How did you get started?
My interest for photography began in high school. I was a typical misdirected suburban teenager and my high school art teacher introduced me to photography. It was college or the army, I chose college. After a year of community college, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design. I wasn't sure if I wanted to shoot fashion or still life, so I came to NYC and assisted.
Why did you choose this field?
Food found me. I had already been shooting still life and I started shooting food because I loved it. My dad is also a big foodie, so he got me interested on a certain level. Everyone told me to stay away from shooting food, it was extremely difficult, but to me it seemed very natural.
What has changed over the years, in your opinion?
I have changed as the industry changed, film went to digital and I adapted with the times. Your art should always be evolving and this is through subject and technique. As long as you have a good core understanding of your craft, then the changes will come naturally. I am always excited to try new things.
How has your style changed or developed or evolved?
I believe my style has always been my style, I just had to have the confidence to know it was connecting with others. I had tried many other styles and interests, because my taste is so diverse and eventually found my voice. I like to describe my style as a natural luxury. It is attainable yet still aspirational.
One or two things you learned along the way:
Be true to your style, but don't be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. The more you shoot outside of your comfort zone, you will see markers of your style reoccur, making it more obvious to you. Pushing yourself helps to reveal your true style. It doesn't mean you have to shoot the entire gamut but the more you shoot the more you realize what you are good at.
William Brinson Photography
Blog: House of Brinson