Hi. I'm Brittany.
Growing up on the beaches of southwest Florida, I'm laid back. My style is casual and comfortable and my pace in life is slower, so I can soak up the good times and enjoy the folks I am blessed to be around. It's not surprising then that my work focuses on informal, candid photography.
I've never been a fan of posed, stiff, set up portraits, so I don't do prop-crazy sessions where everyone's images look alike. It's so fake, so perfect. Everyone retouched to look unlike themselves. I'm all for looking pretty, but I remember getting back portraits of myself thinking, this doesn't even look like me.
I am best at capturing moments that are real and organic. I prefer to treat each session individually, and live in the moment. My work is creative & documentary, & I am passionate about giving people tangible images they can treasure. I'd love to photograph your (real) smile.
Random facts about me:
I have two sons: Oliver & Levi.
I love to travel & would love to live in Germany at some point in my life.
My dog barks when someone sneezes.
My nana is 93 and she is my best friend.
Favorite concerts to date: Mute Math, City and Colour, and The Civil Wars/Zach Williams
I love to create. Printmaking, cut paper, painting and drawing are some of my favorite ways to make art.
Favorite foods: cheese, ice cream, violet gelato, bread, pasta, homemade creme brûlée, broccoli, bacon & artichoke pizza
I was born in Bradenton, Florida and grew up on Anna Maria Island. My parents are both creatives. Mom was an interior designer, seamstress, and ran her own velvet embossing business. Dad was a photographer and still is a musician. I grew up living in a family compound with my parents and grandparents, and did crafts with my nana and fixed cars and remodeled the house with my papa. I had a wonderful childhood. I was always creative and was encouraged to do what I loved. During my junior year of high school, I was out sick for half the year. I loved to draw and paint, and did a lot of that while I was sick. It was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in art, so I focused on creating a portfolio. In my senior year, I took black and white darkroom photography at the local college and fell in love. I enrolled in art school and absolutely loved everything about it.
Because I took the "risky" route of going to art school, I had the opportunity to take classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, art history and graphic design. I quickly realized that I had a love of the process of creating art. Photography and printmaking began merging on many of my projects, and by the end of my four years at Ringling College of Art & Design, I had a BFA in Fine Art (Printmaking) and a minor in Photography & Digital Imaging. While in college, I worked at a camera store and learned a lot about labs and printing. I began shooting weddings in 2005 and gained experience in various types of portraits, in the studio as well as using natural light. After collage, I taught art and photography, and after my fifth year of teaching full time and managing my business, I decided to take a break and just be a mom. Two kids later, I returned to my business with fresh eyes. Becoming a mother changed my life more than I ever could have imagined. I was passionate about showing the relationship between mother and child (and all the emotions that go along). I completely changed my mind about birth photography. I felt strongly that every mother should have tangible memories to look back on.
So, here I am. Some of my best work has come from documentary, relaxed, in-home casual sessions with families. The real life moments, when dad's making a silly face and the kids are cracking up. When the newborn is sweetly yawning and the next second, pees all over mom. When the 98 year-old great-great-grandma gets on the merry go round with all the kids. When mama sees her baby for the first time. I love these raw emotions and capturing them for my clients. I would be honored to capture yours.