Picasso’s “Dove of Peace” Napkin Art

The story goes that Picasso was sitting in a Paris café when an admirer approached and asked if he would do a quick sketch on a paper napkin. Picasso politely agreed, swiftly executed the work, and handed back the napkin — but not before asking for a rather significant amount of money. The admirer was shocked: “How can you ask for so much? It took you a minute to draw this!” “No”, Picasso replied, “It took me 40 years”

Maybe my favorite story concerning business and art. This is for any artist, creative, photographer, videographer, painter, or even a cabinet maker that has been under appreciated. Experience is so often over looked when it comes to looking at numbers. Quality is why you got the job…Experience is why you have the quality. To me time is irrelevant to pricing for anything creative as long as the terms are agreed upon. X of $ = Y end product….The end. As long as you are done before your deadline who cares. Photographers get this pretty bad because all anybody hears is “CLICK”… little do people remember is it was years of “CLICKS” to learn how to make the quality image of today that the client desires.

Do not discount your investment in yourself my friend. If you accept the job for terms agreed upon then do the very best you can because your name will be on it forever!

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso

Motivation MONDAY! There are films, shorts, & commercials I can watch and will completely remind me of how I need to step it up. Like every other kid that grew up in 80’s and 90’s Michael Jordan was my hero. The man owned the sport and there has never been a better player than him, (READ THE STATS, AWARDS, ETC….No DEBATE). To hear him say the words in this video remind us that to be the greatest you have to work at it. No matter your success!

Recent favorite quotes
Create like a God
Command like a King
Work like a slave

– Constantine Bruncusi

Work as though there is somebody working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you! – Mark Cuban.

Keep Hustlin guys!


Sports-Dallas-Commercial-Photography-Brian-Braun-Wallace-Spearmon Olympic Runner Wallace Spearmon Jr.

The 2012 Olympic Summer Games started this weekend…which happens to be my favorite sporting event! Recently I posted my shoot with Olympic Runners Doc Patton and Wallace Spearmon Jr. which was a blast! So I thought I would post my lighting diagram of how I did the above photograph. Like I said in my original post, we only had time for one lighting set up to shoot for about 10 minutes at the end of their last practice-last day, before they left for London. We ended up shooting at about 11am so the sun was pretty high in the sky so it required more juice on the packs to compete with the natural Texas light.
Gear used
1. Profoto 7B + Pro Heads
2. Strip boxes to both side of the Athletes slightly behind
3. Softbox to the (barely) left of the camera, angled to the slight left so the box feather the subject’s face with light while keeping a fall off on the right. (Athletes left side of face)
Olympics Runner Doc Patton. Brian Braun Dallas Commercial Photographer
Braun-Photography-Wallace-Spearmon-Lighting Diagram
Any Questions? Ideas? Thoughts? What information would you like me to include in future BTS posts?
Much Love

The First 70. State Park crusaders


As I said in my previous post I have a huge heart for the Creative Entrepreneur that goes after their dream…but an even bigger one that if that dreams enrich the lives of others in need. Nature, our world, is so important. The even idea that the state would shut down parks is atrocious. This great film is about the people that still care enough to say something to the govt. I hope they make a change.

When we heard the news that California intended to close a quarter of its state parks to save $22 million a year something seemed off. Compared to bank bailouts, military spending, and wall street bonuses this was a laughably insignificant amount. Still, for the financially starved state park system, it would have devastating results. Parks have been underfunded in California for decades. They were already cut to the bone and losing this last small amount would spread them too thin to keep operating all 278 parks. The only solution was closing 70 of them down.

Before the closures, Lauren and I were constantly getting out of San Francisco and into the parks. We’d spent many weekends exploring the many incredible wilderness areas the state has to offer. That was our only vested interest in the project. We wanted to save the places we loved.

-Jarratt Moody


What do you think?  When I hear of school’s cutting all the music and art programs it drives me nuts. This is the same idea in my mind. To quote a line from Mr. Holland’s Opus “IF YOU CUT THESE PROGRAMS WHAT DO THEY HAVE LEFT TO WRITE!?” Can you imagine trying to take your young children to a state park only to find it’s closed for a season?? NO. It’s not a waterpark or state fair. “This Land Is Your Land, This Land is My Land”   and I’m pretty sure These Presidents would kick some ass if this became a reality.

What are your thoughts?


Photographer or not, if you live in this day in age you know that photography can truly change the way people think, see, feel, or even dream. 100cameras is a new charity that spins the power of photography by empowering children by selling their photos they took with the charity’s cameras which all the proceeds go back to the child’s area or family. They explain it better like this:

How It Works.

  1. we give a camera to jackson.
  2. jackson snaps a photo.
  3. then you buy his photo.
  4. 100% goes back to jackson.
  5. and jackson is empowered.

“The concept is simple. 100cameras staff members travel to countries armed with cameras. They partner with a local organization serving children in the community. For the next few weeks, they teach the children how to take photographs. Then they set those children free to capture their world and post the photos online.

For the kids, sharing their life with the rest of the world is a reward in itself, but 100cameras goes one step further. The photographs are available for sale, and 100% of the profits go back to the children’s organizations….

100cameras raised $17,000 for the Sudanese orphanage. It was used for critical maintenance to get a truck running that brings in food and medicine. The money was also used to build a fence that keeps them protected from violence of rebel forces in the region.

The staff says they are overjoyed by the fact that these kids are creating their own success. Bullock says, “It’s really exciting for kids there to see these changes and to feel an ownership in that.”

How 100cameras was founded!

This team started with a unique combination of friends with different skill sets who shared a common vision.  Through their own travel and life experiences, they have become aware of the world that exists outside their own perspective – that no matter the cultural circumstances, all humans have the right to live among justice, to live days that have food, water, shelter and sustainable health and education programs. So they decided to pool their time, talents, and resources together to create outlets for positive change in the world through the voice of photography.

I have a huge heart for the Creative Entrepreneur that goes after their dream…but an even bigger one that if that dreams enrich the lives of others in need. I’d love to see this organization take flight! Wouldn’t you?? We know how to help them!


Much Love


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