Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Artist Interview with Brittany Nash of ID Photography

Artist Interview

with Brittany Nash of

Tell us about you:

I am a lifestyle and documentary photographer located in Southern Minnesota. I am focused on capturing the love and relationships of my clients. If you were to ask what is my favorite type of session I photography, I wouldn't say a specific niche, but sessions that are full of activities and emotion are my JAM. That being said my services include wedding photography, family sessions, senior session and branded business sessions. 

What's in your bag?

So I shoot with the Canon 6D and two Canon 60D. Typical lenses you can find on my cameras are my Canon 24-105, my 50mm and my 85mm. Other specialty lenses I have are my Canon 70-200 and a Tokina 16-28mm.

When did you fall in love with photography? How long have you been a photographer?

I fell in love with photography as a kid. I remember following my grandpa around during family get togethers and watch him take photos of everyone. Its a love that followed me through my college years and into motherhood. 

In 2010 my husband bought me my first DSLR (I still use it!!) as a birthday present and told me that if people were paying me to take pictures of them with my point and shoot then I should go make a business out of it. 7 years later I am still excited to do what I love and help provide for my family!

What sort of work do you specialize in: 

I specialize in capturing emotion. I know that may see vague and specific at the same time, but as I work a session I am constantly thinking of emotion in two aspects. What are my clients feeling and How can I make them remember that feeling when they look back at their session? This is really what drives everything about the sessions I provide and how I prep my clients to be in the moment. 

Do you create personal work often?

Yes. For my family I have a personal series called "Our Life Project." where I capture moments of our everyday moments. I also work with local vendors on styled wedding shoots which are great for getting the creative juices flowing!!  But honestly what really helps drive how I capture my clients is how I capture my boys.

Who are some of your favorite artists past or present: 

This may be weird, but I am an art appreciator (is that even a word?), but I have found that I don't fixate on one artist in particular. I can identify certain artists when I see their work, but I really try to stay away from comparing my own work to what others are doing.

How often do you get in front of the camera?

A decent amount, but not in the professional sense. For my personal work. I have a has take that I use called #myweekendstory. The purpose of it is to use your cell phone to capture your life on the weekend. Do this has helped me be more vigilant and capturing myself with my boys. Professionally, I try to update my branded business images every year and half to two years .

What are some of your favorite photographer communities?

I love Motherhood Unposed, Goodbye, Posing Guide: The Community for Documentary-Hearted Photographers, The Queen Photographers Collaborative, Black Female Photographers, Fearless and Framed

Print or Digital? Why?

Both. I  personally love prints. I love the tangible feel of them, the way a client's eye light up when I deliver their items is amazing and I feel prints are a valuable piece of your family history. When I was little I remember  looking through scrapbooks of memories of my immediate family and my extended family. Seeing those memories really helped me during a period of my life that was difficult because they gave me a sense of self. But also I feel like prints are harder to lose because you see them every day hanging on your walls, or like me, my loose prints are sitting in a floral photo box on my kitchen hutch. I love the fact that I can walk up and touch these pieces of paper that hold so many memories and feelings. They are always middle of mind, I know I don't have do a lot of searching if I want a shot of nostalgia or a dose of laughter.

But why digitals too? Remember when your parents would go and get their images printed from their film cameras? In you photo envelop would be the film negative? That's kind of how I see digitals. They are an option in case you were lose a precious printed piece of a family memory or life milestone. And option that is actually better then the film negative if you think about it. Their reprintability is places more value in them. Because of this, include a printed piece with my session fee and have digital collections as an option on my product list for clients.

Do you create any other times of art? What kind(s)
At the time no. I try to fill my love for writing in my blog, but I hope to one day get back to drawing and painting as much as I did as a kid.

How do you balance your personal/family and passion?
Balance is a ticker for me in that is something I always consider when constructing my days/life. One of the biggest thing that helps me do this is spot making it seem like I am immediately available. And this is not being rude. Having 3 boys and a husband has taught me that last minute scheduling is a huge stressor for my family mentally and emotionally. That means all meetings are schedule after a specific date (i.e. Please let me know three mornings  you are available after July 30th) vs asking clients "let me know when you're available."

Also I set my work times. Light email and phone calls in the morning. Editing and other business tasks after 8 p.m. one morning a month for networking/business building.

From where do your draw your inspiration?

People and their emotions their relationships. I love to people watch and to pick up the nuances of people's interactions with each other. 

What kinds of creative collaborations have you done?

I have done creative collaborations other wedding vendors in the form of styled shoots and branded sessions. 

Do you work with and charities or special projects? Which one's? Shout them out! 
At this time I don't have any direct partnerships with charities, but I do have one that is close to my heart as I have worked with them in the past. Lasting Imprint is an organizations that provides support and research fundraising support to families who have children who are born with congenital heart conditions.

Also have a personal project (a slow moving one at that! lol) that I have will connecting black owned businesses with opportunity  to branded business stories and marketing tips called the Ebon Business Network. 

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your  young photographer self today? 
Listen to what really moves you to take photos of everything and the rest will fall into place.

What tips would you give to Artsies who are reading this and are in an inspirational ruf?
Go out and explore! Don't hold yourself back from discovering what your world or some one else's looks like, tastes and feels. 

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  1. Beautiful work, and I love reading her answers to these great questions. That first photo of the two girls is FABULOUS! I keep scrolling up to look at it again. :)