Fashion Spread by Brandon Andre

Fashion Spread  by Brandon Andre

How did you become interested in photography and how old were you?

When I was 16 years old, I discovered that photography was something I was naturally good at and I decided to do it as a hobby. Well actually, it was mainly as a means to attract the attention of a girl I liked for a long time. In high school I began shooting all of the pretty girls to get her attention. Eventually, I got her attention and I took her photos, but along the way I figured out that fashion photography was a direction I wanted to take. It is a career that compliments my personality because it is creative and not routine. Plus, if you are successful, the life is pretty sensational.

How did you start your career and what obstacles did you have to overcome to get where you are now?
After I got a little ‘famous’ in my hometown for being everyone’s photographer, I decided it was time for me to move up the ladder and start shooting models in LA. When I graduated, I reached out to small agencies and did my first test shoot. As I began to work on my portfolio, I interned for a couple of fashion photographers in LA. Those internships helped cultivate in me the tenacity to become successful. From there it was a matter of trial and error with shooting models, mastering lighting, building a team, and then shooting amazing material.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Locations. I love travelling and exploring. I have this idea that I want my work to be a merge of Vogue and National Geographic, so locations have become a staple in my work that I hope to expand upon in the coming years. This shoot in particular is completely inspired by Iceland itself.

You have travelled a bit. What have been your favorite locations to shoot in?
Undoubtedly Iceland, but I did get to shoot on the Mayan pyramids in Guatemala when I was 19, so that was also pretty neat. However, it’s honestly really hard to beat Iceland.

Why did you decide to come to Iceland and shoot?
I remember watching the movie “Noah” that came out recently and I was entranced by the cinematography. When I found out it was filmed in Iceland, I was hooked and have wanted to come here ever since. I also met someone on an airplane back from New York years ago who raved about how amazing Iceland was. So even before Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian came, I’ve always been interested to coming here, simply because Iceland is an out-of-this-world experience.

How did you choose the setting for the fashion spread in Iceland?
I wanted to shoot at a location that was very ‘Iceland.’ Weird, extraordinary, and stunning. The Blue Lagoon is all of that. The lava rocks contrast with the blue water and the dark sky.
You use drones as a part of your work, that’s pretty unusual – tell us a bit about that.
It’s actually a recent purchase. I was into filmmaking before I got into photography, but didn’t end up pursuing it. I would say that I see the world in a motion-picture perspective. In my mind things have amazing cinematography. So when I started doing video for my fashion shoots, I figured the next tool to contribute to my gear was a drone. Sure enough, the shots are a million times more cinematic and breathtaking. Especially in Iceland.

What is the best thing about being a photographer?
Meeting people. I love people. People are my thing. Not only do you get to travel to meet them, but you learn so much from them. I’ve met tons and tons of people through the course of my career. The impact of relationships I’ve been able to have short term and long term keep me motivated while I am pursuing this. I also want to say travelling, but I’ve come to accept that I sincerely loathe flying. I get so much anxiety on airplanes!

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