The MISSBISH Photography Workshop | Brianna Alysse
Photographer: Brianna Alysse
Location: I’m based out of Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is the PERFECT place to be. There's always artists or models or just anybody, that is looking for photo shoots. There's also a lot of cool spots to shoot at out there too. It's also really fast. I like the fast pace that LA has. It motivates me.
Style: The type of style I would say my photography is is a really grungy, edgy type. I like my pictures to look old, like the old hip hop days. I'm not really sure exactly how I developed it. I just noticed everytime I edited my pictures they would come out with the grungy type of look. I shoot a lot of different things but I really enjoy shooting stills of people. That's what I’m most strong at.
Photography is all about capturing that moment. What’s the secret?
When I shoot stills I ask the model to move around a little so the pose doesn’t look so planned, so they don’t look so stiff. That also makes the model more comfortable in front of the camera. If you have your settings on point, you shouldn’t miss a moment. Same goes for concerts. If you have your settings right, you won’t miss a moment, just keep snapping and you’ll find the best moments when you upload the photos. When you see it, you’ll know.
Tell us about your gear, what camera do you use?
I use the Canon 5d mark III for all the photos I take. I only use 2 lenses: 50mm and 24-70mm. I honestly love both lenses but I think the 50mm is my favorite. I’ve worked with a 35mm and that's also one of my favorites. That's my next purchase.
How did you get into photography?
The way I got into photography is actually a really funny story. When I was a sophomore in high school my neighbor was in a photography class and she told me she wanted to start taking pictures and I was like, “woah my dad has this super tight camera, I’m gonna copy you to make money on the side.” I started it just to make money. But then I realized I wanted to do it even without making money. Once it got to that point, I knew it was something I was passionate about.
“If you have your settings right, you won’t miss a moment. Just keep snapping and you’ll find the best moments when you upload the photos. When you see it, you’ll know.”
Tell us about your first experience.
When I first picked up a camera I didn’t know one thing about it. I had it on the portrait settings and at the time I thought the pictures I took were so tight. Now that I look back at it I’m like “woah these are horrible.”
What is a constant source of inspiration for you as a photographer?
Inspiration is everywhere for me. There are literally pictures everywhere you look. Billboards, bathrooms, hallways, elevators, everywhere. That's what inspires me. Seeing different art also inspires me, especially paintings.
Who has been a great influence or mentor to you and what did you learn from them that you still carry with you today?
Someone who has been a HUGE influence on me is Kehlani. She has taught me to go above and beyond and never give up. Those are the two things I carry with today.
Can you give us three photography tips and explain each?
1) Settings. Always shoot on manual, being able to control your settings is the magic. Your photos will turn out the way you envision them.
2) Angles. Angles make the picture. Make sure you get that right angle. Angles are almost EVERYTHING in photography.
3) Edits. If you have the right edit, then you’re golden!
Finish the sentence...
If I weren’t afraid I would... do all the things I’m afraid to do.
I wouldn't be where I am today... if I gave up. DREAMS COME TRUE.
I've been listening to... a lot of Travis Scott.
Kids these days... just wannaaaa have fun! Do you boo boo.
I look and feel my best... when I got a cute outfit on and my makeup is done.
Traveling.... is AMAZING
I respect everyone... that's working to get to where they want to be.