A Bear a Deer And a Fox

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‘My mother has an old army trunk that belonged to my Opa. It is filled with photos; beautiful old films used in the 70s, black and whites of my Oma after the last world war ended, photos of me as a toddler in the 80s. This box is filled with treasure. The looks on their faces – the ones I recognise – the way they look at each other and hold hands. Looking through this box shapes me and the way I see the world.’ It is this resounding history that sparked Brendan’s creative photography venture, and here he shares the journey he took to become the well-known photographer that he is today.

How did you go about becoming a photographer? With a lot of determination. I had just gotten married. My wife and I were university students living in a one bedroom apartment. One day I woke up and decided to become a photographer. On a shoestring budget I hired a camera and shot a wedding for a friend of a friend who happened to be one of Sydney’s most amazing florists. After that, I started shooting more and more weddings. I have always had amazing clients who I have a connection with, which means my job just keeps getting easier and more rewarding.

What was the first kind of photography you were interested in? It has always been people. I took classes in black and white analogue photography in high school and ended up spending lunch times in the dark room. Many times I would miss other classes to go to the dark room. I immersed myself in old photography books from the 80s that were all beaten up in the art department. So I would say the first kind of photography I was interested in was film based: a lot of considered portraiture, and natural light photography.

What drew you to photographing weddings? When I think about what I do, it’s quite an amazing concept. Two people gather their loved ones and start a journey together for the rest of their lives. All their loved ones are there to celebrate and support them. Amongst all that, I am there to give them the memories to look back on.

What makes you stand out as a wedding photographer? Nearly every email I receive says that people are drawn to the emotional impact my photos have. I try to encourage a peacefulness when I photograph so people can be themselves. I want them to look back on their photos and say, ‘That’s exactly how I felt that day!’

What are your favourite moments to capture at a wedding? I love the preparation of the bride and and groom. There is so much emotion and anticipation. I also love the portraits. It’s usually the first time they have had alone together all day.

How do you make the couples you work with feel comfortable and natural? It starts from the moment I walk in the door. If I can bring the calm, then anything I do or suggest will not seem odd. I also observe them and I can get a good feel for what they will be up for by the time portraits roll around. Often it’s just a lot of hanging out.

What inspires you? People, the countryside, big cities, the ocean and animals.

What are your plans for the future? To create. To make sure that the things I create are a benefit or a blessing to people’s lives.

Carly Tia

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