What is your name and where are you from? Bram Jay Norman, San Diego, California.
How long have you been taking pictures? Maybe about 10-12 years ago. But it was originally for an off-road race team so the subject matter was much different then what I shoot today.
When did you get into photography and why? I became seriously passionate about photography about 5 years ago when I picked up the camera again after a long hiatus. When I picked up the camera again I was shooting a lot of landscape photography being so close to the beach, it is what interested me the most at that time in my life. It has only in the last 3 years that I have concentrate on working with people.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? I would say my style is portraiture, with maybe a small side of editorial mixed in. And yes, I think my style has changed dramatically though the years. I began with much more of a lifestyle vibe, but now try and incorporate more of me and life experiences into my work.
How do you approach a shoot ? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? I do a lot of preparation for any shoot. It begins with talking with the model and or agency about what they currently have in their book/portfolio and what we can do to add something strong and new. A lot of time goes into my mood boards, music and locations when I shoot.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story? Of course, with all the social media outlets, we are bombarded with images daily. My goal is to get a viewer to stop and look for more than one second and think, “Wow, what was going on when this picture was taken”. If that happens, then I’m happy.
Do you have an influences you can share? Besides some of the photographers that I follow, I would say be real to yourself. Shoot what you love and what you are passionate about. Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone and don’t worry about what others think or how many likes you get when you post a picture. None of that stuff matters !
What inspires you? I’m really inspired by life experiences and music. I use both in my work and find that is helps greatly.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? I don’t believe so. I think as artists, we are our own worst critics (or at least I am). I look back at some of my older work and think “Wow, that was horrible” but I also look at is as how far I’ve come and how much more I want to grow. I hope I feel the same way in 5 years from now and look back at this article.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
If I could make a living as a photographer, that would be amazing. I will continue to shoot and shoot and shoot until that day comes.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I am 99% Instagram.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? @sagarmanjarres @riquemb @alexrosenkreuzphotography @jasonleeparry @johnschell to name a few… there are plenty of others but these are my top 5.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? Totally good with it. Mobile is what helped me become excited and getting into shooting more. Who remembers Hipstamatic… I do J?
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? My camera is a Canon 5D3. Right now I’m shooting with my 35mm and the 70-200. Pretty weird right. They both have a special place in my heart for different reasons. The first camera I bought was a Canon Rebel and since I started buying Canon lenses, I’ve just kept going with that system.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I’ve had some of my best days and sessions in Cape Town, SA so that is an easy choice. For something new, I’m really looking at Bali. I don’t know, got any recommendations?
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? That is tough one. I don’t think I can narrow it down. Each one has a special meaning to me.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Natural, Emotional, Life.
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
I haven’t been in the scene long enough to give a qualified answer. From my short time in it, I think it is a saturated space and as creatives, we need to find our niche.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? Going back to the mobile photography, technology is amazing and we have to embrace it.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? No, I don’t think so. Some of my favourite images were taking with a 1971 Canon FTB 35mm film camera with a scratched lens that I bought for $20 bucks at a garage sale.