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N-town Q/A

April 12, 2013

Q&A: Benita of BRC Photography talks faith, beauty


NORMAN — Q: What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

A: A lot of it has to do with what the client is already envisioning. But if they just want to let me do whatever, then it helps if I can see what they look like. If they tell me a little bit about themselves it helps guide me in a direction, that way I don’t pick something that I really like but they don’t or just don’t associate with themselves at all.

I love Victoria’s Secret catalogue, I subscribe to them — just for the pictures, of course.

And every day life. I’m a people watcher. People watching can be a good thing.

Q: Do you have any photographers that are your favorite that inspire you?

A: I do. I love Elizabeth Messina. It’s just gorgeous. She’s primarily a natural light photographer, as well. Then there is, she does glamour as well, Sue Bryce — and that would be just strictly for this kind of line of work. Other than that, I don’t look too much at other people’s work so I can feel that it’s still mine and I’m not actually copying.

Q: What do you want to do with your business next? Where do you see it going?

A: I still want to shoot weddings. I love that, very much so. But if I could, I would love to mainly just shoot headshots and this, aside from weddings and my personal projects and do very little of the other portrait work. If I could do more of this I would be very, very happy. That would seriously fulfill me in so many ways.

Q: What about it is fulfilling?

A: You heard me cry earlier. That part is fulfilling. Like seriously because I know, at least so far, every girl that I’ve worked with has gotten exactly what I was hoping for her to get out of this. Meaning, if I were to shoot lots more of this I would be helping women to connect with that inner beauty that they have and they would actually remember that they have it. Or for the first time actually see it.

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