Looking through Brian & Briana Elledge’s website there was a modern & fresh vibe both in their photography and about themselves. They aim to capture moments and people’s personalities, not just photographs and their website states “After all, what is life if you cannot see people for who they truly are and for who they want to be”.
Many thanks to Brian & Briana for their interview, images and patience whilst we collated their work!
How do you keep yourself motivated & your photography fresh?
Briana: Luckily for me, I am inspired by the people I meet. I stay motivated by
stalking the websites of my photo heroes, coming up with ideas for fashion
shoots, and spending time with other artists in our community. Sometimes on a
shoot, something will just go off in my mind and I am determined to make it
happen, this may take a few shots, but when it happens, its worth it.
Othertimes, the best times, is when I notice something, and I have a millisecond
to capture it, and I actually do! These shots, these are the ones that stay in your
mind and your heart and you can feel the emotion deep inside.
Brian: Motivation and creativity are for me like feul in a car. After a lot of
projects and shoots my tank is running pretty low so unless I take some time to
reflect on other artists work, both photographic as well as others, its hard to
keep things fresh. Like Briana, I enjoy blog-stalking and going to local openings
and galleries to just keep my mind’s eye current and of course, inspired.
What (or who) has inspired, & continues to inspire, your work?
Briana: My love for photography began when I was an art major in college. I
believe that my study of art has influenced my work in many degree’s. It
influences how I see whats on the other side of my lense, and how it makes me
feel often comes forth into my work.
My favorite photographers include The Image is Found’s Nate & Jaclyn Kaiser in
California, DQStudios Dave & Quin Cheung in Canada, and David La Chapelle. I
also stalk the Trash the Dress and of course Don’t Box us In blog’s on a regular
Brian: Lately for me the most prominent things to inspire my work have been
music and the change of seasons. I have recently been inspired by the way
eastern culture and religions apreciate the different seasons as not only different
climate changes but as different stages of life. So lately when the weather
started to turn cold and as winter approaches I feel a renewal and freshness in
my life and I think it shows in recent work. Also music is very influential in this
process as well for me as it just reinforces the direction of my thoughts and
Show us your favorite image that you’ve shot so far this year & tell us
what it is about this image that makes it special to you.
Briana: this image is was shot pre-wedding in anticipation. I love it because I
feel like the bride looks like she is glowing both inside and out. To me, she looks
like she feels her own beauty, as well as the beauty of the moment and the
moments to come.
Brian: the image below was taken during a trash-the-dress shoot and I love it
1st of all for the model’s body language and positioning as well as the point of
view of looking directly down on her which I feel is very unique and not often
seen. And then in post-production I took it a step further with the addition of
layering textures giving the dress and the rest of the image a very ethereal,
mystical feel. Some may say that its over produced but I think its just right.
It’s coming up to 2008, do you have any resolutions for the new year with regards to business? or personal?
Briana: business & personal hmmm. In regards to the business we are planning
on upgrading our equipment and adding some lighting equipment. We would like
to increase in the fashion shoots and are inspired by the way some of our photo
hero’s creatively use lighting to make some incredible images.
Brian: I concure with Briana. We are going to step up our game on the
production side of things to go in a more fine art/fashion direction. I want to bring
other artisitic elements from other genres into ours and see what happens.
What advice do you have for other husband and wife photography teams?
Briana: BUY TWO CAMERA’S! We have 2 but we didn’t always. My biggest
advice would be to assign roles and communication. Let one of you capture the
main images during the ceremony and the other capture the photojournalistic &
candid ones. This will add a new dimension to the wedding and create a sense of
depth to your bodies of work.
Brian: Communication! That’s it.
One thing your client should know about you. One thing photographers should know about you.
Briana: one thing I would like my clients to know about me is that I love people.
After saying that it is important to me that my clients understand that no two
people are alike, and that is what makes them beautiful. As a photographer, I
view my shoots the same way, each one is beautiful and each one is different.
One thing photographers should know about me, I am less interested in
perfection than I am in reinvention and the ability to capture human emotion.
Brian: I have very high expectations of myself and others…but mainly myself.
So when there is a shot I want I will push it until its right. Same goes with other
aspects of the business as well.
Show us a photograph by another photographer that you would have
liked to have taken & tell us why.
Briana: This is one by my photo heroes The Image Is Found. Everything
about it just screams, , exactly. The first time I saw it I was
speechless. The composition, the expressions on the couple’s faces, the use of
lighting, post – processing magic, and there is an incredible level of depth to this
photo that just blows my mind.
Brian: The image below by Jesh De Rox, a photographer
doing amazing photojournalistic work as well as adding depth and spirit through
experimental processes. I like his work and this image because I feel when you
ad to an already great image by adding texture or colour variations it makes it
more of a work of art in the traditional sense as being touched by your hand and
changed or altered by you. It reminds me of working in the darkroom and the
magic of the chemicals and how they bring an image to life and the sometimes
accidental greatness that comes as a result on occasion.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you have been?
Briana: if I weren’t a photographer I would loved to have been a model,
unfortunately , I’m 5’1’’ so that’s not very realistic, truthfully, I have always
wanted to be an artist, and that desire continues to push me to create through
Brian: Well you see, photographer is merely one thing on my list of careers.
Being creative and in a prefession such as photography it frees me up to pursue
other endevors and paths. All in the name of keeping things fresh. If I had to
pick one of the top of my head though, either lumberjack or pilot.