Introducing our March Member Feature, Ali Brannon of Ali & Garrett Wedding Photographers.
What's your 'photography story? My grandfather has been a huge influence on my journey. I grew up watching him shoot and develop film. Watching him win award after award, looking through slides every holiday gathering. When he became sick my grandma gave me his enlarger, and film cameras, I knew I wanted to honor him in some way, so I began shooting. Shooting everything in sight. In the spring of 2009 I had decided I wanted to quit my corporate job & take a swing at following my dream full time, so Garrett & I saved enough money to live off of for 6 months and I quit.
Tell us about your very first shoot: Our first wedding was for a friend of my moms. I shot Canon while Garrett had a Nikon. We had no idea what we were doing, but we worked as a team, and made it through. (Even with some slight user error camera malfunctions) Looking back, I’m so grateful for the opportunity, but I would have
What do you specialize in? We specialize in romantic weddings for the adventurous couple.
What three words best describe your style? Soft, Romantic, Natural
If you were stranded on a desert island with only one camera, lens, and accessory, what would you hope they would be? Contax 645, Zeiss 80mm 2.0, and of course some Portra 400 or 800.
If you could go anywhere and photograph anything, where would you go and what would you shoot? Iceland, I would love to photograph a elopement next to the JÃ¶kulsÃ¡rlÃ³n glaciers. Between those, the gorgeous waterfalls and the black sand beaches, I would be in photography heaven.
If you could be photographed by any photographer, living or dead, who would it be? Gabe McClintock. Hands Down.
What one tip would you give a photographer starting out in your field? Don’t take a gamble with your business. Assist a pro, learn from someone you admire. You only get one chance. Make the most of it.
What websites/blogs do you visit often? I really try hard not to visit blogs for inspiration, instead I focus my time on websites that will help me grow our business. I love Sethgodin.com, his blog rocks. I also love Ben Sasso he puts out awesome info constantly. However, I definitely prefer books over the internet.
What do you find most difficult about being a photographer? The seasonality of it, I wish we had a year round season. I also find being a Stay at home working mom difficult when trying to balance a business.
What do you find most rewarding? I love knowing the impact we will have for generations to come. Being able to document history for people to share makes it all worth it.