"Despite perceived inadequacies or challenges a person might face everyone is weak, fragile and insecure to some degree. What is available to everyone is the power of persistence, attitude and work ethics. One of my favourite quotes is "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity". I am inspired by stories where the power of persistence and work ethics turns dreams into reality. I believe in having mentors and being a mentor. Mentoring provides insight and benefit to both parties. My parents had a huge role in instilling my work ethics and are examples of creating their own luck. I also believe in virtual mentors. My virtual mentors are Joel Grimes, Dixie Dixon, Renee Robyn and Brook Shaden. Common traits they all share is their persistence and work ethics. None of them had their success handed to them. "
If you would ask us, how many fashion photographers do we have on board? Not many. We encountered photographers who demanded so many things for their photos that it will affect the style and the design that we do. We understand the watermarks and copyrights of the photos that these amazing image makers submitted to us.
Sometimes we messed up and forgot to credit the photographers, and we do our best credit them as soon as we receive a notification. Photographers sometimes are the people behind a product, model or someone's success. More often than not, they are satisfied to be just behind the scene. But in this generation, we do not have to wait a century for our work to be discovered and appreciated by millions. It just takes a share for your amazing work to be seen globally. Social medias are everywhere, and people can easily find you and appreciate you. But not all photographers are active, and sometimes their jobs remained unseen.
Larry is an exceptionally great photographer and a fantastic guy. Remember Kaitlin, the brilliant, outspoken and a woman that always makes sense? We posted her photo and credit the photographer wrongly. We approached Larry and apologised. Instead of being mad and furious, he gave us an interview that you've never read before. There's just so many things you learn from his interview, so much! We wonder how it would be working with him in person?
You know sometimes, we wish we could just pick a photo, choose it is our cover, and we're good. If we only value a story in our magazine, and that's the only factor we consider, we would be choosing Larry's work as our cover. Absolutely!
Guys, you know when you read an article, and it's something you want to read over and over again, this is one of those! So please take your time to read this interview and learn from Larry.
Tell us something about you?
As an artist mood, drama and emotion trump reality every time. A lesson that took some time to learn was to listen and trust my intuition and to be less concerned about technical correctness. If my work fails to make an emotional connection with the viewer then from a client's perspective, it has failed regardless how stellar the technique. I still obsess about my work but more from the position of how it's representing my artistic intent.What inspires me about fashion photography, particularly fashion composites, is the opportunity to create an image and pull the viewer into my world.
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
From a career perspective, I am just beginning the professional phase of being a photographer. I took a serious interest in photography and Photoshop 15 years ago. I had my dreams of where I wanted to go as an artist but had not taken the action to turn them into reality. In April 2014 I was shooting in Sicily when I thought, "why cannot every day of my life be like this?" In March 2015 I left a very lucrative corporate career to follow my passion. My corporate peers were stunned that I would voluntarily leave the gilded cage. Oddly enough my mother was my biggest supporter of my decision. The only thing I knew with certainty is that if I did not take action, then I would forfeit any chance of success. I have spent the past 16 months working seven days a week doing self-assignments, honing my skill set and learning more about the photography business. Note to those who want to follow my path. There is a big difference between photography and the photography business. I signed my first client July and hope I can leverage the experience to sign additional clients.
How did your education prepare you for the future?
I was in graduate school in the final semester of my Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in 2000. I was required to take two electives, so I picked classes in digital media and electronic publishing. At the time I did not own a camera and had not heard of Photoshop. Those classes opened my eyes to a whole new world I never knew existed, and I was instantly addicted! Since then I have spent untold thousands of hours studying photography and Photoshop. I have attended several seminars and a workshop. I can say unequivocally the best investment I ever made in photography education was attending the Joel Grimes workshop at Joel's studio in Phoenix, Arizona. Joel is a fantastic teacher, and he holds nothing back on the information he shares regarding photography, Photoshop and the photography business. I will add a disclaimer to Joel's workshop mention unless you are prepared to work hard and invest hundreds (more like thousands) of hours practising what you were taught you just bought yourself a pleasant weekend in Phoenix. In answer to your question my MBA degree certainly helps in managing the business challenges and being committed to continuing education keeps me growing on the artistic front.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
Despite perceived inadequacies or challenges a person might face everyone is weak, fragile and insecure to some degree. What is available to everyone is the power of persistence, attitude and work ethics. One of my favourite quotes is "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity". I am inspired by stories where the power of persistence and work ethics turns dreams into reality. I believe in having mentors and being a mentor. Mentoring provides insight and benefit to both parties. My parents had a huge role in instilling my work ethics and are examples of creating their own luck. I also believe in virtual mentors. My virtual mentors are Joel Grimes, Dixie Dixon, Renee Robyn and Brook Shaden. Common traits they all share is their persistence and work ethics. None of them had their success handed to them.
