We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandy Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I stated my business because I felt like I was losing myself, I did everything “right”, went to Howard University, graduated in 4 years, got married by 25. However I had no passion! I felt like I had become someone else’s version of me. The first time I picked up a camera, my soul felt at ease. When I started, I knew NOTHING! My biggest initial set back was striving for perfection and not granting myself grace. I thought my images would look like the Vouge pages, that was NOT the case. I had to learn about different cameras and lenses, how to work with models, and how to edit. It took years to even feel comfortable showing people my art. Success came when I just started to enjoy making my art, not focused on others likes and or applause. I started my website and business Instagram page and let others grow with me. I went from only shooting free projects, to being booked through December! Photography saved my life!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to create unique stories through images. I’m a native Houstonian and Howard University graduate, 7 years ago I was gifted my first camera and have since been inspired by everything around me. I enjoy making people feel beautiful and capturing moments through my lens. My goal is to make my clients visions come to life and surpass their imaginations. When I first started my online portfolio I was taken aback by the lack of diversity in my local photography communities, I found myself trying to work with certain people to chase an aesthetic. I was reminded of how it felt being the only minority in most spaces growing up in Texas. I realized then and there I wanted to highlight and create positive, beautiful, images of my people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend were visiting, I’d hope it would be during Rodeo season (at least that’s when my college roommate from Philly came to visit). Straight from the plane, we need to pick a Houston breakfast stable at the Breakfast Club, then we’d go to Cavender’s boot city and get the proper boots to make a rodeo appearance. Then we’d go next door to Pappasitos cantina, for fajita’s and margarita’s. By then it should be time to head to the rodeo and laugh at the mutton bustin’ competition, listen to great music, buy turkey legs, and ride everything at the carnival. For the rest of the week we’d have to make to an appearance at Avant garden, the Flat, and the Commoner downtown We’d eat at Pappaduex, Dak n Bop, Loch Bar, and Velvet Taco
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my business partner and wife J. Joy Cohen, she’s the driving force behind my brand, from taking care of everything client facing, to keeping me in line! lol Her attention to detail and overall strong communication skills, allow me to complete focus on the art. My clients love her and she’s been indispensable aspect to my team.
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