Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Beasley.
Bryan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my photography company in the early 2000s and focused on digital headshots for actors. My slogan was “Leave with Headshot in hand”. We’d shoot, retouch, then print an 8×10 in one session. Today, that’s no big deal, but 15 years ago it cut 2 weeks off an actor getting their headshots. That’s how I built my company, and today I focus on high-end portfolios, music, and live events. I’ve been lucky to work with L’Oreal, Fandango, Capital Records, and The Grove LA.
Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing is ever smooth, but that’s why I do what I do. I never wanted an office job, I need to be on my feet, being creative, and working hard.
Early on I said yes to everything, it built my customer base and honestly, I needed the practice to sharpen my photography skills. There are people I still work with who I shot their headshots a decade ago, they’ve moved on to other areas of entertainment and brought me over when needed. I’m talking years of work that all started with a $150 headshot session!
When you look back, what are you most proud of?
Photography has let me travel the world and meet people that are trying to change the world for the better. I was hired to shoot stills for a documentary focusing on a charity caller “More Than Me”. MTM works to educated and give a future to young girls living in the slums of Liberia, Africa. Eventually, the images I shot became the centerpiece for awareness and fundraising for the charity. I was honored that the photos were used in this manner and that project will always hold a special place in my heart.
Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
When I pushed my career away from headshots for higher end projects, I remember money got tight. I had to shoot a lot of projects for little or no money to improve my portfolio. But the goal was to push myself and my photography to the next level, I knew the money would come later. It did, but there were some lean years in the middle.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love LA!! I know it’s cool to crap on this city, and while it’s not perfect, just go outside almost any day of the year – beautiful! I grew up in Oklahoma City, and while I know there’s opportunity in the arts today, there wasn’t 20 years ago when I left. New York City was great, but I didn’t want to live in a shoebox, and those winters – you can keep them. I immediately fell in love with LA, but it’s a major market and there’s a ton of competition. You just have to outwork them all. Talent always rises to the top, but you still have to work to get there.
- My daily rate is $800
- Website: www.BryanBeasley.com
- Phone: 3238138157
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: BryanBeasleyPhoto
- Other: Twitter: @bryanbeasley
Photo by: Bryan Beasley