mark-willett-photography asked: Brett, do you offer to pay a commission to the gyms for the use of their facilities?
I don’t. Many gyms like the constant check ins and the social media mentions.
jasonberry asked: Hey Brett, Ive been following your work on FB for a while now and I have to say your fitness work has inspired me. It's simply AWESOME! So with that said I'd like to know what gear you use and why. I have a ton of other questions for you but lets start with that one ;)
Hey Jason- thanks for the message. Here’s my list!
Canon 5D Mark iii
Canon 6D (backup)
Battery grips for both
Pocket Wizards/MC2’s/PCBCyber commanders too
2 Large Octos
2 Med strips
1 Beauty dish with sock and 2 grids
Manfrotto stackable stands- then C-stands for the studio
While I have 4 lenses, my primary is the 85mm (the $350 version)
While I have 7 lights- I primarily use 1-3 only
Modifiers depend on what ‘look’ I’m going for
No gels (I don’t know enough about them)
That’s about it!
waveformbeauty asked: Brett. it's Heather. Just got 2 Alien Bees and mods :) super excited to use them. I've been hanging out with you and going to Don's workshops. Trying to put myself in positions to be available and learn the specifics- so on. My question: I take photos and edit video for a living.what I really want is to take Artistic glamour/ fashion photos for a living. How do I make the leap? From where I am to where I want to be. Part of me thinks- just keep doing what I'm doing? Is there something more?
Hey rock star— biggest thing is to develop a style—
Imagine taking your logo off of your images— would people still know they were yours? Once that happens— that’s when you’ll be able to take the next level up. See you soon!
pbkb asked: I'm a photographer who isn't going to school for a degree for it. I've loved photography since I was 8 and I've been seriously teaching myself to get into the business since I was 17. How did you get started? How do you get your name out to clients? I think that's what I struggle with most is getting my name out there. Also out of curiosity what was one of the first cameras you used? I love your work and it inspires me to go out and do new things. Thanks for your time!
Thanks for the message! First camera was Canon 5D.
I started shooting random people- and watched TONS of youtube. I shot A LOT and kept shooting and shooting and shooting. I used primarily Facebook to get my name out there- just keep shooting and posting!
passionsandpursuit asked: Your photography is constantly inspiring me to push myself. Thanks for sharing your talents and advice with us.
Thank you for the kind words!
spidey232 asked: Are the top three models with water mist the same woman? If so who are they/ she? Love your photo work. Inspiring in an artistic and fitness goal way at the same time. I'm constantly checking your tumblr and facebook for updates. can't say enough good things.
Thank you! The top 3 images are the same person- who wished to remain nameless here. Thanks again for the kind words!
superbombflygirl asked: What is the one greatest piece of advice you have for somebody, just like you, with no training and not a lot of money to get started? And if you had, say $1000 to spend on gear, what would you buy? Keep in mind I am shooting with an old D200 that doesnt even work that great anymore! Ha! Thanks Brett! Your work is an amazing inspiration and I hope you can shoot me someday! Cheers, Valerie!
Gear is nice to have, but not an absolute must to start. If you have a canon T2i (or the Nikon equivalent) I’d get an 85mm lens, then 1-2 lights (if budget allowed). A soft box… then the triggers. Not sure where that’d put you—
If lighting was too expensive— I’d practice with natural light- and shooting at 1.8 all day long. It allows you to practice mastering shutter speed/ISO while focusing on a steady hand.
Glass is more important than the camera body (in my opinion)- then once you start mastering a certain ‘look’.. start charging for that particular look— that will allow you to buy more glass, then eventually a bigger camera :)
Hope that’s helpful! Thanks again!
kent-g6 asked: Love your work here, if I may ask, what type of gels, filters and or WB are you using on some of these Models here? thanks Kent of Studio G
thanks for the message. No gels- I adjust the white balance in LR. I typically shoot at 5500Kelvin then adjust in LR. I will export out to PS, then once back in LR I will adjust color balance again (gives a different result).
douglaschapin asked: How did you get started attracting clients in Vegas and other cities? Did you just show up? What got clients yo start coming after you?
Shooting a few well known locals for free- then using social media to slowly infiltrate the market.
tankgaj asked: I live your photography.
Thank you so much!