BRIAN G. WILSON
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Through my unique technique, I want my work to be impossible to replicate anywhere else. People look at my work and say, "it looks like a painting, dream-like, yet very realistic." This fuels my passion for what I do, and now I appreciate my impact on others by creating art that will outlive us all. "You never appreciate photographs until it's all you have left."
I love visualising a photograph, then seeing the work come to fruition, and be better than I hoped. What really makes me feel alive is to see my client's reaction to my work, their tears and laughter, and their enthusiasm to see more.
I believe the world needs to return to the printed picture because people are not passing on USB drives to their children. I believe people deserve better family portraits than the ones shot from their soccer mom neighbor with a point and shoot camera. I feel moved to give people heirloom art for future generations, so that a hundred years from now people will look at it and say, "who is bgwphoto"?