We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The habit of staying consistent and working on your craft every single day. If you are relentless and passionate about something and work at it every day, no question you will get better. Focusing on one thing at a time and being patient with your progress is not an easy thing to do. You have to celebrate the small wins as you go and really ask yourself if you’re actually enjoying the journey or just want the end result. If you enjoy what you’re doing you should have no problem setting a time every day to work at it. Consistency has always been my strongest attribute to photography. I’ve gained the ability to build habits and sticking to them as part of my creative process. One week may look different than another as far as bookings and collaborative shoots but the trick is to stay consistent no matter how good or bad the week may look. Throughout my career, I’ve had bookings that compliment my style and creative language, on the other hand- I’ve experienced shoots that don’t serve my vision. It is very important to me that I keep a positive and creative atmosphere going whether I like the shoot or not, I’ve learned that opening your vision and collaborating with others can lead to hidden success that I may have been closed off too had I shown my disinterest for the shoot. To build me up to this type of behavior I had to sit back and focus on one thing, that is what I wanted to achieve as far as my career and who I wanted to be along the way. By focusing on one thing at a time, being patient with the progress, and accepting failures into my life as lessons- I was able to achieve success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I first started photography I didn’t know anything about owning a business, I just had a passion and vision for taking pictures. I had no idea as a professional photographer there were so many other things I had to learn about having my own business. The key is to be patient and trust the process as you go, for me the biggest thing to learn was to take failure and adapt it into my life as something to live with and learn from- almost like the saying “keep your enemies closer”. I learned early on in my career that photography isn’t just about “taking a photo” it’s about connecting with people, leaning on ideas with other creators, and accepting that not everyone is going to like your work, but it’s important that it’s something you are proud of. A manifestation of mine as well as a long term goal has always been to have my own studio- a completely open space to just create. This year, I have done just that, which has by far been the most exciting thing to publicize. I have not only transformed my photography but have reached a whole new level of adapting to a certain skill set. This brings me back to “keep your enemies closer” because it took me many failures to get to this point and now I am continuing to learn from those.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living in Los Angeles it would be hard to not pack that week full of activities since there is so much to do. I would definitely spend a lot of time outdoors and show my friends Griffith Observatory because of the amazing scenery and hiking. Venice & Santa Monica offers some great people watching areas and amazing cafes. I love downtown LA because it’s so different from many downtown areas. The art’s district has amazing restaurants and breweries
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to a couple of key creatives and entrepreneurs I’ve followed for years: Seth Goin, Tim Ferris, and Chase Jarvis