Meet Our Members on Mondays: Brian Friedman

Happy Monday! Today we feel so lucky to be able to share our interview with the enormously talented Brian Friedman of B Freed Photo!

Brian believes that you should bop your head in time when listening to music no matter where you are and that it’s totally acceptable– encouraged, even– to talk to your dog in a silly voice. He enjoys drinking wine and practicing the drums, and he’s not ashamed to admit that he’s a sucker for “end of the world” movies. Hot dogs (with ketchup, not mustard) are one of Brian’s favorite foods and he’ll drive around with the sunroof open in any season, even winter. Most of all, he loves his clients. They open up his world in ways he could never have imagined. That’s why it’s so rewarding for him to do the same for them through his incredible photography. New York City has been Brian’s playground for his entire life and he focuses his wedding and portrait work on couples who choose New York City as their wedding destination (check out his recently launched site, NYC Weddings!). He enjoys shooting music and entertainers as well, and considers himself blessed to work with clients such as iHeartRadio, Clear Channel, NBC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, and Dreamworks, among others. Luckiest of all, his adorable Miniature Schnauzer, Kennedy, color corrects for Brian in “their” home office in Great Neck, NY.

Brian graciously took the time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for us and reveal his top three tips for the aspiring photographer. Thanks Brian!

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

As an artist, I am intimate, improvisational and harmonic. I like to think of myself as a jazz musician with a camera!

How did you get started in the industry?

Once I knew that I truly wanted to be a photographer, I got started by reaching out to friends for shooting opportunities. Several friends actually worked in the conference planning industry and I started getting hired to shoot corporate events. At the time, I was also still working full-time at an entertainment management company and I began photographing some of our clients, mainly comedians. I’ll never ever forget what my photography mentor taught me at this time: “You have access; go for it, use it.” And before long, I found myself in this incredibly privileged space where I was (starting to be) trusted and welcomed by whomever I was working with. Finally, when it dawned on me that I could literally go out and do whatever I wanted to do in my life, free of a day job, I realized that there was absolutely no choice in the matter; I was now a professional photographer and this was going to be my life for the foreseeable future.

Who or what has been your biggest influence thus far (artistically or otherwise)?

My biggest influence, without question, is my late mentor, Van Dousmanis. The influence he’s had in my life is immeasurable. He really opened my eyes to the beauty of photography, the absolute thrill of going out there and shooting, and the incredible relationships it would yield. If it had not been for him, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to go out in the world and do this.

Brian’s Top Pro Tips

1. Specialize in what you love most.
2. If you’re not early, you’re late.
3. Don’t come back with excuses, come back with pictures.

B Freed Photo

The Big Apple is one of Brian’s main muses. Below is some of his wedding photography featuring NYC’s famous sights!

Bride and Groom in front of Brooklyn Bridge by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo
Bride and Groom in front of NYC subway turnstile by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo
NYC yellow taxi cabs by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo

For years now, Brian has been one of the main photographers for Clear Channel’s various concert series, iHeartRadio Music Festival, in particular. He receives amazing access to photograph huge stars like Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Lady Gaga.

Portrait of Rihanna at iHeartRadio by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo
Jay Z performing at iHeartRadio Music Festival by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo
Justin Bieber at Jingle Ball by B Freed Photo
Photography by: B Freed Photo

Brian’s Two Bright Lights Experience

“It was a long-time goal for me to be published somewhere, but I didn’t know how to go about it. A fellow photographer mentioned Two Bright Lights and I was hooked! It was so easy and convenient to submit to multiple publications at once. I was beyond excited when I received that first email saying I was going to be featured only a few hours after using it for the first time. It’s not only a time saver, but I always look forward to submitting my sessions.”

Thank you again, Brian! Be sure to view more of his work at his site or his newly launched NYC Weddings!

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