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Inspiring Conversations with Brittany Carson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Carson.

Hi Brittany, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Ever since I was a little girl, I had an interest in photos. When I was about 12, I got my first little digital camera and took pictures everywhere I went, no matter the occasion. I would try to compose the images and always loved the candid images. One example was when I was visiting family in Mexico when I was about 12. We had gone to see the Tulum Mayan ruins and there were many iguanas. I tried to take pictures of an iguana in every setting and was so proud of the result. I had an iguana in front of ruin, one in front of the ocean, one in front of a palm tree, and so on. It is nice to be able to look back and know that my love and spark for photography has always been in me.

When I was in high school, I had a summer job as an office assistant for a local family real estate business. One of the business owners was our town’s most popular photographer. One of my roles as the office assistant was to help her with her photography business. I absolutely loved it. I would do small projects like putting together a slideshow for a rehearsal dinner, packaging prints, and sometimes even pick the best photos out of a session if the photographer was short on time. I thought it was so fun because I admired her talent and all the beautiful photos she created for so many people in our town. That was the moment I made a goal to learn the skill and art of photography in order to one day take pictures as beautiful as hers. I started saving all my money to buy my own camera so I could start learning and practicing photography. When I was a freshman in college, I finally had enough money saved up and bought my first DSLR camera and a 50mm lens. I took courses and eagerly went out to practice what I had learned. I found that my favorite genre was portrait photography, and more exact, capturing candid moments of a person(s)’s life.

I still viewed photography as a passion hobby until a couple of years ago. Lots of friends had loved my work and motivated me to put my passion into a business, one where I would have the opportunity to share my skill with others. It was exciting to think I could capture people’s special moments and lock them in time. It’s been over seven years since I had finally saved up enough money to own my DSLR. I am presently continuing to learn new skills and fine-tune the skills I have worked on along the way. I have learned to appreciate so much of the art of photography and now cannot leave my home without my camera on hand. I have been able to upgrade my gear since then, but most importantly, I have provided priceless images to so many through my work over this time. Knowing that I was able to provide a candid, authentic image of a person that may be passed down to generations is perpetually rewarding.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say the beauty of learning and working towards any skill is never easy. The biggest lessons are learned through struggle and hard work. While nothing really got in the way for me to get to where I am at today with photography, that doesn’t mean it was a smooth ride. There were moments when I felt like I would never be the photographer I wanted to be. I would create images that just weren’t my style or the composition I hoped for.

Sometimes I would forget to focus on some details during a session that would’ve created a much better image if I would have. Sometimes I would feel stuck and would work until I overcame the barrier I felt I was facing. I am not perfect by any means, so I still face these challenges from time to time. I have always been someone who takes a frustration or challenge and works on it until I am happy with the result. For me, personally, I think my journey in photography will always be fine-tuning my skills, and turning challenges into acquired skills. I think if I have learned anything, it is to embrace the process, no matter how frustrating it may be at the moment.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an outdoor, natural light portrait photographer who loves capturing one’s authentic self! I’ve always loved photography and capturing genuine expressions in original moments. Candids are my absolute favorite type of pictures to capture. I love bringing out someone’s true personality in portraits. My favorites to capture are couples, engagements, honeymoon sessions, seniors, and individual fun sessions. I treat every session as a fun experience and as a date night for the couples. My favorite environment in photos is the ones in the beautiful AZ desert. I love framing subjects with saguaros, teddy bear chollas, and the desert mountains. My clients describe my work as empowering, engaging, and talented. My favorite feedback that I receive is when someone realizes how beautiful they really are with the photos. I love it when people feel radiant and confident after seeing their authentic selves in the images I produce from our sessions. My goal is to capture joy at the moment so that it may be cherished for generations.

When I am not taking pictures, you can find me working as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) in pediatric gastroenterology. I am a University of Tennessee alumni ( Go VOLS!) and am currently soaking up the desert sun. Some of my joyful hobbies are dressmaking, embroidery, and baking macarons.

What is Palo de Rosa? Palo de Rosa [Pal • o | deh | Roh • sah] is Spanish for the color dusty rose. I named by business “Dusty Rose Photography” because one of many commonalities that my precious grandmother and I share is our favorite color, dusty rose. Why is this important? Because my grandmother is someone I strive to one day be, even half the woman that she is. She is a treasure locked in my heart for eternity. This is my way of honoring my deep love for her and a way of keeping her as a daily part of my life. I decided to name it in Spanish to celebrate my love and passion for my Hispanic roots.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
If you are interested in photography, immerse yourself in it! Learn about it, and find your passion within photography! Once you find what you like, go on social media, like Instagram, and find photographers in your area that you admire. From there, study what it is you like about the photographer’s work, and reach out! Networking is all about vulnerability and putting yourself out there. If it is something you truly want to do for the beauty and art of photography, you will find your people and way to your own journey.

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