as an artist and although I’m far from where I’d like be, I’m really blessed to be doing something that I’m passionate about and that I love doing. With a little faith, and with my wife by my side, the sky’s the limit.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The move from Las Vegas to California was a huge change and we knew this in advance. Two TOTALLY different markets. It was like going from a big fish in a small pond to a tadpole in a lake! Different talent, marketing strategies and competition; still we were game. We had struggles trying to find what worked for us and tried a lot of things to get our name out there. Whatever the results, good or bad, we had never felt discouraged. Every effort was growth for us.

Please tell us about Brian Saculles Photography.
We are a husband and wife team. I handle all the creative aspects. My awesome wife Lyn handles client relations, contracts, event time lines, and just about everything else on the business side. She’s even been hired as a coordinator on occasion. On the creative end, I’ve been a photographer for over ten years but shooting weddings for about seven. Although we shoot both digital and film photography, we are best known for our medium format film wedding images. Lately we’ve had a lot of interest in our polaroid work.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start all over, knowing what I know now. Hmm, I wish we could’ve moved to California sooner. I’ve usually been on the curve or ahead of it always keeping an eye out for the latest styles and the up and comers. Trends come and go and what’s cool today won’t be as cool tomorrow. That’s what I’m interested in, what’s cool tomorrow. I have timeless images from years ago that look like it was shot last week. Moving to Cali earlier would’ve put us in the right place at the right time f’sure. Its ok though, living in “what ifs?” will only hold you back. You just have to keep creating!

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All images by Brian Saculles Photography

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