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
My goals are rather lofty but I am on track. Fingers crossed!
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I was the editor of the editorial page of my high school newspaper. Knowing what I know now I might have gone for a photographer slot. My life has been a series of unexpected chapters and has never unfolded in any sort of linear, logical, sane sort of way. I could say I would have gone and got a degree in photography immediately after high school but then any change in my life might well change how I view my work and life as an artist so I do not know if second guessing fate is a good move or not. It is possible my crazy life is part of a bigger plan in the creative realm.
What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?
I would say follow your passion fearlessly and do not live a life of quiet desperation. Let your passion fuel your persistence. Trust your intuition. Just know there is a price to following your dreams and being authentic. You have been somewhat socialized your entire life to be a good follower, obedient and compliant with a cookie cutter future. Remember freedom of choice does not mean freedom from consequences. I think for anyone considering a future in any creative field you have to want it more than sleep and be willing to pay the price. If your motivation is strictly for money, fame, or living a jet set lifestyle the odds are excellent you will fail. You will suffer at some points along the way for your art. On a more upbeat note surround yourself with positive, ethical and creative people. Study and apply every aspect of your craft constantly - business, technical and creative. If you have the opportunity to get a fine arts degree, or other educational opportunity take advantage of it. Do not stereotype others and be willing to gain wisdom and experience regardless of the source. Do not become a slave to debt believing you can buy your way to talent, creativity or success. Make notes of the tiniest steps of incremental progress and review where you were ago a month ago and then a year ago. Could you create a year ago what you can create now? Do not be self-centered and think of only your ambitions. Work diligently for the success of others at every opportunity.
How do you stay inspired?
Embrace what you like and your ambitions. Do not be afraid to love your passion. Do not seek peer or societal approval for your creative choices otherwise you risk never realising your creative potential.Knowing what you love and what moves you is the first step towards inspiration.Spend time studying the works of artists that inspire you. Break their work down to specific elements that resonate with you to gain an understanding of your creative self. Spend time with other creatives and let the whole creative fellowship unfold.
What photography related things do you recommend? Learn to play as you work and create without preconceived notions.Look at what you are doing and sometimes go in a opposite direction. For example, if you always shoot in the telephoto range see what is possible with a wide angle. Change your perspective when framing a subject. Break rules regularly.so as an artist you know why you make the choices you do. The Same type of thinking applies to post production. I also am always noting how light falls and shadow details. I am sure it is a bit annoying to others when they are speaking to me, and my attention is focused on the shadow that may be present between their nose and upper lip!
How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?
First I would kindly ask interested parties to look at my website and Instagram pages. My style and look are very well defined and consistent. Hopefully, interested parties are contacting me because they want to include my artistic vision as part of their project. Please let me know how I can help you. I can be contacted via email: email@example.com or through my website www.larrybramblett.com I am available for global assignment. As for my rate I need to understand the client's objectives, motivation and planned usage. My bid will be priced very competitively and optimised for the client. I can also supply my certificate of professional liability insurance as part of the bid package.
What's your favourite camera?
I have been a Canon shooter since film days. Currently, I am using a Canon 5DSr and Canon 5DMK III as my main cameras. I also have used a Nikon D800E and Pentax 645Z. All of these are excellent cameras, and all have their strengths and weaknesses. My primary reason for sticking with Canon is I want to focus on the creative process and not try to figure out where a setting is buried in a sub-menu. It comes down to getting the results I need without the need for a camera manual. Being invested in Canon glass further seals the choice.
Tell us something very interesting while working with a model.
Okay, so this might be the one I exercise the option not to answer! Moving on....
How was your experience working with Kaitlin?
If you were in a room full of people and asked to pick the two most mismatched persons present the odds are good, you would pick Kaitlin and I. Visualise an eccentric Robert De Niro and a very ambitious Jennifer Lawrence paired up for a photo shoot. Kaitlin has been a fantastic creative partner! She is very professional and an extremely hard worker. She is the first model I have ever allowed to adjust strobes, and she is keenly interested in learning photography. We have shot together so much that a bystander would think neither of us had the power of speech. I swear she can read my mind and she is always on top of her game. Kaitlin and I have several projects in work. Hopefully, we will be able to pull the wraps off soon! I am very excited about Kaitlin's future and glad for the opportunity to work with her!
Photo Credit: All attached photos © Larry Bramblett, All rights reserved.
Share this post if you love it! The most viewed post will be given the People's Choice Award for Online Magazine, which will have the same number of spreads of the magazine cover winner. This issue will be posted on October 2016 for Model Citizen Magazine. We check Google Analytics with the most viewed interview. To be considered for People's Choice Award, the analytics will be determined within one week from the published date of this interview.