Photographer Spotlight Weldon Brewster
Weldon grew up in Texas in a farming community. He moved to Pasadena, California to attend school and never left! Weldon said that he keeps moving closer to the school and at this point he could hit a golf ball onto it from his back garden. Weldon enjoys mountain biking, surfing, traveling, and hanging out with his wife and dog.
Weldon, diving right into it, tell us…why photography? What’s launched your passion?
To be honest it was a fluke. I was a finance major at University of Texas and my parent gave me a Nikon FE2 for my birthday. I had my first show 4 months after getting the camera and was attending Art Center College of Design 6 months after that. Long story short, I never put the camera down after I first picked it up (the FE2 is still on my desk).
You have a very strong portfolio of architectural and industrial images on your website. What’s the inspiration behind your work?
I find the subject matter interesting. I love trying to turn something that is dirty and ugly into beautiful and enthralling images. When I got out of the Art Center College of Design, all of my friends wanted to shoot pretty girls and cars but I thought architecture was very compelling.
Out of the wide variety of lenses on the market, what’s your favorite one to use?
This may not be politically correct on CI’s blog but I’m camera agnostic. I don’t have any favorites. The one on the camera, in my hand, is my favorite. With that said, probably my Contax 645 lenses followed closely by the Phase One Blue Ring lenses.
Lighting plays a major role in telling the story of your image. What are your favorite lighting techniques to tell your story?
I’m not really a three grip trucks kind of lighting guy. Most everything is natural light, I love dusk and dawn. I’ve been doing this for 31 years and I still bounce out of bed at 3:30am excited about shooting. (Clients not so much, we once flew in a barista for a mining client that did not want to get up that early.)
In which ways do you see your work evolving in the next 5 – 10 years from now?
I’m currently trying to merge my commercial work with my illusionistic fine art work. I think having work that looks different and is fun to shoot feeds the soul.
If you could have given yourself any advice when you first launched your career in photography, what would it be?
Try to shoot regularly for myself and not just for clients. It’s too easy to get caught up in work and neglect the fun part of photography.
Why Capture Integration? What made you select us as a partner?
Short answer, Steve Hendrix. Anytime I have a question, idea or problem he’s there to help. I’m currently on my fifth digital back and have had nothing short of a positive experience with the company. I’m confident that my gear or concerns will always be taken care of with Steve and Capture Integration.
Connect with Weldon
Personal Website: www.weldonbrewsterphoto.com
Business Website: www.weldonbrewster.com