We had the good fortune of connecting with Brelinda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brelinda, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’ve been known to make reckless jumps when it comes to life decisions and for the most part it has worked out for the best. There was a little fear, but there was always hope that things would just open up new doors. Big moves require big jumps and faith that you’ll land somewhere other than where you are in the present.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I love what I’ve been able to create during my career as a photographer, I’ve grown a lot in the last 13 years as a creative and the one thing I’m most proud of is how people see my work. I’ve heard people say that I capture movement and moments, that I empower and create connections during my shoots and that it shows through the final images. It took a while to get here because it went from posing people in very traditional way, to shooting how people wanted to be shot, then finally finding my style and playing with the space. Bending light during golden hour and moving around my subject, instead of moving them. I have gone from working exclusively with families to taking portraits of artists, musicians and working with brands and professionals. And I am working towards pushing my career towards creating in the editorial and commercial realm of photography.

I feel that it’s important to find your own voice as a creative. When you get started you’ll find yourself trying to be like other people, which is ok to let it teach you, but you will never stand out being like someone else. Create your own path, even if it’s scary.

When it comes to working with me, it’s a process to figure out what you want and then how to bring it to life. We plan, we schedule and when it comes time to shoot, we connect.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

Oh jeez! I wish I knew the area more to give a full week’s itinerary, but what I usually do is just GO. I follow my cravings, google good (insert a craving) and find a spot that tickles my fancy. After I eat, I’ll usually wander around, find somewhere to get a drink or go buy a joint. LA is full of nooks and crannies, and it’s so expansive. You’ve got the ocean, you’ve got art, you’ve got good people (I have some amazing friends out there), so it’s easy to find something new and interesting. I’m not the kind of person to do the same thing when I go somewhere.

I enjoy Downtown the most, the old buildings always hit me with awe  and the people who just go about their day not even noticing the wonder and rich history of it. There’s a heavy energy there, so much to do and so much going on. It leaves me in a great creative vibe.

One of my favorite spots is The Bike Shed, a motorcycle hang out. It took the place of an old favorite, House of Machines, all located in the Arts District. The Bike Shed has everything and all of my kind of people. They’re usually creatives, not shy to start up a conversation and down for adventure. You can be hanging out at B.S. and someone says “we should go do XYZ” and there we go.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have many people in my life that have helped me along the way, with their words, their actions, giving me a place to stay, pulling me out of my depression funks and just being there for me. But this person has done that times infinity. She’s been a rock for me. A cheerleader. She builds me up when I’m down. Makes me feel so unstoppable. And when I tell her my stories and my life lessons she calls me crazy and reminds me that I’ve got a helluva story that I’m living. Her name is Kelly and she inspires me so much. She lives a unique life full of art and creative energy. She’s strength personified. The fact that someone so strong and creative, sees the same in me makes me feel like I’m doing something right,

Website: brelinda.com

Instagram: @_brelinda

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brelinda-7412ba65/

Twitter: @brelinda

Facebook: @brelindaw

Image Credits
The image of myself was shot by Cameron Allsop

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