Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Why I’m bad at communication... but you don’t have to be...

Photograph by Brian James
We’ve all been to that event and met someone cool that had an interesting brand, business, or even just a good beard. We got along, we had some laughs, and we exchanged business cards. We got home and we never followed up. One hit wonder.
I have done this way too often and I’m changing this today. In the past I could say I just got “caught up” in client assignments/editing/shooting and I'd say I’ll do it later... right after I finish this... then after that... Then the card gets lost in the land of paper. You know, the daily shuffle of paper that moves through our lives in its many forms from spam to birthday cards. Next thing you know... it’s also lost in the mind. No follow up happens.
No excuses anymore. Building a business starts with building relationships... you can’t build relationships without communication. Follow up with at least one person today. Do it. Even if you’ve had that card on your desk for three months. Do it. Now.
Brian James

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Self Portraits seem to be my audience's favorite photos...

Notice I said "Self Portrait" and not "Selfie". There's a big difference.

Below are two photos... same background... almost identical lighting and subject placement. Me vs MTV Siesta Key reality star Kelsey Owens:

Self Portrait:

Kelsey (and camera man):

These were both pulled from my Instagram feed and somehow I beat out the beautiful Kelsey in the "likes" department... Convincingly.

What I take from this is that my audience seems to follow me for "me" first and my work second... that means a lot.

Thank you all... I appreciate each and every one of you.

Till next time,
Brian James

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tampa Bay Metro Magazine... Editorial by Brian James.

I wanted to share this recent fashion spread I shot for Tampa Bay Metro Magazine. This editorial features looks from Neiman Marcus, Deborah Kent's, The Haute Shop and more...

Hair by Jackie Cupples. Makeup by Monique McLaughlin. Photography by Brian James.

Models: Lauren Hubbard, Rachael Todd, Nichole Zych

Shot in studio at Brian James Gallery Photography.