California born and Ojai native, Brandi has been a professional photographer for over 10 years. Her work has taken her to far reaches of the globe in Africa, Indonesia, Europe, and extensively throughout the Americas. Her photographic candor is a vision steeped in extremes; profound cinematic-like storytelling, intimate weddings, vivid landscapes, and authentic candid moments shot through the lens of a raw, rich portraiture. Beautiful, sublime, and nuanced, Brandi’s work inspires the viewer’s imagination to co-create with her and deep dive into textural moodscapes.
As long as I can remember I have been captivated by photography. My father was an artist and collected big books of beautiful photography, I remember looking at them in awe for hours, wondering how these heart-wrenching images were taken and who was the one taking them. When I was in 6th grade I took a toy camera with me on a school camping trip to the Catalina Islands. When I returned and developed the film, my dad was blown away; he said that I have a gift and that perusing photography would be a reputable option for me. I didn’t take this exchange seriously until several years later when my real desire for photography materialized. I discovered the dark room. I fell in love with my secrete life in this red room, the sour smells of the developer, the feeling of magic at my fingertips and the moments in time that only I captured appearing before my eyes. These were some of the sweetest memories of my young adult life. Even though I have gone digital since my magical time in the dark room, I am still privileged to relive a part of that alchemy every time I click the shutter and then watch my images come to life. There are few things that I enjoy more then capturing something in the way that I truly see it. Please come with me on my journey of discovery and fall in love with the people and places the way I do in my heart of hearts.
Photographing people can be a deeply emotional thing for me. Getting to peek into someone else’s true and authentic life is one of the highest honors one could enjoy. Some people fall in love with characters in a book or televisions series, I fall in love with the people that trust me enough to let their true selves emerge from my photographs of them. Having spent time on both sides of the camera, I know what It’s like to be in that venerable place. You wonder if another human will ever be able to capture your story the way you want it told, or even better, surprise you with a story that you never knew about yourself. A great joy in my life is finding beauty in the simple, unnoticed details, that often reveal the truest insights into who we are. This work can be as satisfying for me as it is for you, and that’s why I treat every session as if it were the most important I’ve ever shot.
~Brandi Ajah Crockett