My Story

I come from the stone age days of photography of waiting a week or more for the drugstore to develop your roll of film. The shortcut was to develop pictures myself, which cut wait time down to about 2 hours. In the early '70s my brother and I always had a bathroom converted to a darkroom, and in high school I had access to a great darkroom through my position on the yearbook staff. In 1973 I went to the PRA National Challenge drag races with the intention of getting published in Car Craft magazine. I had to settle for a five picture spread in Hot Rod Magazine, turning pro at 16.


My first professional sale to a national publication, Hot Rod Magazine. Jeb Allen and John Wiebe tangle at the 1973 PRA National Challenge. 

My first professional sale to a national publication, Hot Rod Magazine. Jeb Allen and John Wiebe tangle at the 1973 PRA National Challenge. 

I made my first music video in 1975, 6 years before MTV. In college I worked for both the yearbook and local newspaper, and ultimately staff photographer for KMOD FM radio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That led to a position on-air, which became a career for the next 37 years in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Jose and at ABC Radio Networks. I always had my camera by my side and captured many celebrity encounters. Along the way I was published in numerous magazines, filmed several music videos, photographed two album covers and even a book cover. In 2009, I had several film clips featured in a live orchestral event scored by Imogen Heap, "Love The Earth", live at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, I left radio to relocate to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to focus on wedding and portrait photography. 

At Imogen Heap's house outside of London in 2014. For the record, I'm 6 feet tall, she is 5'14".

My Style

I prefer to shoot weddings journalistic with romantic moments. On the posed key shots I try for a fashion look, or magazine cover style. I shoot available light when possible, under studio lights when convenient, and with on camera speedlights when  necessary. I am an expert retoucher and do all editing myself (rather than outsourcing the work). I am a member of the Professional Photographers Association and I am a Certified Professional Photographer through that organization.

How Much?

A typical wedding will run about $2500. If you want second shooter, more time, travel or other services, it will be more. An elopement, or a short backyard service will naturally be less. We don't know until we talk and add up the variables. All weddings include Brian as your photographer with unlimited locations, skillfully edited digital files delivered on a custom USB drive in a satin box, online photo gallery with print ordering option, and a 16x24 canvas gallery print.

4 Hours- $1695

8 Hours- $2495

Additional hours- $150 per hour.

2nd shooter- $100 per hour, you specify how long shooter will be needed.

Engagement sessions with digital files $599

Albums starting at $299

Why so Expensive?

Truth is, I am not expensive when you consider what you get. When you hire me for a day, you get me for a week or more. In addition to shooting an all day event, most weddings have approximately 30-40 hours of retouching, album designing, art direction, travel and in some cases developing and scanning. I own a real brick and mortar (and stone) studio with thousands of dollars of gear and lighting. All that adds up, but creates a noticeable difference in quality.

The Headshot Rig

Headshot Photography

Most everyone needs a good headshot for work, business cards, 8x10s for the casting director or even Facebook. We can do many styles of headshots from bright to moody, outdoors with soft out of focus trees as backdrop or straight up business shot with black/ white/ grey backdrops. Prices start at $249 for in studio/ $350 for on location. Plan on at least an hour of shoot time, it WILL be thorough!

And Last, but not Least

When we got married in 1981, we were so poor we couldn't pay attention. We managed to pull off an amazing wedding for $500. A co-worker in my mother's office was a wedding photographer on the weekends, and shot ours for $95 dollars. Years later, the cake and presents are gone, we don't fit in the clothes from that day, but by golly, we still have all of those underexposed, blurry, compositionally challenged photos to look back on and regret not getting a real photographer! The point is, don't cut corners. Resist the temptation to save money on the photography and spend it on the honeymoon. Say no to the Uncle Fred. There are no do overs.

My Maltese/Shih Tzu Gabby and I, as photographed by the lovely Philip Bloom. (www.philipbloom.net)

Reviews

 

"We absolutely love Brian and the pictures he provides - exceptional and top notch! For us as a company, one of the best parts is that he gets us the photos back super fast!" - Kendra Macry, Rosson Phillips, El Dorado, Arkansas

"Brian filmed and edited one of the best music videos I've ever been a part of. I'd recommend him everytime." Steve Lawson, bassist, Howard Jones, Birmingham, England

"Brian has an uncanny way of bring a photo to life! I used him for my book cover, and it was absolutely perfect!" Robin Marshall, author Diary of a Sugar Mom, Dallas, Texas

"Brian took my wedding pictures. Priceless. He is not only a fantastic photographer, but a true artist, highly recommend!" Kathie Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Extremely professional and talented. He makes you feel very comfortable to be your most beautiful." Frankie Blair, actress,  Hollywood, California

"The only reason Brian received five stars is because there were no more stars available." Gary Beckwith, CPA Hot Springs, Arkansas

"I had a wonderful experience with Brian. He has a warm and kind spirit, and is a consummate professional photographer who approaches his craft with patience and expertise." Charrisse Neal, Teacher, Chicago, Illinois

"Brian Wilson did the photography for our New Years' Eve wedding. He is very professional and we are thrilled with our pictures!!" Erika Loveless, Conway, Arkansas

"Brian is so easy to work with. It's more of a conversation than a photo shoot. Then at the end of the conversation, he showed me all these shots that captured exactly as they should be. Bright lights. Halos." Adam Moore, Red Light Roastery, Hot Springs, Arkansas

"I have worked with Brian on several different projects. He made the music video for the title track off my album, Aqua Vitae, and the promotional video for my electronic press kit, and several different photo shoots. No matter what the medium is, he is great with giving direction and has a fantastic eye. I highly recommend him!" Tiger Darrow, vocalist, Tiger + Man, New York City