Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
Brody Harford: While I was serving in the Navy, I had the opportunity to see the world. I wanted to document my travels so I started taking pictures on my phone. I noticed that this became a habit and I really enjoyed exploring and snapping shots. I bought a camera thinking why not give it a shot. I was hooked. I started shooting landscape with friends as much as I possibly could. After about a year and half of shooting, a friend asked if I would shoot a wedding with him as a second shooter. I loved working with people! I started shooting portraiture and have been loving every second of it!
TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
BH: I use a Canon 5D mkIV, a Canon 85mm 1.4L, a Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART, a Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART and I also have a DJI Mavic Air.
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
BH: I cull in Lightroom and edit in Photoshop.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
BH: When I first started shooting I just wanted to take pictures. As I kept shooting I realized I can use my photography to tell stories. My shooting is more planned and intentional now.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
BH: I love the Tribe Photo Co presets. These are used on all my natural light shots as well as some of my studio work. They make an amazing base!
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
BH: Don't be afraid to try something new! The whole point of photography is to create art that you are passionate about! Why not explore and learn about your art and yourself. Also, don't let social media control the way you shoot. It is easy to fall into the trap of social media. It doesn't matter how many likes or followers you have. What matters is how much you enjoy creating art.
TC: What type of photography do you most enjoy?
BH: I love portraiture! I love working with people, learning about their life and their story. In all honesty, I think I love that part more than shooting them.
TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
BH: I think what discourages me the most is the fact that I'm extremely picky about my work. I strive to be the best I can be at everything I do. As a creative, I think this is a battle we all face. What encourages me the most is seeing my friends do well. I love when they shoot big models or land awesome jobs! I love seeing people do well for themselves. It gets me hyped!
TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
BH: I was shooting a session back when I tried my luck with the Sony a7RII. I noticed that I had soft focus and was forced to shoot the whole set in manual focus. This terrified me. I had never done that before. I told myself to stay calm and just focus on the eyes. Even though I was nervous, I managed to get through the session and took some great shots. From that session on, I had the confidence to know I could produce good images even when I was under pressure.
TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
BH: To me, success as a photographer means enjoying the art that you create. I don't really care about social media. It doesn't matter how many likes I have or how many followers I get. I just want to enjoy the work I create and the people I spend time with while creating it. I love what I do and what I create. I look forward to doing it for the rest of my life!