"A true photograph need not be explained, nor could it be contained in words." - Ansel Adams
My name is Brandon Reinhardt and I am a 23 year old photographer living in the Denver area of Colorado. My photography journey starts at a very young age. Ever since I can remember I always had some sort of camera in my hand taking photos of anything that I saw. Photography has always interested me and amazed ever since the age of six. I was always the guy who had a point and shoot camera whit him no matter what activity I did with family or friends.
It wasn't until college when I decided to learn more about photography and pursue it as a possible career. I went out one evening and bought myself the 500$ Canon t3i from Best Buy. I wanted to learn everything that I could about my new camera so I would sit and watch YouTube videos for hours! During this time I was working as a security guard for a college so even while I was working I would be researching and trying to learn my camera inside and out. After my shifts, I would go out and practice taking photos. Getting the exposure right and the white balance perfect was driving me crazy. After a while though I was able to get it down and understand it better.
Fast forward a couple years. I attended the School of Photography at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. I went in thinking I knew everything about photography from the YouTube videos I watched and that this school was going to be easy. Boy was I wrong! Those photography classes pushed me to my limit. My professors would make me spend hours upon hours in the studio adjusting lighting equipment and the same amount of hours in the dark room developing and printing film photography. I loved it and I hated it. Why was photography so hard? I pushed through it though and at the end of my journey there I had grown in ways that I never imagined!
After the School of Photography my dad bought me the Canon 6D which I still shoot with today. It's funny because I never saw myself shooting weddings. In fact I despised the thought of being a wedding photographer. I wanted to do commercial work. The rout I was going down seemed to be leading me that way anyway. I was able to grow my Instagram presence quite a bit and before I knew it I was working with big name brands like Target, KRAVE Jerkey, Daniel Wellington and many more! I loved it. I even was able to do a photo shoot with professional surfer Bethany Hamilton.
However, I reluctantly booked my first wedding. It was a small courthouse civil wedding which I felt comfortable doing since it was extremely small and only lasted an hour. Plus I was being paid very much at all. After I was done I actually found myself liking it. I found some seasoned wedding photographers and asked to be a second shooter. They allowed me to and it was then that I really started loving wedding photography! After second shooting a few weddings I started booking my own.
One thing that I feel sets me apart from other wedding photographers is that I am not here to nickle and dime you. Most wedding photographers have a contract that states that they will be there for a set amount of hours and if the wedding goes long they will bill you an extra couple hundred dollars. To me that is just ridiculous! You are hiring me to be a part of your day and to document it. This means everything! From getting ready to to the exit. My job is to take some stress off of the couple and provide them with photos from their whole day. That's start to finish.