Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Brodley.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in New Jersey and always had known I wanted to do something artistic, so I went to school at the art college in Savannah, Georgia where I kind of decided to focus on Photography and Creative Writing. I really wanted to be a Creative Director for a magazine, concept and execute photo shoots, and live in New York City, which sounded so cool and glamorous. When I graduated in 2008, it was the height of the housing market debacle and many of the magazines at the time were not hiring as publication after publication closed. After a long time searching and interviewing anywhere that had openings, I took a break and visited a friend in Los Angeles. I had never been to LA before, and here I was in a place that was 75 and warm in the middle of January. I told my mom I was going to move to LA and I applied and got hired two weeks later. I moved to LA at the beginning of February 2009. I spent four years working in an office of a photo agency, editing other people’s photos and selling them to magazines, TV shows, and PR offices. It was not the most fulfilling of jobs. In 2012, my first close friend from college got married, and I decided on a whim to bring my camera with me. I took so many photos at her wedding, and she even ended up using one of my pictures for her profile on Facebook, which was pretty cool! My boyfriend (now fiancé) told me that I should chase that feeling and become a wedding photographer. Even though I had no idea how to make that a reality, I asked a few of my friends who were couples to pose for me, and before long I started booking real weddings. I started second shooting for a friend of mine who is an extremely talented photojournalist turned wedding photographer. He taught me how to really document and tell the story of the day. In 2013, I began working for design blog Oh Joy! where I did administration and was able to take content photos and eat a lot of sweets. I got better and better at shooting everything. I was able to photograph a book in 2014 and in 2016 I was able to leave my full time administrative job at Oh Joy to focus on photography full time. Now, I still get to shoot for Oh Joy every week but I also get more time to focus on my business and what makes me happy. I feel so lucky that I can share special moments with my clients and capture them in a fun, authentic way. I love what I do and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not. Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and warn myself to prevent all the mistakes I made, but now I think those experiences are what made me who I am today. If I hadn’t stumbled and lost direction every now and then, I probably wouldn’t be able to handle all the surprises this job throws at me.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Casey Brodley, Photographer – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company specializes in photo + video for weddings, families, and lifestyle brands. I really love that the people I work with are all funny, quirky, and utterly themselves. I like to think my approach to shooting my couples and clients is a little different than most: I encourage a lot of laughing and silly poses. I’m definitely not a dark and moody kind of gal, no matter how hard I try. I aim for all the work I produce to be bright and colorful with a big personality.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My big dreams include owning my own studio and one day, a wedding venue! In the short term, I want to travel more! I’d love to be able to include a photo booth with my packages, which is one idea already in the process of becoming reality!
- Photo Sessions start at $500
- Wedding Packages begin at $2500
- Website: caseybrodley.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/caseybrodley
- Facebook: facebook.com/caseybrodley
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