We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Bash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
It may seem cliche, but I’m inspired by almost everything around me. When I go on walks I look at the way light interacts with the world around me and I imagine what kind of new creative shots I could get. I also draw heavy inspiration from other photographers around me. I feel like working with other creatives helps you see things from a different perspective and help you see things you may have overlooked, Ultimately making you a better artist.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
with Brian Bash Photography I focus mostly on Wedding and Engagement photography but I do any kind of general portraiture. My main focus with photography is to capture couples as their most authentic selves while also helping them look their absolute best. I try my very best to help couples get amazing images at a reasonable price because the last thing I want is for someone to look back at their wedding images and say “I wish I spent more on the photography”. I think another thing that sets me apart is my mastery of off-camera lighting. I am able to use off-camera lighting to help shape a scene, give my subjects a little bit of pop, or make a location look completely different, just with lighting. My journey with photography really started in 2017 when I started working with a successful wedding photography studio in Orange County. Starting off as a lighting assistant i got to see how the other photographers worked with clients, help them feel and look natural while also capturing amazing images. starting from the bottom, I dove in working more than 300 in 2017 and 2018. Getting all that practice and exposure to wedding photography helped me grow fast, learn and apply new techniques, and see how other artists react to different pressure points of a stressful wedding day. From there I worked my way up to be an associate photographer for multiple studios, and it was then that I decided it was time to also start my own business. Using everything I’ve learned over the years I started taking on clients of my own. I still have a lot to learn, but it’s been an amazing journey so far!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If we were to pretend for a moment that we weren’t in a pandemic, I would definitely say Disneyland is the first place to go! The anaheim packing house is a great spot to visit for good food, but some of my personal favorites include Korean bbq and Pho!
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?
Oh man, There are a lot of people that have helped shape my journey as a photographer. The Riverside Community College Photography program was huge in my development. I also want to recognize local photographers Angie Klein with Reels of Joy Photography, Heather Guzel photography. Lastly, the majority of my mentorship came from working with Lin & Jirsa photography.
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