Natural Light


When I’m shooting I like gear, and usually a lot of it. But a good photographer knows you don’t need all that every time. Most of the world’s most famous and iconic photographs are shot with just a camera and natural light. Here are some of my recent work with just natural light and tips to help you when working with it.


1. Magic Hours. Usually the first and last hour to hour and half before sunrise/sunset. At this time the light is relatively even so you can shoot and not have to worry about a bunch of harsh shadows. NOTE! Scouting and prepping is important with this because the good light will fade very very fast. 15 minutes during this window will really change the looks of your photo.

2. Clouds are your friend! Anything you can get to diffuse the direct sun is good when only shooting in natural light.

3. Find some shade!  This will give you even light that you can expose for without a ton of shadows.

4. Eyes, When shooting in natural light I typically like to expose for the eyes. This is just a personal preference but I find that if I have great color in the eyes the photograph connects.

5. Play.  Don’t be afraid to experiment. Play with the sun right behind your subject….let the background blow out, you don’t have to get every detail out of your shots.

6. Reflector. So many really high end portrait and fashion shots are done with just the sun and a big reflector. Get a friend, intern or assistant to hold a reflector to fill your subject’s face with light and you’ll have a beautiful photo. Takes some practice though.  Have fun!

This writer Buzz Sawyers I shot for his upcoming book…. SHUTTERBUG.


Choose To Find Joy In What Do


A long time ago my cousin Wade gave a message to a group of us camp counselors (that deeply changed my life) to CHOOSE JOY vs. looking for happiness. Do you know the difference? Happiness can be affected. It can rain. You can not get that promotion. OR MY FAVORITE…Your team can lose. Always amazes me the tone people let things take on their lives. BUT JOY! Joy is an attitude! A mindset. Did you know that? To choose joy means taking control of your mind and heart rather than let other things dictate your life’s experience. Yes bad things do happen. Let downs are inevitable. And yes that does suck! I’m not saying it doesn’t. But choosing joy lets you make the best of your time here, remember not another minute is promised or guaranteed.

These days we’re moving fast and filtering one hundred times the information a day people were twenty years ago. Us Amerrrricans are buyers. We like our stuff. More vacations, bigger faster sexier homes, cars, phones, and tv’s. And no matter who I meet and what they have they usually are pretty much always looking for that next thing to make them happy. I myself am twice as guilty of this as anybody. Nice things are nice. Absolutely. But no matter what we have or don’t, do for a job or still waiting to… Choose Joy.

Positivity is contagious. Disagree? Did the video not put a smile on your face? Choose Joy my friends.

Words can’t express how much respect I have for the what Andrew Zuckerman has to say in this video interview series on photography and creativity. A must for all creatives. Also, if you aren’t familiar with his work….you’re missing out! One of my top 10 photographers.

“How are you supposed to live a life where you are bound by a teeny little category? If you can allow yourself to not be bound to be part of the medium your working in, especially now,  there’s more of a possibility of you creating things and finding satisfaction in what your doing”

“Not Working is bad for creative people. Creativity is transformation. Any sort of transformation in your life, in your day, is part of your life is part of your creative life….your work is your life”

Everything you need to know about Bourbon


Most my pals that know by now I’m a bourbon & whiskey guy.  (MAKER’S MARK PREFERABLY)   So I couldn’t help but post this little gem I found today. Educate yourself and bust out some random facts on your next happy hour outing! Never keep learning! Cheers. -Braun

Featured on Profoto’s Photokina


Photokina is probably the world’s coolest (and biggest) photography event. All the big manufacturers debut new gear to the world…and oh does this photography world drool in anticipation. If you follow my work you know that I use Profoto lights as often as I can when it comes to projects. They were the literally the first lights I ever rented and have been hooked on their fantastic quality ever since, (Yes I have tested others)…they are purely in reliable in terms of simply turning on, firing and color output. A lot of other brands start turning a shade of green after shooting for a while….deal breaker for advertising photographers.

This year has been pretty amazing and a BIG highlight in my career for me personally was to be featured on their blog a few times for my photo shoots. So I can’t tell you how blown away I was when they asked me if my photo of the McLaren  could go in the Profoto Photokina booth! To be included on the list of the AMAZING Photographers that also have photo’s in the booth is pretty mind blowing. These are the best of the best and many are personal hero’s of mine. To say the least I am honored! Profoto put together a Showreel to debut all their photographers and their photos which will hang in the booth. Check them out!

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