Brendan has a unique way of capturing portraits that’s not easy to put into words – except, maybe, poetic. “I lose sense of my surroundings, of noises. I become super-focused on my immediate environment, and the only distractions I have are visual ones. When I am out shooting and I zone out I am on an accelerated path, excited, exhilarated to be in the moment. Scenes, looks, people, flash and vanish. It is dreamlike. When this happens, it is exhilarating and freeing,” Brendan shares.
He also noted how we should worry less about the technical side of things when taking photos. “Too much emphasis can be put on the technical side of photography. Busy yourself with making a connection with the person you are shooting. Allow yourself to be part of the experience,” he said. “If I were to give a tip, it would not be technical. Engage with the person. Be prepared to tell them things about yourself - be comfortable in revealing yourself to them as you work towards getting them to reveal who they are. That and shoot multiple shots all the while talking with them. Do not stop.”
For Brendan, a good portrait is one that showcases “an evident connection with the photographer and the person being photographed.” For him, it is the evidence of exchange that he’s trying to capture the most in every portrait. “We all are guarded about what we show and what we may reveal. In a portrait you want to shift this and create a comfort where the subject reveals.”