Brendan Bullock Photography

Posted: June 20, 2014
Brendan Bullock approaches each wedding with visual curiosity and an expert eye for detaiil and style.

How did you get started in photography?

A good friend introduced me to darkroom printing when I was in college, and I became quickly passionate about it. Immediately after college I interned in Washington D.C. with a White House Press Corps photographer, and from there I knew I wanted to pursue photography as a career. It took about 10 years working as an assistant to various other photographers but I was eventually able to take the leap, quit my day job, and work for myself as a photographer full-time.

What do you love about wedding photography?
I love that every event is unique and therefore every set of wedding images is unique. No matter how many events I photograph, I am always presented with the opportunity to make a picture I've never made before... and that leaves me feeling creatively gratified, and excited about each wedding I document.

What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The unexpected. On a wedding day, that can take many forms. Sometimes that's a rain cloud opening up 10 minutes before the ceremony. Sometimes it's finding out the amount of time you were budgeted to make portraits just got cut in half due to things running late...and all those pictures still have to be made and done well. More than anything it’s the unscripted moments that arise, and having to immediately respond and document them well. Thankfully, the unexpected things are not only the biggest challenge, but also the greatest source of satisfaction. To have handled a tough situation that you weren't expecting is very satisfying and makes me feel proud of the work I do.

What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style is rooted in photojournalism. I approach a wedding day with the same visual curiosity that I bring with me when I travel somewhere I've never been. That being said, over time I have also started embracing a more editorial style of pictures. These days I'm equally excited about making that gorgeous, elegant, magazine-worthy portrait as I am about making an engaging, visually complex picture in a candid moment. My work is now a blend of the two, and hopefully that shows through in my portfolio.

When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I love being out exploring the woods and paddling on lakes and rivers here in Maine. I'm also very interested in the history of our state and spend a lot of time researching what life was like here back in the 18th and 19th centuries.

How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Just by being themselves. Photography is a conversation. It's my job to make a couple feel comfortable and at ease. Once we've gotten familiar with one another, my goal is for everything to flow really smoothly and naturally. I want my brides and grooms to feel like they can just relax, be themselves, and trust me to find those beautiful moments where the emotions of the day best shine through.

How has your photography style changed over the years?
As I mentioned before, I've moved away from straight photojournalism and also started blending in a more editorial approach. I spend a lot of time looking at the work of other master photographers, from abstract fine art imagery, to classic portraiture, to travel and war journalism. All of those influences come out in my work, and so I like to think that my style is a constant evolution. I think any artist needs to continue to change their style over time to feel creatively stimulated and satisfied.

What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
The list is endless, but the first thing that comes to mind is gesture. An outstretched hand, a little sideways glance—the subtle little moments that have a lot of visual power. And of course, light—always good light. Light has so many different qualities from striking and intense to soft and moody. I'm always looking for little pockets of interesting light to move through and photograph.

Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
Physically, I expect that my home base will still be here in Maine! My plan is to begin combining my love of travel with my wedding photography and start shooting more international destination weddings. I expect that will probably be the ideal combination and one that will keep me thriving for the long-term.