Say hello to Brianna :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I’m from Redondo Beach, California, born and raised. I have traveled to Puerto Rico and different parts of the U.S including Orlando, Albuquerque, and a few others.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
My bucket list of ideas to create continues to grow and grow by the minute. I could be in the middle of a shoot and get inspired instantly by something crazy and create magic! Neon on neon, underwater, body tape.
How would you describe your visual style?
My visual style is a mixture of fashion and lifestyle. Vivid, like my dreams at night – some might say contemporary.
How do you find your inspiration?
As corny as it sounds, I find my inspirations in my dreams.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
I have had photographer’s block. The first time, I had completely stopped shooting altogether for almost a year, but then I met someone that inspired me to continue to do what I loved. After that, there was a time where I was beyond hard on myself and my work. I would constantly start my portfolio over and over – claimed that it wasn’t good enough. I wanted to sell my equipment and give up completely. They say you are your own worst critic, but thanks to him, he never allowed me to give up. It’s about finding that inspiration and motivation to just keep shooting. I had to learn and accept that there is always room for progress. “Just keep shooting.”
Before working behind the camera, you had experience working in front of it – tell us what inspired that transition.
I have always been enthralled with photography. I prefer to give direction than follow direction. Maybe it’s because I am an Aries – I’m stubborn and want to do things creatively my way. When I decided to leave modeling and go full-time photographer, I was very excited and nervous. I knew nothing about the business, but I was up for the adventure. Another thing that inspired me was experiencing labeling within the modeling industry. I disliked the fact that because of my height and size, I was automatically considered a plus size model. I’m sure many people wouldn’t want to be defined what kind of model they were based on their size. I don’t believe in defining people based on a chart – my goal within each session, is to make every model or client feel beautiful the way they are. No defined lines or names.
Tell us about Your Little Wild Child. Can you also tell us the significance behind the name?
My friends would always call me a “wild thing.” A wild thing that was constantly looking for an adventure. I would always have a camera with me and take pictures of my friends and document the trouble we would get into. The name just stuck, “Wild Child.” Whenever my friends would find clothing, stationery or accessories with the word “wild” or “wild child,” they would always send me photos and say, “my goodness, I thought of you!” Years ago, I used to be a fashion blogger during my modeling days and I would share my “wild” adventures in different styles from my closet. So when I decided I wanted to start my own business within photography, “Wild Child” was known as a movie from 2008 — so I didn’t want to get sued etc and then one day someone mentioned, “you’re the only wild child that I know,” and it hit me: ‘Your Little Wild Child’.
What types of photography do you do?
In high school, I would always take pictures. Whether it was for a friend’s myspace page or just for fun – I was always known as the girl with the camera. My friends and family insisted after two years of taking photo and advanced photo in high school, to start a business and get my work out there. I mostly shoot fashion, boudoir and nude art. My favorite would have to be boudoir – I am obsessed with lingerie and intimates, and making women feel and look amazing. It is one of my favorite jobs in the world.
Who do you want to give a shoutout to?
I would definitely give a shout out to my amazing team. The projects that we do together – we create endless magic. Emilee Mae and Melissa Melanie – you guys absolutely kill it. I would do anything for these girls – definitely give them a follow as they share their world within beauty and fitness.
In addition, I would also love to shout out my best friend Alexa Kirstie and good friend of mine, Nick Perdue. They have given me the best advice when it came to my obstacles, giving me motivation or the honest truth since the very beginning. I am so grateful to have these people in my life.
What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?
Photography gives me pure zen. The camera is my best friend, whether I’m taking self-portraits or of other people. Photography has kept me sane and whole. I just love creating art and expressing my deep emotions with my audience. I get excited whenever a project is coming together – a lot gets put into a session. Emotionally and passionately. I’m such a hopeless romantic, so I like to leave my thoughts on captions or what I call “love notes,” either to a past lover or to myself. If you read along, you’ll have a chapter of what’s going on in my life through photos and words. I guess you could call my work, a diary. It’s helped me balance my emotions as an artist and creative, and become a stronger, emotional person.
What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?
A little random note: I love to write. I’ve been told for as long as I could remember that I would make a beautiful writer. I was recommended back in high school to write romantic teen novels. Who knows, it’s something on my bucket list. Stay tuned.
Who’s your biggest hero in your life?
My boyfriend. He sees the best in me and continues to push me towards my full capabilities and wants me to succeed as an artist, and for that, I will always be grateful. Love you.
What will you be doing five years from now?
Five years from now, I hope to be traveling the world. Working with different brands and beautiful people. Who knows, I might move away to New York or London. Writing, lots of writing. Just focusing more on my career.
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Brianna, thanks so much for sharing your inner wild child with us! 🙂
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