BRIAN BARRETO

When I first started out, I felt like I didn't know what I was doing so I ended up doing other people's projects. I'm pretty sure I shot some circus clown stuff along the way. I don't know what type of portfolio they were creating, but I sure couldn't use it in mine. I was starting to hate photography and losing confidence.

Then I met two great photographers to learn from, Charles Lucima and Sean Armenta. Learning from their years of work boosted my confidence. After shooting a couple years of fashion and beauty, I feel pretty good in my abilities. I still get the jitters at times, but I'm sure that's normal. Never show fear though, always confidence, because that's what makes or breaks a shoot.

As far as putting my work out there, it's no big deal. The Internet is funny that way. Post the same photo on IG, FB, Tumblr, etc. and it'll get different reactions. It might get a thousand likes on IG, zero interaction on FB, and then a year later it gets reblogged a lot on Tumblr. Weird. I just hope some people actually liked looking at it. 

 

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I still get nervous about the finished product. Like if the client won't like what I shot or how I edited. But then, in the end, I figure that they chose me because of my shooting style and/or how I edit.

 

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So after I started shooting almost exclusively fashion and beauty I became a test photographer for a few agencies. They would send me their new faces or models that needed new test photos. And all these models were females. I didn't complain so I just kept shooting female models.

 

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I like models that are dynamic and unique. If I see the same pose or facial expression in all their photos, I'm going to have to pass. But if they have something that's awesome, like a strong eyebrow game or awesome doe eyes, then we're good to go.

I can tell if I have the right model just by their demeanor upon initial encounter. If they walk into the studio acting like they have something better to do then it's not the right one and it's going to either be a very long shoot or a very short shoot. But if they come in genuinely interested in the project and ask me to play 90's hip-hop during the shoot, then we have a winner.

 

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I like to shoot pretty minimal. I love the natural look. It's not a knock on makeup artists, hair stylists, or fashion stylists. I'd love working with them, but most of the time I don't want to distract from the natural beauty of the model.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: I think dealing with so many types of people from different parts of the world. Of course language barriers can be challenging, but it's not impossible to communicate. But I'm grateful to meet people who are from around the world or who have travelled around the world. I learn about different cultures and places.

 

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I'm pretty optimistic about the future photography-wise. I'm able to shoot stuff I want to shoot at my own pace. I used to shoot with all Canon DSLRs when I started a couple years ago, now I feel great transitioning to a mix of Leica and Canon digital and film cameras. It feels great shooting again.

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilzation will be caused by: I don't know. I think we'll somehow endure and end up in space somehow.

 



















01 // Uncredited
02 // Alondra E. // alondraexcene_mua
03 // Nasaya Ceasar // nasayapotata
04 // Jessica Today
05 // Desirey Abbs // desireyabbs
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08 // Luccia // lucciamodel
09 // Alondra E. // alondraexcene_mu
10 // Uncredited
11 // Jessica Today
12 // Lily McCune // haylilay
13 // Nasaya Ceasar // nasayapotata
14 // Sharon Wu // modelsharonwu
15 // Alondra E. // alondraexcene_mu
16 // Sharon Wu // modelsharonwu
17 // Anjianna Grasso // anjianna
18 // Uncredited
19 // Desirey Abbs // desireyabbs

 

Brian Barreto // bbarreto // brian-barreto-photography.com

 

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