I’m bringing back interviews on my site with one of my favorite people to follow on IG, Brandon Woelfel. Brandon is a super talented photographer based in NYC. While it can be hard to stand out in such a saturated city and industry, you can definitely tell when a photo was taken by Brandon. He has developed his own personal photography style by being able to capture light and movement in all of his photos. I’ve known him for a few years and it’s been awesome to see his work grow, and land him partnerships with brands like Urban Outfitters and Aeropostale. I asked him a few questions so you can get to know him better.
Where you’re from/where you live now:
I am from & currently live on Long Island, New York
What you do:
I am a freelance photographer that shoots for multiple clothing brands and startups!
One quote you live by:
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
When did you get started in photography?
I began my photography journey when I got my first dslr camera at the age of 19. I’ve always been invested in the art world so photography was another medium I hadn’t explored!
What’s one positive and one negative of your job?
There comes obstacles with any job but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives for me. Being so involved in the photography community I’ve met tons of amazing new people that I can now call my close friends. Another exciting component of photography are the opportunities I’ve received to travel. Shooting at various iconic cities & sights never feels like work.
How has living in NYC influenced your work?
The diversity of locations that the city has to offer has shaped my style of photography. The bright lights & fast pace motion have defined both my eye and my work ethic. With the accessibility of NYC to a lot of people it has also provided me with collaborations of some innovative creators!
What’s one collaboration/job that you’re most proud of?
The most recent collaboration I was thrilled to receive is when Urban Outfitters reached out to me. Always admiring their particular aesthetic, I couldn’t believe they wanted to work with me!
What’s one challenge that you have you faced, professionally or personally, and what has it taught you?
An obstacle I had to face when getting more engrossed in photography was taking the step to freelance full time. Any self-employed position is reliant on how much work you’re willing to put in. Still learning the ways of the freelance art world is a challenge, but I’m so glad I chose to pursue it.
What’s your best advice for anyone who is looking for a career in photography?
The key for anyone looking to engage in a photography career is hard work. Practicing as often as you can, whether it be editing or going out to shoot will show in your work. Constantly creating and pushing through any lack of inspiration will definitely benefit your art.
One thing you want to accomplish in 2017?
Something I want to accomplish in 2017 is to partner with many more companies & creators. As I gain more knowledge in this field I want to collaborate on bigger & better this in new year!