As an artist, it’s crucial to really understand the importance of staying true to your craft & your vision. We live in a time where talent & ideas are transcending at an all-time high, yet individuality seems to be key amongst all. When it comes to photography, having a sense of individuality is even more important, as we are surrounded by visuals everywhere we look. The Hey Ma team recently caught up with a photographer who’s art direction we really have been a big fan of. Hailing out of the Bay Area, Bryan Berry, is proving that staying true to one’s self is the best art form. From working with some well-known musicians such as Jay Ant, Wiz Khalifa, & Kehlani, to shooting High-Fashion Editorials, Bryan continues to inspire us. We recently caught up with Bryan to learn a bit more about himself and his creative process.
What is your age?
I am 24 years old
Where are you From?
I am from Pittsburg, CA
When did you pick up photography?
I took a few classes in high school at that point it was just something I found interesting but I wouldn’t say I picked it up until about 5 years ago; my freshmen year in college.
What do you think sets you apart from other photographers?
I would probably say I shoot to express the way I see something in my mind that others might not see; like the way I shoot my subjects I do the best to depict my perspective of the person, place, or thing. A lot of people have similar work, I try to only shoot things/people that inspire and move me emotionally, if that makes sense.
Who’s someone that has influenced your career?
As far as photographers, I am a big fan of Johnathan Mannion’s & Mario Testino’s work; my focus is mainly on music portraiture along with fashion so I’m pretty influenced by their expertise.
What has been your biggest project to date?
I can’t really say, I think a lot of my projects are big so I can really weigh it out.
Where do you get inspiration from?
The world around me; people, places, and ideas. My emotions are my biggest inspiration, my moods and feelings be all over the place lol so I try to portray that with my work.
What are your plans for 2016?
I made myself a few goals to go on a nation wide tour, more publications rather it be magazines, album covers, etc., I have a list of artists I hope to work with before the year ends, and yea Im pretty much on the right track. my main goal/plan is to just progress as an artist, which is my goal every year.
‘A big inspiration to me is everyone that shot me down and didn’t think I would make a way’
Is there anything that you want to let anyone know about yourself that they don’t already?
I’m damn near a nice ass person, people don’t know that I’m hella shy so approach me and show love!
Make sure to keep up with Bryan’s work by following him on his Social Media Platforms below, and be on the lookout for some big projects coming from him this year. Get familiar with the face behind the lens!