Happy Mother’s Day

I wanted to update the “About Me” page to introduce myself to my future clients. I had previously said something pretty generic, “I love making even the loneliest tree branch beautiful and photographing lonely sidewalks and narrow bridges…,” blah blah. I mean, who talks like that ? I got to thinking that it didn’t represent me at all let alone sound like me, and why should it, I don’t photograph tree branches anymore and it’s been forever since I’ve done any street or urban photography (alleys, bridges, etc.). So I brainstormed ideas, and thought of the best way to really show you who I am. I wanted to tell my story in a way that would let you know a bit about me, give you a sense of my personality, introduce you to how I got started in photography, and most of all, I wanted to explain why I do it and love it. The following is my full story, an excerpt can be found in the “About Me” section. I obviously had to cut a lot so I wouldn’t lose your attention. Here it goes.

Hi there, I’m Brian. A wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographer working in the Inland Empire in Southern California. When I was a kid, my mom would photograph everything – every birthday, every vacation, every baseball game, every wrestling match, tennis and kung-fu practice. She even used a mirror to take pictures of herself taking pictures (the original Facebook pics, lol). Do you have someone like that in your family? It drove me nuts. She does it to this day. It’s an addiction. When I was 10, we went on a family vacation to Mexico to see the sites and to visit a far removed half-uncle in Cancun. In the three weeks that we were there, the only thing I could think about was a pair of Moon shoes that I had seen in Veracruz. They were sooo cool (maybe you’ve seen them). They were giant shoes with rubber bands that would allow me to jump all the way to the Moon! Man…I dreamt of those shoes every night and day on our trip; I would constantly ask my parents when they were going to buy those Moon shoes for me. I even pretended like I would share them with my brother and sister. Of course, they never bought them for me. My first heart break.

Months later, at Christmas, we were opening our gifts in the living room and low-and-behold there was a giant box with my name on it “To Brian, From Santa”. I thought to myself, “OMG this it IT! It’s what I’ve always wanted. My life is complete, I will never want again, and, there is a God and Santa Claus ’cause I prayed everyday and here it is.” I opened the box and what was in it…you guessed it… a camera. A Minolta X-700, to be exact, and a book entitled “Basic 35mm Photo Guide,” by Craig Alesse. I was sooo PISSED! It wasn’t even a new camera, it was wrapped in a paper bag and covered in newspaper. I threw the biggest tantrum ever. I hated my parents so much at that moment, I felt tricked and cheated. My first thought was, “I’m taking all my prayers back and I’m going to write Santa a very strongly-worded letter.” I left the camera and book in the box and threw it in the closet -never to be seen again. Fast forward a couple years later…I was restricted to my room for doing who knows what (again) and went into the closet to get my fake Nunchucks (two empty paper towel rolls with a rope taped in between them), when I spotted the forsaken box. I opened it up and pulled out the book and camera. I read it cover to cover in a matter of hours (I didn’t understand most of it, but I kept on going). Eventually it made more and more sense. I practiced a lot, went through a lot of rolls of film, and that’s the first time I realized that my mom did have an addiction – now I had it too. Other than the Moon shoes, I have absolutley no memoris of our Mexican vacation. But I look back on all the hundreds of pictures my mom has taken and I feel like I remember.

That’s what I offer my clients, memories, not necessarily a Mexican vacation (unless you’re inviting, lets go!), but memories of their wedding day, memories of their first born, their first family pictures, and maybe one day their own son or daughters, son or daughter. Every photo shoot is a new adventure for me and I strive in making my clients happy. Helping them capture their memories is what gets me going in the morning. From your wedding day to your first born and beyond, my goal is to produce fine art pieces that are one-of-a-kind. Something you can be proud to share with your friends and family, to be a keep-sake and treasured family heirloom for generations to come. I want you to look at your images 30 years from now, be it of your wedding day or portraits of your family and children, and be instantly transported to that moment in time. And I hope that in 50 years, your children’s children will have fond memories of your youth when they sit on your lap and you point out who is in each picture, what happened that day, and you share the stories of your life with them. I hope I can capture that for you.

If you’d like me to capture those memories for you, head over to the “Contact” page and shoot me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Best regards,

Brian LaBrada

I know you are probably wondering, “Why is this entitled ‘Happy Mother’s Day’?” But as you noticed at the begining of my story, it was my mom who started it all by always taking pictures. It wasn’t until I finished wrtiting it that I realized I had my mother to thank. She instilled the love of photography in me, the love of family and friends, and the love of frozen moments in time.

Thanks Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day




4 Responses to “Happy Mother’s Day”

  1. Elana says:

    What a perfect way to share your story and how your passion for photography came about. I love learning about others and their own craft. I also enjoyed the entertaining, conversational writing style. I feel you on your first heartbreak. MY first heartbreak was when I broke my pinky finger on my right hand. This is ’cause it meant that I would have to write with my finger sticking out. OK, so not even related, but just thought I’d share that…haha…Great post, Brian! :-)

    • Brian says:

      Hahaha Elana you crack me up. I can picture you writing with a big cast on ur finger dragging and ripping the paper as you go along. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the lovely comment. :)

  2. Great re-intro, Brian. And the more you work and live, the more re-writes you will have. It’s part of living, growing and developing as a photographer and artist.

    • Brian says:

      Thanks Eduardo.. To more rewrites then haha.

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