January 31, 2015


Hi everybody. Welcome to my blog where I talk about the past. You know I would lie for a long time on my back thinking about past things. I'm gonna tell you a couple of past stories I thought about. They'll be random stories because often my memory was random.

Actually, I'm still like that now. I had a client that would always snap her fingers and say, "Brian, Brian, Earth to Brian. Focus on what we're doing please." Sorry, see, here I go again, off on a tangent. Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, the past.

I learned to drive on the ice, literally by driving on the ice. Let me explain: My grandfather lived in Minnesota. At my age of 10, he decided it was time for me to learn how to drive on the ice. So he got the car, drove down to the lake, determined the ice was safe enough to drive on. He proceeded to take the car onto the lake. He then drove to the middle of the lake and put me on his lap to drive the car. Even at the age of ten I knew something was not right. I said, "Is this safe Grandpa?" He said, "Sure, just don't go by the springs." Anyway, I drove aournd the lake doing spins and turns, avoiding the ice fishing houses. It was a lot of fun. Yes, I did learn how to drive on ice. Oh, by the way, I still am very good at driving on slippery roads. One time I was driving to a track meet, you know going like 55 in snow. The car did like a high speed turn. You know, a 360 degree turn. My passenger was screaming and holding the roof. I was just laughing and having a great time.

You know, often when I was shooting I would take a break in the middle of the day. It would all depend on where I was. I would always like to shoot in nice light. You know, early morning or late afternoon. That would always leave the middle of the day open to us. I would often go surfing in the middle of the day depending on where we were. Mexico was always a great place for shooting and surfing. Cabo St. Lucas was always a great place to shoot and surf.  It was one of my favorites. You know, when you're a fashion photographer you had to keep up on where to go, who the good models were, who was good at hair, who was good at makeup. You know, you had to do a lot of research when you weren't shooting. I would often go to the agencies, like the model agencies, to stay on top of who was really  good. I would make the rounds when I wasn't working. It would come in handy when the client would ask for suggestions. You really gotta stay on top of things. It was very important. Also, knowing where to go. That was very important. I guess you could say I was a little spoiled though. Clients would say, "Were should we go Brian?" And I would think, "Hmm, the surfing is good in Mexico." And I would say, "Let's go to Mexico!" And I even got paid for this. I was pretty lucky. Anyway, I'm gonna leave it at that. I'll leave you my link about the present and a couple of cartoons I did. I loved the people I worked with. I'll leave a cartoon of one shoot I did.

Have a good week. Love, B. Nice